After missing out on claiming the Euros in 2016 by the narrowest of margins, the young French squad used the experience to go all the way at the 2018 World Cup.
France’s current stars are looking to emulate the legacies that legends like Zinedine Zidane, Eric Cantona, Thierry Henry, Michel Platini, Lilian Thuram, Claude Makelele, Patrick Viera, Laurent Blanc, and Jean-Pierre Papin have etched into the history books of French football.
Even though the national team is still absurdly young – only six players in their most recent squad being 28-years-old or older – and on top of the world, we now turn to the next generation of French wonderkids.
There’s a full slate of all of the best wonderkids from France in FIFA 20 at the foot of the article: those with the highest potential overall ratings feature in the main body of the article.
Choosing FIFA 20 Career Mode’s best French wonderkids
The most important aspect considered when picking the best French wonderkids in FIFA 20 Career Mode is the potential overall rating.
Those that feature in the body of the article have the highest POT, with the others listed in the table at the foot of the article having a potential rating of at least 85. All players in the article are 22-years-old or younger at the start of FIFA 20 Career Mode.
Kylian Mbappé (OVR 89 – POT 95)
Team: Paris Saint-Germain
Best Position: LW, LF, CF, ST, RF, RW
Overall/Potential: 89 OVR / 95 POT
Value (Release Clause): £84 million (£172.5 million)
Skill Moves: Five-Star
Best Attributes: 96 Acceleration, 96 Sprint Speed, 92 Agility
Easily one of the most exciting young talents in football today, Kylian Mbappé has taken the world by storm with his speed, technical skill, and fearlessness on the ball. His electrifying goal in the 2018 World Cup Final changed his status from wonderkid to established, world-class forward.
Completing his move to Ligue 1 tyrants Paris Saint-Germain for £130.5 million after a successful loan spell in 2017/18, Mbappé has already tallied 83 goals and 45 assists in 114 games as well as 13 goals in 34 games for France.
In Career Mode on FIFA 20, Mbappé is the fastest forward that you can get, but the young Frenchman is much more than just a speedster.
His mighty 89 OVR rating is padded by tremendous attribute ratings of 89 finishing, 89 positioning, 84 composure, 91 dribbling, 90 ball control, 83 balance, and 83 shot power.
Ousmane Dembélé (OVR 84 – POT 90)
Team: FC Barcelona
Best Position: LM, LW, RW, RM
Overall/Potential: 84 OVR / 90 POT
Value (Release Clause): £38.5 million (£86.1 million)
Skill Moves: Five-Star
Best Attributes: 94 Acceleration, 93 Sprint Speed, 89 Agility, 89 Dribbling
At the start of the 2017/18 season, FC Barcelona forked out £112.5 million for French wonderkid Ousmane Dembélé of Borussia Dortmund, but their huge investment hasn’t panned out quite as they hoped.
Since moving to Camp Nou, Dembélé has been greatly hindered by injuries. Hamstring injuries, muscle tears, ankle injuries, and even more hamstring injuries have held him in check to a mere 74 appearances, 19 goals, and 17 assists through two-and-a-half campaigns to date.
In FIFA 20, Dembélé is incredibly fast and incredibly skilful. Still only 22-years-old at the start of Career Mode, the French wonderkid boasts many very user-friendly ratings, such as his 94 acceleration, 93 sprint speed, 89 agility, 89 dribbling, and 85 ball control.
Eduardo Camavinga (OVR 72 – POT 90)
Team: Stade Rennais FC
Best Position: LCM, LDM, CM, CDM, RCM, RDM
Overall/Potential: 72 OVR / 90 POT
Value (Release Clause): £5.4 million (£13.6 million)
Skill Moves: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 76 Agility, 75 Ball Control, 75 Short Passing
Still only 17-years-old in real life, Eduardo Camavinga enjoyed a few starting XI appearances for Stade Rennais FC last season but became the go-to defensive midfielder for the French club from the start of the 2019/20 campaign.
Best-known for his tackling and innate ability to cut out a pass, Camavinga has been one of Rennais’ most consistent players on their march to third in the Ligue 1 table.
At the start of Career Mode on FIFA 20, Camavinga is still only 16-years-old and is incredibly cheap with a £13.6 million release clause.
However, while the French wonderkid does boast a high/high work rate, his best ratings of 76 agility, 75 ball control, 75 short passing, 74 aggression, 74 composure, 74 dribbling, and 74 long passing aren’t starter-worthy for most top-flight clubs.
Tanguy Ndombele (OVR 81 – POT 89)
Team: Tottenham Hotspur
Best Position: LM, LAM, LCM, CAM, CM, RAM, RCM, RM
Overall/Potential: 81 OVR / 89 POT
Value (Release Clause): £23 million (£48 million)
Skill Moves: Four-Star
Best Attributes: 88 Dribbling, 87 Composure, 86 Balance, 86 Ball Control
Tanguy Ndombele has never been one for goals, but he’s a mighty competitor in the middle of the park with a shrewd eye for a killer pass.
