FIFA 21 doesn’t come out until 9 October, and yet it’s already pretty clear which stars will headline the under-21s class of wonderkids.
Cover star Kylian Mbappé, Vinícius Júnior, Erling Håland, Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden, Matthijs de Ligt, João Félix, Victor Osimhen, Kai Havertz, Martin Ödegaard,and Gianluigi Donnarumma look set to be among the top wonderkids of FIFA 21.
Here, we’ll be looking at the younger batch of wonderkids, those who look set to be the best under-19s in FIFA 21, as well as the new wonderkids in FIFA 21 that weren’t included in FIFA 20.
As the FIFA 21 ratings haven’t been released yet, the following are predictions based on real-world performances and the ratings of FIFA 20.
Best new wonderkids of FIFA 21
Some great wonderkids are coming into FIFA 21 that didn’t make the cut in FIFA 20.
The following players burst onto the scene over the last year, likely adding another top-class English wonderkid, French wonderkid, and a Brazilian wonderkid, to the watch lists of Career Mode players.
Jude Bellingham, Borussia Dortmund
His team may have only narrowly avoided relegation this season, but Jude Bellingham put together a solid season from the middle of the park for Birmingham City in 2019/20.
Easily one of the team’s best and most consistent performers, the 17-year-old featured in 44 games, scored four goals, and set up three more.
The versatile English wonderkid mostly played in central midfield, but he also managed to score a goal from right-midfield and left-midfield.
An assured passer of the ball, a robust and clean tackler, strong in the air, and both competent and confident with the ball at his feet, Bellingham has the makings of a midfield maestro.
Bellingham’s performances in the Championship caught the eye of Europe’s elite, eventually sealing a £20 million move to Borussia Dortmund.
In FIFA 21, Bellingham looks set to be one of the best new wonderkids in the game, starting as a 17-year-old with BVB.
Rayan Cherki, Olympique Lyonnais
Olympique Lyonnais have quietly put together a rather menacing attacking corps, and yet 16-year-old Rayan Cherki was still able to break into the first-team.
Having scored in all four of his UEFA Youth League games, Cherki was also given game time in the Coupe de la Ligue, Ligue 1, Champions League, and Coupe de France – in which he scored three goals and two assists.
The Lyon-native has a surprising amount of upper-body strength, is fast, skilful, and has an eye for goal, making him an incredibly exciting watch regardless of if he starts in attacking midfield or on either wing.
Cherki is almost certainly going to be one of the best wonderkids in FIFA 21, at least in terms of potential, and he’ll only be 17-years-old at the start of the game.
Gabriel Veron, Palmeiras
It’s all-but tradition for players of Career Mode to scout Brazil to try to find the next samba-style sensation, and this year, the newest emerging star might be Gabriel Veron on FIFA 21.
As you would expect, the Brazilian winger is oozing with flair, being quick on the ball with a great first-touch, superb vision, and stone-cold finishing.
The 17-year-old winger has tallied five appearances, two goals, and one assist for Série A club Palmeiras, but it’s on the international stage where he’s really impressing.
Playing for Brazil U17s, he’s scored five goals and teed-up three more in 16 games, which includes starting every game of Brazil’s U17 World Cup-winning campaign last year.
Veron also landed the Golden Ball in that U17 World Cup, having scored goals against Canada, Angola, and France along with assists against Canada, New Zealand, and Mexico in the final.
Brazilian wonderkids are often among the most coveted in FIFA games, and in FIFA 21, Gabriel Veron looks set to be one of the most prized prospects in the game.
Best under-19s FIFA 21 wonderkid predictions
There was a great crop of wonderkids in FIFA 20, many of whom are still young enough to start FIFA 21 as under-19s wonderkids.
Below, we’ve selected some of the top-performing wonderkids of last season who should get lofty ratings in FIFA 21, as well as a long list of the predicted best FIFA 21 wonderkids.
Alphonso Davies, Bayern Munich
What Alphonso Davies has achieved this season for German giants Bayern Munich is nothing short of remarkable, with the Ghana-born Canadian taking the left-back position for his own.
Leaping at the vacancy left by the injured David Alaba, Davies cemented himself in the first-team, forcing the potential contract expiry signing in FIFA 21 to shift over to centre-back for the remainder of the campaign.
