Arguably the most vital role in the team, the goalkeeper has always been the most scrutinised position in football. In modern times, goalkeepers are more and more required to be as good with their feet as they are with their hands, with Manuel Neuer and Ederson being the stand-out keepers capable of picking a pass and sweeping up any danger to their defence. In this article, you will find all of the best young goalkeepers in FIFA 22’s Career Mode.
Choosing FIFA 22 Career Mode’s best young goalkeepers (GK)
In this article, you will find all of the biggest young talents in world football who play in goal, with Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alban Lafont, and Gregor Kobel headlining the list.
In order to assemble this list, the players must be, at most, 23-years-old and be listed as a GK in FIFA 22. Once these players have been established, they are sorted by their highest overall rating.
At the bottom of the article, you will find a fully detailed list of all of the best goalkeepers (GK) in FIFA 22.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (89 OVR – 93 POT)
Team: Paris Saint-Germain
Wage: £96,000 p/w
Value: £103 million
Best Attributes: 91 GK Diving, 90 GK Reflexes, 85 GK Positioning
The first-choice goalkeeper for the Italian 2020 Euro-winning side, Gianluigi Donnarumma unsurprisingly tops the list of the best young goalkeepers in FIFA 22 Career Mode. After joining French giants Paris Saint-Germain on a free this summer, from AC Milan, the young goalkeeper became one of the most valuable free transfers in history.
Demonstrating that he is the rightful heir to Gianluigi Buffon’s throne, Donnarumma was in sensational form during Euro 2020. Being only 22-years-old, the wonderkid conceded just four goals in the entire tournament. Given an overall rating of 89 and a potential of 93 on FIFA 22, it is clear to see that Donnarumma is set to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation.
Establishing himself as Milan’s number-one keeper from the age of just 16, it has always been evident that the Castellammare di Stabia-native had a big future ahead of him. With 91 GK diving, 90 GK reflexes, 85 GK positioning, 85 reactions, 83 GK handling, and plenty of time to improve these already world-beating stats, signing Donnarumma on FIFA 22 Career Mode means that you won’t have to worry about securing another goalkeeper for at least another decade.
Gregor Kobel (79 OVR – 84 POT)
Team: Borussia Dortmund
Wage: £30,500 p/w
Value: £18.5 million
Best Attributes: 83 GK Reflexes, 81 Strength, 80 GK Diving
To the Bundesliga now, and Borussia Dortmund’s number-one Gregor Kobel comes second in this list. Joining Yellow Submarine this summer, Kobel is the second most expensive goalkeeper in Bundesliga history following his move from VfB Stuttgart.
Given his first-team debut at Hoffenheim by then manager Julian Nagelsmann, Kobel was loaned out to Bundesliga rivals Augsburg in order to get game time. The Swiss national subsequently played a vital part in keeping his loan team from being relegated, helping them to finish 15th.
On FIFA 22, Kobel has been given a potential rating of 84, and being only 23-years -old, there is plenty of time for this 6’5” keeper to reach this ceiling. His 83 GK reflexes and 80 GK diving are among his biggest strengths but his other ratings are solid, too, with 78 GK handling, 77 GK kicking, and 77 reactions.
Given his first senior international cap at the beginning of September 2021, the Zurich native is set to take over as Switzerland’s first-choice goalkeeper, replacing now 32-year-old Yann Sommer. With this in mind and a high potential to reach, Kobel would be a wise investment on FIFA 22 Career Mode.
Alban Lafont (78 OVR – 83 POT)
Team: FC Nantes
Wage: £15,000 p/w
Value: £15 million
Best Attributes: 82 GK Reflexes, 80 GK Diving, 76 GK Handling
Being captain of a first-tier football club is an accolade in itself, but being chosen to lead the team at just 22-years-old speaks volumes for how well young Alban Lafont is perceived at club FC Nantes. This is reiterated in FIFA 22 Career Mode, where he has been given the Leadership trait.
