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.
While that tradition has not died-out entirely, football has moved forward into an era of strikers 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 of the fastest strikers in the game.
Choosing FIFA 21 Career Mode’s fastest strikers
To make it onto our list of the fastest striker, the forwards must have a pace rating of 90 or over. The pace rating is determined by an average taken from sprint speed and acceleration.
In the main body of this article, you will find a detailed analysis of the five fastest strikers in Career Mode, with a full list of all of the fastest strikers in FIFA 21 being 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/Potential Rating: 90 OVR/95 POT
Sprint Speed: 96
Skill Moves: Four Stars
Kylian Mbappé has featured on a number of our FIFA 21 guides, 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.
The French wonderkid looks set for another season of dominance in Ligue 1. The 21-year-old continues to score and set-up goals in all competitions for PSG, averaging more goal contributions than games at the time of writing.
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. It’s a frightening thought as he has still significant room to develop in Career Mode.
Still, there is more to Mbappé’s game than just being the fastest striker in FIFA 21. The Frenchman also has 92 agility and 92 dribbling, meaning that he can beat his marker with skill as well as speed. From there, 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/Potential 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 doesn’t know exists. One of these hidden speedster gems is almost certainly Frank Acheampong, with the Ghanaian forward having spent the majority of his career in Asia.
He started at Thailand’s Buriram United and currently plays for Tianjin TEDA FC in the Chinese Super League: he did also enjoy a four-year spell at RSC Anderlecht.
He had racked up 79 appearances and 30 goals in all competitions for Tianjin TEDA. However, he has endured a difficult start to the 2020 season, having failed to score in his first 12 appearances.
Purely in terms of pace, Acheampong isn’t far behind Mbappé, with his 94 pace rating earned via his 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. However, 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 one of the fastest strikers in FIFA 21, particularly for a side in the Championship. With wages of £15k per week and a transfer value of £10 million, he isn’t going to be affordable for all clubs.
Rashad Muhammed (Pace 94, OVR 60)
Team: BB Erzurumspor
Overall/Potential Rating: 60 OVR/61 POT
Sprint Speed: 94
Skill Moves: One-Star
The playing squads in the Turkish league are generally comprised of star names approaching the end of their careers, 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. The rest of his stats are rather unimpressive: Muhammed’s 58 shot power and 52 finishing mean that he is far from the most clinical of strikers.
Taking a chance on the Frenchman is a risk, with his potential for growth limited. That said, Muhammed could be a dangerous option in League Two, particularly for a side looking for a pacey option when triggering a counter-attack.
Iñaki Williams (Pace 94, OVR 81)
Team: Athletic Club de Bilbao
Position: ST, RM
Overall/Potential Rating: 81 OVR/84 POT
Sprint Speed: 94
Skill Moves: Three Stars
Athletic Bilbao’s policy of only signing Basque players puts a severe limit on the talent that they can bring into the club. However, this stance has also created a fierce loyalty to the club on the part of it’s playing staff. Star striker Iñaki Williams is a prime example of how this has worked.
The 26-year-old could have moved away from Bilbao to earn more money at a bigger club, but instead, Williams signed a contract that will keep him at the San Mamés Stadium 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 the club last season, appearing in all 38 of their league fixtures. Considering the amount of running that Williams does for his side, that is a quite incredible statistic. The intense work rate demands did, however, affect his attacking output, with the Spaniard netting only six times in La Liga.
Still, Williams has a strong starting rating in FIFA 21. His 94 sprint speed and 93 acceleration mean that he has pace to burn, while he is also good in the air with an 88 jumping rating.
The Bilbao-born striker also has a hammer of a right foot, as reflected in his 85 shot power. His fitness, however, is sorely underrated in the game, with Williams only given an 83 rating for his stamina.
To pry Williams away from Athletic Bilbao won’t be easy. They are unlikely to negotiate the sale of a player who is practically irreplaceable, meaning that you will probably have to meet his £66.3 million release clause.
It’s a considerable expense for a player who will, at best, only reach 84 OVR. However, as one of the fastest strikers in the game already, Williams is worth considering.
Takeshi Kanamori (Pace 93, OVR 62)
Team: Sagan Tosu
Position: ST, LM
Overall/Potential 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, following a stint on-loan last season.
Kanamori hasn’t set the world on fire this season, scoring just two goals in his opening 14 J-League appearances. Still, that is an improvement on his return last season, with Kanamori failing to find the net in 14 games.
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 rating standing at 65. His 56 shooting is also not particularly impressive, but he could do damage in a lower division, playing on the shoulder of the defender or being set and ready for a counter-attack.
All of 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 in Career Mode.
|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 Goncalves||ST, RM, LM||90||92||89||69|
|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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