FIFA 21 Wonderkids: Best Central Midfielders (CM) to Sign in Career Mode

Looking for a young central midfielder to be the centrepiece of your team? Here are all the best wonderkid central midfielders (CM) in FIFA 21 Career Mode.


Having a strong midfield is extremely important in football. The players in the middle of the park provide cohesion between the defence and attackers, making a player who can help out defensively and be offensively capable a real asset.

Finding a CM wonderkid in Career Mode who can be a long-term player at your club is very helpful, especially if you are building a promotion candidate into a first division title contender.


To help you build your midfield of the future, on this page, you’ll find all of the best central midfield wonderkids of FIFA 21.

Choosing FIFA 21 Career Mode’s best wonderkid central midfielders (CM)

All of the players in this FIFA 21 wonderkids list are 21-years-old or younger and have a minimum potential rating of 80. Central midfielders who are on-loan for the 2020/21 season above have been included.

The type of wonderkid that you’ll want to bring in is a ball-playing midfielder who has great stamina and can provide defensive cover.

For a full list of all of the best wonderkid central midfielders (CM), please look at the table towards the end of the page.


Federico Valverde (OVR 83 – POT 90)

Team: Real Madrid
Best Position: CM
Age: 22
Overall/Potential: 83 OVR / 90 POT
Value (Release Clause): £66M (£148.5M)

Wage: £125K a week
Best Attributes: 89 Sprint Speed, 86 Stamina, 85 Short Pass

The highest-rated wonderkid available at the central midfield position is Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde. The Uruguayan has been on the Los Blancos books since 2017, and a stint with the Castilla and Deportivo La Caruña has been beneficial for his development.

Last season was Valverde’s breakout campaign, making 33 appearances in La Liga and playing a key role alongside the likes of Casemiro and Toni Kroos to control the midfield.

Valverde is excellently rated, boasting 89 sprint speed as well as durability, as his 86 stamina indicates. Add in the Montevideo-native’s ability to keep possession (86 short pass) and you can see that he has all of the tangibles needed to forge a top CM.

The main issue in Career Mode may be his affordability. With a release clause of £148.5 million, only teams with incredibly high transfer budgets can to afford his services.

Jude Bellingham (OVR 69 – POT 88)

Team: Borussia Dortmund
Best Position: CM
Age: 17
Overall/Potential: 69 OVR / 88 POT
Value: £3.1M

Wage: £2.5K a week
Best Attributes: 78 Acceleration, 77 Sprint Speed, 74 Agility

There was a lot of hype around English midfielder Jude Bellingham prior to this season. After a strong campaign with Birmingham City in the EFL Championship, he made the move to Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.

Bellingham has started every game this season for Dortmund in the Bundesliga, at the time of writing, and has adjusted well to life in Germany.

The Englishman has the lowest starting rating in our top five, but that shouldn’t deter you. His development would suggest that Bellingham will improve on his already quick 78 acceleration, 74 sprint speed, and 74 agility.

Since Bellingham has only just moved to Dortmund, making a deal at the start of your Career Mode will be tricky. However, he should be available after a season and could prove to be a bargain buy.

Eduardo Camavinga (OVR 76 – POT 88)

Team: Stade Rennais FC
Best Position: CM
Age: 17
Overall/Potential: 76 OVR / 88 POT
Value: £15.5M

Wage: £4.8K a week
Best Attributes: 79 Stamina, 79 Composure, 79 Short Pass

Eduardo Camavinga is one of the more highly touted wonderkids in world football. The 17-year-old product of Stade Rennais became the first player to debut for the club in the 2000s and hasn’t looked out of place.

Camavinga made his Ligue 1 debut as a 15-year-old: since then, he has made 49 appearances in all competitions. Last season, the Frenchman showed off his excellent passing, attempting 41.4 passes per 90 minutes at a completion rate of 87 per cent.

The starting point for Camavinga is strong – 79 stamina, 79 composure, 79 short passing – with him being durable, confident in big games, and an excellent user of the ball.

The expectation is that the wage bill demanded will increase if you sign him straight away. His contract runs out in 2022, meaning that you’ll most likely be paying upwards of his market value. He could be worth the punt, though, as he has so much upside with his 88 POT.

Riqui Puig (OVR 75 – POT 88)

Team: FC Barcelona
Best Position: CM
Age: 21
Overall/Potential: 75 OVR / 88 POT
Value: £12M

Wage: £69K a week
Best Attributes: 85 Balance, 83 Ball Control, 82 Vision

Riqui Puig was considered part of the future for Barcelona as they entered into a period of uncertainty. The Spanish midfielder made his debut for Barça back in the 2018/19 season but found himself in a more prominent role in midfield when Quique Setién was made head coach.

However, the situation seems to have changed under Ronald Koeman, with Puig only making it onto the bench in the early season. In 11 appearances last season, he averaged a pass completion rate of 90.5 per cent.

Puig’s strong passing ability is replicated in his FIFA 21 ratings: 85 balance, 83 ball control, and 82 vision. These numbers are the hallmark of a player pulling the strings in possession.

His wage bill is high, but he is out of contract at the end of the first season. If Barcelona are willing to sell, you might get Puig for cheaper. If not, a loan deal would be a viable choice.

Maxence Caqueret (OVR 75 – POT 87)

Team: Olympique Lyonnais
Best Position: CM
Age: 20
Overall/Potential: 75 OVR / 87 POT
Value: £12M

Wage: £33K a week
Best Attributes: 84 Balance, 83 Agility, 80 Aggression

The last player to feature in our featured section is the very talented French midfielder Maxence Caqueret. A native of Vénissieux, Caqueret joined Lyon in 2011 as an 11-year-old and has played a pivotal role for their academy teams.