After joining Les Jaunes et Verts from Italian side Fiorentina – having been on-loan with them last season – Lafont made it clear from the first day at the club that he was going to play a key role.
On FIFA 22, Lafont has 82 GK reflexes, 80 GK diving, 76 GK handling, 74 GK positioning, and 73 jumping. Given that he only has a rating of 69 for his GK kicking, playing it short from a goal kick is not necessarily a bad way to utilise him.
Due to the fact that he has only just joined FC Nantes, you will have to wait until at least January to sign this French under-21 wonderkid.
Altay Bayındır (77 OVR – 84 POT)
Team: Fenerbahçe SK
Wage: £24,500 p/w
Value: £15.5 million
Best Attributes: 81 GK Reflexes, 79 GK Diving, 77 GK Positioning
The tallest net-minder on this list is Turkish first-choice Altay Bayındır. Playing his football in the Turkish first division with Fenerbahçe SK, this 6’6” giant is an imposing figure between the sticks.
Bayındır has already featured for Fenerbahçe 80 times since making his debut for the 19-time Turkish Champions, keeping 21 clean sheets in the process. With 81 GK reflexes, 79 GK diving, 77 GK positioning, 73 GK handling, and 71 GK kicking, Bayındır is a solid all-rounder. Covering most of the distance between the sticks due to his size, beating this Bursa-native on FIFA 22 Career Mode isn’t an easy feat.
Given an overall rating of 77 on FIFA 22, Bayındır would be the first-choice goalkeeper for most top division sides competing for European football. With a potential rating of 84, the Turkish international has a lot of room for growth and will likely be a player of Champions League quality when he reaches his ceiling in FIFA 22 Career Mode.
Illan Meslier (77 OVR – 85 POT)
Team: Leeds United
Wage: £29,000 p/w
Value: £17.5 million
Best Attributes: 81 GK Reflexes, 79 GK Diving, 76 GK Handling
Next on the list is number-one goalkeeper for Leeds United, French-born Illan Meslier, who is the youngest player on this list.
Handed his first-team debut for his hometown club Lorient at just 18-years-old, Meslier made 30 appearances in Ligue 2 before helping FC Lorient secure promotion to Ligue 1. Meslier’s performances caught the eye of Leeds, who signed the youngster for a sum of £5.85 million that summer.
Since arriving at Elland Road, the Frenchman has helped Leeds to secure promotion and become their first-choice goalkeeper in the Premier League due to his impressive form. On FIFA 22, Meslier has been given a potential overall of 85.
Excelling with his 81 GK reflexes, the young goalkeeper uses his 6’5” frame to great effect. Also possessing 79 GK diving, 76 GK handling, 73 GK positioning, and 73 GK kicking at the age of just 21, it is clear that this wonderkid would be a solid investment for the future of your team on FIFA 22 Career Mode.
Florian Müller (77 OVR – 82 POT)
Team: VfB Stuttgart
Wage: £15,000 p/w
Value: £11 million
Best Attributes: 81 GK Reflexes, 76 GK Diving, 75 Reactions
Back to the Bundesliga and VfB Stuttgart now, where young German goalkeeper Florian Müller is plying his trade having joined Die Schwaben this summer from rivals FSV Mainz 05.
After a successful season on-loan at SC Freiburg, Müller has immediately become Stuttgart’s first-choice goalkeeper since his arrival. The left-footer has been given a rating of 77 on FIFA 22 and has the potential to reach 82.
With 82 GK reflexes and 75 reactions, Müller is very quick to react to shots coming his way, making it difficult to get the better of him without creating something special.
Thanks to his 76 GK diving, 74 GK handling, and 73 GK positioning, you have a great foundation to nurture this Saarlouis-native into a fantastic goalkeeper. However, due to the fact that he has only just joined Stuttgart, you will have to wait until the January transfer window to sign him on your FIFA 22 Career Mode.
