FIFA 21 Career Mode: Cheap High Potential Centre Midfielders (CM)

Need a centre midfielder with high potential but don’t have the budget for a wonderkid? Check out these CMs who cost less than £1 million each.


Starting a new Career Mode as a club with limited resources can be a great challenge to undertake on FIFA 21 if you know how to make the most of a limited budget.

Even with a small transfer budget, you can still bring in some potentially great players, particularly if you sign some of the best cheap players with high potential. With a low release clause and a decent potential rating, your investment will only increase in value, both on the pitch and in the transfer market.


In this article, the focus is on the best cheap centre midfielders with high potential ratings in FIFA 21’s Career Mode.

Choosing FIFA 21 Career Mode’s Best Cheap Centre Midfielders (CM)

When finding the best cheap centre midfielders with high potential in FIFA 21, we first cut the selection down to the players with release clauses of £1 million or less.

From there, we narrowed the search to players who had CM listed as their primary position in Career Mode and cut out all players who didn’t have a potential rating of at least 77 POT.

This list of the best cheap CM players of Career Mode doesn’t include on-loan players as they’re not readily available, nor does it feature any free agents.

For a full list of ALL of our best cheap high potential centre midfielders (CM), please look at the table towards the end of the page.

Danny Leyva (56 OVR – 81 POT)

Team: Seattle Sounders
Age: 17
Best Position: LCM, CM, RCM
Overall/Potential: 56 OVR / 81 POT
Value (Release Clause): £400,000 (£450,000)
Wage: £450 per week
Best Attributes: 72 Balance, 71 Agility, 68 Long Shots

Signing for the Seattle Sounders in 2019, Danny Leyva became the club’s youngest-ever signing, with his first-team debut marking the defensive midfielder as the third-youngest to step onto an MLS field.

Mostly playing for the reserve team, Tacoma Defiance, Leyva has been given plenty of opportunities to impress for the first-team, with the 17-year-old already accumulating ten appearances for Seattle.

Leyva’s 81 potential rating and very low £450,000 release clause combine to make the American midfielder the best cheap CM with high potential to sign in FIFA 21’s Career Mode.

With CM as his preference in FIFA 21, the midfielder hailing from Las Vegas has many strong attributes, including a four-star weak foot, 72 balance, 71 agility, 67 shot power, and 68 long shots.

Armin Gigović (61 OVR – 80 POT)

Team: Helsingborgs IF
Age: 18
Best Position: LM, LCM, CM, RCM, RM
Overall/Potential: 61 OVR / 80 POT
Value (Release Clause): £750,000 (£886,000)
Wage: £450 per week
Best Attributes: 71 Sprint Speed, 68 Stamina, 68 Strength

Gifted his first-team debut by Swedish legend Henrik Larsson as a 17-year-old in the 2018/19 season, Armin Gigović has since claimed a starting XI place for himself.

After a run of ten consecutive games as the starting defensive midfielder for Helsingborgs IF, Gigović started last season in the same role, finishing the Allsvenskan campaign with 19 games, one goal, and an assist.

Already toting a decent 61 OVR for a low-cost signing in FIFA 21, Gigović’s 80 POT and £886,000 release clause combine to make him one of the best cheap midfielders with high potential.

The 18-year-old Swede is quite strong in several key areas of FIFA gameplay, as shown by his four-star weak foot, 68 strength, 68 stamina, 65 short passing, 66 ball control, 71 sprint speed, and 67 acceleration.

Lucas Gourna-Douath (59 OVR – 79 POT)

Team: AS Saint-Étienne
Age: 16
Best Position: LAM, LCM, LDM, CAM, CM, CDM, RDM, RCM, RAM
Overall/Potential: 59 OVR / 79 POT
Value (Release Clause): £550,000 (£810,000)
Wage: £550 per week
Best Attributes:
67 Acceleration, 65 Sprint Speed, 64 Agility

With 11 caps for the French under-16s national team and four caps with a goal in the under-17s, Lucas Gourna-Douath is now winning over his parent club.

In the early stages of the 2020/21 Ligue 1 campaign, AS Saint-Étienne saw it fit to bring the now-17-year-old Frenchman into the first-team, with him getting onto the field in four of the six opening matches.

Despite quickly turning from a 16-year-old to a 17-year-old in FIFA 21, Gourna-Douath’s decent potential of 79 POT has him land as one of the youngest of the best cheap CMs to sign.

Gourna-Douath is a potential Career Mode gem if you’re strapped for cash, thanks to his well-rounded ratings. These include his 67 acceleration, 65 sprint speed, 64 short passing, 63 dribbling, 61 defensive awareness, and 62 long passing.

