If you’re managing a Career Mode club with big aspirations but only have a small budget, one of the best ways to increase the quality of your team and the size of your purse is to sign cheap players with high potential ratings.
They may come in with relatively low overall ratings, but as you play your cheap strikers with high potential, their attributes will start to improve, and their values will increase.
On this page, you’ll find all of the best cheap strikers with high potential to sign in FIFA 22’s Career Mode.
Choosing FIFA 22 Career Mode’s best cheap strikers (ST & CF) with high potential
To assemble the list of the best cheap strikers with high potential, the primary factor considered was the release clause – which had to be at or below £5 million.
The best cheap strikers also had to have a potential rating of at least 82 POT, and have their preferred position set as ST or CF in Career Mode.
On-loan players, however, have been excluded from the list due to them not being available to sign for a season, during which time their values could increase to beyond the £5 million threshold. Free agents also haven’t been included among the best cheap STs of FIFA 22.
For a full list of ALL our best cheap strikers (ST & CF) in FIFA 22, please look at the table towards the end of the page.
Dane Scarlett (63 OVR – 86 POT)
Team: Tottenham Hotspur
Value: £1.3 million
Best Attributes: 76 Jumping, 74 Acceleration, 70 Sprint Speed
At only 17-years-old, Dane Scarlett has a 63 overall rating with an 86 potential rating to go along with his 76 jumping and 74 acceleration. The Englishman’s 67 finishing and 65 positioning need work, but his 86 potential allows him to grow exponentially throughout his career.
Scarlett has made just one appearance in the Premier League to date, but if his goal-scoring record at youth level is anything to go by, he will certainly make many more appearances. Last season, Scarlett scored 17 goals in 16 games for Spurs’ under-18s Premier League team.
Benjamin Šeško (68 OVR – 86 POT)
Team: Red Bull Salzburg
Value: £2.7 million
Best Attributes: 80 Strength, 73 Sprint Speed, 73 Jumping
Benjamin Šeško has a 68 rating and an 86 potential rating, with his best asset is being his aerial ability. He stands at 6’4”, has 80 strength, 73 jumping, and 71 heading accuracy, making him a towering presence to aim for. His 69 finishing and 60 positioning will improve in time.
Šeško was on-loan at FC Liefering last season, where he scored 21 goals in 29 games. Now back at Salzburg, he’ll be hoping to continue that goalscoring form. The Slovenian already has three international caps to his name and is sure to make many more appearances in the coming years.
Santiago Giménez (71 OVR – 86 POT)
Team: Cruz Azul
Value: £3.9 million
Best Attributes: 83 Strength, 77 Sprint Speed, 75 Acceleration
Santiago Giménez has a 71 overall rating on FIFA 22, a potential rating of 86, and can be utilised as a target man or played off of the last defender. His combination of 83 strength and 73 heading accuracy, to go along with his 77 sprint speed and 75 acceleration, allows him to punish defenders in more ways than one.
The Mexican has had a great start to the season for Cruz Azul, scoring four goals in eight games in Liga MX Apertura. Giménez is yet to make his senior Mexico debut, but if he keeps scoring goals, it won’t be too far away.
Liam Delap (64 OVR – 85 POT)
Team: Manchester City
Value: £1.6 million
Best Attributes: 78 Sprint Speed, 74 Acceleration, 72 Agility
Liam Delap has a 64 overall rating with an 85 potential rating and is the son of long throw-ins specialist Rory Delap. The 18-year-old’s pace offers a good foundation to build from with 78 sprint speed and 74 acceleration. Over time, his 67 finishing will improve dramatically as he approaches his 85 potential.
Delap’s record in Premier League 2 last season was exemplary. He scored 24 goals in 20 games as the Manchester City under-23s dominated and won the league. Yet to make an impact in the senior team, he will be hoping for a breakthrough this season.
Musa Juwara (67 OVR – 85 POT)
Value: £2.3 million
Best Attributes: 85 Sprint Speed, 82 Acceleration, 78 Dribbling
Musa Juwara has a 67 overall rating with an 85 potential rating on FIFA 22. Speed is the Gambian’s best asset – boasting 85 sprint speed and 82 acceleration – making him lethal at peeling off of defenders and finding space behind the back line.
Jumping between the first-team and the youth team last season, Juwara struggled to find consistent form and minutes. However, in the 2019/20 season, Juwara netted 11 goals in 18 games for Bologna’s youth team, demonstrating his goalscoring prowess.
