13 Oct 2021 4:03 PM +00:00

FIFA 22 Best Young CMs: French trio set to be DESTRUCTIVE on Career Mode

One of the most important roles on the pitch is that of a central midfielder, a player that needs to be able to do a bit of everything and have the legs to keep up with the game.

Finding a talented young CM on Career Mode will give you someone your team can play through for years to come.

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Read on to find out who are the best young CMs on FIFA 22.

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Defining Best Young CMs

These central midfielders will all be aged 23 or under at the start of FIFA 22 Career Mode.

That means the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Youri Tielemans just miss out on the list.

Federico Valverde (OVR 83 - POT 89)

Age: 22

Position(s): CM

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Value: £50 million (Release clause: £112 million)

Wage: £138,000 a week

Getting game time in a Real Madrid midfield that still consists of Kroos, Modric and Casemiro may seem like an impossible challenge, but Federico Valverde has been doing just that.

Over the last few seasons he has racked up 112 appearances for the club, even playing all along the right flank, a role he is capable of doing thanks to his lightning pace.

Pedri (OVR 81 - POT 91)

Age: 18

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Position(s): CM

Value: £46 million (Release clause: £105 million)

Wage: £44,000 a week

Pedri looks set to be not just the future of football for Barcelona, but for the Spain national squad too.

Still only 18, he has become an essential part of both squads, with his great ability on the ball, whether it's dribbling past players or creating chances with his pinpoint passing.

Renato Sanches (OVR 80 - POT 86)

Age: 23

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Position(s): CM, RM

Value: £29 million (Release clause: £60 million)

Wage: £33,000 a week

For a while, it looked like Renato Sanches wouldn't fulfil his staggering potential, with tough spells at Bayern Munich and Swansea.

Now he looks settled in a Lille team that won Ligue 1, a powerful dynamo in midfield.

Ismael Bennacer (OVR 80 - POT 84)

Age: 23

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Position(s): CM, CDM

Value: £26 million (Release clause: £46 million)

Wage: £35,000 a week

Ismael Bennacer is a real all-rounder, and although he doesn't have top sprint speed, his acceleration means he can nick the ball away well through interceptions.

He struggled with injury for a lot of last seasons, and has only started one league game for AC Milan this term, but has played a part in all of their unbeaten run so far.

Jude Bellingham (OVR 79 - POT 89)

Age: 18

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Position(s): CM, LM

Value: £32 million (Release clause: £61 million)

Wage: £18,000 a week

Jude Bellingham is so incredibly talented already and he will only improve.

Another player that has shown a different route to get to the top of the game by moving to the Bundesliga, Bellingham can run your midfield for over a decade.

Aurelien Tchouameni (OVR 79 - POT 85)

Age: 21

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Position(s): CM, CDM

Value: £24 million (Release clause: £51 million)

Wage: £35,000 a week

A powerhouse in midfield, Aurelien Tchouameni has everything in his locker.

One of several young, French midfielders coming through at the moment, the talent the national team will have is scary.

Eduardo Camavinga (OVR 78 - POT 89)

Age: 18

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Position(s): CM, CDM

Value: £25 million (Release clause: £57 million)

Wage: £38,000 a week

A big move to Real Madrid over the summer means that you won't be able to get hold of Eduardo Camavinga straight away, but he could be worth the wait if you decide to make a bid when he becomes available.

Another Frenchman who has just about all the attributes you could hope for in a centre mid.

Ryan Gravenberch (OVR 78 - POT 90)

Age: 19

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Position(s): CM, CDM

Value: £28 million (Release clause: £45 million)

Wage: £9,000 a week

Ryan Gravenberch's size tricks you into thinking he's more suited to a defensive role, but his stats show he is better in the attacking third.

Still playing his football in the Eredivise means he has a lower wage, so he could be a real bargain, especially as he has the potential to be one of the best midfielders in the game.

Youssouf Fofana (OVR 78 - POT 83)

Age: 22

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Position(s): CM, CDM

Value: £19 million (Release clause: £37 million)

Wage: £37,000 a week

The partner of Tchouameni in the Monaco midfield, Youssouf Fofana shares similar stats with his teammate.

If you get the job offer for the French national side in your Career Mode, a midfield three of Fofana, Tchouameni and Camavinga can be destructive.

Uros Racic (OVR 78 - POT 85)

Age: 23

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Position(s): CM, CDM

Value: £24 million (Release clause: £55 million)

Wage: £27,000 a week

At 6'4", Uros Racic is a giant in the middle of the field.

He only really lacks in a bit of mobility, otherwise, he is powerful, good on and off the ball, and may even pop up with some goals.