FIFA 19 Wonderkids: Best Midfielders (CM, CAM & CDM) to sign in Career Mode

Looking for a wonderkid midfielder to run your team in FIFA 19? We look at ALL the best central (CM), attacking (CAM) and defensive (CDM) wonderkid midfielders to sign.


In FIFA 19’s Career Mode, it is so important to have young men in your team that can grow into first team regular. Your ideal find is a wonderkid; a youngster who is good enough to be around the first team already, before becoming a superstar in the future. 

Finding wonderkids in the middle of the pitch is hard work, with maturity, vision and discipline needed to perform there, something not typically associated with new youngsters coming through.

How to choose the best wonderkid midfielders for FIFA 19 Career Mode

Here, we are diving into the best wonderkid midfielders on FIFA 19. These are central, (CM), attacking (CAM) and defensive (CDM) midfielders aged 16-19 at the start of Career Mode, who hold an overall rating of 65 or more with a potential of 80 or higher. Useful men to have in the squad now, but with the potential to be top class.

Players can outgrow their potentials on Career Mode if they maintain excellent form whilst also playing regularly. The only issue with wonderkids is they don’t come cheap due to their potential, so be sure to make sure they are worth the money. 

A complete list of all of our wonderkid midfielders can be found at the bottom of this page. 

Attacking midfielders (CAM)

Attacking midfielders can come in two forms. Some look to create, and set up other players, whilst others like to get in between the lines to shoot from distance or get into the box to score for themselves. 

Kai Havertz (OVR 79 – POT 88)

Age: 19

Positions: CAM, RM, CF

Club: Bayer Leverkusen

Country: Germany

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 83 vision, 82 short passing, 81 dribbling

Cost: £28 million 

Wage: £36,000 a week

Kai Havertz gets us started, with the 19-year-old Kai Havertz already forcing his way into the German national team. The attacking and right midfielder or centre forward made 35 appearances last season, creating nine goals. 

Havertz has a 79 overall rating which can rise to a potential of 88 on Career Mode. Attributes of 83 vision, 82 short passing and 81 dribbling will cost around £28 million with wages starting at £36,000 a week. 

Mason Mount (OVR 74 – POT 85)

Age: 19

Positions: CAM

Club: Derby County (on loan from Chelsea)

Country: England

Work rate: High/Medium

Best stats: 79 ball control, 78 agility, 77 acceleration

Cost: n/a

Wage: £40,000 a week

Mason Mount is on loan at Derby, and looks to be a top talent. The 19-year-old shone on loan at Vitesse last season, scoring 13 goals and assisting a further 10. He has taken this form to Derby in the Championship, notching five goals in 11 games so far.

Attributes of 79 ball control, 78 agility and 77 acceleration contribute to a 74 overall rating on FIFA 19, rising to an 85 potential. When he returns from loan, you will need to pay around £16 million for him and wages of £40,000 a week.

Phil Foden (OVR 73 – POT 88)

Age: 18

Positions: CAM, CM

Club: Manchester City

Country: England

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 86 agility, 86 balance, 78 acceleration

Cost: £16 million

Wage: £46,000 a week

Another English starlet is Manchester City’s Phil Foden who was instrumental in England U17s World Cup win last year. The 18-year-old has since begun to make appearances for the Premier League champions, with manager Pep Guardiola stating the attacking or central midfielder is ready for both first team action and an international call-up.

Foden has a 73 overall rating on FIFA 19, rising to a potential of 88. Attributes of 86 agility, 86 balance and 78 acceleration will cost around £16 million with wages of £46,000 a week. 

Giorgi Chakvetadze (OVR 72 – POT 85)

Age: 19

Positions: CAM

Club: Gent

Country: Georgia

Work rate: High/Medium

Best stats: 85 agility, 84 acceleration, 77 balance

Cost: £10.3 million (release clause)

Wage: £8,000 a week

Georgian football has never been renowned, but the young Giorgi Chakvetadze is looking to change that. The 18-year-old attacking midfielder made 19 appearances for Gent last season, mostly from the bench, but has already clocked up more minutes so far this campaign.

Chakvetadze’s 85 agility, 84 acceleration and 77 balance take him to a 72 overall, which can rise to a potential of 85. Matching his £10.3 million release clause will open negotiations, with his wages of £8,000 likely to improve. 

Central midfielders (CM)

True central midfielders are a dying breed these days, with them having to be equally adept in defence and attack. Which of these youngsters can fill the box-to-box role in your side?

Gedson Fernandes (OVR 74 – POT 86)

Age: 19

Positions: CM

Club: Benfica

Country: Portugal

Work rate: High/High

Best stats: 88 stamina, 81 acceleration, 78 sprint speed

Cost: £18.4 million (release clause)

Wage: £6,000 a week

Gedson Fernandes is another youngster to break into the international scene, with the 19-year-old making his debut for the Portuguese national team in September. The call-up came after just eight professional games for Benfica, stating the impact he has had so far in his career.

