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 across the midfield, such as Kai Havertz, Frenkie de Jong, Jadon Sancho, or Goncalo Guedes. Instead, we’ll be looking at the hidden gem wonderkids: the best young left, right, central, attacking, and defensive midfielders 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 Defensive Midfielder: Sandro Tonali (OVR 75 – POT 90)
Having established himself as a first-choice central midfielder for Brescia Calcio in Serie B in the 2017/18 season, Sandro Tonali continues to be the club’s go-to defensive midfielder in Serie A this season. Hailed as the ‘New Pirlo,’ Tonali is one of the highest-rated wonderkids in FIFA 20 Career Mode.
The Italian starts with a 75 OVR rating but boasts a potential of 90 POT and is still only 19-years-old. Still somewhat of a hidden gem, being with a newly promoted team, his 76 ball control, 76 dribbling, 74 composure, 73 interceptions, 80 long pass, 77 short pass, and 74 vision alongside his strong pace and physical attributes make him useable from the start.
Best Young Centre Midfielder: Boubakary Soumare (OVR 72 – POT 87)
Boubakary Soumare is being tracked by many of Europe’s elite this season, with the likes of Manchester City and Everton looking to sign the leggy midfielder. While deployed often, Soumare is yet to cement himself as a starter for LOSC Lille in this campaign, but the talent is there for all to see.
In FIFA 20, the Frenchman has the potential to reach an overall rating of 87 and is valued at £6 million. Standing at 6’2’’ and 82 kg, the top young midfielder has solid attribute ratings in key midfield areas, including his 72 long pass, 763short pass, 75 strength, 78 ball control, and 74 composure.
Best Young Attacking Midfielder: Mohammed Ihattaren (OVR 68 – POT 88)
Despite still only being 17-years-old, this looks to be the season that Mohamed Ihattaren claims his place in PSV Eindhoven’s first team and demands the attention of the best clubs from across the continent. Featuring on the right-wing and in attacking midfield for PSV, Ihattaren notched three assists in the team’s first two Europa League matches this season, as well as a goal and three assists through their first five Eredivisie games.
FIFA 20 Career Mode starts the Dutch wonderkid off at 68 OVR, but his four-star skills, four-star weak foot, and 88 POT make him one of the most promising hidden gems in the game. Valued at £1.6 million with a wage of £800, Ihattaren’s best skills from the start are his 76 ball control, 73 dribbling, 73 vision, 73 agility, 72 acceleration, and 72 sprint speed. Other than those stats, Ihattaren is rather poor early in the game.
Best Young Right Midfielder: Takefusa Kubo (OVR 70 – POT 87)
Over the summer, Takefusa Kubo earned a dream move from his nation’s capital to Real Madrid for a cool £1.8 million. The-then 17-year-old had shown great promise for FC Tokyo in the J1 League, racking up six goals and four assists through 30 games while dazzling with his skill on the ball to prove himself as a wonderkid. Not to be wasted in the B-team ranks, Kubo has been loaned out to RCD Mallorca this season, where he started the season by being eased into their La Liga line-up.
His ability on the ball is well-represented in FIFA 20, boasting ratings of 89 for acceleration, 72 for free-kick accuracy, 83 in agility, 83 for balance, 79 for dribbling, and 78 in ball control at the start of Career Mode. At 18-years-old with four-star skills, four-star weak foot, and 87 potential, Kubo is certainly one to watch.
Best Young Left Midfielder: Alphonso Davies (OVR 72 – POT 87)
Born in Ghana but already capped 15 times for Canada, with four goals to boot, Alphonso Davies is one of the most exciting young stars in football today. In 2016, Davies became the second-youngest player to feature in an MLS game, behind notorious former wonderkid Freddy Adu.
The Canadian doesn’t look to be heading down the path of Adu, however, as Bayern Munich not only signed him from the Vancouver Whitecaps in January 2019 for £9 million, but they’ve also been blooding him into the first team. It’s still early days for the 18-year-old, but he’s already notched a couple of goals for the German giants.
In FIFA 20’s Career Mode, Davies is a wonderkid that you want in your ranks, boasting 93 acceleration, 89 sprint speed, 84 agility, and a potential of 87 POT. Valued at £6 million, you should snap up the Canadian-Ghanaian.
Other hidden gem midfielders in FIFA 20 Career Mode
|Sander Berge||CDM||87||79||KRC Genk||Norwegian|
|James Sands||CDM||84||66||New York City FC||American|
|Cristian Ferreira||CM||87||71||River Plate||Argentinean|
|Enzo Millot||CM||86||63||AS Monaco||French|
|Hamed Junior Traore||CAM||86||70||US Sassuolo – on loan from FC Empoli||Ivorian|
|Sergio Gomez||CAM||85||68||SD Huesca – on loan from Borussia Dortmund||Spanish|
|Ismaila Sarr||RM||88||78||Watford FC||Senegalese|
|Manor Solomon||RM||86||70||Shakhtar Donetsk||Israeli|
|Agustin Urzi||LM||89||71||Club Atletico Banfield||Argentinean|
|Rabbi Matondo||LM||85||67||FC Schalke 04||Welsh|
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