FIFA 22 Career Mode: Best Cheap Central Midfielders (CM) with High Potential to Sign

We have ALL the best cheap central midfielders (CM) with high potential ratings on FIFA 22 Career Mode.


The ceiling of the outright best young central midfielders is rather shallow, despite there being plenty of high potential CMs out there. So, opting for one of the cheap players with high potential can be the smart play in FIFA 22.

In order for you to stack your CM corps with players that will only increase in value, we’ve compiled all of the best cheap central midfielders with high potentials who you can sign from the start of Career Mode.


Choosing FIFA 22 Career Mode’s best cheap central midfielders (CM) with high potential

There are plenty of top talents at cut-rate prices available in FIFA 22, with the likes of Gavi, Gori, and Aster Vranckx featuring among the top spots.

This list of the best cheap central midfielders with high potential only features players who have a potential rating of at least 82, are valued at around £5 million or less, and have CM set as their best position.

At the bottom of this article, you’ll find the complete list of all of the best cheap central midfielders (CM) with high potential ratings in FIFA 22.


Pablo Gabi (66 OVR – 85 POT)

Team: FC Barcelona
Age: 16
Wage: £3,300
Value: £1.8 million
Best Attributes: 78 Balance, 77 Agility, 74 Short Pass

At 16-years-old with a 66 overall rating, Pablo Gavi is able to remain under the radar in terms of valuation, with his 85 potential and £1.8 million value making him the best cheap CM to sign in FIFA 22.

Naturally, the 85 potential is the main draw of those looking to add a high potential CM in Career Mode, but his current ratings should lay the foundations of a very useful player. Among his best are 69 long pass, 74 short pass, and 70 vision – potentially making him a future deep-lying playmaker.


As Barcelona seek to rebuild, the first-team has been more trusting of the club’s home-grown top prospects this season, with Gavi being one of the beneficiaries. Featuring on both wings, in attacking midfield, and central midfield, the young Spaniard played in six of Barça’s first nine games of the season.

Aster Vranckx (67 OVR – 85 POT)

Team: VfL Wolfsburg
Age: 18
Wage: £5,100
Value: £2.2 million
Best Attributes: 74 Aggression, 73 Strength, 72 Sprint Speed

A regular among the wonderkids of recent FIFA games, Aster Vranckx’s low overall rating and age of 18 allows him to enter FIFA 22’s Career mode as a cheap CM, who also boasts a potential rating of 85.

The young Belgian is already a very useful box-to-box midfielder, boasting 72 stamina, 71 agility, 71 acceleration, 72 sprint speed, and 73 strength. On the technical side, the 67-overall CM has a bit of work to do as his 67 long passing and 66 standing tackle are a bit low.

After scoring five goals and four assists in 47 games for KV Mechelen in the Jupiler Pro League, VfL Wolfsburg pulled the trigger to spend a bit over £7 million to sign Vranckx. While he didn’t feature in the first seven Bundesliga games of the campaign, the young player was still involved in the first-team.

Gori (64 OVR – 84 POT)

Team: RCD Espanyol
Age: 19
Wage: £2,100
Value: £1.4 million
Best Attributes: 80 Balance, 75 Acceleration, 74 Sprint Speed

Left-footed centre-mid Gori comes into Career Mode with a lowly 64 overall rating, allowing his 84 potential to fly under the radar and give him a value of just £1.4 million.

The 19-year-old CM stands as one of the best cheap high potential players to sign but is already of use in FIFA 22. Gori’s 75 acceleration, 74 sprint speed, and 74 agility give him the mobility needed to be effective.

Gori made his first-team debut for RCD Espanyol in the first game of this season, clocking in eight minutes against CA Osasuna. However, at the time of writing, he was getting most of his football with the B-Team in the Segunda División Grupo III.

Marko Bulat (70 OVR – 84 POT)

Team: Dinamo Zagreb
Age: 19
Wage: £5,100
Value: £3.2 million
Best Attributes: 76 Balance, 76 Composure, 76 Long Pass

Croatian central midfielder Marko Bulat makes his way onto the list of the best cheap high potential players thanks to his 84 potential and £3.2 million valuation.

The right-footer who stands 5’10’’ can already be a threat with the through ball and when taking a free-kick. Bulat’s 76 long passing, 75 shot power, 72 vision, and 73 free-kick accuracy all make him useful even as a 19-year-old CM.

Having impressed with HNK Sibenik, both coming through the youth system and during a short loan spell back to the club, Bulat has now joined up with Dinamo Zagreb. His early chances in 1.HNL were fairly fleeting, but big things are expected of the Šibenik native.

Samuele Ricci (67 OVR – 84 POT)

Team: FC Empoli
Age: 19
Wage: £7,000
Value: £2.3 million
Best Attributes: 74 Stamina, 74 Short Pass, 72 Ball Control

Valued at £2.3 million but with an 84 potential rating, Samuele Ricci makes the cut as one of the best cheap CMs with a high potential rating to sign in Career Mode.