Justin Bijlow (77 OVR – 85 POT)
Wage: £6,400 p/w
Value: £17.5 million
Best Attributes: 80 GK Diving, 78 GK Reflexes, 77 GK Kicking
Finishing off the list is 23-year-old Dutch goalkeeper Justin BIjlow. With a potential ability of 85, and a value of just £17.5 million, the Dutch champion is the best option for you if you are looking to get the most cost-effective player on this list on FIFA 22 Career Mode.
Having been at Feyenoord since 2006, Bijlow is well-known and held in high regarde in Rotterdam. With Giovanni van Bronckhorst handing him his first senior cap at just 19-years-old, this young goalkeeper clearly has a bright future.
Bijlow has gone on to make 62 first-team appearances for his boyhood club, keeping 24 clean sheets in that time. Clearly Bijlow has talent, and in FIFA 22 this is made evident by his potential ability.
With 80 GK diving, 78 GK reflexes, 77 GK kicking, 75 GK handling, 75 reactions, and 73 GK positioning, as well as his 85 potential ability, signing this wonderkid would be a superb idea on your FIFA 22 Career Mode.
All the best young Goalkeepers (GK) on FIFA 22 Career Mode
Below is a table which has been created for you to easily find the best GKs in FIFA 22 Career Mode, sorted in order of their overall rating.
|Gianluigi Donnarumma||GK||22||89||93||Paris Saint-Germain||£103M||£96K|
|Gregor Kobel||GK||23||79||84||Borussia Dortmund||£18.5M||£30.5K|
|Alban Lafont||GK||22||78||83||FC Nantes||£15M||£15K|
|Altay Bayındır||GK||23||77||84||Fenerbahçe SK||£15.5M||£24.5K|
|Illan Meslier||GK||21||77||85||Leeds United||£17.5M||£29K|
|Florian Müller||GK||23||77||82||VfB Stuttgart||£11M||£15K|
|Luís Maximiano||GK||22||76||83||Granada CF||£11.2M||£12K|
|Robert Sanchéz||GK||23||76||82||Brighton & Hove Albion||£8.2M||£27K|
|Giorgi Mamardashvili||GK||20||75||83||Valencia CF||£9M||£12K|
|Andriy Lunin||GK||22||74||85||Real Madrid||£6.9M||£51K|
|Aleksandr Maksimenko||GK||23||74||81||Spartak Moscow||£6M||£22K|
|Diogo Costa||GK||21||73||85||FC Porto||£5.6M||£4K|
|Etienne Green||GK||20||72||81||AS Saint-Étienne||£3.8M||£9K|
|Lautaro Morales||GK||21||72||85||Club Atlético Lanús||£4.3M||£5K|
|Ersin Destanoğlu||GK||20||72||80||Beşiktaş JK||£3.8M||£12K|
|İrfan Eğribayat||GK||23||72||80||Göztepe SK||£3.9M||£6K|
|Maduka Okoye||GK||21||71||81||Sparta Rotterdam||£3.1M||£3K|
|Maarten Vandevoordt||GK||19||71||87||KRC Genk||£3.7M||£3K|
|Finn Dahmen||GK||23||70||80||1. FSV Mainz 05||£2.7M||£7K|
|Iñaki Peña||GK||22||69||80||FC Barcelona||£2.3M||£25K|
|Kjell Scherpen||GK||21||69||81||Brighton & Hove Albion||£2.6M||£10K|
|Doğan Alemdar||GK||18||68||83||Stade Rennais FC||£2.1M||£860|
|Berke Özer||GK||21||68||80||Fenerbahçe SK||£2.2M||£7K|
|Mile Svilar||GK||21||68||80||SL Benfica||£2.2M||£3K|
Above is the list of all of the best young goalkeepers in FIFA 22 Career Mode, so be sure to use it to secure your long-term security in the net.
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