In FIFA 22 Career Mode, having good youth prospects is just as important as having star players, but it’s hard to know which ones are worth picking up. Here’s a list of some of the best wonderkids we’ve found.
FIFA Ultimate Team is all the rage these days. However, Career Mode has always been the heart and soul of every FIFA title, and it isn’t any different in FIFA 22. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of taking an unsuccessful club from rags to riches or leading a successful one to even more silverware.
But like anything in the football world, there’s an optimal way to do it, and one of the most important things you can do is develop young talent and turn a bunch of wonderkids into the next set of superstar players.
The problem is, with so many young players in the market, it’s hard to know which ones are worth your time. So, to make things easier for you, we’ve put together a list of some of the best ones money can buy. We made sure to include a good range of positions and prices, too.
Best wonderkids in FIFA 22
When looking for young talent to build your team, the most important thing to remember is to figure out what’s missing and what gaps need to be filled. If you’re top-heavy in attack, you’ll falter in defense and vice-versa. A balance in all areas of the pitch is the key to consistency and success.
Best young goalkeepers and defenders
If your team scores, you might win. But if nobody ever scores against you, you’ll never lose. That’s how the old saying goes, and it rings true in FIFA 22. For that reason, developing a strong backline is a must-do and the perfect place to start.
The general rule of thumb is that you want to fill the center-back position with tall and strong players. Not only will that help them out muscle attackers, but it means they’ll be able to contest crosses much easier, too.
However, the same cannot be said for your fullbacks. It’s a different role with different requirements, and that means pace and other qualities that help with counter-attacking are paramount.
Of course, goalkeepers are the team’s cornerstone, and it’s important to have an amazing one in any squad. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of the best youth prospects available in all these positions. Let’s take a look at who they are and what their stats look like.
|Maarten Vandevoordt||19||KRC Genk||GK||68||86||£800k|
|Luca Netz||18||Hertha BSC||LB||63||85||£375k|
|Wesley Fofana||19||Leicester City||CB||78||86||£25.5m|
|Illan Meslier||20||Leeds United||GK||75||86||£9.5m|
|Alphonso Davies||20||FC Bayern Munchen||LB||81||89||£47.5m|
|Matthijs de Ligt
|Cristian Romero||23||Tottenham Hotspur||CB||82||87||£41m|
|Andriy Lunin||22||Real Madrid||GK||74||85||£8m|
|William Saliba||20||Olympique de Marseille||CB||75||84||£11.5m|
|Ezri Konsa||23||Aston Villa||CB||78||84||£20m|
|Ozan Kabak||21||Norwich City||CB||76||85||£15.5m|
Best young midfielders
The midfield is the most versatile section of the pitch. It largely depends on the formation and shape of your team. Naturally, that means the kind of players you’ll need depends on what formation and strategy you’re going for.
Some midfielders are excellent all-rounders, while others are better at attacking or defending. They’re generally organized into CAM, CM, LM, RM, and CDM, depending on their strengths and weaknesses. Either way, no matter what you’re looking for, our list will have someone that fits the bill.
|Jude Bellingham||17||Borussia Dortmund||CM||76||88||£15.5m|
|Jamal Musiala||17||Bayern Munich||CAM||74||87||£8.5m|
|Eduardo Camavinga||18||Stade Rennais||CM||78||89||£26|
|Takefusa Kubo||20||Villarreal CF||RM||75||89||£12m|
|Jadon Sancho||21||Manchester United||RM||87||91||£116m|
|Phil Foden||21||Manchester City||CAM||84||92||£94.5m|
|Emile Smith Rowe||20||Arsenal||CAM||76||86||£16.5m|
|Oliver Skipp||20||Tottenham Hotspur||CDM||75||85||£11.5m|
|Renato Sanches||23||LOSC Lille||CM||80||86||£33m|
|Amine Gouiri||21||OGC Nice||LM||78||85||£29m|
|Christoph Baumgartner||21||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim||CAM||78||84||£22.5m|
|Samuel Chukwueze||22||Villarreal CF||RM||77||85||£23.5m|
Best young strikers and wingers
Picking strikers and wingers is often the most thrilling part of building a team in Career Mode. People love weaving through the opposition with pacey wingers, and scoring a bullet with a sharpshooting striker is the cherry on top.
