FIFA 20 Career Mode: Top Lower League Gems

Looking for a star in the lower leagues? We look at ALL the best lower league gems on FIFA 20's Career Mode.


Everyone knows the main wonderkids in FIFA 20, with the likes of Kylian Mbappé, Jadon Sancho, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and João Félix already capable of fetching hefty transfer fees. As soon as a big club knows that they’re onto a wonderkid, the price to sign them soars.

So here, we’ll be poaching the much cheaper FIFA 20 Career Mode wonderkids from lower league clubs, finding the top lower league gems to bring into your team.


The top five of these lower league gems in FIFA 20 feature below, with a list of the other high-potential lower league gems listed in the table at the foot of the article.

Advantages of lower league gems

As detailed above, once a big team signs a young player or brings one through to their first team, the wonderkid’s value shoots through the roof on FIFA 20 Career Mode. So, the obvious advantage of signing prospects from lower leagues is that their values are still relatively low.

With lower overall ratings now while playing in what are considered to be lower leagues in FIFA 20, these young players can be bought for low fees and then developed into highly-rated players.

Here, we’ll be looking at all of the lower league gems on Career Mode which have a maximum overall rating of 74, don’t currently play for a team in the Champions League or Europa League, have a potential of at least 85, and are 21-years-old or younger.


For a full list of ALL our lower league gems, look at the table at the end of the page.

Pedro de la Vega (OVR 70 – POT 88)

Team: Club Atlético Lanús
Best Positions: LW, RW
Age: 18-years-old
Value (Release Clause): £3.3 million (£7.1 million)
Skill Moves: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 87 Sprint Speed, 86 Agility, 85 Acceleration, 82 Jumping


Having been teased into the Club Atlético Lanús first team last season, featuring in 12 games, the Argentine Superliga club has already played Pedro de la Vega 11 times this season.

The wonderkid winger scored his first goal for Lanús earlier this season, scoring the only goal of the game against Club Atlético Huracán. He followed that strike up three games later, coming on late to score an 81st-minute equaliser against Arsenal Fútbol Club.

In the FIFA 20 community, Pedro de la Vega has already become a famous name due to the Argentine’s lofty potential and low transfer fee. The speedy 5’10’’ winger can be signed for £7.1 million.

Early in the game, De La Vega isn’t much for scoring goals with 60 finishing, 69 composure, and 42 free-kick accuracy, but he is lightning quick. The Lanús winger’s 85 acceleration, 87 sprint speed, 86 agility, 78 balance, 77 dribbling, and high/medium work rate bode well for his future stats while De La Vega develops towards his huge 88 potential.

Thiago Almada (OVR 70 – POT 88)

Team: Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield
Best Positions: LM, RM, LAM, CAM, RAM, LW, RW, LF, CF, RF
Age: 18-years-old
Value (Release Clause): £6 million (£12.4 million)
Skill Moves: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 89 Balance, 88 Agility, 87 Acceleration, 85 Sprint Speed

Having earned eight starts through 17 appearances last season – scoring three goals and setting up two more in doing so – it’s clear that the coaching team at Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield wants to continue to develop Thiago Almada into a top talent.

This season, Almada has been a mainstay in the first team, starting in the second game of the season, and then, at the time of writing, becoming a first-team regular by starting in three consecutive games. With three goals in his first 14 appearances of this season, plenty of teams will be monitoring the 18-year-old.

In FIFA 20 Career Mode, Thiago Almada comes in as one of the best lower league gems, and a very versatile one at that. The Argentine can play in any of the winger, attacking midfielder, or forward positions comfortably.

Currently rated at 72 OVR, Almada is a bit pricier at £12.4 million, but with an 88 potential rating and many currently useable stats, the Argentine wonderkid is well worth a buy. While his movement stats are his strongest attributes, Thiago Almada also boasts strong numbers in finishing (71), ball control (73), and shot power (72).

Agustín Urzi (OVR 71 – POT 87)

Team: Club Atlético Banfield
Best Positions: LM, RM, LW, RW
Age: 19-years-old
Value (Release Clause): £2 million (£9.6 million)
Skill Moves: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 90 Sprint Speed, 85 Acceleration, 84 Balance, 77 Agility

Playing on either wing, Agustín Urzi was thrown right in at the deep end at Club Atlético Banfield last season, starting in each of the last seven games of the Argentine Superliga campaign, scoring twice.

Now, Urzi is a first-team regular for Banfield, playing in attacking midfield, centre midfield, left wing, left midfield, and right midfield. The versatile attacker only has one assist through 14 starts, but the 19-year-old’s presence – mainly on the left wing – continues to cause problems for opposing defenders.

In FIFA 20 Career Mode, Agustín Urzi’s strengths as a top lower league gem are as a winger with the ball at his feet. The Argentine boasts lofty numbers of 90 in sprint speed, 85 in acceleration, 84 in balance, 77 in agility, 73 in dribbling, and 72 in ball control.

