Looking for the best young players for FIFA 17’s Career Mode? Check out this handy guide to give players all the answers they need to build up a team of hidden gems.

Although plenty of eyes are on FIFA 17‘s The Journey campaign, many fans will still want to focus their time on the game’s Career Mode. With the FIFA series’ Career Mode, gamers are given the chance to buy their very own team of superstars, picking the best players from around the world and leading them to world domination. With enough of a budget, would-be managers can roll the likes of Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, and Paul Pogba into an all-powerful team of Galacticos.

Other players, however, prefer to take a different strategy, scouting out the best hidden gems from around the world and building a squad of long-lasting quality. Here is Game Rant’s guide to the best young players of the FIFA 17 Career Mode.



Goals win games, and top pick of the striker category when it comes to young players is Angel Correa. The Atletico de Madrid striker is almost ready to go in most teams with an overall rating of 79, but the striker’s potential of 89 means that he will be among the best in the game for his age group.

Another solid choice would be Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City. In real life, Iheanacho has been in stellar form, and his FIFA 17 overall rating of 74 and potential of 88 means that he is more than worth the effort to train up – particularly if speed makes up a large portion of a user’s strategy. Those with a preference for United over City could instead turn to Marcus Rashford, who also has a potential of 88.

Managers on a tighter budget also have some hidden gems to turn to. Kasper Dolberg of Ajax starts the game with a rating of 68, but that is easily offset by a more than respectable potential of 85. With a low wage and low cost to buy, Dolberg is a good fit for a team on the up.

Here’s a full rundown of the EA Sports-verified best young strikers:

Club Firstname Surname Age Position Overall Potential
Atlético de Madrid Ángel Correa 21 ST 79 88
Manchester City Kelechi Iheanacho 19 ST 74 88
Manchester United Marcus Rashford 18 ST 76 88
Real Betis Balompié Antonio Sanabria 20 ST 78 88
VfL Wolfsburg Borja Mayoral Moya 19 ST 72 86
Udinese Adalberto Peñaranda 19 ST 76 86
FC Porto André Miguel Valente da Silva 20 ST 74 86
Ajax Kasper Dolberg 18 ST 68 85
Milan M’Baye Niang 21 ST 78 85
Liverpool Divock Origi 21 ST 78 85
Ajax Bertrand Traoré 20 ST 75 85
RB Leipzig Timo Werner 20 ST 75 85

Left and Right Midfield


Of course, for those strikers to score goals, they’ll need to be supplied with good passes to get them into goalscoring positions. Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund is a great fit for the right side of midfield, with an overall rating of 77 and a whopping potential of 90. Breel Embolo of FC Schalke is also a good option, with an overall of 76 and a potential of 88.

On the left, Anthony Martial of Manchester United’s 90 potential is alluring, but some players may find him difficult to sign given his early overall rating of 82 and the high value that comes with that. Instead, turning to a German club is again a good option, with Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt sitting pretty with an overall rating of 79 and strong potential of 88.

Ajax is once again a good place to turn to for a bargain choice. Vaclav Cerny starts with an overall rating of 69, but grows up to 86. What’s more, the player is capable on both wings, so has the added bonus of versatility.

