Traditionally, strikers have been big, physical players, who have used brute force to hold off defenders and serve as a battering ram for their team. But whilst that tradition has not died out entirely, football has moved forward into an era of forwards who are dynamic, technically skilled, and, crucially, fast.
A rapid forward can be an invaluable asset for your side in FIFA 21 career mode, giving you the option to play through balls or hit it long over the top, safe in the knowledge that your striker can beat the opposition defence for pace. So we’ve compiled a list of all the fastest strikers in the game.
Choosing FIFA 21 Career Mode’s Fastest Strikers
To make it onto our list, the forwards must have a pace rating of 90 or over. The pace stat is determined by an average taken from sprint speed and acceleration. For example, TSG Hoffenheim’s Ihlas Bebou has a 91 acceleration and 93 sprint rating, giving him 92 pace overall.
In the main body of this article you will find a detailed analysis of the five fastest strikers in the game, whilst a full list of ALL the fastest strikers in FIFA 21 can be found in a table located at the end of this piece.
Kylian Mbappé (Pace 96, OVR 90)
Team: Paris Saint-Germain
Position: ST, LW, RW
Overall Rating: 90 OVR/95 POT
Sprint Speed: 96
Skill Moves: Four Stars
Kylian Mbappé has featured on a number of our lists in the lead up to the release of FIFA 21 and for good reason. The young Frenchman may still be relatively inexperienced, but he has established himself as a consistent performer at the highest level for Paris Saint-Germain and the World Cup winning French national team.
Mbappé looks set for another season of dominance in Ligue 1. The 21-year-old has already netted twice in three games in the French top flight, as well as providing four assists. Expect that number of goal contributions to rise rapidly in the coming weeks.
Mbappé, who is already equipped with 96 pace thanks to his 96 acceleration and 96 sprint speed, is quick enough to terrorise any defence in the world, a frightening thought as he has still significant room to develop. Unsurprisingly, he is one of the more coveted players in the game as a result.
But there is more to Mbappé’s game than just raw pace. The Frenchman also has 92 agility and 92 dribbling, meaning that he can beat his man with skill as well as speed, whilst his 91 finishing means he can be relied on to bury just about any chance that comes his way. In short, Mbappé will soon develop into something of a ‘cheat code’ with his dynamism and pace.
Frank Acheampong (Pace 94, OVR 76)
Team: Tianjin TEDA FC
Position: ST, LW
Overall Rating: 76 OVR/79 POT
Sprint Speed: 94
Skill Moves: Three Stars
There are a few players on this list that the average football fan probably hasn’t heard of. One is almost certainly Frank Acheampong, with the Ghanaian forward having spent the majority of his career in Asia.
He started his career at Thailand’s Buriram United and currently plies his trade for Tianjin TEDA FC in the Chinese Super League, although he did also enjoy a four-year spell at RSC Anderlecht. Acheampong, who has earned 23 caps for the Ghanaian national side, scoring two goals, has been at Tianjin TEDA since joining the side, initially on loan, in 2017.
He has racked up 79 appearances in all competitions in that time, scoring 30 goals. But he has endured a difficult start to the 2020 season, having failed to score in 12 appearances, although he has provided two assists.
Purely in terms of pace, Acheampong isn’t far behind Mbappé, with his 94 pace rating earned thanks to 94 sprint speed and 93 acceleration. He also has a 91 stamina rating, making him a useful option over the course of a long season. But his 74 ball control, 79 finishing, and 62 crossing illustrate that he is not in the same league as Mbappé as an attacking threat.
Still, the Ghanaian could be a good purchase for players seeking a pacey striker, particularly for a side in the Championship, where he would be amongst the fastest players. With wages of £15k per week and a transfer value of £10 million, he is not amongst the most affordable players however.
Rashad Muhammed (Pace 94, OVR 60)
Team: BB Erzurumspor
Overall Rating: 60 OVR/61 POT
Sprint Speed: 94
Skill Moves: One Star
The Turkish Süper Lig has long been on the fringes of the top leagues in Europe. Turkish sides make regular appearances in the group stages of European competition and the electric atmosphere’s generated by the passionate supporters make Turkey a daunting place for the big guns of European football to play.
The playing squads in the Turkish league are generally comprised of star names approaching the end of their career, local talent and journeyman professionals. One player who fits the latter description is BB Erzurumspor’s Rashad Muhammed.
The Frenchman doesn’t have the most glamourous resume. He began his career playing semi-professional football in Belgium, before taking a year out of the game after a succession of injury problems and contract issues.
He resumed his career in Norway’s Eliteserien, even playing Europa League football with Sarpsborg 08 in the 2018/19, before earning a move to BB Erzurumspor in January 2019. He made a solid start to his career in Turkey, making nine appearances in the league and scoring twice.
