The days of the four-four-two have, for the most part, been replaced by four-three-threes and five-at-the-backs. This has meant that the traditional central midfield position has developed into a more specialist role, with players now falling under the category of either an attacking midfielder or a defensive midfielder.
Choosing FIFA 22 Career Mode’s best young attacking midfielders
In this article, we will be focusing in on the best young attacking midfielders on FIFA 22 for your Career Mode, including the likes of Kai Havertz, Phil Foden, and Mason Mount.
These have been chosen based on their overall rating in FIFA 22 and to qualify, they needed to be less than 23 years old, and have a preferred position in the attacking midfield (CAM).
At the bottom of the article, you’ll find a full list of all of the best young attacking midfielders (CAM) in FIFA 22.
Phil Foden (84 OVR – 92 POT)
Team: Manchester City
Value: £81.3 million
Best Attributes: 91 Balance, 90 Agility, 88 Ball Control
Foden’s 92 potential on FIFA 22 makes him one of the best future players in the game, and with 84 overall, he’s more than useable already.
The Englishman’s 91 balance and 91 agility to go along with 88 ball control and 86 acceleration allow him to find space in tight areas to attack the defence.
Born in Manchester, the prodigiously talented young star worked his way through Manchester City’s youth team before making his professional debut in 2017, and has improved statistically every season since.
Foden made his international debut for England last September in a 1-0 win over Iceland. He’s played eight times for his country since then, scoring two goals in that time.
Kai Havertz (84 OVR – 92 POT)
Value: £81.3 million
Best Attributes: 86 Sprint Speed, 86 Dribbling, 85 Ball Control
Kai Havertz has a strong rating of 84 on FIFA 22, but it’s his 92 potential that gives him the chance to be one of the world’s best.
The 86 sprint speed of Chelsea’s £72 million signing stands out amongst others in his position. His 86 dribbling, 85 ball control, and 84 composure also mean that he is great in and around the box.
The German star struggled to continue the form that he showed at Leverkusen when he moved to Chelsea last summer, something that he’ll be hoping to change as a more normal season without as many restrictions commences. He has, however, shown reasonable form for his national side; his 20 caps for Germany have resulted in five goals, two of which came in Euro 2020.
Mason Mount (83 OVR – 89 POT)
Value: £50.3 million
Best Attributes: 86 Short Passing, 86 Stamina, 85 Ball Control
Mason Mount has an already-decent 83 rating on FIFA 22, but his 89 potential will make him an attractive prospect for any team.
Excelling more at passing than dribbling, his 86 short passing and 83 long passing mean that Mount can pick out any teammate. His 84 composure and 83 reactions also make him efficient in a crowded midfield.
The Chelsea youth graduate has only missed three league games in the last two seasons at Chelsea after two loan spells. His two goals and two assists in the Champions League last season helped Chelsea to win the tournament, with one of those assists coming in the final.
Dani Olmo (82 OVR – 87 POT)
Team: RB Leipzig
Value: £39.6 million
Best Attributes: 86 Agility, 86 Balance, 86 Ball Control
Dani Olmo is a Barcelona graduate now playing for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, and has an 83 overall rating with an 87 potential rating.
Olmo’s movement is his greatest asset on FIFA 22, with 86 agility and 86 balance indicative of that. He also excels in tight areas with 86 ball control, 86 dribbling, 84 short passing, and 83 reactions.
The Spaniard scored five goals and created ten more for RB Leipzig last season in what was the 23-year-old’s most productive season in his career to date.
He was also a valuable player for Spain in Euro 2020 this summer, accumulating three assists in the knockout stages alone.
Martin Ødegaard (82 OVR – 88 POT)
Value: £41.2 million
Best Attributes: 86 Vision, 85 Agility, 85 Dribbling
Great expectations were bestowed upon Martin Ødegaard from a young age. Now 23 years of age, the Norwegian’s overall rating of 82 and his 88 potential suggest that he is living up to those expectations.
Ødegaard is best when picking out his teammates in FIFA 22 with 86 vision, 84 crossing, and 83 short passing. He also has the ability to take the ball past defenders with 85 dribbling and 85 ball control.
Ødegaard was loaned out four times before a permanent move to Arsenal this summer, showing promise when at the London club for the latter part of last season.
Despite his young age, the talented midfielder is already Norway’s captain, and has represented the national side on 33 occasions.
Christopher Nkunku (81 OVR – 86 POT)
Team: RB Leipzig
Value: £33.5 million
Best Attributes: 86 Ball Control, 86 Dribbling, 85 Agility
If Nkunku reaches his potential, there’s no doubt that he will soon be making his international debut for France. He has an 81 rating overall on FIFA 22, but with a potential of 86 it’s clear that he has plenty of scope for improvement.
Nkunku is adept at taking the ball past defenders with 86 dribbling and 86 ball control. His movement is also strong with 85 agility, 83 balance, and 81 acceleration.
The Frenchman bagged a career high 15 assists in the 2019/2020 Bundesliga campaign. Nkunku struggled last season, however, creating just seven assists even as RB Leipzig reached their joint highest Bundesliga position in their short history.