Fernandes’s 74 overall rating has attributes of 88 stamina, 81 acceleration and 78 sprint speed which can improve to a potential of 86. £18.4 million will match his release clause, with Fernandes’s current wages £6,000 a week.

Federico Valverde (OVR 73 – POT 83)

Age: 19

Positions: CM, LM, CAM

Club: Real Madrid

Country: Uruguay

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 79 long passing, 78 long shots, 78 short passing

Cost: £11 million

Wage: £54,000 a week

After a season on loan at Deportivo, Federico Valverde has returned to Real Madrid and will look to pick up the appearances this season. 24 La Liga games last season for a 19-year-old is impressive, but with Mateo Kovacic (OVR 83) heading for Chelsea this year, Valverde will need to deliver.

79 long passing, 78 long shots and 78 short passing take Valverde to a 73 overall and 83 potential. The central, left or attacking midfielder costs around £11 million with £54,000 a week on FIFA 19. 

Mickael Cuisance (OVR 72 – POT 85)

Age: 19                             

Positions: CM

Club: Borussia Monchengladbach

Country: France

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 85 curve, 84 agility, 79 acceleration

Cost: £10 million

Wage: £9,000 a week

Mickael Cuisance burst into the Monchengladbach first team last year, making 26 appearances in his first season of professional football. Still just 18, Cuisance is set for another big year, having worked his way up to the French U20 side. 

Cuisance’s 72 overall can improve to an 85 potential, with his best stats being 85 curve, 84 agility and 79 acceleration. £10 million should be enough to get your man with wages of £9,000 a week. 

Arne Maier (OVR 72 – POT 85)

Age: 19

Positions: CM, CDM

Club: Hertha Berlin

Country: Germany

Work rate: High/Medium

Best stats: 78 short passing, 76 marking, 76 ball control

Cost: £11 million 

Wage: £9,000 a week

Staying in Germany, Arne Maier is another wonderkid midfielder with plenty of promise. The 19-year-old made 21 appearances for Hertha Berlin last year, working his way up to the Germany U21 side and reportedly becoming a target for Arsenal and Manchester United.

Maier’s 72 overall has attributes of 78 short passing, 76 marking and 76 ball control on FIFA 19. Those stats will improve as he rises to an 85 potential, meaning you will need £11 million to get hold of him and wages of £9,000 a week. 

Defensive midfielders

Defensive midfield is perhaps the most difficult position to play when you’re young. There are so many facets including tackling, heading, passing as well as strength, so you have your work cut out in finding a star to come in and protect the defence. 

Tyler Adams (OVR 72 – POT 84)

Age: 19

Positions: CDM, RWB

Club: New York Red Bulls

Country: United States

Work rate: High/High

Best stats: 86 stamina, 86 balance, 83 sprint speed

Cost: £7.1 million (release clause)

Wage: £3,000 a week

Tyler Adams is an agile defensive midfielder, so much so that he is also been used by NY Red Bulls as a wing back. The 19-year-old has already represented his club close to 70 times and earned seven US caps in his career. Still so young, a move to Europe could be on the horizon for the American.

Adams can be signed by matching his £7.1 million release clause and £3,000 a week wages. That will get you his 72 overall and 84 potential along with stats of 86 stamina, 86 balance and 83 sprint speed. 

Fran Beltran (OVR 72 – POT 80)

Age: 19

Positions: CDM, CM

Club: Celta Vigo

Country: Spain

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 80 agility, 79 balance, 75 short passing

Cost: £7 million

Wage: £7,000 a week

A new signing for Celta Vigo, Fran Beltran amassed over 70 appearances for Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish second division, and now he is looking to cut it in the top flight. The defensive or central midfielder looks to be firmly in Celta plans for the seasons, and he is also a regular for the Spain U19 side with nine caps. 

Attributes of 80 agility, 79 balance and 75 short passing provide Beltran with a 72 overall rating, with a potential of 80. £7 million and wages of £7,000 a week should be enough to sign him, although you will need to wait until January. 

Aurelien Tchouameni (OVR 71 – POT 85)

Age: 18

Positions: CDM, CM

Club: Bordeaux

Country: France

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 74 strength, 73 ball control, 73 short passing

Cost: £10 million

Wage: £11,000 a week

Aurelien Tchouameni captains the France U19 side, and he looks to be a regular in his first season of professional football with Bordeaux. The defensive or central midfielder has already featured nine times this season, including the full 90 minutes in the first Europa League fixture, so keep an eye on his progress over the year.

74 strength, 73 ball control and 73 short passing take Tchouameni to a 71 overall rating, which can rise to an impressive 85 potential. The 18-year-old costs £10 million with wages of £11,000 a week. 