Caqueret saw first team action last season, making eight appearances for Lyon. On his Ligue 1 debut, he assisted the game-winning goal as a late substitute. Caqueret started this season as a regular feature for Lyon.

The French CM has excellent off the ball skills from the start of a Career Mode. An excellent combination of 84 balance, 83 agility, and 80 aggression enables Caqueret to be the perfect partner to a more attacking central midfielder.

Caqueret is someone worth trying to sign in FIFA 21. He’s contracted until 2023, but is certainly one of the more affordable CM wonderkid options if you have the budget.

All of the best wonderkid central midfielders (CM) on FIFA 21

Here’s the complete list of all of the best wonderkid central midfielders in FIFA 21 Career Mode.

NamePositionAgeOverallPotentialTeamValueWage
Federico ValverdeCM218390Real Madrid£66M£125K
Jude BellinghamCM, LM, RM176988Borussia Dortmund£3.1M£2.5K
Eduardo CamavingaCM177688Stade Rennais FC£15.5M£4.8K
Riqui PuigCM, CAM217588FC Barcelona£12M£69K
Maxence CaqueretCM, CDM207587Olympique Lyonnais£12M£33K
Ryan GravenberchCM, CDM187187Ajax£4.3M£3K
Aster VranckxCM, CDM176686KV Mechelen£1.2M£540
Billy GilmourCM, CAM197186Chelsea£4.5M£23K
Exequiel PalaciosCM, RM, CAM217786Bayer 04 Leverkusen£12.2M£36K
Marcos AntonioCM207285Shakhtar Donetsk£5.4M£450
Xavi SimonsCM176585Paris Saint-Germain£990K£2K
Matthew LongstaffCM, CDM207285Newcastle United£5.4M£18K
Kenneth TaylorCM186484Ajax£833K£1K
Joris ChotardCM186984Montpellier HSC£1.9M£4K
Matías PalaciosCM, CAM186584San Lorenzo de Almagro£990K£2K
Imran LouzaCM, CAM, CDM217484FC Nantes£8.1M£15K
Curtis JonesCM, CAM, LM196484Liverpool£855K£8K
Fausto VeraCM, CDM206784Argentinos Juniors£1.5M£3K
Eljif ElmasCM207284Napoli£5M£25K
Weston McKennieCM, CDM, CB217584Juventus£9M£39K
Arne MaierCM, CDM217484Hertha BSC£8.1M£23K
Gedson FernandesCM, RM217584Tottenham Hotspur£9M£45K
Vítor FerreiraCM206683Wolverhampton Wanderers£1.3M£13K
Joey VeermanCM, CAM217583SC Heerenveen£9M£7K
Ante PalaversaCM, CDM, CAM207183Getafe CF£3.8M£11K
Han-Noah MassengoCM, CDM186683Bristol City£1.2M£4K
Mykola ShaparenkoCM, CAM217283Dynamo Kyiv£5M£450
Albert-Mboyo Sambi LokongaCM, CDM207283RSC Anderlecht£5M£11K
Ludovit ReisCM, CDM207083FC Barcelona£3.1M£40K
Fran BeltránCM, CDM, CAM217583RC Celta£9M£14K
Riccardo LadinettiCM196482Cagliari£855K£4K
Kays Ruiz-AtilCM, CAM, LW176282Paris Saint-Germain£540K£1K
Thomas DoyleCM186082Manchester City£428K£5K
Hichem BoudaouiCM, RM207282OGC Nice£4.5M£15K
Lucien AgoumeCM186382Spezia£675K£450
Marcel RuizCM197282Club Tijuana£4.3M£8K
Nicolas RaskinCM, CDM196882Standard de Liège£1.7M£3K
Jakub ModerCM, CDM216982Lech Poznań£1.8M£4K
Mickaël CuisanceCM207182FC Bayern München£3.6M£24K
Magnus AndersenCM217082FC Nordsjælland£2.8M£5K
Zaydou YoussoufCM, RM207182AS Saint-Étienne£3.6M£13K
Ivan OblyakovCM, LM217282PFC CSKA Moscow£4.5M£19K
David TurnbullCM, CAM206982Celtic£1.8M£15K
Mattias SvanbergCM, RM216882Bologna£1.7M£8K
Luka SučićCM, CAM176281FC Red Bull Salzburg£540K£540
Francho SerranoCM186081Real Zaragoza£428K£540
Daniel LeyvaCM175681Seattle Sounders FC£180K£450
Federico NavarroCM, CDM206481Club Atlético Talleres£878K£2K
Dylan LevittCM, CDM, CAM196381Charlton Athletic£698K£1K
Manu MorlanesCM, CDM217281UD Almería£4.3M£5K
Cristian FerreiraCM, CAM207081River Plate£2.7M£6K
Davide FrattesiCM, CAM206981AC Monza£1.7M£2K
Pelenda DasilvaCM, CDM217281Brentford£4.3M£20K
Ibra PérezCM186280CD Tenerife£563K£630
Aimen MoueffekCM, RB196280AS Saint-Étienne£585K£3K
Samuele RicciCM, CDM186280Empoli£563K£450
JofreCM, CAM196080Girona FC£405K£855
Koba KoindrediCM186380Valencia CF£675K£2K
Armin GigovićCM, CDM186180Helsingborgs IF£473K£450
Kouadio KonéCM196680Toulouse Football Club£1.3M£1K

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