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FIFA 21 Wonderkids: Best Young German Players to Sign in Career Mode

An ever-present in world football, but will Die Mannschaft’s next crop of talent live up to expectations? Here, we’ve got all of the best young German talents in FIFA 21.


Quality and the German national team seem to be synonymous with each other, with Germany being a powerhouse on the international stage since its inception in 1908. Four World Cups and three European Championship titles cement this nation as one of the most successful in history.

The nation has always produced talents, including arguably the best defender in footballing history, Franz ‘Der Kaiser’ Beckenbauer, the free-scoring Gerd Müller, and the nation’s current top scorer Miroslav Klose.

The iconic list goes on, with Lothar Matthäus, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Michael Ballack, Jürgen Klinsmann, Oliver Kahn, and Rudi Völler all having been exceptional players in their prime – and that’s without mentioning their current crop of superstars.

In this article, we check out the German wonderkids primed to reach the legendary ranks of Die Mannschaft in FIFA 21’s Career Mode.

Choosing FIFA 21 Career Mode’s best German Wonderkids

When building a team for the future in FIFA 21 Career Mode, two things take priority. Firstly, the potential rating of each player: everybody wants the best of the best to bring home all of the trophies on offer.

Secondly, you’re going to want a player still early in their career as the younger the talent, the more time there is to mould them into a superstar.


Considering these two key aspects, every FIFA 21 wonderkid in this list is 21-years-old or younger at the start of Career Mode, with a minimum potential rating of 83.

You’ll find the five wonderkids with the highest potential featured in the body of this article, with a table of every other player meeting these criteria at the foot of the page.

Kai Havertz (85 OVR – 93 POT)

Team: Chelsea
Best Position: CAM
Age: 21
Overall Rating/Potential Rating: 85 OVR / 93 POT
Skill Moves/Weak Foot: Four-Star / Four-Star
Value (Release Clause): £108.9 million (£228.7 million)
Wage: £95,000 per week
Best Attributes: 88 Sprint Speed, 87 Ball Control, 86 Dribbling

Chelsea’s squad underwent a much-needed overhaul this season, bringing in several new faces to the team. The marquee signing of these was the up-and-coming German starlet Kai Havertz, for a respectable fee of £72 million from Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Impressing for the German club last season, across all competitions, he provided 18 goals and nine assists in 45 appearances.

Plunged straight into the Blues’ starting XI, the undoubtedly talented German has put away four goals, including a hat-trick against Championship side Barnsley in the EFL Cup, and has set-up three more in his first nine appearances of the season.

Boasting a sensational 87 ball control and 86 dribbling, with a turn of pace at 88 sprint speed, Havertz already looks to be a great addition to any team in FIFA 21. Combine that with his 85 finishing and 84 short passing, and this wunderkind is already capable of devastating your opponents.

As an already established first-teamer, the 21-year-old will force you to part with a huge transfer fee to secure his services in Career Mode. However, the simple fact that Havertz can potentially become one of the best players in the game may convince you to sign the German wonderkid.

Florian Wirtz (70 OVR – 88 POT)

Team: Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Best Position: CAM
Age: 17
Overall Rating/Potential Rating: 70 OVR / 88 POT
Skill Moves/Weak Foot: Three-Star / Four-Star
Value (Release Clause): £3.6 million (£8.4 million)
Wage: £4,000 per week
Best Attributes: 85 Agility, 78 Ball Control, 76 Dribbling

After developing in the youth ranks of FC Köln, Wirtz sought pastures new. Choosing to sign for Bayer Leverkusen in January 2020, he became the youngest player to play for Die Werkself. His record-breaking continued thereafter: scoring against Bayern Munich made him the youngest scorer in the league’s history.

The void left by Kai Havertz has given this fresh-faced 17-year-old the opportunity to shine in midfield, with Wirtz scoring two goals and an assist in his first seven appearances of this season. Given the German’s obvious talent, it’s easy to see why Peter Bosz keeps putting his faith in the youngster.

Already carrying a 70 overall rating, Wirtz could easily be a starting midfielder for most mid-table sides within Career Mode, with his release clause of just £8.4 million making him an even more appealing signing. He’s a natural playmaker from the CAM position, using his 76 dribbling, 76 sprint speed, and 71 short passing to unlock defences.

An agile player with flair in abundance, there’s still plenty of room for improvement. Working on his 62 shot power and 63 long shots will increase his ability from range. Furthermore, Wirtz’s lack of physicality (50 strength) can let him down, meaning that defenders may knock him off of the ball. By focusing on these areas, the wonderkid from Germany could become a complete midfielder for your side.

Karim Adeyemi (69 OVR – 87 POT)

Team: FC Red Bull Salzburg
Best Position: LW
Age: 18
Overall Rating/Potential Rating: 69 OVR / 87 POT
Skill Moves/Weak Foot: Four-Star / Three-Star
Value (Release Clause): £3.2 million (£6.9 million)
Wage: £5,000 per week
Best Attributes: 89 Acceleration, 88 Sprint Speed, 87 Agility

Possibly the next left-footed wonder to enter world football, Karim Adeyemi is an 18-year-old with raw footballing potential. Plying his trade with Red Bull Salzburg, and sister club FC Liefering in the Austrian second-tier, he racked up 13 goals and 19 assists in 35 appearances last season.

Deployed mainly as a winger, the German teenager burns past defenders for fun. Utilising blistering speed and fine ball control to showcase his raw talent, Adeyemi then uses his exceptional football IQ to pick out his teammates or push forward and fire the ball into the back of the net. Displaying this kind of talent and form, it’s tough to see the Munich-native’s future lying in Austria with the top leagues awaiting.

