FIFA 22 Career Mode: Best Young Strikers (ST & CF) to Sign

We have ALL the best young strikers (ST & CF) on FIFA 22 Career Mode.


While goalkeepers, defenders, and midfielders tend to need to get copious amounts of experience to reach the upper-echelons of their position, more players simply take to being a striker instantly, with some of the best young strikers in the sport already being among the best in the world.

This is why the best young strikers in Career Mode are so appealing to FIFA 22 gamers, with the young strikers and centre forwards that have the highest overall ratings often featuring tremendous speed and finishing. Here, we’re going through the very best of the bunch.


Choosing FIFA 22 Career Mode’s best young strikers (ST & CF)

Featuring the likes of Erling Haaland, Victor Osimhen, and, of course, Kylian Mbappé, FIFA 22’s best young strikers have superb overall ratings now, and many of them have hefty potential ratings for the future.

Here, the best young ST and CF players are sorted by their overall ratings, needing to be 23-years-old or younger as well as have one of the two striking positions listed as their preferred role.

At the foot of the page, you’ll find the full list of all of the best young strikers (ST and CF) in FIFA 22.


Kylian Mbappé (91 OVR – 95 POT)

Team: Paris Saint-Germain
Age: 22
Wage: £195,000
Value: £166.5 million
Best Attributes: 97 Acceleration, 97 Sprint Speed, 93 Finishing

It won’t come as a surprise that the cover star, Kylian Mbappé, is the best young striker in FIFA 22, coming in with an absurd 91 overall rating at the age of 22.

The French superstar already ranks as one of the best players in the game, but his massive 95 potential puts him atop even Lionel Messi – and by a good couple of points. The speedster can best any defender with his 97 acceleration and 97 sprint speed, while his 93 finishing finishes the job.


Mbappé is in the last year of his contract, and even though Real Madrid offered over £130 million for the want-away forward, Paris Saint-Germain were unmoved. Despite this, few could say that the Parisian hasn’t pulled his weight, scoring four and setting up another four in the first nine games of the season.

Erling Haaland (88 OVR – 93 POT)

Team: Borussia Dortmund
Age: 20
Wage: £94,000
Value: £118 million
Best Attributes: 94 Sprint Speed, 94 Shot Power, 94 Finishing

It’s certainly not a bad thing to come second to Mbappé in this list of the best young strikers to sign in Career Mode, especially if you have an 88 overall rating as Erling Haaland does.

Standing 6’4’’ with strength (93) and shot power (94) ratings to match, Haaland’s a menacing striker in FIFA 22 who’s capable of out-muscling centre backs and firing pin-point shots past the goalie. That said, he doesn’t need to be in the box to score, with his 87 long shots making the Norwegian a threat from over 18 yards as well.

For Red Bull Salzburg, Haaland netted over one goal per game, scoring 29 in 27. For his current club, Borussia Dortmund, he continues to score more goals than he plays 90 minutes, with 68 by his 67th appearance. It seems unlikely that it’ll be too long before one of the continent’s elite pay what might be a record fee to acquire Haaland. That said, he’s contracted for another three seasons.

Lautaro Martínez (85 OVR – 89 POT)

Team: Inter Milan
Age: 23
Wage: £125,000
Value: £67.5 million
Best Attributes: 89 Balance, 89 Reactions, 88 Jumping

Coming into FIFA 22 with an 85 overall rating, which makes him one of the best young ST players in Career Mode, Lautaro Martínez offers a rather different build to the others.

The Argentine certainly isn’t lacking for pace with his 86 acceleration, 83 sprint speed, and 86 agility, but his strengths are in his overall athleticism and even as an aerial threat. The 5’9’’ ST boasts 89 reactions, 88 jumping, 87 heading accuracy, 84 strength, and 86 positioning, which make him a menace in the box.

Often playing alongside Romelu Lukaku up top last season, Martínez was somewhat of a complementary piece, left open by defences that tried to stop the mighty Belgian. Now, with a new but not as headline-grabbing big man with him, Edin Džeko, the young player is the star of the attack for a new-look Inter Milan.

João Félix (83 OVR – 91 POT)

Team: Atlético Madrid
Age: 21
Wage: £52,000
Value: £70.5 million
Best Attributes: 87 Ball Control, 86 Agility, 86 Dribbling

Ranking as the top CF wonderkid in Career Mode, João Félix also comes in as the best young CF in FIFA 22 by virtue of his positional bias and 83 overall rating.  

With five-star skill moves, 87 ball control, 86 dribbling, 86 agility, 84 composure, and 84 positioning, it’s clear that Félix’s strengths are in picking up the ball and carrying it towards the goal. His finishing (89) and short passing (80) need some development, but the Portuguese forward is still a very exciting and skilful young player.

Much as he has been for his national team, Félix is mostly being eased into the starting XI in LaLiga for Atlético Madrid. That said, in the Champions League last season, manager Diego Simeone opted to play him in all but 12 minutes of their run to a last-16 knockout to the eventual winners.

Alexander Isak (82 OVR – 86 POT)

Team: Real Sociedad
Age: 21
Wage: £32,000
Value: £38.5 million
Best Attributes: 86 Attack Positioning, 85 Sprint Speed, 84 Volleys

Adding another tall striker to the ranks of the best young STs in FIFA 22 is Alexander Isak, who combines height, athleticism, and finishing ability in a way that’s vaguely reminiscent of a certain superstar Swedish striker.

Born in Solna, Isak stands 6’4’’ and boasts 83 finishing, 84 volleys, 85 sprint speed, 86 attack positioning, 81 reactions, and a five-star weak foot. The young player is invariably in the best position to receive the ball, and thanks to those ratings, he can just as easily dispatch of one-timers that arrive along the ground or in the air.