The Frenchman hasn’t kicked on as he would have hoped in his first season for the Champions League runners-up, following a £54 million summer move from Olympique Lyonnais, but he’s still managed to tally two goals and four assists through a stop-start campaign.
Ndombele’s 81 overall rating makes him just about good enough to feature as a regular starter at a top club, with his 89 POT rating giving even more reason to start the Frenchman.
The Spurs central midfielder is already a reliable playmaker from deep thanks to his 87 composure, 86 balance, 86 ball control, 84 short passing, 79 long passing, 80 stamina, and 83 vision.
Houssem Aouar (OVR 81 – POT 89)
Team: Olympique Lyonnais
Best Position: LAM, CAM, RAM
Overall/Potential: 81 OVR / 89 POT
Value (Release Clause): £23 million (£49.1 million)
Skill Moves: Four-Star
Best Attributes: 85 Short Passing, 85 Dribbling, 84 Vision, 84 Ball Control
Olympique Lyonnais has developed many exciting French talents over the years, including Alexandre Lacazette, Ferland Mendy, Corentin Tolisso, Karim Benzema, Samuel Umtiti, Nabil Fekir, Florent Malouda, Éric Abidal, and Hugo Lloris, with Houssem Aouar looking set to be Lyon’s next star export.
Still only 21-years-old, Aouar already has 126 caps for Lyon with 22 goals and 23 assists to his name. The central midfielder has spent time with the French national team and has worn the captain’s armband for his club this season.
Aouar is a well-rounded central midfielder in FIFA 20, boasting 85 short passing, 85 dribbling, 84 vision, 84 ball control, 82 balance, and 81 agility from the get-go on Career Mode.
With an 81 OVR and 89 POT, Aouar is worth playing as a regular starter in attacking midfield, but he’s also a valuable player down either wing or the forward roles.
All the Best French Wonderkids in FIFA 20
Here’s the complete list of all of the best French wonderkids in FIFA 20 Career Mode.
|Kylian Mbappé||Paris Saint-Germain||20||89||95||ST, LW, RW|
|Ousmane Dembélé||FC Barcelona||22||84||90||LW, RW|
|Eduardo Camavinga||Stade Rennais FC||16||72||90||CM, CDM|
|Tanguy Ndombele||Tottenham Hotspur||22||81||89||CM, CDM|
|Houssem Aouar||Olympique Lyonnais||21||81||89||CM, LM|
|William Saliba||AS Saint-Étienne (on loan from Arsenal)||18||74||88||CB|
|Alban Lafont||FC Nantes (on loan from Fiorentina)||20||79||88||GK|
|Ibrahima Konaté||RB Leipzig||20||79||88||CB|
|Dayot Upamecano||RB Leipzig||20||78||88||CB|
|Jonathan Ikoné||LOSC Lille||21||79||87||CAM, RM|
|Boubakary Soumaré||LOSC Lille||20||75||87||CDM, CM|
|Mattéo Guendouzi||Arsenal||20||77||87||CM, CDM|
|Allan Saint-Maximin||Newcastle United||22||79||86||LW, LM, ST|
|Jules Koundé||Sevilla FC||20||77||86||CB|
|Enzo Millot||AS Monaco||16||63||86||CM|
|Evan Ndicka||Eintracht Frankfurt||19||76||86||CB|
|Maxence Caqueret||Olympique Lyonnais||19||70||86||CM, CDM|
|Moussa Dembélé||Olympique Lyonnais||22||81||86||ST|
|Dan-Axel Zagadou||Borussia Dortmund||20||79||86||CB, LB|
|Jean-Clair Todibo||FC Barcelona||19||73||86||CB, CDM|
|Benoit Badiashile||AS Monaco||18||72||86||CB|
|Yacine Adli||FC Girondins de Bordeaux||18||70||86||CF, CAM, CM|
|Moussa Diaby||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||19||77||86||LM|
|Alexis Claude-Maurice||OGC Nice||21||74||86||LM, CAM, LW|
|Issa Diop||West Ham United||22||78||86||CB|
|Aurélien Tchouaméni||FC Girondins de Bordeaux||19||72||86||CM|
|Enzo Loiodice||Dijon FCO||18||65||85||CM, CDM|
|Amine Gouiri||Olympique Lyonnais||19||69||85||ST|
|Lucas Da Cunha||Stade Rennais FC||18||65||85||LM, RM|
|Nordi Mukiele||RB Leipzig||21||78||85||CB, RB|
|Lucien Agoume||Inter Milan||17||63||85||CM|
|Jeff Reine-Adélaïde||Olympique Lyonnais||21||75||85||CM, CAM, RM|
|Jean-Philippe Mateta||FSV Mainz 05||22||78||85||ST|
|Boubacar Kamara||Olympique de Marseille||19||76||85||CB|
|Rayan Aït Nouri||Angers SCO||18||70||85||LB|
|Christopher Nkunku||RB Leipzig||21||78||85||CAM, ST, CM|
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