FIFA 21 Career Mode: Best Cheap High Potential Goalkeepers (GK)

In search of your future starting goalkeeper but can’t afford the transfer fees? Each of these high potential bargain GKs costs £1 million at the most.


Goalkeeper is one of the most difficult positions to trust a player with a low overall rating in FIFA 21. As the ratings dictate almost everything the player does, with very little input from the user, it takes a brave manager to play an underrated GK in Career Mode.

However, if you’re building your team on a low budget and willing to risk putting one of the best cheap goalkeepers with high potential on the field, it won’t take too long for your small investment to pay dividends.


Here, we’re diving into the best cheap GKs with high potential ratings to sign to your Career Mode team.

Choosing FIFA 21 Career Mode’s Best Cheap Goalkeepers (GK)

Perhaps the most important factor in choosing the best cheap goalkeepers is each player’s release clause; to get onto this list, the release clause couldn’t exceed £1 million.

So that your small investment has the greatest chance of reaching a top value, we’ve also only included GKs with a potential rating of at least 77 POT.

Goalies who are out on-loan or listed as free agents at the start FIFA 21’s Career Mode aren’t included in this list of the best cheap goalkeepers to sign.

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

Gavin Bazunu (60 OVR – 82 POT)

Team: Rochdale AFC
Age: 18
Overall/Potential: 60 OVR / 82 POT
Value (Release Clause): £625,000 (£990,000)
Wage: £450 per week
Best Attributes: 65 Jumping, 60 Goalkeeper Reflexes, 60 Goalkeeper Diving

Having showcased his potential in six starts for Shamrock Rovers, in which the Irish goalkeeper only conceded twice and kept four clean sheets, Manchester City decided to pay £450,000 to get Gavin Bazunu in their youth set-up.

For the 2020/21 season, the 18-year-old goalie has been sent out on-loan to continue his development, with Rochdale AFC in League One being his destination. Through the first few games of the season, the Dublin-native conceded five and kept one clean sheet.

Despite being on a season-long loan in the real world, you can sign Bazunu from Rochdale as though he were their player, as of the start of FIFA 21.

So, Bazunu ranks as the best cheap GK with high potential to sign in Career Mode, with his 60 goalkeeper diving, 60 goalkeeper reflexes, and 59 goalkeeper handling being his standout attribute ratings.

Adrián Rodríguez (60 OVR – 79 POT)

Team: Deportivo Alavés
Age: 19
Overall/Potential: 60 OVR / 79 POT
Value (Release Clause): £500,000 (£920,000)
Wage: £1,000 per week
Best Attributes: 65 Strength, 64 Goalkeeper Kicking, 62 Goalkeeper Positioning

Adrián Rodríguez was in Real Madrid’s youth system since 2015, when he changed allegiances from RCD Mallorca to Los Blancos.

After going out on-loan to Albacete Balompié last season, Real Madrid decided to let go of the 19-year-old goalie this year, which saw Adrián join Deportivo Alavés on a free transfer.

In FIFA 21, the Spanish-born Argentine holds some decent attribute ratings for his age and 60 OVR, with his 79 POT holding him amongst the best cheap goalies of Career Mode.

The combination of Adrián’s 6’5’’ frame, 65 strength, 58 goalkeeper handling, and 64 goalkeeper kicking seemingly lay the foundations of a decent modern goalie who can pick the ball out of the air and then kick-start a counter-attack.

Luca Unbehaun (61 OVR – 79 POT)

Team: Borussia Dortmund
Age: 19
Overall/Potential: 61 OVR / 79 POT
Value (Release Clause): £675,000 (£942,000)
Wage: £2,100 per week
Best Attributes: 83 Jumping, 68 Strength, 65 Goalkeeper Reflexes

Luca Unbehaun has been in the Borussia Dortmund ranks since moving over from VfL Bochum in 2016. Since then, he’s worn the number-one shirt for Germany at each youth level bar the under-19s.

Now the Germany U20 starting goalie, Unbehaun is getting plenty of minutes as the starting goalie for Borussia Dortmund II in the fourth-tier of German football.

The young shot-stopper not only makes it onto this list of the best cheap GKs to sign in Career Mode, but he also has the best starting overall rating of the featured keepers.

On top of his 61 OVR, the 6’1’’ goalie has some solid attribute ratings, including his 83 jumping, 68 strength, 65 goalkeeper kicking, and 65 goalkeeper reflexes.

