Finding the right goalkeeper is a must for any team, with a reliable shot-stopper a key part of any successful side. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done, with a number of goalkeepers having failed to make the grade.
Buying a young keeper with significant scope for improvement is one possible answer to goalkeeping issues, although it can be costly financially. The most important metric to consider when looking to bring in a wonderkid keeper in your FIFA 21 career mode is their potential overall rating.
Choosing FIFA 21 Career Mode’s Best Wonderkid Goalkeeper (GK)
In the main body of this article are the five goalkeepers aged 21 or under with the highest potential overall rating, including those currently on loan. For a full list of ALL the best wonderkid goalkeepers (GK), please look at the table towards the end of the page.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (OVR 85 – POT 92)
Team: AC Milan
Best Position: GK
Overall/Potential: 85 OVR / 92 POT
Value (Release Clause): £84M (No Release Clause)
Wage: £30.5K a week
Best Attributes: 89 GK Reflexes, 89 GK Diving, 83 GK Positioning
The keeper with the highest overall potential rating, as well as the highest current rating, is AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma. The Italian keeper has been a member of the first team in Milan since 2015 and has racked up 208 appearances in all competitions since making his debut during the 2015/16 season.
Donnarumma had a solid 2019/20 campaign, keeping 13 clean sheets despite I Rossoneri finishing a disappointing sixth in Serie A. In what was surely a personal highlight for the young keeper, Donnarumma was handed the captain’s armband for the final three games of the season.
The Italian’s 85 OVR should ensure that he is ready to take up the starting berth for just about any side in the world, whilst there is still scope for him to improve by as much as seven rating points.
His 89 goalkeeper reflexes, 89 goalkeeper diving, and 83 goalkeeper positioning are a great base to start with. But the absence of a release clause in Donnarumma’s contract could make doing business with Milan difficult. Equally, however, he starts FIFA 21 with just one year left on his contract. An early move for him could well pay dividends as a result.
Luís Maximiano (OVR 78 – POT 88)
Team: Sporting CP
Best Position: GK
Overall/Potential: 78 OVR / 88 POT
Value (Release Clause): £24.5M (No Release Clause)
Wage: £6.6K a week
Best Attributes: 79 GK Reflexes, 79 GK Diving, 76 GK Positioning
Those who don’t watch much football outside of Europe’s top five leagues may well have overlooked a hidden gem in Sporting CP shot stopper Luis Maximiano. The Portuguese U21 international spent the first part of last season deputising for Renan Ribeiro before making his debut against Gil Vicente.
Maximiano went on to make 23 Liga NOS appearances, notching 12 victories and ten clean sheets in the process. However, with the signing of Adrian Adan from Atlético Madrid, Maximiano could once again find himself struggling for game time in Lisbon.
The Celeirós native has solid statistics between the sticks, with the highlights his 79 goalkeeper reflexes, 79 goalkeeper diving, and 76 goalkeeper positioning and Maximiano has plenty of scope for growth. He could prove himself the long time number one for your team. His low wage also makes him an attractive proposition, although Sporting CP’s transfer demands will likely be high.
Andriy Lunin (OVR 75 – POT 87)
Team: Real Madrid
Best Position: GK
Overall/Potential: 75 OVR / 87 POT
Value (Release Clause): £11M (£24.7M)
Wage: £44.5K a week
Best Attributes: 77 GK Reflexes, 75 GK Positioning, 74 GK Kicking
Andriy Lunin is widely considered to be the natural successor to Real Madrid’s current number one Thibaut Courtois. The Ukrainian joined Los Blancos in 2018 after a strong season with Zorya Lugansk and has since spent time on loan at three Spanish clubs.
The most recent of those loan spells came at Real Oviedo in La Liga2, with Lunin making 20 appearances for the Asturias side, conceding 20 goals and keeping six clean sheets. With Lunin set to remain second choice behind Courtois for the foreseeable future, it might be the perfect time to swoop for the Ukrainian if the market is right.
His 77 goalkeeper reflexes, 75 goalkeeper positioning and 74 goalkeeper kicking illustrate that Lunin has a strong all-round game and his release clause is also modest for a player with high potential. However, his wage demands could make a deal difficult.
