FIFA 20 Wonderkids: Ranking the best U21s to buy on Career Mode

We look at the stars of tomorrow who will be a must have on the reformed Career Mode this year.

Is there anything more satisfying on FIFA Career Mode than developing a young talent into a world-class player?

It’s been particularly apparent this summer that Europe’s top clubs are reacting to a new generation of talent emerging – illustrated by big money moves for the likes of Frenkie de Jong, Joao Felix, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Matthijs de Ligt.

In light of this and the upcoming edition of FIFA 20, RealSport has ranked the best young talent to buy and nurture on career mode. 

When compiling the list, we’ve omitted those who have moved already this summer and youngsters who have been making headlines for a good deal of time already – the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Marcus Rashford.

7. Riqui Puig 

Position: CM

Age: 19

Club: Barcelona:

Country: Spain

FIFA 20 predicted rating: 73

FIFA 20 predicted potential: 87

To be lauded as the best talent to have come out of the famed La Masia is a massive endorsement.

After a strong debut season with Barcelona B and an impressive pre-season with the first team, this is praise that Riqui Puig is becoming accustomed to.

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He’s an elegant player capable of surging forward runs and picking a cutting pass. However, playing time will not come easily for Puig during the upcoming season – the arrival of Frenkie de Jong has added to what was already a vast array of riches in the Barcelona midfield, including the likes of Arthur, Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets. On FIFA, he may not be so difficult to steal.

6. Ibrahima Konate 

Position: CB

Age: 20

Club: RB Leipzig

Country: France

FIFA 20 predicted rating: 79

FIFA 20 predicted potential: 88

Konate is one-half of an excellent young centre-back pairing that helped RB Leipzig concede the least goals in last season’s Bundesliga. 

Before last season, it was perhaps his partner Dayot Upamecano was the one attracting more noise. However, Konate raised his game last year and proved himself as the league’s outstanding young defender. 

He’s also a perfect FIFA defender; he’s 6 foot 3 inches tall and is hard to beat in the air, as well as pacy with good dribbling ability. 

5. Houssem Aouar

Position: CM, LM

Age: 21

Club: Lyon

Country: France

FIFA 20 predicted rating: 81

FIFA 20 predicted potential: 89

In Tanguy Ndombele and Houssem Aouar, Lyon had arguably the best young centre-midfield axis in world football last season. 

Aouar now has two excellent Ligue 1 campaigns under his belt and is extremely versatile –  having played as a centre-mid, holding midfielder and on the wing. For a central midfielder, he’s also extremely pacy, which makes him a fun player to use on FIFA.

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Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas is famously difficult to deal with in the transfer market and unlikely to let Aouar go this summer, having already lost Ndombele. On FIFA, you may have more luck and you’ll find a player that can be moulded into the game’s best central midfielder.

4. Phil Foden

Position: CAM, CM

Age: 19

Club: Manchester City

Country: England

FIFA 20 predicted rating: 78

FIFA 20 predicted potential: 90

Pep Guardiola recently labelled Foden as the “best talent I’ve ever seen”. High praise from a man who has coached Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

Foden’s career so far has posed an interesting dilemma – whether or not it is beneficial for a young player to learn from the best coach in the world at the expense of regular game time. 

It is understandable why Foden rarely starts for City – he has to compete with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and David Silva – but he still holds his own when called upon, exemplified by his crucial winner against Spurs in April. He should have one of the highest potential ratings in FIFA 20.

3. Kai Havertz

Position: CAM, RM

Age: 20

Club: Bayer Leverkusen:

Country: Germany

FIFA 20 predicted rating: 83

FIFA 20 predicted potential: 90

This season, Kai Havertz announced himself as the most promising young midfielder on the planet. At 20 years old, he finished second in the voting for Bundesliga Player of the Year, only behind Marco Reus, a man 10 years his senior.

Havertz can do it all; he can dribble, pick a pass and finish. He scored an impressive 17 goals from midfield last season and became the youngest player to reach 50 appearances in the Bundesliga.

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Now playing under Peter Bosz’s gung-ho style, you can expect Havertz’s stock to continue to rise this season.

2. Vinicius Junior

Position: LW

Age: 18

Club: Real Madrid

Country: Brazil

FIFA 20 predicted rating: 81

FIFA 20 predicted potential: 91

Vinicius Junior was one of the few bright sparks in an otherwise dismal Real Madrid campaign. His arrival in the Spanish capital had all the ingredients of a player that was destined to grab headlines – big money spent on a young, flashy Brazilian.

Vinicius has lived up to the hype – breaking into the first team at the age of 18 and wowing the Bernabeu with his dribbling and pace. 

It will be interesting to see how Vincius fits into Zinedine Zidane’s plans given the arrival of fellow left-winger Eden Hazard. He may well have to learn how to play on the right if he’s to get regular game time.

1. Jadon Sancho

Position: LM, RM

Age: 19

Club: Borussia Dortmund

Country: England

FIFA 20 predicted rating: 82

FIFA 20 predicted potential: 92

Jadon Sancho faced the same dilemma as Phil Foden at Manchester City and left in search of regular game time. It’s safe to say that it has paid off handsomely. 

In a breakout season for Borussia Dortmund, Sancho scored 12 and assisted 14. Staggering stats for a 19-year-old. 

He’s also reportedly rejected interest from the likes of Manchester United to continue developing in Dortmund, which seems like a wise move considering how much he’s improved in a short space of time.

He’s going to be a weapon on FIFA 20 – combining strong passing and shooting stats with lightning fast pace. A fully developed Jadon Sancho will be very hard to stop indeed. 

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Harry Jones

I'm a sports writer covering FIFA for RealSport.

Recently, I've studied Journalism in Boston in the US and I'm soon to start a professional qualification in Sports Journalism.

Of course, I'm an avid FIFA player and when I'm not writing about football, you can find me spending far too much time on Ultimate Team.