However, it’s important to pick players that have the right skills for the job. For example, wingers generally need to be pacey, good at dribbling, and cross the ball well. Strikers, on the other hand, need to be agile, strong, and clinical.
Attacking players tend to be more expensive than others due to all the hype around them. Fortunately, we’ve included a good range of young strikers and wingers at prices ranging from £1.3m to £82m, depending on your budget.
|Fabio Silva||18||Wolverhampton Wanderers||ST||69||85||£1.3m|
|Myron Boadu||19||AZ Alkmaar||ST||76||86||£14.5m|
|Christos Tzolis||19||PAOK FC||LW||69||87||£1.3m|
|Charles De Ketelaere||20||Club Brugge||LW||73||85||£6.5m|
|Gonzalo Plata||20||Sporting CP||RW||74||86||£9m|
|Joao Felix||21||Atletico Madrid||ST||83||91||£82m|
|Donyell Malen||22||Borussia Dortmund||ST||80||85||£33m|
|Thiago Almada||20||Velez Sarsfield||RW||74||86||£10m|
|Moussa Diaby||22||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||LW||81||88||£52.5m|
|Tammy Abraham||23||Roma FC||ST||79||86||£35.5m|
|Noa Lang||22||Club Brugge||RW||78||85||£28.5m|
|Jovane Cabral||23||Sporting CP||RW||78||86||£31m|
|Brian Brobbey||19||RB Leipzig||ST||73||85||£7.5m|
Top 20 highest potential FIFA 22 wonderkids
These are the nine highest potential players in FIFA 22.EA SPORTS has officially released the FIFA 22 player ratings, including the top 20 players with the highest potential. There are some familiar names on the list, including superstars Kylian Mbappe, Gianluigi Donnarumma, and Erling Haaland.
However, there are plenty of other fresh names in the mix, too.
|Erling Haaland||21||Borussia Dortmund||ST||88||93||£128m|
|Phil Foden||21||Manchester City||CAM||84||92||£85m|
|Jadon Sancho||21||Manchester United||RM||87||91||£104.5m|
|Matthijs de Ligt||22||Juventus||CB||85||90||£67.5m|
|Joao Felix||21||Atletico Madrid||ST||83||91||£74m|
|Ferran Torres||21||Manchester City||RW||82||90||£61.5m|
|Dayot Upamecano||22||Bayern Munich||CB||82||90||£57.5m|
|Vinicius Jr.||21||Real Madrid||LW||80||90||£52m|
|Marcus Rashford||23||Manchester United||LM||85||89||£69.5m|
|Jules Kounde||22||Sevila FC||CB||83||90||£47.5m|
|Federico Valverde||23||Real Madrid||CM||83||89||£51.5m|
Official FIFA 22 Wonderkids announced by EA
As showcased above, there are countless talented young players available to sign in FIFA 22, but only a select few can be chosen by EA to be the official Wonderkids.
This is the best under 21 starting XI based on FIFA 22’s FUT ratings:
|Joao Felix||21||Atletico Madrid||CF|
|Erling Haaland||21||Borussia Dortmund||ST|
|Ferran Torres||21||Manchester City||RW|
|Jadon Sancho||21||Manchester United||LW|
|Phil Foden||21||Manchester City||CAM|
|Alphonso Davies||20||Bayern Munich||LB|
|Maxence Lacroix||21||VfL Wolfsburg||CB|
|Illan Meslier||21||Leeds United||GK|
That sums up our list of the best young players in FIFA 22 career mode. Hopefully, some of our suggestions will be exactly what you need to round off your team.
We’ll keep this list updated with any new players that pop up.