Muhammed probably won’t be the first name that comes to mind for most career mode players, despite his 94 pace rating. That is perhaps understandable, with the rest of his stats rather unimpressive. His 58 shot power and 52 finishing mean he is far from the most clinical of strikers, whilst his 58 ball control and 63 dribbling are also below par.
Taking a chance on the Frenchman is a risk, with his potential for growth limited. But Muhammed could be a dangerous option in League Two, particularly for a side looking for a pacey option when counter-attacking.
Iñaki Williams (Pace 94, OVR 81)
Team: Athletic Club de Bilbao
Position: ST, RM
Overall Rating: 81 OVR/84 POT
Sprint Speed: 94
Skill Moves: Three Stars
Athletic Club de Bilbao’s policy of only signing Basque players puts a severe limit on the players they have access to. But it also engenders a fierce loyalty to the club on the part of it’s playing staff. Star striker Iñaki Williams is a prime example of just this.
The 26-year-old could have moved away from Athletic, to earn more money at a bigger club, but instead Williams’ signed a contract that will keep him in Bilbao until 2028. Unfortunately for Williams, with his skillset rare in Athletic Club’s ranks, an enormous amount is demanded of him.
Williams played an exhausting 2958 minutes for Athletic last season, appearing in all 38 of their league fixtures. Considering the amount of running that Williams makes for his side, that is a quite incredible statistic. But it did affect his attacking output, with the Spaniard netting only six times in La Liga.
Still, Williams has a strong starting rating. His 94 sprint speed and 93 acceleration mean that he has pace to burn, whilst he is also good in the air with an 88 jumping rating and he has a hammer of a right foot, as reflected by his 85 shot power. His fitness, however, is surely underrated, with Williams given only 83 stamina.
To pry Williams away from Athletic Club won’t be easy. The Bilbao side are unlikely to negotiate the sale of a player who is practically irreplaceable, meaning you will probably have to meet his £66.3 million release clause. That is a considerable expense for a player who will at best only reach 84 OVR. But his versatility means it is worth at least considering Williams.
Takeshi Kanamori (Pace 93, OVR 62)
Team: Sagan Tosu
Position: ST, LM
Overall Rating: 62 OVR/65 POT
Sprint Speed: 94
Skill Moves: Two Stars
The last player to feature in our pacey top five is Takeshi Kanamori, who plays for J-League club Sagan Tosu,. The Fukuoka native joined Tosu on a free transfer from Kashima Antlers, after a stint on loan last season.
Kanamori hasn’t set the world on fire this season for Tosu, scoring just two goals in 14 J-League appearances. But that is an improvement on his return last season, with Kanamori failing to find the net in 14 appearances.
Unsurprisingly, the highlight on Kanamori’s stat sheet is his 93 pace, but he also has some solid all-round stats, including 87 agility and 85 jumping. That said, don’t expect too many towering back-post headers, with Kanamori standing only 5’7” tall.
Kanamori, like Muhammed, also has relatively little scope for development, with his highest potential only 65 OVR. His 56 shooting is also not particularly impressive. But he could do damage in a lower division in Europe, playing on the shoulder of the defender or on the counter.
All the Fastest Strikers (ST & CF) in FIFA 21
The table below has all the FIFA 21 fastest strikers that have a minimum pace rating of 90.
|Kylian Mbappé||ST LW RW||96||96||96||90|
|Frank Acheampong||ST LW||94||93||94||76|
|Iñaki Williams||ST RW||94||93||94||81|
|Takeshi Kanamori||ST LM||93||92||94||62|
|Hwang Hee Chan||ST||93||94||93||77|
|Elliott List||ST RM LW||93||94||92||60|
|Loïs Openda||ST LM||93||95||91||70|
|Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang||ST LW||93||91||94||87|
|Alex Teixeira||ST LW CAM||93||94||92||79|
|Ricky-Jade Jones||ST CAM LW||92||91||92||59|
|Emmanuel Dennis||ST RW LW||92||93||92||76|
|Ihlas Bebou||ST RM LW||92||91||93||74|
|Jack Lahne||ST LW||92||93||92||62|
|Christian Gebauer||ST RM RWB||92||91||92||67|
|David Okereke||ST RW||91||90||92||72|
|Simon Hedlund||CF ST||91||91||91||71|
|Dimitri Oberlin||ST RM LM||91||88||93||68|
|Joshua Gatt||ST LM RM||91||90||91||62|
|Keita Baldé||ST LM LW||91||90||91||76|
|Vagner||ST RM LM||90||92||89||69|
|Charles Carolus Andriamahitsinoro||ST LM||90||91||89||65|
|Emílio Trevões||ST LW||90||89||91||65|
|Adam Armstrong||ST LW RW||90||93||88||73|
|Moussa Koné||ST RW LW||90||89||90||68|
|Sergio Santos||ST LW||90||91||89||68|
|Christian Bassogog||ST RM RW||90||91||90||73|
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