Nicola Vlašić (80 OVR – 86 POT)
Team: West Ham
Value: £28.5 million
Best Attributes: 88 Balance, 85 Dribbling, 83 Sprint Speed
Vlašić has played most positions in both the midfield and attack, but he’s best utilised as an attacking midfielder. His 80 overall rating and 86 potential make him a great option for your Career Mode.
The Croatian bucks the trend of players in his position being both agile and balanced; though he has 88 balance, his 78 agility lets him down somewhat. His 85 dribbling and 81 long shots, however, ensure that he is still able to find space from distance and shoot.
Two double-digit scoring seasons in the last two years saw Vlašić move back to the Premier League, joining West Ham at the beginning of this season. He will be hoping to perform better in his second stint after struggling in his first with Everton, when he could manage just 19 games for the Merseyside club.
All of the best young Attacking Midfielders (CAM) on FIFA 22 Career Mode
Below is a table with all of the best young attacking midfielders in FIFA 22. The players are sorted by their overall rating.
|Philip Foden||84||92||21||CAM, LW, CM||Manchester City||£81.3M||£108K|
|Kai Havertz||84||92||22||CAM, CF, CM||Chelsea||£81.3M||£112K|
|Mason Mount||83||89||22||CAM, CM, RW||Chelsea||£50.3M||£103K|
|Dani Olmo||82||87||23||CAM, CF||RB Leipzig||£39.6M||£67K|
|Martin Ødegaard||82||88||22||CAM, CM||Arsenal||£42.1M||£77K|
|Christopher Nkunku||81||86||23||CAM, CM, CF||RB Leipzig||£33.5M||£62K|
|Nikola Vlašić||80||86||23||CAM||West Ham United||£28.8M||£57K|
|Laure Santeiro||80||80||21||CAM, LM, LW||Fluminense||£21.5M||£20K|
|Matheus Cunha||79||86||22||CAM, LM, ST||Atlético Madrid||£30.5M||£41K|
|Florian Wirtz||78||89||18||CAM, CM||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||£25.4M||£15K|
|Christoph Baumgartner||78||84||21||CAM, LM, CM||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim||£19.4M||£23K|
|Nicolò Zaniolo||78||87||21||CAM, RM||Roma||£27.1M||£33K|
|Brahim||78||86||21||CAM, LW, LM||Milan||£27.1M||£26K|
|Giovanni Reyna||77||87||18||CAM, LM, RM||Borussia Dortmund||£18.9M||£15K|
|Mohammed Kudus||77||86||20||CAM, CM||Ajax||£19.8M||£11K|
|Dominik Szoboszlai||77||87||20||CAM, LM||RB Leipzig||£19.8M||£40K|
|Alexis Claude-Maurice||77||83||23||CAM, CM||OGC Nice||£14.2M||£24K|
|Ludovic Blas||77||83||23||CAM, RM||FC Nantes||£14.2M||£21K|
|Lovro Majer||76||84||23||CAM, CM, RM||Stade Rennais FC||£14.2M||£31K|
|Emile Smith Rowe||76||86||20||CAM||Arsenal||£14.2M||£42K|
|Melendo||76||81||23||CAM, RM, ST||RCD Espanyol||£9.9M||£15K|
|Jamal Musiala||75||88||18||CAM, LM||FC Bayern München||£11.2M||£16K|
|Luka Ivanušec||75||82||22||CAM, RM, LM||Dinamo Zagreb||£9.9M||£688|
|Alexis Mac Allister||75||82||22||CAM, CM||Brighton & Hove Albion||£9.9M||£36K|
|Óscar||75||84||23||CAM, CM, RM||Sevilla FC||£10.8M||£18K|
|Joseph Willock||75||83||21||CAM, CM||Newcastle United||£10.8M||£22K|
|David Turnbull||75||83||21||CAM, CM||Celtic||£10.8M||£29K|
|Thiago Almada||74||86||20||CAM, LW, RW||Vélez Sarsfield||£8.6M||£9K|
|Mauro Júnior||74||80||22||CAM, LM||PSV||£6M||£12K|
|Leonardo Fernández||73||82||22||CAM||Tigres U.A.N.L.||£6M||£26K|
|Michael Olise||73||85||19||CAM, RM, LM||Crystal Palace||£6M||£19K|
|Yari Verschaeren||73||83||19||CAM, RW, CM||RSC Anderlecht||£5.6M||£9K|
|Bogdan Lednev||73||82||23||CAM, RM, LM||Dynamo Kyiv||£6M||£645|
|Paulinho||73||83||20||CAM, LW, RW||Bayer 04 Leverkusen||£5.6M||£22K|
|Lincoln||73||82||22||CAM, CM||Santa Clara||£6M||£5K|
|Tyler Roberts||73||80||22||CAM, CM, ST||Leeds United||£5.2M||£40K|
|Jorge Carrascal||73||80||23||CAM, LM||River Plate||£5.2M||£10K|
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