FIFA 20 Career Mode Hidden Gems: Best Young Defenders and Goalkeepers

Need a wonderkid along the back line or in goal?

One of the most satisfying elements of playing Career Mode on any FIFA is uncovering the next world-beating young star, bringing them into your squad, and making them a core part of your all-conquering team.

Here, we won’t be discussing the obvious wonderkids in defence or in net, such as Matthijs de Ligt, Eder Militao, Joe Gomez, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Achraf Hakimi, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Gianluigi Donnarumma, or Alban Lafont. Instead, we’ll be looking at the hidden gem wonderkids: the best young defenders and best young goalkeepers of FIFA 20 that haven’t quite hit the big time just yet.

This should give you ample time to grow them into their potential as well as remain within your transfer budget and keep your salary bill in check.

Best Young Goalkeeper: Andriy Lunin (OVR 76 – POT 88)

Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Lunin is 19-years-old at the start of the game with a 76 OVR rating. From the outset, Lunin’s 6’3’’ height and three-star weak foot peg him as one to watch, but it’s the lofty 88 POT which will draw in the potential suitors.

At £10 million in value and 76 reactions, Lunin is well-worth a buy early. On-loan from Real Madrid to fellow La Liga side Real Valladolid this season, it’s the young netminder’s second season out on loan since Los Blancos spotted his 36-game 2017/18 season with Zorya Luhansk, during which he kept ten clean sheets.

Best Young Right-Back: Max Aarons (OVR 72 – POT 85)

Those who follow the English football leagues will know that one of the most exciting prospects of seeing the explosive Norwich City break into the Premier League is their young right-back, Max Aarons. Starting as a 19-year-old on FIFA 20 Career Mode, he boasts 85 acceleration, 81 sprint speed, 82 agility, and a decent potential of 85 POT.

Aarons is valued at £4.8 million with a £13,500 wage hit but should be considered given the scarcity of high-potential hidden gem right-backs in FIFA 20.

Best Young Right Wing-Back: Pedro Antonio Porro Sauceda (OVR 73 – POT 85)

Better known as Pedro Porro, the Real Valladolid youngster is a jack-of-all-trades down the left or the right, with either wing-back role being his strongest position.

As is the case with the full-backs, there aren’t many high-potential hidden gems to choose from, but Porro, who is on-loan from Manchester City to Real Valladolid, brings superb versatility and a decent potential of 85 POT. With 81 stamina, 78 ball control, 73 crossing, and 80 agility, the £5.5 million-valued Spaniard is certainly one to consider.

Best Young Centre-Back: Dayot Upamecano (OVR 77 – POT 88)

He’s a little out of the hidden gem range and into the ‘made it’ zone of FIFA 20 wonderkids, but if you have the budget, 20-year-old centre-back Dayot Upamecano is well worth the demand price from his £12.5 million valuation. He’s a decent height at 6’1’’ and is a tremendous presence at 90kg. After recovering from a knee injury this season, the Frenchman became a regular starter for RB Leipzig and has been a mainstay in the France U21 side.

Upamecano’s power at centre-back is undisputed already in FIFA 20 Career Mode, with 81 aggression, 88 jumping, 88 strength, and an 84-rated stand tackle. He develops into a beast when he hits his 88 POT and is already at 77 OVR.

Best Young Centre-Back: William Saliba (OVR 71 – POT 88)

At 17-years-old, William Saliba is 6’4’’, 85kg, has 76 strength, 74 jumping, 76 for interceptions, and a 72 rating for his stand tackle. His 71 OVR rating means that he’s not quite ready for first-team football in FIFA 20 Career Mode at the top level, but there’s a lot of hope that once he’s fully recovered from a hamstring injury in real life, the Frenchman will be able to prove himself as a wonderkid during his loan spell from Arsenal to Saint-Etienne.

He’s valued at £4.1 million with wages of £9,800 in the game and can develop into one of the best centre-backs in the world with a potential of 88 POT.

Best Young Left Wing-Back: Ruben Vinagre (OVR 70 – POT 85)

The 5’9’’ left wing-back prospect Ruben Vinagre made a relatively muted switch from AS Monaco to Wolverhampton Wanderers for around £2 million last summer but has already shown flashes of his potential from left midfield.

In FIFA 20 Career Mode, Vinagre is at his strongest overall rating, 70 OVR, from left wing-back up to the left wing. The Portuguese’s 87 acceleration, 89 sprint speed, 82 agility, 79 balance, 79 dribbling, and 77 ball control make the wonderkid a useful commodity while you wait for him to grow into his 85 POT.

Best Young Left-Back: Nuno Tavares (OVR 72 – POT 85)

If you’re in need of a fast, strong, and fairly tall left-back to dominate along your backline, Nuno Tavares may just be the hidden gem for you. A regular starter for Benfica in Liga NOS at the start of this season, making an early impression with a goal and two assists in the season opener against Pacos Ferreira, Tavares totes an 85 POT rating and is already 72 OVR, making him viable for rotation in a high-level first team.

His stats also make him very user-friendly, with 85 acceleration, 88 sprint speed, 73 ball control, 76 agility, 74 stamina, 76 strength, 73 crossing, four-star skills, and four-star weak foot. Valued at £4.4 million in FIFA 20 Career Mode, this wonderkid shouldn’t be missed.

Other hidden gem goalkeepers and top young defenders in FIFA 20 Career Mode

Name Position POT OVR Club Nationality
Florian Muller GK 84 75 FSV Mainz 05 German
Alessandro Plizzari GK 84 66 AS Livorno – on loan from AC Milan Italian
Pedro Pereira RWB 81 70 Bristol City – on loan from SL Benfica Portuguese
Yan Valery RWB 82 69 Southampton French
Josha Vagnoman RB 85 66 Hamburger SV German
Jayden Bogle RB 84 71 Derby County English
Boubacar Kamara CB 86 75 Olympique de Marseille French
Cristian Romero CB 88 74 Genoa CFC – on loan from Juventus Argentinean
Benoit Badiashile CB 86 70 AS Monaco French
Jonathan Panzo LB 84 65 Cercle Brugge – on loan from AS Monaco English
Arthur Zagre LB 84 64 AS Monaco French
Jay Dasilva LWB 82 69 Bristol City English

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Simone Rhea

Started off on PC with classic simulation titles but now plays any game that looks appealing across all three of the major consoles.