A phenomenal athlete, Davies scored three goals and teed-up eight more, finishing as one of the prestigious club’s most reliable and consistent players en route to winning the domestic double.
Almost certainly poised to be the best wonderkid from Canada or the USA in FIFA 21, Davies finished the last game at 77 OVR and 88 POT.
It seems inevitable that Davies will be one of the best wonderkids in FIFA 21, especially as he’ll only be 19-years-old at the start of the game.
Mason Greenwood, Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjær was slated at the start of the season for not bringing in a new forward, but the Norwegian knew that he had a real gem with young striker Mason Greenwood.
Becoming the right side of the goal-crazy and remarkably young trident of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and himself, Greenwood scored 18 goals and five assists in 48 games for Manchester United.
The Bradford-native earned English wonderkid status in FIFA 20, hitting 74 OVR and 89 POT by the end of July update. In FIFA 21, Greenwood will continue as one of the best wonderkids in the game.
Takefusa Kubo, Real Madrid
Hailing from Kawasaki, Takefusa Kubo was signed by Real Madrid last summer and then quickly joined RCD Mallorca on-loan. Playing in La Liga, Kubo impressed from the Balearic island.
Still only 19-years-old, the fleet-footed winger started 24 games for Mallorca, appearing in a total of 36 games in the Spanish top-flight and Copa del Rey, scoring four goals and setting up five more.
Returning to Los Blancos,Kubo will have to contend with fellow wonderkid Rodrygo, and potentially Gareth Bale and Lucas Vázquez.
Topping the pile of the best Asian and Oceania wonderkids in FIFA 20, the Japanese speedster has certainly reinforced his position as a wonderkid in FIFA 21.
Eduardo Camavinga, Stade Rennais
Despite still only being 17-years-old, Eduardo Camavinga has already cemented himself as Stade Rennais’ go-to defensive midfielder.
Camavinga was the rock in front of the defence, starting in 24 of the 28 league games en route to the club’s highest-ever Ligue 1 finish of third place, tied with PSG in the goals against column at 24.
Even though his performances remained among the best on the team, certainly on the defensive side of the game, FIFA 20 cut Camavinga’s potential rating of 90 to 86 partway through the season.
Given his performances this season and the likelihood of him playing in the Champions League next season – with Rennais or a top-class buyer – FIFA 21 should reinstate Camavinga as one of the best wonderkids with a better POT rating.
All of the best FIFA 21 wonderkids predictions
In the table below, sorted by position, you can find all of the top predicted under-19s wonderkids who look set to make up the pool of the best FIFA 21 wonderkids.
This is based on their final ratings in FIFA 20 and, more importantly, their rating and performances in the real world. The OVR and POT ratings derive from the player’s 30 July ratings on the last game.
|Maarten Vandevoordt||KRC Genk||18||GK||66||85|
|Alphonso Davies||Bayern Munich||19||LB||77||88|
|Rayan Aït Nouri||SCO Angers||19||LB||70||85|
|Tanguy-Austin Nianzou Kouassi||Bayern Munich||18||CB||71||80|
|Benoît Badiashile||AS Monaco||19||CB||72||79|
|Eric García||Manchester City||19||CB||69||85|
|Eduardo Camaviga||Stade Rennais||17||DM||75||86|
|Jude Bellingham||Borussia Dortmund||17||CM||–||–|
|Dominik Szoboszlai||Red Bull Salzburg||19||LM||74||87|
|Rayan Cherki||Olympique Lyonnais||17||AM||–||–|
|Thiago Almada||Vélez Sarsfield||19||AM||74||88|
|Mohamed Ihattaren||PSV Eindhoven||18||AM||76||88|
|Giovanni Reyna||Borussia Dortmund||17||AM||66||86|
|Ansu Fati||FC Barcelona||17||LW||73||90|
|Takefusa Kubo||Real Madrid||19||RW||72||87|
|Facundo Pellistri||CA Peñarol||18||RW||70||86|
|Adam Hložek||Sparta Praha||18||CF||74||88|
|Mason Greenwood||Manchester United||19||ST||74||89|
|Myron Boadu||AZ Alkmaar||19||ST||75||88|
*The player’s age shown will be their age when FIFA 21 releases on 9 October.
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