Club First name Surname Age Position Overall Potential
Borussia Dortmund Ousmane Dembélé 19 RM 77 90
Manchester United Anthony Martial 20 LM 82 90
Bayer 04 Leverkusen Julian Brandt 20 LM 79 88
Bayern München Kingsley Coman 20 LW 81 88
FC Schalke 04 Breel Embolo 19 RM 76 88
Real Betis Balompié Charly Musonda 19 LW 77 88
Manchester City Leroy Sané 20 RM 79 88
Manchester City Raheem Sterling 21 LM 82 88
Villarreal CF Samuel Castillejo Azuaga 21 LM 80 87
AS Monaco Thomas Lemar 20 RM 78 87
AS Monaco Kylian Mbappe Lottin 17 LW 71 87
Galatasaray Armindo Tué Na Bangna 21 LW 77 87
SL Benfica Andrija Živković 20 RM 75 87
RC Genk Leon Bailey 19 LM 74 86
Lazio Keita Baldé Diao 21 LW 78 86
Ajax Václav Černý 18 RW 69 86
Sporting CP Matheus Fellipe Costa Pereira 20 LM 74 86
Juventus Marko Pjaca 21 LW 76 86
Estudiantes de La Plata Jeisson Vargas 18 LW 70 86
Sporting CP Gelson Dany Batalha Martins 21 RM 78 85
RC Celta de Vigo Theo Bongonda 20 LW 75 85
Olympique Lyonnais Maxwel Cornet 19 LW 75 85
FC Porto Otávio Edmilson da Silva Monteiro 21 LW 76 85
Arsenal Serge Gnabry 21 RM 73 85
Sunderland Adnan Januzaj 21 LM 76 85
Chelsea Robert Kenedy Nunes do Nascimento 20 LM 73 85
Girondins de Bordeaux Adam Ounas 19 LM 70 85
Real Sociedad Mikel Oyarzabal Ugarte 19 LW 77 85
Bayer 04 Leverkusen Levin Öztunali 20 RM 74 85

Central Midfield


Keeping possession and control of the middle of the park is vital to the success of many teams, so FIFA 17 managers will want to make sure their central midfield is filled with quality. Tottenham star Dele Alli is top of the pile, with the CAM earning a potential rating of 90 to go alongside a strong overall rating of 80. Once again, of course, some managers may find it difficult to sign Alli given his high immediate rating in the game, so those willing to sacrifice a few levels of potential could instead find Tottenham teammate Josh Onomah preferable, with an overall rating of 70 and a potential of 85.

On the defensive side of things, Timothy Fosu-Mensah of Manchester United has a strong potential of 87, while Julian Weigl of Borussia Dortmund is a more ready-made fit for a team with an overall rating of 79 and a potential of 86. Meanwhile, all-rounded midfielders are also available, with Bayern Munchen’s Renato Sanches or Anderlecht’s Youri Tielemans both worthy options.

Club Firstname Surname Age Position Overall Potential
Tottenham Hotspur Dele Alli 20 CAM 80 90
Bayern München Renato Júnior Luz Sanches 19 CM 78 90
Real Madrid Marco Asensio Willemsen 20 CAM 81 89
Hamburger SV Alen Halilović 20 CAM 79 89
Anderlecht Youri Tielemans 19 CM 77 89
Borussia M’gladbach Mahmoud Dahoud 20 CM 79 88
Atlético de Madrid Saúl Ñíguez Esclápez 21 CM 80 88
Manchester United Timothy Fosu-Mensah 18 CDM 71 87
Bayern München Joshua Kimmich 21 CM 78 87
Shakhtar Donetsk Viktor Kovalenko 20 CAM 75 87
OGC Nice Vincent Koziello 20 CM 79 87
FC Schalke 04 Maximilian Meyer 20 CAM 80 87
Ajax Riechedly Bazoer 19 CM 77 86
SL Benfica Danilo Barbosa da Silva 20 CM 79 86
Moreirense Francisco Geraldes 21 CAM 73 86
FC Schalke 04 Leon Goretzka 21 CM 79 86
Rosario Central Giovani Lo Celso 20 CAM 74 86
SL Benfica André Filipe Luz Horta 19 CM 76 86
Borussia Dortmund Mikel Merino Zazón 20 CM 76 86
Atlético de Madrid Óliver Torres Muñoz 21 CM 79 86
Borussia Dortmund Julian Weigl 20 CDM 79 86
Manchester City Oleksandr Zinchenko 19 CAM 74 86
Real Betis Balompié Daniel Ceballos Fernández 20 CAM 77 85
Bournemouth Lewis Cook 19 CM 71 85
FC Porto Rúben Diogo da Silva Neves 19 CDM 75 85
Bologna Godfred Donsah 20 CM 75 85
Vitória Setúbal Ryan Gauld 20 CAM 73 85
Manchester United Andreas Hugo Hoelgebaum Pereira 20 CAM 72 85
Tottenham Hotspur Josh Onomah 19 CAM 70 85
Empoli Matheus Pereira da Silva 18 CAM 70 85
Paris Saint-Germain Adrien Rabiot 21 CM 78 85
Eintracht Frankfurt Marc Stendera 20 CAM 76 85