Maxime Delanghe (59 OVR – 79 POT)

Team: PSV Eindhoven
Age: 19
Overall/Potential: 59 OVR / 79 POT
Value (Release Clause): £500,000 (£594,000)
Wage: £750 per week
Best Attributes: 65 Goalkeeper Reflexes, 62 Goalkeeper Positioning, 62 Goalkeeper Diving

Having impressed for the under-17s and under-19s of PSV Eindhoven’s youth system, Belgian netminder Maxime Delanghe moved up to the under-21s for this season.

In the Keuken Kampioen Divisie, Delanghe conceded six in his first game but recovered quickly to only allow four goals in the next four games. He has also featured on the bench for PSV in the Eredivisie when fixtures don’t clash with the under-21s.

At 6’2’’ and 176lbs, Delanghe brings a decent amount of size to the goalmouth, with his 62 goalkeeper diving, 65 goalkeeper reflexes, and 62 goalkeeper positioning helping him to perform as a better GK than his 59 OVR would suggest.

The Halle-native ranks as the next best cheap goalkeeper with high potential in Career Mode: it only costs £594,000 to gain access to Delanghe’s 79 POT.

Bart Verbruggen (59 OVR – 78 POT)

Team: RSC Anderlecht
Age: 17
Overall/Potential: 59 OVR / 78 POT
Value (Release Clause): £450,000 (£478,000)
Wage: £450 per week
Best Attributes: 67 Goalkeeper Diving, 65 Goalkeeper Reflexes, 65 Jumping

After putting in some solid performances en route to keeping six clean sheets in 20 games for NAC Breda’s under-19s team, RSC Anderlecht swooped in with a £270,000 transfer fee for Bart Verbruggen.

While the towering Dutch goalie wasn’t offered the starting role upon arriving to play for the Belgian behemoths, he did feature as the back-up goalie on a couple of match days early in the campaign.

Verbruggen’s greatest asset as a player on your Career Mode team is his 6’4’’ build, along with his 67 goalkeeper diving, 65 goalkeeper reflexes, and 62 strength.

To gain access to the fair potential rating of Verbruggen, you only have to pay Anderlecht £478,000, making him one of the best cheap GKs to sign in FIFA 21’s Career Mode.

All the Best Cheap High Potential Goalkeepers (GK) in FIFA 21

Here, you can find the full list of all of the best cheap GKs with high potentials in Career Mode of FIFA 21.

NameAgeOverallPotentialRelease ClausePositionTeamBest Attributes
Gavin Bazunu186082£990,000GKRochdale AFC65 Jumping, 60 Goalkeeper Reflexes, 60 Goalkeeper Diving
Adrián Rodríguez196079£920,000GKDeportivo Alavés65 Strength, 64 Goalkeeper Kicking, 62 Goalkeeper Positioning
Luca Unbehaun196179£942,000GKBorussia Dortmund83 Jumping, 68 Strength, 65 Goalkeeper Reflexes
Maxime Delanghe195979£594,000GKPSV Eindhoven65 Goalkeeper Reflexes, 62 Goalkeeper Positioning, 62 Goalkeeper Diving
Bart Verbruggen175978£478,000GKRSC Anderlecht67 Goalkeeper Diving, 65 Goalkeeper Reflexes, 65 Jumping
Iago Domínguez185978£674,000GKRC Celta65 Jumping, 65 Goalkeeper Handling, 60 Reactions
Florian Palmowski196178£942,000GKHertha BSC65 Goalkeeper Positioning, 62 Goalkeeper Reflexes, 61 Jumping
Elia Caprile186078£827,000GKLeeds United63 Goalkeeper Diving, 63 Goalkeeper Reflexes, 61 Goalkeeper Kicking
Konstantinos Tzolakis175878£586,000GKOlympiacos66 Strength, 63 Jumping, 62 Goalkeeper Reflexes
Teddy Sharman-Lowe175377£272,000GKBurton Albion63 Strength, 54 Goalkeeper Diving, 54 Goalkeeper Reflexes
Renato Josipović195977£699,000GKDinamo Zagreb67 Strength, 62 Goalkeeper Diving, 60 Goalkeeper Reflexes
Yuma Obata186277£886,000GKVegalta Sendai73 Jumping, 70 Goalkeeper Reflexes, 68 Strength
Jean Paul García186077£858,000GKGetafe CF62 Goalkeeper Reflexes, 61 Jumping, 61 Goalkeeper Diving
Sonny Laiton206077£818,000GKAJ Auxerre72 Jumping, 71 Strength, 67 Reactions
Ryan Schofield206077£852,000GKHuddersfield Town62 Goalkeeper Diving, 62 Goalkeeper Reflexes, 59 Goalkeeper Kicking

Provided that you’re skilled enough to mitigate the risk of playing a relatively low-rated goalkeeper, consider investing in one of the best cheap GK players of Career Mode on FIFA 21.

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