FIFA 21 Career Mode: Best Cheap High Potential Strikers (ST & CF)

Need a striker with high potential but don’t want to pay-up for a wonderkid? These bargain STs cost less than £1 million.


If you’re managing a Career Mode club of 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 21’s Career Mode.

Choosing FIFA 21 Career Mode’s Best Cheap Strikers (ST & CF)

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 £1 million.

The best cheap strikers also had to have a potential rating of at least 78 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 £1 million threshold. Free agents also haven’t been included among the best cheap STs of FIFA 21.

For a full list of ALL our best cheap high potential strikers (ST & CF), please look at the table towards the end of the page.

Wahid Faghir (56 OVR – 83 POT)

Team: Vejle Boldklub
Age: 17
Best Position: LS, ST, RS
Overall/Potential: 56 OVR / 83 POT
Value (Release Clause): £400,000 (£557,000)
Wage: £450 per week
Best Attributes: 73 Strength, 67 Sprint Speed, 66 Agility

Gunning for promotion back to the top-flight, Vejle Boldklub found themselves turning to one of their forward prospects, Wahid Faghir, to add some more scoring power in the later stages of the league.

Playing in the last ten games of the season, as a striker and a right winger, Faghir scored three goals and two assists. Now back in the Superligaen, Faghir continues to be relied on by manager Constantin Gâlcă, getting an assist in both of the early games that he started as the striker.

Only 17-years-old and playing first-team football in the Danish first division, Faghir also comes into FIFA 21 as the best cheap ST with high potential to sign in Career Mode.

For his overall rating, Faghir totes some decent attribute grades for a young striker, including his 62 finishing, 73 strength, 62 acceleration, 67 sprint speed, 66 agility, and 65 shot power.

Ricky-Jade Jones (59 OVR – 82 POT)

Team: Peterborough United
Age: 17
Best Position: LS, LF, ST, CF, RS, RF
Overall/Potential: 59 OVR / 82 POT
Value (Release Clause): £650,000 (£866,000)
Wage: £450 per week
Best Attributes: 92 Sprint Speed, 91 Acceleration, 82 Agility

Ricky-Jade Jones burst onto the scene in the middle of last season. Playing up top for Peterborough United in League One, it was in the cup competitions that Jones was at his deadliest, scoring four goals across five appearances in the EFL Trophy and FA Cup.

Used mostly as a substitute in the league last season, the 17-year-old local lad will likely be deployed similarly this season.

He may only have a 59 overall rating coming into Career Mode, but Jones’ 82 POT and cheap £866,000 release clause make him one of, if not the best cheap striker to sign as a manager on a budget.

The cheap ST stands out from the rest due to him already being perfectly suited to match day on FIFA 21, thanks to his high attacking work rate, 91 acceleration, 92 sprint speed, 82 agility, and 59 finishing.

Armando Broja (60 OVR – 80 POT)

Team: Peterborough United
Age: 17
Best Position: LS, ST, RS
Overall/Potential: 60 OVR / 80 POT
Value (Release Clause): £600,000 (£956,000)
Wage: £1,200 per week
Best Attributes: 74 Sprint Speed, 74 Penalties, 68 Strength

Throughout last season, Frank Lampard embraced any opportunity to showcase Chelsea’s young talent, which included giving Armando Broja a four-minute cameo appearance in a 4-0 win over Everton.

Having scored 19 goals and five assists for the under-23s side, Broja has proven himself as being ready for a step-up, which has landed him a season-long loan to one of Chelsea’s favourite development sides, Vitesse Arnhem.

Broja is somewhat of a dubious choice here as he is on-loan in real-life, but at the start of FIFA 21’s Career Mode, the Slough-born Albanian striker is listed as a Vitesse player.

Turning 19-years-old early in a new Career Mode, the 6’2’’ ST costs less than £1 million to sign and has some favourable ratings, such as his 62 finishing, 61 heading accuracy, 74 penalties, and 74 sprint speed.  

