FIFA 20: Best Target Men to Sign on Career Mode

Need a big player up top to nod the ball into the back of the net? Get one of these target men in your team.


They may not always be flashy, and their most suitable playing style may not be in line with the new age of football, but when used well, target men can be game-winners in FIFA 20.

Target men were in fashion, for a while, offering a means to bring the ball down in the opposite end and pass onto the team’s go-to sniper. With their towering height, strength, and ability to control the ball, they also made for a dangerous weapon in the opposition box. 


In FIFA 20, few target men hold a very high overall rating, with the best (who we’ll include in this piece) not able to transfer due to his impending retirement. Nevertheless, having a target man at least on the bench can prove to be the best way to snag a late result.

What makes a good target man on FIFA 20? 

To decide which players would make the cut of the best target men in Career Mode on FIFA 20, we focused on strikers, (ST) and (CF), who boast decent attacking attributes, are strong on the ball, are great aerial threats, and are, of course, rather tall. 

The players featured are the target men with the highest overall ratings, but there are plenty more listed in the table at the foot of the article.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (OVR 85 – POT 85)

Team: AC Milan
Best Position:
LS, ST, RS, LF, CF, RF
Age:
37-years-old
Overall/Potential: 
85 OVR / 85 POT
Value (Release Clause):
£12.6 million (£21.4 million)
Height: 
6’5’’
Best Attributes: 
91 Positioning, 90 Composure, 90 Shot Power

Having enjoyed his time in the MLS, scoring 53 goals and 15 assists through 58 games for Los Angeles Galaxy, Zlatan Ibrahimovic decided to return to Serie A and play for AC Milan once again. 

At the time of writing, AC Milan haven’t lost with the towering Swede in their team, winning thrice and drawing once. In Ibrahimovic’s first start since his return to the San Siro co-residents, he scored a goal. 

In FIFA 20, Ibrahimovic is the highest-rated target man. Along with an 85 overall rating, he has four-star weak foot, five-star skill moves, and the Power Header trait. 

The enigmatic veteran striker boasts many favourable ratings, highlighted by his 86 finishing, 83 heading accuracy, 88 volleys, 84 ball control, 90 shot power, 87 strength, 88 long shots, and 84 vision. 

Wout Weghorst (OVR 81 – POT 82)

Team: VfL Wolfsburg
Best Position: LS, ST, RS
Age:
26-years-old
Overall/Potential: 
81 OVR / 82 POT
Value (Release Clause):
£18.9 million (£33.5 million)
Height: 
6’6’’
Best Attributes: 
87 Heading Accuracy, 86 Strength, 85 Stamina, 85 Positioning

Wout Weghorst has proven himself to be a tremendous asset to VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga. Last season, the 6’6’’ striker nailed 18 goals and seven assists. This season, Weghorst already has 11 goals and three assists. 

The colossal Dutchman is often played up top on his own with crafty wingers playing down either flank. The system continues to produce goals for the team battling for a place in the Europa League spots. 

Above all else, Weghorst is 6’6’’ and has a passable overall rating. Being just 26-years-old with a bit of room to develop, he’s the best option if you want to make the most of a target man in FIFA 20. 

Weghorst’s highlight attributes are his 87 heading accuracy, 86 strength, 85 stamina, 85 positioning, 84 finishing, 84 shot power, 82 reactions, and 78 ball control. 

Bas Dost (OVR 81 – POT 81)

Team: Eintracht Frankfurt
Best Position: LS, ST, RS
Age:
30-years-old
Overall/Potential: 
81 OVR / 81 POT
Value (Release Clause):
£15.3 million (£26 million)
Height: 
6’5’’
Best Attributes: 
92 Strength, 92 Heading Accuracy, 90 Penalties

Signed for £6.3 million from Sporting CP over the summer, Bas Dost has performed well as the target man for Eintracht Frankfurt when he’s been fit. 

Dost has seven goals through 18 games already for Frankfurt and has been used as a super-sub, a centre-forward alongside striker André Silva (who’s on loan from AC Milan), and up top on his own. All three deployments have yielded at least one goal this season. 

