FIFA 21 Career Mode: Best Young Strikers & Centre Forwards (ST & CF) to Sign

Fancy adding some youthful flair to your attack? Check out ALL the best young strikers in FIFA 21’s Career Mode.


Strikers might just have the lowest experience requirement to break into any first-team, with the element of form being a much more important factor.

As such, many of the best young strikers and centre forwards in the world are already playing as the stars of their respective teams, continuing to become more and more potent with each passing season.


In FIFA 21, if you can land a top young striker early, and get them scoring within your system, you’ll be set for goals for at least a decade to come.

These are ALL the best young strikers (ST & CF) to sign to your FIFA 21 Career Mode team.

Choosing FIFA 21 Career Mode’s best young strikers (ST & CF)

Our selection of the best young strikers and centre forwards on this page primarily sorts them by their overall rating in FIFA 21. So, this page shows the very best young strikers in the game right now.

To make it into the article, the players have to be 23-years-old or younger, have ST or CF as their preferred position, and have an overall rating of at least 77 OVR.

You can also see each player’s potential rating in Career Mode so that you can be sure that you’re buying a great young player for now and the future.

If you’re looking for the best young strikers with the highest potential ratings, check out the strikers and centre forwards wonderkids article.

For a full list of ALL of the best young ST in FIFA 21, view the table towards the end of the page.

Kylian Mbappé (90 OVR – 95 POT)

Team: Paris Saint-Germain
Best Position: LW, LS, ST, RS, RW
Overall/Potential: 90 OVR / 95 POT
Value: £167 million
Wage: £140,000 per week
Best Attributes: 96 Acceleration, 96 Sprint Speed, 92 Dribbling

Kylian Mbappé set the bar incredibly high as a teenager in Ligue 1, cementing himself as a national hero with his performances in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Last season, the 21-year-old Frenchman put up 30 goals and 19 assists in just 37 games, starting this campaign hot with four goal contributions (one goal and three assists) in his first two games of the Ligue 1 season.

Kylian Mbappé is the best young striker in FIFA 21 and is also one of the highest-rated players in the game.

Along with his 96 acceleration, 96 sprint speed, 92 agility, and 92 dribbling, Mbappé also boasts a four-star weak foot and five-star skill moves.

Erling Håland (84 OVR – 92 POT)

Team: Borussia Dortmund
Best Position: LS, ST, RS
Overall/Potential: 84 OVR / 92 POT
Value: £84 million
Wage: £64,000 per week
Best Attributes: 93 Shot Power, 91 Strength, 88 Sprint Speed

After scoring 16 goals and six assists in 14 games of the Austrian Bundesliga, and another eight in the Champions League for Red Bull Salzburg, all of the top teams wanted Erling Håland.

Somehow, by 1 January, Borussia Dortmund had the English-born Norwegian playing before the Yellow Wall for a mere £18 million. He finished the season with 16 goals and three assists in 18 appearances for BVB.

Standing 6’4’’ with 93 shot power and 91 strength, the 20-year-old is already a formidable opponent for defences to attempt to handle.

In Career Mode, Håland weighs-in as the second-best young striker to sign, with an 84 OVR and a mighty 92 POT.

Lautaro Martínez (84 OVR – 91 POT)

Team: Inter Milan
Best Position: LS, RF, ST, CF, RS, RF
Overall/Potential: 84 OVR / 91 POT
Value: £78 million
Wage: £120,000 per week
Best Attributes: 88 Jumping, 87 Dribbling, 86 Finishing

Arriving at the San Siro from Racing Club in 2018, Lautaro Martínez properly broke out last season, netting 21 of his total 32 goals for Inter Milan so far.

This season, the 23-year-old Argentine has retained his place as Antonio Conte’s go-to striker, rewarding the team with two goals and an assist through the first two Serie A games of the season.

Martínez has undoubtedly been impressive over the last 12 months, which has also seen his Argentina caps and goals-count climb to nine goals in 17 games, more than warranting his lofty 84 OVR rating on FIFA 21.

From the outset of Career Mode in this year’s game, Martínez already boasts the attribute ratings worthy of a first-team striker, including his 88 jumping, 87 dribbling, 86 finishing, 85 attacking positioning, 84 heading accuracy, and 85 positioning.

Gabriel Jesus (83 OVR – 87 POT)

Team: Manchester City
Best Position: LW, LS, RF, ST, CF, RS, RF, RW
Overall/Potential: 83 OVR / 87 POT
Value: £47.5 million
Wage: £135,000 per week
Best Attributes:
91 Agility, 90 Balance, 87 Acceleration

Still only 23-years-old and playing under one of the most demanding managers in the world, Gabriel Jesus has managed to play 154 games already for Manchester City, scoring 69 goals and setting up 30 more in the process.