Throughout his still very young career, Isak hasn’t struggled to find the back of the net. In his first season with Real Sociedad, he scored 16 goals in all 45 games, improving on that tally with 17 goals in 34 LaLiga contests last season.

Victor Osimhen (80 OVR – 87 POT)

Team: SSC Napoli
Age: 22
Wage: £57,000
Value: £37 million
Best Attributes: 92 Sprint Speed, 88 Jumping, 85 Finishing

Making his claim among the best young strikers in FIFA 22 with an 80 overall rating is Victor Osimhen, who, at 22-years-old, already features some incredibly user-friendly attribute ratings.

The main appeal of signing Osimhen in Career Mode is tapping into that hefty 87 potential rating. However, even before he reaches those heights, the Nigerian striker will be of tremendous use thanks to his 92 sprint speed, 88 jumping, 85 finishing, 84 acceleration, and 78 heading accuracy.

After a £63 million move from LOSC Lille to SSC Napoli, the Lagos-native was thrust into the starting XI. He performed well out of the gate, grabbing a couple of goals and an assist in six games, but then a shoulder injury cut a huge chunk out of the season. He ended with ten goals in 30 games, but started this campaign with six in six.

Donyell Malen (80 OVR – 85 POT)

Team: Borussia Dortmund
Age: 22
Wage: £51,000
Value: £28 million
Best Attributes: 90 Acceleration, 90 Sprint Speed, 84 Agility

Concluding the top-tier of the best young strikers in FIFA 22 with at least an 80 overall rating, Donyell Malen will likely have more appeal than some of those above because of his speed ratings.

While Haaland certainly isn’t a slouch, the addition of Malen gives BVB – or your team, should you sign him in Career Mode – that instant-pace speedster who can quickly cut through defences on the break. The Dutchman’s 90 acceleration and 90 sprint speed make him the perfect option to feed when counter-attacking.

Having arrived at Signal Iduna Park this summer from PSV Eindhoven, where he scored 55 goals and 24 assists in 116 games, Malen was put to work right away. Playing either on the left wing or alongside Haaland up top, the young player didn’t find the back of the net through his first nine games in Germany.

All of the best young strikers (ST & CF) in FIFA 22 Career Mode

In the table below, you’ll find all of the best ST and CF youngsters in FIFA 22, with the selections being sorted by their overall rating.

NameOverallPotentialPositionAgeTeamValueWage
Kylian Mbappé9195ST, LW22Paris Saint-Germain£166.5 million£195,000
Erling Haaland 8893ST20Borussia Dortmund£118 million£94,000
Lautaro Martínez 8589ST23Inter£67.5 million£125,000
João Félix  8391CF, ST21Atlético Madrid£70.5 million£52,000
Alexander Isak8286ST21Real Sociedad£38.5 million£32,000
Victor Osimhen 8087ST22Napoli£37 million£57,000
Donyell Malen8085ST22Borussia Dortmund£28 million£51,000
Luka Jović7984ST23Real Madrid£23.2 million£112,000
Kasper Dolberg7983ST23OGC Nice£21.9 million£32,000
Dušan Vlahović7885ST21Fiorentina£24.9 million£37,000
Jonathan David 7886ST21LOSC Lille£27.5 million£27,000
Amine Gouiri7885ST, LM21OGC Nice£24.9 million£25,000
Tammy Abraham 7886ST23Roma£27.1 million£42,000
Arthur Cabral 7785ST23FC Basel 1893£20.2 million£14,000
Luis Javier Suárez7786ST, LM, CAM23Granada CF£20.2 million£20,000
Patson Daka7784ST22Leicester City£18.5 million£67,000
Nicolás González  7783ST, LW23Fiorentina£14.6 million£40,000
Saša Kalajdžić7782ST23VfB Stuttgart£13.8 million£23,000
Darwin Núñez 7685ST22SL Benfica£14.6 million£11,000
Adam Hložek7687ST, LM, RM18Sparta Praha£13.8 million£430
Myron Boadu7685ST20AS Monaco£14.2 million£31,000
Mërgim Berisha7580ST23Fenerbahçe SK£7.3 million£34,000
Juan Camilo Hernández7581ST, RM, LM22Watford£7.7 million£38,000
Odsonne Édouard7583ST23Crystal Palace£10.8 million£38,000
Tiago Tomás 7482ST19Sporting CP£7.7 million£7,000
Terem Moffi 7482ST22FC Lorient£8.2 million£15,000
Mostafa Mohamed7481ST23Galatasaray SK£7.3 million£36,000
Federico Viñas 7481ST23Club América£7.3 million£31,000
Giacomo Raspadori7488ST21Sassuolo£9 million£19,000
Kang-in Lee   7482ST, CAM, RM20RCD Mallorca£8.2 million£15,000
Timothy Weah  7481ST, RM21LOSC Lille£7.3 million£21,000
Abel Ruiz 7483ST21SC Braga£8.2 million£9,000
Ermedin Demirović7481ST23SC Freiburg£7.3 million£20,000
Randal Kolo Muani7482ST, RW, LW22FC Nantes£8.2 million£18,000
Edward Nketiah7481ST22Arsenal£7.3 million£48,000
Fedor Chalov7480ST23PFC CSKA Moscow£5.6 million£29,000
Lukas Nmecha7481ST22VfL Wolfsburg£7.3 million£37,000
Gianluca Scamacca7484ST22Sassuolo£8.2 million£22,000
Ianis Hagi7482CF22Rangers FC£8.2 million£35,000

Now that you know the best young strikers to sign in Career Mode, you can go and splash your club’s cash on one of the most exciting players in FIFA 22.

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