Jay Stansfield (58 OVR – 80 POT)

Team: Fulham
Age: 17
Best Position: LW, LF, LS, CF, ST, RS, RF, RW
Overall/Potential: 58 OVR / 80 POT
Value (Release Clause): £575,000 (£718,000)
Wage: £2,500 per week
Best Attributes: 75 Acceleration, 74 Sprint Speed, 68 Agility

Last season, Jay Stansfield obliterated opposing teams of the U18 Premier League, scoring 22 goals in 14 games. In the younger ranks, the English striker finished the campaign on 26 goals and an assist in 18 games.

This season, Stansfield opens the campaign in Fulham’s under-23 team. If he starts scoring at the rate that he did in the under-18s, he might get another call-up to first-team in the Premier League.

The right-footed Englishman already has some very usable attribute ratings from the start of Career Mode, including his 75 acceleration, 74 sprint speed, 63 finishing, 68 agility, and 63 ball control.

At 17-years-old, Stansfield has a lot of time to grow into his 80 POT, with his £718,000 release clause helping to make him one of the best cheap strikers of FIFA 21’s Career Mode.

Tim Prica (60 OVR – 79 POT)

Team: Aalborg BK
Age: 18
Best Position: LM, LW, LS, ST, RS, RW, RM
Overall/Potential: 60 OVR / 79 POT
Value (Release Clause): £575,000 (£717,000)
Wage: £950 per week
Best Attributes: 78 Sprint Speed, 74 Acceleration, 72 Stamina

After featuring six times for the Malmö FF first-team last season, Danish club Aalborg BK decided to pull the trigger and sign the 18-year-old Swedish forward.

While Tim Prica wasn’t given too many opportunities for Malmö, he’s certainly impressed for Sweden’s under-17s side, scoring 11 goals in 22 games. For Aalborg, he suffered an early set-back, being sent off in the Superligaen opener, but has been given first-team time since.

Prica is one of the more versatile players to get into the rankings as one of the best cheap strikers with high potential in Career Mode, being able to play down the wings or upfront.

The best of his attribute ratings include his high attacking work rate, 74 acceleration, 72 stamina, 72 agility, 78 sprint speed, 66 curve, and 70 jumping.

All the Best Cheap High Potential Strikers (ST & CF) in FIFA 21

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.

NameAgeOverallPotentialRelease ClausePositionTeamBest Attributes
Wahid Faghir175683£557,000ST, RMVejle Boldklub73 Strength, 67 Sprint Speed, 66 Agility
Ricky-Jade Jones175683£866,000ST, CAM, LWPeterborough United92 Sprint Speed, 91 Acceleration, 82 Agility  
Armando Broja186080£956,000STVitesse Arnhem74 Sprint Speed, 74 Penalties, 68 Strength
Jay Stansfield175880£718,000ST, CFFulham75 Acceleration, 74 Sprint Speed, 68 Agility
Tim Prica186079£717,000ST, RWAalborg BK78 Sprint Speed, 74 Acceleration, 72 Stamina
Bobby Duncan195979£848,000STDerby County70 Balance, 68 Acceleration, 66 Jumping
Emanuel Emegha176178£934,000STSparta Rotterdam81 Strength, 70 Sprint Speed, 68 Heading Accuracy
Iddy Ouattara195978£739,000STLOSC Lille70 Penalties, 69 Acceleration, 69 Sprint Speed
Hugo Novoa Ramos176078£889,000STRB Leipzig77 Agility, 75 Balance, 68 Finishing
Hugo Ekitike185978£768,000STStade de Reims72 Strength, 69 Heading Accuracy, 68 Jumping
Agustín Hausch175978£574,000ST, LWSan Lorenzo de Almagro74 Acceleration, 72 Sprint Speed, 69 Agility
Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer186078£794,000STSG Dynamo Dresden78 Sprint Speed, 76 Acceleration, 73 Jumping
Musa Juwara186078£928,000STBologna FC71 Balance, 68 Acceleration, 67 Agility
Luis Emanuel Nițu 196078£800,000ST, RWCS Gaz Metan Mediaș85 Sprint Speed, 82 Acceleration, 81 Agility
Fabrice Hartmann196078£942,000ST, RMRB Leipzig71 Balance, 69 Agility, 69 Acceleration

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 £1 million each.

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