Still only 19-years-old, the FC Empoli midfielder has some usable ratings that exceed his 67 overall. The Italian’s 69 composure, 74 short pass, 74 stamina, and 72 ball control look to be the foundations of a decent holding midfielder down the line.

Ricci is already a reliable starting XI player for Empoli in Serie A, having been a regular feature in the club’s promotion from Serie B last season. Already, he’s notched three goals and four assists by his 73rd game for the Italian outfit.

Manuel Ugarte (72 OVR – 84 POT)

Team: Sporting CP
Age: 20
Wage: £6,100
Value: £4.8 million
Best Attributes: 75 Stamina, 75 Stand Tackle, 75 Ball Control

One of the more high-cost players on this list of cheap CMs to sign, Manuel Ugarte weighs-in with a 72 overall rating and £4.8 million value.

Ugarte is easily the most first-team ready of the best high potential players here, with his 75 ball control, 75 standing tackle, 73 interceptions, and 74 short pass giving him more of a defensive build.

Already toting a cap for Uruguay, the Montevideo midfielder made his way from CA Fénix to FC Famalicao in January 2021 for nearly £4 million. Seven months and 21 appearances later, Sporting CP paid nearly £6 million for Ugarte.

Martin Baturina (64 OVR – 843 POT)

Team: Dinamo Zagreb
Age: 18
Wage: £1,300
Value: £1.3 million
Best Attributes: 75 Agility, 75 Balance, 74 Acceleration

Martin Baturina helps to make Dinamo Zagreb raid-worthy for cheap high potential centre-mids, joining Marko Bulat but with a slightly lower 83 potential rating, and only valued at £1.3 million.

Despite his 64 overall rating, the Croatian midfielder already makes for a busy player to have in the middle of the park. The 75 agility, 73 ball control, 72 stamina, 74 acceleration, 75 balance, and 73 sprint speed enable Baturina to get all over the field with ease.

Still only 18-years-old, the Split-native has been drifting between the Dinamo Zagreb first-team and second-team, occasionally getting minutes in the domestic league and Europa League.

All of the best cheap high potential central midfielders (CM) on FIFA 22

For the list of all of the best low-cost CMs with high potential ratings to sign in Career Mode, check out the table below.

PlayerOverallPotentialAgePositionTeamValueWage
Gavi 668516CMFC Barcelona£1.8 million£3,300
Aster Vranckx678518CM, CDMVfL Wolfsburg£2.2 million£5,100
Gori  648419CM, CAMRCD Espanyol£1.4 million£2,100
Marko Bulat698419CM, CDMDinamo Zagreb£3.2 million£5,100
Samuele Ricci678419CM, CDMEmpoli£2.3 million£7,000
Manuel Ugarte728420CM, CDMSporting CP£4.8 million£6,100
Martin Baturina648318CM, CAMDinamo Zagreb£1.3 million£1,300
Blanco  718320CM, CDMReal Madrid£3.9 million£44,000
Lewis Bate638318CM, CDMLeeds United£1.1 million£4,000
Cristian Medina 708319CMBoca Juniors£3.3 million£4,000
Nicolò Fagioli688320CM, CAMJuventus£2.5 million£15,000
Erik Lira 698321CMU.N.A.M.£2.9 million£4,000
Nico González  688319CM, CAMFC Barcelona£2.5 million£20,000
Xavi Simons668318CMParis Saint-Germain£1.9 million£5,000
Fausto Vera  698321CM, CDMArgentinos Juniors£2.9 million£4,000
Nicolas Raskin  718320CM, CDMStandard de Liège£3.9 million£7,000
Alfie Devine578216CM, CDMTottenham Hotspur£430,000£860
Turrientes   658219CM, CAM, CDMReal Sociedad B£1.5 million£860
Álex Cardero  638217CM, CAMReal Oviedo£1 million£430
Édouard Michut658218CMParis Saint-Germain£1.5 million£5,000
Vassilis Sourlis648218CM, CDM, CAMOlympiacos CFP£1.3 million£430
Ivan Ilić728220CMHellas Verona£4.3 million£12,000
Juan Sforza  658219CM, CDMNewell’s Old Boys£1.5 million£2,000
Santiago Naveda698220CM, CDMClub América£2.8 million£13,000
Francho Serrano   678219CM, CDM, CAMReal Zaragoza£2.1 million£2,000
Kenneth Taylor 688219CMAjax£2.5 million£3,000
Kouadio Manu Koné698220CMBorussia Mönchengladbach£2.8 million£8,000
Giuliano Galoppo728222CMClub Atlético Banfield£4.3 million£9,000
Marcel Ruiz 728220CMClub Tijuana£4.3 million£10,000
Jens-Lys Cajuste  728221CM, CDMFC Midtjylland£4.3 million£13,000
Lewis Ferguson718221CM, CDMAberdeen£3.6 million£4,000

Get some of the best high potential central midfielders listed above for a relatively cheap transfer fee in FIFA 22.

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