Maarten Vandevoordt (OVR 68 – POT 87)
Team: KRC Genk
Best Position: GK
Overall/Potential: 68 OVR / 87 POT
Value (Release Clause): £2.4M (No Release Clause)
Wage: £500 a week
Best Attributes: 72 GK Diving, 71 GK Reflexes, 67 GK Handling
You may remember seeing Maarten Vandevoordt in the corresponding list of wonderkid goalkeepers for FIFA 20. In FIFA 21, The Belgian once again has received a high overall potential, which will make him a good buy for the future.
Last season, Vandevoordt appeared in the league on only four occasions, conceding five goals and failing to record a clean sheet. But he did make his debut in the Champions League, becoming the youngest keeper ever to start a game in Europe’s premier club competition, although Genk lost 4-0 away to Napoli.
Vandevoordt has more scope for improvement than just about any other player in FIFA 21. Although he is not quite ready to play at the highest-level, his 72 goalkeeper diving, 71 goalkeeper reflexes and 67 goalkeeper handling should make him well-equipped to play in the EFL Championship or 2. Bundesliga, with Vandevoordt having the potential to become a world beater.
Alban Lafont (OVR 78 – POT 84)
Team: FC Nantes (On loan from AC Fiorentina)
Best Position: GK
Overall/Potential: 78 OVR / 84 POT
Value (Release Clause): £16.5M (No Release Clause)
Wage: £22.5K a week
Best Attributes: 82 GK Reflexes, 79 GK Diving, 76 GK Handling
It feels like Alban Lafont has been around for quite some time with the Frenchman having made his debut for Toulouse in Ligue 1 aged just 16. He went on to spend three years with Les Violets, making 98 appearances in the league, before joining AC Fiorentina in the summer of 2018.
After just one season in Florence, Lafont was sent back to France for a two-year loan spell with FC Nantes. He made a strong start to life in Nantes, making 27 appearances and keeping ten clean sheets in the league.
Lafont has a strong starting foundation in FIFA 21, with his 82 goalkeeper reflexes, 79 goalkeeper diving and 76 goalkeeper handling showing that he is a strong shot-stopper and capable with the ball at his feet. His loan at Nantes does mean that you won’t be able to sign him until the start of the 2021/2022 season, but he may well prove to be worth the wait.
All the Best Wonderkid Goalkeepers (GK) on FIFA 21
Here’s the complete list of all the best wonderkid goalkeepers in FIFA 21 Career Mode.
|Luís Maximiano||GK||21||78||88||Sporting CP||£12.2M||£7K|
|Andriy Lunin||GK||21||75||87||Real Madrid||£8.6M||£45K|
|M. Vandevoordt||GK||18||68||87||KRC Genk||£1.4M||£495|
|Alban Lafont||GK||21||78||84||FC Nantes||£9.9M||£12K|
|Lucas Chevalier||GK||18||61||83||LOSC Lille||£428K||£450|
|Nico Mantl||GK||20||69||83||SpVgg Unterhaching||£1.8M||£2K|
|Christian Früchtl||GK||20||66||83||1. FC Nürnberg||£1.1M||£2K|
|Filip Jörgensen||GK||18||62||82||Villarreal CF||£473K||£450|
|Diogo Costa||GK||20||70||82||FC Porto||£2.3M||£3K|
|Jan Olschowsky||GK||18||63||81||Borussia Mönchengladbach||£563K||£540|
|Stefan Bajic||GK||18||62||81||AS Saint-Étienne||£473K||£450|
|Iván Martínez||GK||18||60||81||CA Osasuna||£360K||£450|
|Illan Meslier||GK||20||69||81||Leeds United||£1.4M||£16K|
|Luca Plogmann||GK||20||64||81||SV Meppen||£765K||£450|
|Kamil Grabara||GK||21||67||81||Aarhus GF||£1.3M||£2K|
|Lino Kasten||GK||19||62||80||VfL Wolfsburg||£495K||£2K|
|Anatoliy Trubin||GK||18||63||80||Shakhtar Donetsk||£563K||£450|
|Matěj Kovář||GK||20||64||80||Swindon Town||£765K||£1K|
|Joaquín Blázquez||GK||19||63||80||Club Atlético Talleres||£608K||£900|
|Dani Martín||GK||21||70||80||Real Betis||£2.1M||£5K|
|Manuel Roffo||GK||20||64||80||Boca Juniors||£765K||£2K|
|Lennart Grill||GK||21||68||80||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||£1.2M||£9K|
|Radosław Majecki||GK||20||68||80||AS Monaco||£1.2M||£7K|
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