The FIFA 20 form of Bas Dost is very-much geared towards being a target man and little more. If you get the 6’5’’ Dutchman, it should only be with the plan to use him as a target man. 

Outside of his 85 finishing, 92 heading accuracy, 82 volleys, 88 positioning, 81 reactions, 81 shot power, and 92 strength, Dost doesn’t really have any favourable attribute ratings to suggest that he can play as anything other than a target man in FIFA 20.

Olivier Giroud (OVR 80 – POT 80)

Team: Chelsea
Best Position: LS, ST, RS, LF, CF, RF
Age:
32-years-old
Overall/Potential: 
80 OVR / 80 POT
Value (Release Clause):
£10.8 million (£20.5 million)
Height: 
6’4’’
Best Attributes: 
91 Heading Accuracy, 89 Strength, 85 Shot Power

Didier Deschamps has utilised Olivier Giroud’s target man qualities for years in the France national team, with the Chelsea centre-forward being pivotal in his nation’s World Cup triumph. 

Still a regular starter for France, Giroud has been all-but kept out of the Chelsea team under Frank Lampard, with the new boss rightfully putting faith in the emerging talent of Tammy Abraham. 

While France’s attacking strategies are built around Olivier Giroud as the centrepiece, with potent attackers on the wings and in attacking midfield, it might be best to avoid such a scheme in FIFA 20. 

With an 80 overall rating, Giroud just scrapes as a good club’s back-up or change of strategy forward. His 91 heading accuracy, 81 positioning, 82 jumping, and 89 strength are best served off of the bench or if you’re up against particularly physical defenders. 

Artem Dzyuba (OVR 79 – POT 79)

Team: Free Agent
Best Position: LS, ST, RS, LF, CF, RF
Age:
30-years-old
Overall/Potential: 
79 OVR / 79 POT
Value (Release Clause):
£11 million (once signed)
Height: 6’5’’
Best Attributes: 
93 Strength, 86 Heading Accuracy, 81 Positioning

Artem Dzuyba is in the midst of another strong season for Zenit St Petersburg in the Russian Premier Liga. Through the first 26 games of this season, the mighty Russian netted 13 goals and teed up a further 11. 

Currently the captain of Russia, the target man’s strike rate for his country (24 goals in 42 games) is even better than his going for Zenit (65 goals in 165 games). 

Artem Dzyuba is a tremendous contender to have on the field in FIFA 20, with his 6’5’’ height, 93 strength, and 86 heading accuracy making him very dangerous when the ball is in the air. 

Dzyuba’s other star attributes include his 81 positioning, 79 finishing, 77 ball control, 78 stamina, 78 shot power, and 75 aggression. The Russian also boasts handy traits for a target man, featuring Team Player and Leadership. 

All the Best Target Men in FIFA 20

Those are the highest-rated target men in FIFA 20’s Career Mode. Here’s the full list of the best target men in FIFA 20. 

NamePositionOVR/POTHeightAge
Zlatan IbrahimovicST85/856’5”37
Wout WeghorstST81/826’6”26
Bas DostST81/816’5”30
Olivier GiroudST80/806’4”32
Artem DzyubaST79/796’5”30
Sandro WagnerST77/776’4”31
Graziano PellèST77/776’4”33
Vedat MuriqiST76/806’4”25
Alexander SørlothST, RW76/796’4”23
Fernando LlorenteST76/766’4”34
Fabian KlosST75/756’4”31
Andy CarrollST75/756’4”30
MarcãoST73/786’5”25
Jean-David BeauguelST73/746’5”27
Kim Shin WookST73/736’5”31
SimyST72/736’6”27
Alberto CerriST72/806’4”23
Hendrik WeydandtST71/776’5”23
Uroš ĐerićST71/726’5”27
Tomáš Chorý ST70/746’7”24
Kemal AdemiST67/766’5”23
Roberts UldriķisST62/766’6”21

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