Last season, Jesus was primarily deployed as a striker, but also proved to be effective coming in from the left-wing. He scored 20 goals in 43 games as the striker and three goals in seven games out wide.

The Manchester City sharpshooter boasts many favourable attribute ratings in FIFA 21, with his movement ratings of 87 acceleration, 91 agility, 87 reactions, and 90 balance making him very tricky to contain.

As one of the highest-rated ST players in Career Mode, he also features strong goal-scoring ratings, such as his 85 finishing, 87 positioning, and 81 shot power.

João Félix (81 OVR – 93 POT)

Team: Atlético Madrid
Best Position: LW, LF, CF, RF, RW
Overall/Potential: 81 OVR / 93 POT
Value: £56 million
Wage: £46,500 per week
Best Attributes:
85 Agility, 84 Attacking Position, 83 Sprint Speed

Featuring just behind Diego Costa or Álvaro Morata, for the most part, the teenage João Félixmanaged to put up nine goals and three assists through 36 games in his first season for Atlético Madrid.

Many see it as a season of adjustment to a higher tier of football for Félix, especially as the wonderkid scored 20 goals and 11 assists for SL Benfica from the centre forward position in the season prior.

In FIFA 21, one somewhat underwhelming campaign hasn’t sullied the ratings of the talented 20-year-old. He enters Career Mode as the best young centre forward with an 81 OVR and a huge 93 POT.

The Portuguese CF already has many usable attribute ratings in the game, including his 85 agility, 83 ball control, 83 dribbling, five-star skill moves, four-star weak foot, and 82 finishing.

All the Best Young Strikers (ST & CF) in FIFA 21

Here’s the complete list of all of the best young ST and CF players in Career Mode of FIFA 21, with their OVR, POT, and best attribute ratings shown in the table below.

NameAgePositionOverallPotentialTeamBest Attributes
Kylian Mbappé21ST, LW, RW9095Paris Saint-Germain96 Acceleration, 96 Sprint Speed, 92 Dribbling
Erling Håland20ST8492Borussia Dortmund93 Shot Power, 91 Strength, 88 Sprint Speed
Lautaro Martínez22ST8491Inter Milan88 Jumping, 87 Dribbling, 86 Finishing
Gabriel Jesus23ST8387Manchester City91 Agility, 90 Balance, 87 Acceleration
João Félix20CF, ST8193Atlético Madrid85 Agility, 84 Attacking Position, 83 Sprint Speed
Richarlison23ST, RM, LM8188Everton86 Sprint Speed, 84 Dribbling, 83 Jumping
Moussa Dembélé23ST8185Olympique Lyonnais85 Finishing, 85 Jumping, 85 Strength
Maximiliano Gómez23ST8085Valencia CF87 Strength, 87 Heading Accuracy, 87 Positioning
Luka Jović22ST8085Real Madrid85 Finishing, 83 Volleys, 82 Shot Power
Alexander Isak20ST7986Real Sociedad84 Shot Power, 83 Sprint Speed, 82 Finishing
Victor Osimhen21ST7987SSC Napoli92 Sprint Speed, 86 Stamina, 83 Finishing
Luimo Boas Santos20ST7979Santos87 Jumping, 86 Acceleration, 85 Reactions
Kasper Dolberg22ST7983OGC Nice86 Shot Power, 82 Positioning, 81 Finishing
Dominic Calvert-Lewin23ST7984Everton90 Jumping, 87 Sprint Speed, 85 Heading Accuracy
Federico Chiesa22CF, RW7884Fiorentina87 Acceleration, 86 Agility, 84 Dribbling
Youssef En-Nesyri23ST7883Sevilla FC84 Finishing, 82 Dribbling, 80 Jumping
Donyell Malen21ST7885PSV Eindhoven90 Sprint Speed, 89 Acceleration, 83 Agility
Tammy Abraham22ST7885Chelsea82 Finishing, 81 Heading Accuracy, 79 Strength
Matheus Bardeira20ST7878São Paulo91 Heading Accuracy, 89 Jumping, 87 Shot Power
Breel Embolo23ST, CAM7884Borussia Mönchengladbach91 Sprint Speed, 85 Strength, 83 Acceleration
Jonathan David20ST, CF, CAM7788LOSC Lille87 Sprint Speed, 84 Jumping, 83 Stamina
Neal Maupay23ST7781Brighton & Hove Albion82 Positioning, 80 Aggression, 79 Finishing

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