At £9.6 million, plenty of highly-rated attributes, and a mighty 87 potential rating, Urzi is a FIFA 20 wonderkid that you don’t want to miss.

Yari Verschaeren (OVR 73 – POT 87)               

Team: RSC Anderlecht
Best Positions: LM, RM, LAM, CAM, RAM, LW, RW, LF, CF, RF
Age: 18-years-old
Value (Release Clause): £6 million (£15.3 million)
Skill Moves: Four-Star
Best Attributes: 87 Agility, 86 Balance, 78 Ball Control, 77 Dribbling

Having broken into the RSC Anderlecht squad late last season, Yari Verschaeren is now a cemented first-team starter, playing the full 90 minutes in almost all of his 20 games.

The Belgian midfielder was missing games due to a torn ligament injury at the time of writing but had already notched two goals and an assist despite starting in many different positions.

In FIFA 20, Verschaeren is just as versatile as he has proven to be for Anderlecht. His lack of positional bias across the attacking areas of the field is made possible by his 87 agility, 74 stamina, 77 dribbling, 78 ball control, 86 balance, and 72 long shots.

With an absurd work rate ratio of high/high and plenty of usable attributes from the start, the largest fee among the featured lower league gems on this list at £15.3 million is worth every penny.

Wuilker Fariñez (OVR 73 – POT 87)

Team: Millonarios FC
Best Positions: GK
Age: 21-years-old
Value (Release Clause): £6.5 million (£13.3 million)
Skill Moves: One-Star
Best Attributes: 77 GK Reflexes, 75 Jumping, 74 GK Positioning, 73 GK Diving

After playing 52 games for Caracas FC and keeping 18 clean sheets, Wuilker Fariñez made a £1.35 million move to Millonarios FC in early 2018. Since then, the talented Venezuelan shot-stopper has played 59 games and kept 21 clean sheets.

On top of his domestic performances, Fariñez has also been making a name for himself in international circles. Despite only being 21-years-old, the 5’11’’ goalkeeper has played 24 games for Venezuela since his debut in 2016, keeping clean sheets against Panama, Colombia, Uruguay, Paraguay, the UAE, USA, Peru, and Brazil.

If you’re running a big club in FIFA 20 Career Mode, Wuilker Fariñez likely isn’t ready to be your first-choice goalkeeper due to his 73 OVR rating. That said, the Venezuelan’s 87 POT rating means that you’ll want to get him game time as regularly as possible.

With strong base goalkeeping stats of 77 reflexes, 75 jumping, 74 positioning,73 diving, and 70 handling, it’s already clear to see that Fariñez is one of the top lower league gems of FIFA 20.

All the best lower league gems on FIFA 20

The players above are certainly worth your consideration, but here’s the complete list of all of the best lower league gems in FIFA 20 Carer Mode.

Name Team Age Overall Potential Position
Pedro de la Vega Club Atlético Lanús 18 70 88 RW, LW
Thiago Almada Vélez Sarsfield 18 72 88 CAM, LW, ST
Agustín Urzi Club Atlético Banfield 19 71 87 LM, CM, RM
Yari Verschaeren RSC Anderlecht 18 73 87 CAM, CM, RW
Wuilker Fariñez Millonarios FC 21 73 87 GK
Cristian Ferreira River Plate 19 71 87 CM, CAM
Julián Carranza Club Atlético Banfield 19 69 87 ST
Manor Solomon Shakhtar Donetsk 19 70 86 RM, LM, CAM
Jérémy Doku RSC Anderlecht 17 68 86 RW, LW
Alan Velasco Independiente 16 62 85 LM, RM, ST
Jonathan Panzo KSV Cercle Brugge (on loan from AS Monaco) 18 66 85 LB, CB
Tete Shakhtar Donetsk 19 72 85 LM, CAM
Marcos Antonio Shakhtar Donetsk 19 65 85 CM
Julián Álvarez River Plate 19 68 85 ST
Jan Hurtado Boca Juniors 19 71 85 ST
Giorgi Tsitaishvili Dynamo Kyiv 18 68 85 RM, LM
Matías Pellegrini Estudiantes de la Plata 19 68 85 LM, CM, RW
Mykola Shaparenko Dynamo Kyiv 20 73 85 CM, CDM, CAM
Johan Carbonero Once Caldas 19 67 85 LM, RM
Josha Vagnoman Hamburger SV 18 66 85 RB, LM, LB
Déiber Caicedo Deportivo Cali 19 67 85 RM
Jesus Ferreira FC Dallas 18 68 85 ST, CM, CAM
Ezequiel Barco Atlanta United 20 74 85 LM, CAM, ST
Nicolás Benedetti Club América 22 74 85 CAM, RM
Jorge Carrascal River Plate 21 71 85 CAM

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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.