Central Defenders

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Although bagging goals is always fun, shoring up at the back is also extremely important in order to have a well-balanced team. Here, the top choices will most likely come with fairly substantial price tags, with Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma, Atletico de Madrid’s Jose Maria Gimenez and UD Las Palmas’ Mauricio Lemos all starting with an overall rating in the 80s.

There are, however, some good options to be picked up on the cheap. Reece Oxford of West Ham may start low with an overall rating of 66, but this hotly-tipped teenager’s potential of 86 means that he is well worth a manager’s patience.

Club Firstname Surname Age Position Overall Potential
Chelsea Kurt Zouma 21 CB 80 89
Atlético de Madrid José María Giménez 21 CB 83 88
UD Las Palmas Mauricio Lemos 20 CB 80 88
Bayer 04 Leverkusen Jonathan Tah 20 CB 79 88
Borussia M’gladbach Andreas Christensen 20 CB 78 87
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Niklas Süle 20 CB 81 87
Atlético de Madrid Lucas Hernández 20 CB 75 86
West Ham United Reece Oxford 17 CB 66 86
Ajax Jaïro Riedewald 19 CB 76 86
Milan Alessio Romagnoli 21 CB 78 86
Eintracht Frankfurt Jesús Vallejo Lázaro 19 CB 73 85

Left and Right Back


Increasingly, left and right backs are proving to be an essential tactical part of the game. Providing a swift transition between defense and attack, modern full backs have to be both adept at defending and creating goals. In FIFA 17, these positions are just as difficult to hire for as in the real world, but there are a few high-potential options ready to go in the game.

Both Luke Shaw and Hector Bellerin need little introduction for football fans, and as such may require hefty bids, but for some the purchase would definitely be worth it. However, SL Benfica’s Alejando Grimaldo could be picked up with less cost for the left back position, while Bayer 04 Levekusen’s Tin Jedvaj could fit in well at right back.

Club Firstname Surname Age Position Overall Potential
Manchester United Luke Shaw 21 LB 80 88
Arsenal Héctor Bellerín Moruno 21 RB 79 87
SL Benfica Alejandro Grimaldo García 20 LB 77 86
Valencia CF José Luís Gayà Peña 21 LB 80 85
Bayer 04 Leverkusen Tin Jedvaj 20 RB 75 85



The buck stops here. No matter the quality of the defense of a team, there’s always going to be chances going, and having a quality goalkeeper will make all the difference. As goalkeepers generally reach their peak later on in their careers, the goalies with the best potential in FIFA 17 don’t clock in at 80 overall just yet, meaning there’s plenty of time to bring them in and train them up.

Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma is the young goalkeeper with the highest potential in-game, reaching a potential level of 88. However, there are some other great choices for Career Mode players, such as Toulouse FC’s Alban Lafont and Fiorentina’s Bartlomiej Dragowski.

Club Firstname Surname Age Position Overall Potential
Milan Gianluigi Donnarumma 17 GK 76 88
Fiorentina Bartłomiej Drągowski 19 GK 71 86
Toulouse FC Alban Lafont 17 GK 74 86
Udinese Simone Scuffet 20 GK 74 85

So there we have it – Game Rant’s guide to the best young players in FIFA 17‘s Career Mode. Hopefully, this run-down of the hidden gems to buy in Career Mode will help FIFA 17 players get the most out of their game. Should the title live up to the overall quality of NHL 17 and Madden NFL 17, then players will be in for a treat.

Source: EA Sports