FIFA 22 best young players: Career mode’s top strikers, midfielders, defenders and goalkeepers

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Career Mode remains one of the most popular game modes in FIFA 22 - especially with the new player development and training options in this year's game.

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As a result, finding the best young players in FIFA 22 and developing them at your club is more important than ever.

To help get you started on your Career Mode journey, Goal has compiled a list of the best young players in FIFA 22. These are the players aged 20 or under who have the highest potential rating in the game and are divided by position in the lists below.

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All players are listed by their main position, but any position they can play is shown. For example, Bukayo Saka can play at left-back, but his primary position in the game is right midfield. You can also train him to play on the wing in the game if needed by assigning him that role and giving him minutes there.

All players need the right training and lots of game time to ensure they develop properly and reach their full potential. Substitutes and reserve players will not improve as much if they do not get minutes.

PO. = Position(s)

CR = Current Rating

PR = Potential Rating

VA. = Value

*Clubs listed are the clubs the players are assigned to in FIFA 21 Career Mode, while ages shown are the age at the start of Career Mode

FIFA 22: Best Young Goalkeepers

1M Vandevoordt19GenkGK7187£3.7m
2C Chatzigavriel17FreeGK5884Free
3G Mamardashvili20ValenciaGK7583£9m
4D Alemdar18RennesGK6883£2.1m
5Joan Garcia20EspanyolGK6783£2.1m
6K Tzolakis18OlympiacosGK6783£2m
7B Verbruggen18AnderlechtGK6583£1.4m
8G Bazunu19Man CityGK6483£1.1m
9E Green20Saint-EtienneGK7281£3.8m
10Ayesa20Real Sociedad BGK6781£1.8m
11Arnau Tenas20BarcelonaGK6781£1.8m
12J Blazquez20Atletico TalleresGK6581£1.5m
13S Lammens18Club BruggeGK6481£1.1m
14Alejandro Iturbe17Atletico MadridGK6281£750k
15Pere Joan19MallorcaGK6281£750k
16C Boyce-Clarke18ReadingGK5981£600k
17E Destanoglu20BesiktasGK7280£3.8m
18Miguel Morro20Rayo VallecanoGK6680£1.5m
19L Chevalier19LilleGK6480£1.1m
20R Neshcheret19Dynamo KyivGK6480£1.1m
21C Rushworth19WalsallGK6380£950k
22X Dziekonski17Jagiellonia BialystokGK6380£950k
23J Olschowsky19Borussia M'gladbachGK6380£950k

Gianluigi Donnarumma has been the best young goalkeeper in FIFA for the past few seasons, but he's now 22-years-old and after signing for Paris Saint-Germain costs more than £100 million in Career Mode.

That means you will have to look elsewhere for a long-term solution between the posts, even if you are a superclub that can compete with PSG for the world's best players.

Genk's Maarten Vandevoort is the best young goalkeeper in FIFA 22 as he can reach an overall rating of 87 and can be bought for relatively cheap at the start of the game.

Cypriot teenager Charis Chatzigavriel is available for free in some games as his current club, APOEL Nicosia, is not one of the teams in the game. You may be able to convince him to join your club, but his current rating of 58 means it will take a while for him to reach his potential.

FIFA 22: Best Young Defenders

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1A Davies20Bayern MunichLB, LM8289£49m
2Nuno Mendes19PSGLWB, LB, LM7888£25m
3J Gvardiol19RB LeipzigCB, LB7587£10.8m
4W Fofana20LeicesterCB7886£24.9m
5Eric Garcia20BarcelonaCB7786£18.5m
6Goncalo Inacio19Sporting CPCB7686£12.9m
7J Timber20AjaxCB, RB7586£9.9m
8L Stergiou19St GallenCB6786£2.2m
9S Dest20BarcelonaRB, RM7685£13.3m
10J Bogle20Sheffield UtdRWB, RB7485£7.7m
11D Rensch18AjaxRB7385£6m
12M Vuskovic19Hajduk SplitCB7285£4.3m
13T Nianzou19Bayern MunichCB, CDM7185£3.6m
14A Bella Kotchap19BochumCB7185£3.6m
15L Netz18Borussia M'gladbachLB, LM6885£2.5m
16L Geertruida20FeyenoordRB, CB7684£13.3m
17B Badiashile20MonacoCB7684£13.3m
18W Saliba20ArsenalCB7584£9.9m
19J Frimpong20Bayer LeverkusenRB, RWB7484£7.7m
20T Lamptey20BrightonRWB, RB7484£7.7m
21M Guehi20Crystal PalaceCB7384£5.2m
22O Kossonunou20Bayer LeverkusenCB, RB7384£5.2m
23R Ait Nouri20WolvesLWB, LB7384£5.6m
24M van de Ven20WolfsburgCB, LB6884£2.6m
26J Branthwaite19EvertonCB6884£1.8m
27A Truffert19RennesLB, LW7583£9.9m
28Manu Sanchez20Atletico MadridLB7383£5.6m
29L Cacace20Sint-TruidenseLWB, LB, LM7283£4.2m
30Eduardo Quaresma19Sporting CPCB7183£3.6m
31H Siquet18Standard LiegeRB, RWB6983£2.7m
32M Dardai19Hertha BerlinCB, CDM6983£2.7m
33Z Laci18AEK AthensCB6883£2.2m
34B Omeragic19ZurichCB, RB6783£2.2m
35A Dedic18RB SalzburgRB, LB6683£1.8m
36L Colwill18HuddersfieldCB6683£1.7m
37R Tagir18Istanbul BasaksehirCB6583£1.5m
38A Gomez19Club AtlasLB, CB6383£1.1m
39V Barco16Boca JuniorsLB6383£1.1m
40R van den Berg16PEC ZwolleCB5983£580k

