In England’s 25-man squad for Euro 2020, 18 had previously featured in the Championship at some point in their career, including Harry Kane, Jack Grealish, and Harry Maguire, which reflects the level of potential talent in England’s second tier. In Career Mode, the Championship is an ideal place to target signings from due to their lower transfer fees and wages compared to top tiers in Europe and further afield.
This article focuses upon the highest potential Championship footballers in the game with Abdallah Sima, Fabio Carvalho, and Jayden Bogle being amongst the best in FIFA 22.
We have ranked these Championship footballers based upon their potential rating, their age being under 23, and the fact that they play in the English Championship at the beginning of a FIFA 22 Career Mode save.
At the bottom of the article, you’ll find a full list of all the highest potential footballers under the age of 23 who currently play in the English Championship in FIFA 22.
Fabio Carvalho (67 OVR – 86 POT)
Wage: £5,000 p/w
Value: £2.2 million
Best Attributes: 85 Balance, 78 Agility, 77 Acceleration
At 67 overall, Fulham’s star attacking midfielder has been given a staggering 86 potential, which makes him not only one of the Championship’s best prospects, but one of England’s best too.
Carvalho is agile and has great balance as outlined by 85 balance and 78 agility, but what makes the Portuguese-born midfielder a unique talent is his eye for goal – 69 attacking positioning and 68 finishing suggests Carvalho offers a goal threat this year’s FIFA.
The Craven Cottage faithful have been purring over Carvalho’s performances over the last couple of seasons. After notching 11 goals and six assists in only thirteen PL2 games, before appearing in four Premier League games in Fulham’s relegation campaign, the number 10 has excelled at the beginning of this season in the Championship. Clubs in continental competitions are queueing up to secure his services, and you can do the same in Career Mode for only £5.6 million.
Abdallah Sima (73 OVR – 86 POT)
Team: Stoke City
Wage: £26,000 p/w
Value: £6.5 million
Best Attributes: 89 Sprint Speed, 86 Acceleration, 86 Stamina
Stoke seem to have one of the league’s best talents on their books in Abdallah Sima, who has been given a respectable 73 overall and a more than encouraging 86 potential in this year’s game.
The Senegalese forward is as rapid as he is enthusiastic, providing a constant threat on the right flank with his 89 sprint speed and 86 acceleration and stamina. High work rates are also ideal for players who like additional defensive cover from their wingers.
Initially breaking through as a professional for Slavia Prague, Sima amassed 16 goals and seven assists in all competitions last season for the Czech side including four goals in 11 games in the Europa League. Brighton signed Sima in the summer and loaned him immediately to the Potters where he hopes to take the league by storm.
Jayden Bogle (74 OVR – 85 POT)
Team: Sheffield United
Wage: £15,000 p/w
Value: £7.7 million
Best Attributes: 81 Sprint Speed, 81 Acceleration, 76 Agility
Jayden Bogle is a name becoming more familiar to fans of English football after a season in the Premier League, and his 74 overall and 85 potential suggests he could be a recognisable figure across the continent if he continues to progress as a wing-back.
Bogle relies on his pace and attacking capabilities to cause the opposition trouble on the right-hand side of the Blades’ defence. 81 sprint speed and acceleration with 74 dribbling allows the young wing-back to go past his man and deliver dangerous deliveries into the box with his 72 crossing.
Derby County sold their defensive starlet to Sheffield United in 2020 for £3.5 million which represents clever business from his buyers, who saw Bogle hit the back of the net twice in the Premier League in only 16 outings last campaign. He will cost you a bit with his £16.3 million release clause but Bogle is one of Britain’s best up-and-coming wing-backs and will pay back that outlay very quickly if you play him regularly in your save game.
James Garner (69 OVR – 84 POT)
Team: Nottingham Forest
Wage: £22,000 p/w
Value: £2.8 million
Best Attributes: 74 Short Passing, 73 Long Passing, 70 Composure
James Garner is one of Manchester United’s hidden weapons – he may only be a 69 overall and unable to break into their squads at the moment, but with Nottingham Forest at the start of Career Mode saves, he is set to achieve an 84 potential in-game and become a fixture in the Red Devils midfield.
An incredibly well-rounded playmaker, Garner has very few weaknesses in his game, but is perhaps best at managing the game from midfield with his range of passing and unflappability in the middle of the park reflected by his 74 short passing, 73 long passing, and 70 composure.
Garner is now enjoying his third successive loan move to the Championship, and his second stint at Nottingham Forest, where he impressed with his ability to outmuscle and outplay his Championship rivals. Manchester United may be willing to sell the Englishman once he returns from his loan, and if you can convince him to sign for your club Garner will become a complete and competent central midfielder for years to come.
Antwoine Hackford (59 OVR – 84 POT)
Team: Sheffield United
Wage: £817 p/w
Best Attributes: 88 Acceleration, 84 Sprint Speed, 73 Balance
An emerging wonderkid in this year’s game, the 59 overall rated Hackford has bags of potential and his development towards his 84 potential will see his attributes dramatically skyrocket.
Hackford is still a very raw talent, but his turn of pace is causing defensive lines considerable problems already, and his 88 acceleration and 84 sprint speed suggests he could do the same in-game. The 17-year-old knows where the back of the net is too, with 66 penalties and 62 finishing – attributes that will only continue to rise as time goes on.
As Sheffield United’s youngest ever Premier League player, Hackford is clearly very highly rated by those at Brammall Lane, and he should become a regular for the Yorkshire side soon. But if you want him to regularly turn out for your side you will only have to pay £1.7 million, a bargain for a player with potential as high as his.
Morgan Rogers (66 OVR – 84 POT)
Team: AFC Bournemouth
Wage: £3k p/w
Value: £1.9 million
Best Attributes: 83 Sprint Speed, 76 Acceleration, 74 Strength
Manchester City’s Morgan Rogers has all the makings of a confident and physical winger with his 66 overall, and once he hits his 84 potential he will be consistently pushing for the prestigious left wing spot in the English national side.
The West Bromwich Albion youth prospect earned a move to the Etihad a couple of seasons ago, as the Citizens noticed his significant physical qualities at such a tender age. The England youth international has been given 83 sprint speed and 74 strength in this year’s game, which is a unique combination of physical attributes for a young winger.
Lincoln City signed Rogers on loan for the 2020/21 season and he tore up League One as he fired the Imps to the playoffs with six goals and four assists in 28 league games. Man City will part with Rogers for a transfer fee of £4.8 million, so if you want a left winger for the future on the cheap, Rogers is your man.
Grady Diangana (74 OVR – 83 POT)
Team: West Bromwich Albion
Wage: £30,000 p/w
Value: £8.2 million
Best Attributes: 87 Acceleration, 80 Dribbling, 79 Sprint Speed
An explosive and highly skilful winger, the 74 overall rated Grady Diangana is one of England’s most dynamic attacking prospects with a solid 83 potential, who is aiming to rediscover his top form in England’s second tier at 23.
Diangana is always keen to take on defenders with his excellent dribbling, which FIFA rates at an 80 at the beginning of save games. His 4-star skills and 87 acceleration alongside his dribbling rating makes the 23-year-old a menace on either the left or right wing in-game.
After shelling out £12 million for the hotly tipped wide man from West Ham, the Baggies have struggled to get the best out of Diangana, who lit up the Championship with the Midlands side during their 2019/20 promotion campaign. If you think you can get the best out of him, you will have to spend £17.2 million which may be difficult if you’re not already in one of Europe’s best leagues.
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