Andrea Ghezzi (59 OVR – 79 POT)

Team: Brescia
Age: 19
Best Position: LM, LCM, CM, RCM, RM
Overall/Potential: 59 OVR / 79 POT
Value (Release Clause): £575,000 (£819,000)
Wage: £1,600 per week
Best Attributes:
69 Sprint Speed, 68 Balance, 66 Stamina

In the Italian youth leagues, Andrea Ghezzi was a real force in the middle of the park, scoring five goals and teeing-up six more in 38 games for Brescia Primavera.

Following on from his five brief appearances in Serie A last season, Ghezzi is being included in Brescia’s Serie B matchday squads, coming off of the bench on occasion.

While Ghezzi doesn’t boast any outstanding attribute ratings at 59 OVR, his 79 POT and £819,000 release clause make him one of the best cheap midfielders to pick-up and develop.

With the Italian’s best ratings being his 64 short passing, 62 long passing, 69 sprint speed, 65 agility, 68 balance, and 66 stamina, the foundations are there to create a valuable CM.

Levent Mercan (59 OVR – 79 POT)

Team: FC Schalke 04
Age: 19
Best Position: LAM, LCM, CAM, CM, RAM, RCM
Overall/Potential: 59 OVR / 79 POT
Value (Release Clause): £575,000 (£790,000)
Wage: £2,100 per week
Best Attributes:
82 Shot Power, 75 Balance, 68 Acceleration

Starting in the youth team of his local club, PSV Recklinghausen, Levent Mercan moved between several German youth systems before Schalke 04 snapped him up from Rot-Weiss Essen in 2016.

Since then, Mercan has worked his way up to the first-team, making his debut under David Wagner at the beginning of last season and being a regular on the bench throughout the campaign.  This season, the attacking midfielder is getting a lot more game time by primarily playing for the second team in Regionalliga West.

With a five-star weak foot, high attacking work rate, 82 shot power, 66 long shots, 65 long passing, 75 balance, and 66 short passing, the German CM comes into FIFA 21 Career Mode with some useful ratings.

Mercan is the more attack-minded of the best cheap centre midfielders with high potential, and can just as easily play in attacking midfield if your CM slots are already filled.

All the Best Cheap High Potential Centre Midfielders (CM) in FIFA 21

In the table below, you can see the OVR, POT, age, release clause, and best attributes of all of the best cheap CMs with high potential in Career Mode.

NameAgeOverallPotentialRelease ClausePositionTeamBest Attributes
Daniel Leyva175681£450,000CMSeattle Sounders72 Balance, 71 Agility, 68 Long Shots
Armin Gigović186180£886,000CM, CDMHelsingborgs IF71 Sprint Speed, 68 Stamina, 68 Strength
Lucas Gourna-Douath165979£810,000CM, CDMAS Saint-Étienne67 Acceleration, 65 Sprint Speed, 64 Agility
Andrea Ghezzi195979£819,000CM, RMBrescia69 Sprint Speed, 68 Balance, 66 Stamina
Levent Mercan195979£790,000CM, CAMFC Schalke 0482 Shot Power, 75 Balance, 68 Acceleration
Jonah Fabisch185878£585,000CM, CDMHamburger SV65 Acceleration, 64 Short Passing, 64 Stamina
Mohammed Diomande186178£886,000CM, LBFC Nordsjælland78 Acceleration, 72 Balance, 69 Sprint Speed
Joaquín Indacoechea196178£980,000CMClub Atlético Aldosivi78 Balance, 70 Stamina, 70 Acceleration
Tochi Chukwuani175578£344,000CMFC Nordsjælland76 Jumping, 75 Balance, 73 Agility
Dean Campbell195878£681,000CM, CDMAberdeen79 Balance, 75 Agility, 69 Acceleration
Filip Jørgensen186177£886,000CMOdds BK69 Jumping, 68 Acceleration, 68 Stamina
Juan Nardoni175977£574,000CMUnión de Santa Fe70 Balance, 69 Short Passing, 67 Composure
Lucas González206077£861,000CM, RM, LMAtlético Independiente79 Balance, 68 Ball Control, 68 Short Passing
Jomaine Ellay185877£546,000CM, CDMDSC Arminia Bielefeld82 Balance, 78 Agility, 67 Acceleration
Kastriot Imeri206077£840,000CM, LMServette FC75 Balance, 73 Sprint Speed, 72 Agility
Kristoffer Askildsen195777£554,000CMUC Sampdoria64 Acceleration, 62 Ball Control, 62 Stamina

If you’re willing to sign and play some of the best cheap CM players with high potential, you’ll see your investment shoot-up in value.

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