Alphonso Davies is not only one of the quickest players in the game, he's also the best young defender in FIFA 22.

The Bayern Munich and Canada left-back can also play in left midfield, giving you great versatility and helping you exploit the wings with his pace.

His price tag may put off a lot of teams, so there are good alternatives available at full-back including recent Borussia Monchengladbach signing Luca Netz and Standard Liege's Hugo Siquet.

There are plenty of good young centre-backs again this year, with Ajax's Jurrien Timber valued at less than £10m and St Gallen's Leonidas Stergiou costing just over £2m.

Swiss defender Stergiou can be bought for cheap thanks to his current rating of 67, but can reach 86 overall with the right training and game time. 

FIFA 22: Best Young Midfielders

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2R Gravenberch19AjaxCM, CDM7890£28.4m
3J Bellingham18Borussia DortmundCM, LM7989£31.8m
4F Wirtz18Bayer LeverkusenCAM, CM7889£25.4m
5M Greenwood19Man UtdRM, ST7889£26.2m
6E Camavinga18Real MadridCM, CDM7889£25.4m
7B Saka19ArsenalRM, LM, LB8088£39.1m
8N Madueke19PSVRM, ST7788£19.8m
9J Musiala18Bayern MunichLM, CAM7688£15.1m
10Gabriel Martinelli20ArsenalLM, LW7688£15.5m
11T Kubo20Real MadridRM, CM, CAM7588£11.6m
12G Reyna18Borussia DortmundCAM, LM, RM7787£18.9m
13M Damsgaard20SampdoriaLM, LW7787£19.8m
14D Szoboszlai20RB LeipzigCAM, LM7787£19.8m
15C Tzolis19NorwichLM, RM, ST7487£8.6m
16N Rovella19JuventusCM, CDM7087£3.5m
17M Kudus20AjaxCAM, CM7786£19.8m
18Bryan Gil20TottenhamLM, RM, CAM7686£14.2m
19E Smith Rowe20ArsenalCAM7686£14.2m
20T Almada20Velez SarsfieldCAM, LW, RW7486£8.6m
21Nico Melamed20EspanyolLM, CAM, RM7486£8.6m
22A Sima20BrightonRM, ST7386£6.5m
23B Gilmour20ChelseaCM, CDM7286£4.7m
24F Pellistri19Man UtdRM7086£3.5m
25Francisco Conceicao18PortoRM7086£3.4m
26F Carvalho18FulhamCAM, CM6786£2.2m
27C Clark18RB LeipzigCAM, CM6686£2.1m
28O Skipp20TottenhamCDM, CM7585£9.9m
29M Ihattaren19JuventusCAM, RM, CM7585£10.3m
30C Jones20LiverpoolCM7385£6.5m
31M Olise19Crystal PalaceCAM, RM, LM7385£6m
32A Velasco18Atletico IndependienteLM, LW, ST7385£6m
33I Moriba18RB LeipzigCM7385£6m
34Y Demir18BarcelonaCAM, RM7085£3.2m
35K Kozlowski17Pogon SzczecinCAM, CM6885£2.6m
36A Diallo18Man UtdRM6885£2.7m
37S Biuk18Hajduk SplitLM, LW6885£2.7m
38Talles Magno19New York CityLM, CF6885£2.7m
39A Vranckx18WolfsburgCM, CDM6785£2.2m
41C Patino17ArsenalCM, CDM6285£1m
42R Lavia17Man CityCDM6285£1m
43P Dwomoh17AntwerpCAM, CM6085£670k

Unsurprisingly, Barcelona have the best young midfielder in FIFA 22 with Pedri already a high-rated star even before he reaches his full potential.