Adeyemi’s in-game attributes give him an excellent position in terms of potential, be it his all-rounded shooting stats of 69 finishing, 69 long shots, and 67 shot power, or his lightning pace that already reads 89 acceleration and 88 sprint speed. Starting the game with the ‘Flair’ attribute, this four-star skilled player doesn’t have any problem with skipping through opponents to create opportunities, up-front or down the wing.

The drawbacks to the German wonderkid’s game come in the form of his 56 strength and 58 stamina, which mean that he may need longer rest periods. Still, with ample game time and his low release clause of £6.9 million, there isn’t any reason why the nimble forward can’t light the way to success in your Career Mode.

Bright Akwo Arrey-Mbi (60 OVR – 86 POT)

Team: Bayern Munich II
Best Position: CB
Age: 17
Overall Rating/Potential Rating: 60 OVR / 86 POT
Skill Moves/Weak Foot: Two-Star / Three-Star
Value (Release Clause): £855,000 (£2.1 million)
Wage: £450 per week
Best Attributes: 81 Jumping, 71 Strength, 70 Sprint Speed

The production line that is Bayern Munich’s youth set-up continues to mould fantastic footballing talent, and they hope to do the same with Bright Akwo Arrey-Mbi. A rare commodity, being a left-footed centre back, Arrey-Mbi currently plays for Bayern Munich II having impressed for the under-19 team.

Despite only being 17-years-old, the Kaarst-born defender’s profile is already growing; Joshua Kimmich has already hailed him “a beast,” as reported by Bundesliga.com. Developing at this rate could mean that Arrey-Mbi becomes a feature of the first-team backline sooner rather than later.

At only 17-years-old, this German wonderkid stands 6’2” and boasts ample athleticism to boot, as shown by his 81 jumping and 70 strength in FIFA 21. This behemoth of a CB has brilliant defensive attributes for his overall rating, with 64 standing tackle, 61 slide tackle, and a mean 63 aggression. Physicality is another aspect that he possesses a glut of, adding 70 sprint speed and 66 acceleration to his already frightening leap and strength.

The mental and technical aspect of his game needs improving, having ratings of 55 defensive awareness, 53 interceptions, and 52 reactions. Pair that with his 54 ball control and 56 short passing, and you could say that there’s a lot to be desired as a centre back. These supposed short cummings, however, can be overlooked thanks to Arrey-Mbi’s raw defensive ability, potential rating, and £2.1 million price tag.

Luca Netz (63 OVR – 85 POT)

Team: Hertha BSC
Best Position: LB
Age: 17
Overall Rating/Potential Rating: 63 OVR / 85 POT
Skill Moves/Weak Foot: Two-Star / Three-Star
Value (Release Clause): £1.4 million (£3.6 million)
Wage: £450 per week
Best Attributes: 77 Standing Tackle, 70 Acceleration, 69 Sprint Speed

Stepping up to the Hertha BSC II team this season, Luca Netz impressed with two goals and six assists from 19 games for the under-19s side last season. Despite suffering from a fractured foot in June, he managed to break into the second team in late September – immediately being given a starting role as soon as he was fit to play.

Netz looks to have all of the makings of a modern full-back. Being very strong in the tackle, he also uses his speed, dribbling, and crossing ability to great effect down the left side of the pitch.

This correlates directly into FIFA 21, and when you look at his stats, it’s clear to see that Netz’s 63 overall rating doesn’t reflect his strong attribute ratings. What’s clear is his ability at LB, whether it’s breaking down opposition attacks with ratings of 77 standing tackle and 68 sliding tackle, or taking on opponents with his 68 dribbling to make use of his 66 crossing.

An engine of 61 stamina enables the 17-year-old to get up and down the pitch throughout the game. Netz’s mentality stats are lacking, but as with most young players, these attributes will improve with experience. Taking everything about Netz into account, he would make a suitable understudy to an ageing left back.

All of the best young German players in FIFA 21

Here’s the complete list of all of the best German wonderkids in FIFA 21 Career Mode, sorted by their potential ratings.

NamePosition(s)AgeOverallPotentialTeamWageRelease Clause
Kai HavertzCAM, RM, CF218593Chelsea£95,000£228.7 million
Florian WirtzCAM, RM177088Bayer 04 Leverkusen£4,000£8.4 million
Karim AdeyemiST, LW186987FC Red Bull Salzburg£5,000£6.9 million
Bright Akwo Arrey-MbiCB, LB176086Bayern Munich II£450£2.1 million
Luca NetzLB, LM176385Hertha BSC£450£3.6 million
Josha VagnomanRB, LB, LM196985Hamburger SV£4,000£7 million
Robin HackLM, CAM217484FC Nürnberg£8,000£15.4 million
Paul NebelRW, LW, CAM176384FSV Mainz 05£900£3.8 million
Noah KatterbachLB197084FC Köln£6,000£7.9 million
Jan ThielmannRM, CF186784FC Köln£3,000£5.7 million
Linton MainaRM, LM, ST217283Hannover 96£13,000£8.9 million
Jessic NgankamST, RW, LW196783Hertha BSC£8,000£5.6 million
Felix AguLB, RB, LM207083SV Werder Bremen£9,000£8.1 million
Nico MantlGK206983SpVgg Unterhaching£2,000£5.4 million
Kerim ÇalhanoğluLB, LM176283FC Schalke 04£450£2.9 million

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Dan Plummer

Dan has had a passion for gaming since an early age; when he's not gaming, you'll find him out with his dog.

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