Ronaldo Vieira (OVR 70 – POT 81)

Age: 19

Positions: CDM, CM

Club: Sampdoria

Country: England

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 80 stamina, 80 aggression, 79 strength

Cost: £4.4 million (release clause)

Wage: £10,000 a week

Ronaldo Vieira was Leeds’ prized asset, but in order to fund new signings, the 19-year-old was sold to Italian club Sampdoria for £7.7 million over the summer. The 19-year-old has three caps for England U21 to his name, but he is already very experienced with two full seasons in the Championship under his belt. 

Defensive or central midfielder Vieira has a 70 overall on FIFA 19 which can rise to an 81 potential. Abilities of 80 stamina, 80 aggression and 79 strength will only cost his £4.4 million release clause and wages of £10,000 a week, but you will need to wait until January to make a move.

All the best wonderkid midfielders on FIFA 19

PlayerAgePositionClubCountryOVRPOTCostWage
Kai Havertz19CAM
RM
CF
Bayer LeverkusenGermany7988£28m£36k
Gedson Fernandes19CMBenficaPortugal7486£18.4m£6k
Mason Mount19CAMDerby*England7485n/a£40k
Federico Valverde19CM
LM
CAM
Real MadridUruguay7383£11m£54k
Phil Foden18CAM
CM
Man CityEngland7388£16m£46k
Giorgi Chakvetadze18CAMGentGeorgia7285£10.3m£8k
Mickael Cuisance18CMGladbachFrance7285£10m£9k
Weston McKennie19CM
CDM
SchalkeUSA7284£10m£10k
Arne Maier19CM
CDM
Hertha BerlinGermany7285£11m£9k
Fran Beltran19CDM
CM
Celta VigoSpain7280£7m£7k
Tyler Adams19CDM
RWB
NY Red BullsUSA7284£7.1m£3k
Aurelien Tchouameni18CDM
CM
BordeauxFrance7185£7.5m£11k
Jonathan Gonzalez19CM
CDM
MonterreyMexico7181£6m£15k
Kangin Lee17CAM
LM
RM
ValenciaSouth Korea7086£6m£11k
Manu Morlanes19CMVillarrealSpain7082£5m£10k
Mauro Junior19CAM
RW
PSV
2015 ~ 2019
Brazil7082£4.3m£6k
Hannes Wolf19CAMRB SalzburgAustria7082£4.6m£12k
Enrico Brignola18CAM
RW
CF
RM
SassuoloItaly7084£6m£16k
Ronaldo Vieira19CDM
CM
SampdoriaEngland7081£4.4m£10k
Mykola Shaparenko19CM
CDM
CAM
Dynamo KyivUkraine6985£4m£880
Zaydou Youssouf18CM
RW
BordeauxFrance6981£2.9m£11k
Exequiel Palacios19CM
CAM
River PlateArgentina6983£4m£7k
Riqui Puig18CMBarcelonaSpain6888£4m£32k
Sergio Gomez17CAM
CM
Borussia DortmundSpain6887£3.1m£13k
Elif Elmas18CM
CAM
FenerbahceMacedonia6881£2.5m£16k
Alexis Mac Allister19CM
CAM
Argentinos JuniorsArgentina6882£2.5m£4k
Ben Woodburn18CAM
LW
ST
Sheffield United*Wales6885n/a£24k
Gonzalo Maroni19CAMTalleres*Argentina6880n/a£7k
Sancet18CM
CAM
Athletic BilbaoSpain6782£1.8m£7k
Beni Baningime19CDM
CM
EvertonDR Congo6781£1.7m£19k
Chris Durkin18CDMDC UnitedUSA6784£2m£2k
Dante Rigo19CM
CAM
CDM
PSVBelgium6780£1.6m£5k
Sebastian Szymanski19CAM
RM
LM
Legia WarsawPoland6781£1.8m£3k
Ivan Oblyakov19CM
CAM
CSKA MoscowRussia6781£1.8m£880
Maximiliano Lovera19CAM
RM
LM
ST
Rosario CentralArgentina6780£1.6m£5k
Claudio Gomes17CDM
CM
Man CityFrance6684£1.3m£11k
Sandro Tonali18CDM
CM
BresciaItaly6688£3M£880
Angel Gomes17CAM
LW
ST
Man UnitedEngland6687£2.5m£13k
Mamadou Coulibaly19CMUdineseSenegal6681£1.3m£4k
Nedim Bajrami19CM
CDM
GrasshopperSwitzerland6681£1.5m£2k
Rafik Guitane19CAMRennesFrance6684£2.1m£4k
Pepelu19CM
CDM
LevanteSpain6681£1.8m£3k
Sofiane Diop18CAMMonacoFrance6586£2.3m£8k
Yacine Adli17CM
CAM
PSGFrance6584£1.4m£9k
Linton Maina19CAM
RM
HannoverGermany6581£1.2m£4k
Christos Giousis19CAM
RM
AEK AthensGreece6580£1.2m£880
Callum Gribbin19CAM
LW
RW
Man UnitedEngland6582£1.4m£13k

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