Unlike the real world where he could burn out after playing so many games for club and country, FIFA 22 will not punish you for starting him in every single game and more minutes will actually help him reach his potential rating of 91 even quicker.

A lot of the best young midfielders in FIFA 22 are quite expensive as they have high current ratings, such as Jude Bellingham, Mason Greenwood and Eduardo Camavinga.

However, there are some players available for less than £10m, including Norwich's versatile Christos Tzolis and Velez Sarsfield's Thiago Almada.

Cheaper again are Juventus's defensive-minded midfielder Nicolo Rovella and Chelsea's Billy Gilmour. Both of these are on loan at the start of the first season, but may become available options before your second season begins.

Fulham's Fabio Carvalho and Kacper Kozlowski are reasonable options for the first summer and may even be willing to join lower league clubs on loan.

FIFA 22: Best Young Forwards

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1E Haaland20Borussia DortmundST8893£118.3m
2Vinicius Jr20Real MadridLW8090£40m
3A Fati18BarcelonaLW7690£15.1m
4Rodrygo20Real MadridRW7988£33.1m
5J Doku19RennesRW, RM7788£19.8m
6R Cherki17LyonRW, LW7388£6m
7C Hudson-Odoi20ChelseaRW, LW7787£19.8m
8A Hlozek18Sparta PrahaST, LM, RM7487£8.6m
9H Elliott18LiverpoolRW, CM7387£6m
10Kayky18Man CityRW6687£2.3m
11P De la Vega20Atletico LanusRW, LW, RM7486£8.6m
12Concalo Ramos20BenficaCF, ST7286£4.7m
13S Gimenez20Cruz AzulST, CF, CAM7186£3.9m
14B Sesko18RB SalzburgST6886£2.7m
15D Scarlett17TottenhamST6386£1.3m
16M Boadu20MonacoST7685£14.2m
17C De Ketelaere20Club BruggeLW, CAM, ST7585£10.8m
18B Brobbey19RB LeipzigST7385£6.5m
19K Adeyemi19RB SalzburgST7185£3.9m
20O Popescu18FCSBLW, RW7085£3.2m
21Fabio Silva18WolvesST7085£3.2m
22S Esposito18InterST, CAM6885£2.7m
23M Juwara19CrotoneST6785£2.3m
24L Delap18Man CityST6485£1.6m
25G Plata20Sporting CPRW7484£8.2m
26F Farias18Atletico ColonST, CF7284£4.7m
27K Sulemana19RennesLW, ST7284£4.7m
28Reinier19Real MadridCF, CAM7184£3.9m
29Joao Pedro19WatfordST7184£3.9m
30A Broja19ChelseaST7084£3.3m
31M Rogers18BournemouthLW6684£1.9m
32Karrikaburu18Real Sociedad BST6584£1.5m
33F Orozco19Atletico LanusLW, RW6584£1.5m
34F Fofana18PSVST6484£1.4m
35J Braaf18Man CityLW, RW6484£1.4m
36W Faghir17StuttgartST6484£1.4m
37C Palmer19Man CityRW, CAM6484£1.4m
38L Barry18Aston VillaST, LW6384£1.3m
39Barrenetxea19Real SociedadLW, ST, RW7483£7.7m
40K de la Fuente19MarseilleLW, RW7283£4.3m

Not only is Erling Haaland the best young forward in FIFA 22, he can also become the best player in FIFA 22.

His potential rating of 93 is Lionel Messi's current rating in the game, meaning Haaland can become one of the game's GOATs - at least virtually anyway!

He's valued at over £100m as a result, so may not be the striker you need in Career Mode unless you're managing a club with lots and lots of money.

Sparta Praha's Adam Hlozek might be a much cheaper alternative at £8.6m and his versatility means you can also play him on either side of midfield as you look to develop his attributes.

Ansu Fati has a surprisingly low value at the start of the game, but it could be tricky to convince Barcelona to sell their new No. 10.

Red Bull Salzburg have a pair of exciting, young attackers in Karim Adeyemi and Benjamin Sesko, while Steaua Bucharest's Ovidiu Popescu can play on either wing and will be tempted by a move to one of Europe's bigger leagues.

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