Fábio Silva (70 OVR – 85 POT)
Team: Wolverhampton Wanderers
Value: £3.2 million
Best Attributes: 75 Sprint Speed, 73 Reactions, 73 Dribbling
Fábio Silva has a 70 overall rating on FIFA 22 with an 85 potential rating. Beyond Silva’s strong 75 sprint speed, his best rating is 73 reactions, which is rare to see in a young player. His ability in the box to react to balls ricocheting is invaluable when you need a goal in the final minutes of a game.
The Portuguese wonderkid nearly played a full season last campaign as Wolves struggled with injuries. In his 32 games in the Premier League, Silva scored four goals. He’ll be hoping to build off of that this season.
Karim Adeyemi (71 OVR – 85 POT)
Team: Red Bull Salzburg
Value: £3.9 million
Best Attributes: 93 Acceleration, 92 Sprint Speed, 88 Agility
Karim Adeyemi has a 71 overall rating with an 85 potential rating. The German’s movement is almost unmatched on FIFA 22, featuring 93 acceleration, 92 sprint speed, 88 agility, 88 jumping, and 81 balance. His 74 finishing is more than adequate for a player who already has a 71 overall rating.
The German international scored two goals and one assist during last season’s Champions League campaign, along with seven goals in nine domestic league matches. His international cap came in the World Cup Qualifier against Armenia in September 2021, which saw him score on his debut.
All the best cheap high potential strikers (ST & CF) in FIFA 22
Here, you can see the list of all of the best cheap ST and CF players with high potential ratings for you to sign in Career Mode.
|Dane Scarlett||63||86||17||ST||Tottenham Hotspur||£1.3M||£3K|
|Benjamin Šeško||68||86||18||ST||FC Red Bull Salzburg||£2.7M||£4K|
|Santiago Giménez||71||86||20||ST, CF, CAM||Cruz Azul||£3.9M||£25K|
|Liam Delap||64||85||18||ST||Manchester City||£1.6M||£8K|
|Fábio Silva||70||85||18||ST||Wolverhampton Wanderers||£3.2M||£14K|
|Karim Adeyemi||71||85||19||ST||FC Red Bull Salzburg||£3.9M||£9K|
|Karrikaburu||65||84||18||ST||Real Sociedad B||£1.5M||£774|
|Antwoine Hackford||59||84||17||ST||Sheffield United||£602K||£817|
|Wahidullah Faghir||64||84||17||ST||VfB Stuttgart||£1.4M||£860|
|Facundo Farías||72||84||18||ST, CF||Club Atlético Colón||£4.7M||£4K|
|Matthis Abline||66||83||18||ST||Stade Rennais FC||£1.9M||£4K|
|Djibril Fandje Touré||60||83||18||ST||Watford||£667K||£3K|
|David Datro Fofana||63||83||18||ST||Molde FK||£1.1M||£602|
|Agustín Álvarez Martínez||71||83||20||ST||Peñarol||£3.9M||£602|
|Amine Adli||71||83||21||ST||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||£4M||£20K|
|Marin Ljubičić||65||82||19||ST||Hajduk Split||£1.6M||£430|
|Moïse Sahi||68||82||19||ST, CAM||RC Strasbourg Alsace||£2.5M||£5K|
|Iván Azón||68||82||18||ST||Real Zaragoza||£2.4M||£2K|
|Mohamed-Ali Cho||66||82||17||ST||Angers SCO||£1.8M||£860|
|Paulos Abraham||65||82||18||ST, LM||FC Groningen||£1.5M||£860|
|Lassina Traoré||72||82||20||ST||Shakhtar Donetsk||£4.3M||£559|
|Joe Gelhardt||66||82||19||ST, CAM||Leeds United||£1.9M||£11K|
|Vladyslav Supriaha||71||82||21||ST||Dynamo Kyiv||£3.6M||£473|
|Adam Idah||67||82||20||ST||Norwich City||£2.2M||£9K|
|Joshua Sargent||71||82||21||ST, RW||Norwich City||£3.6M||£15K|
|Tyrese Campbell||70||82||21||ST, RM||Stoke City||£3.4M||£11K|
If the owners of your Career Mode team are a bit stingy, make the most of the best cheap STs and CFs with high potential and sign some for less than £5 million each in FIFA 22.