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Career mode in FIFA 21: The players with the greatest potential and hidden talents

In recent years, many fans have complained that the career mode was neglected in the FIFA series - now EA Sports has focused more on it and added some innovations. You can't get past a good squad in FIFA 21 either, these players shouldn't be missing there.

Here, every passionate gamer suddenly turns into a football manager or squad scout - when it comes to discovering the players with the most talent, the fans look closely.

While some players are already starting to see great careers in their teens, others are real late starters. There is always a talent hiding in between that has hardly appeared in the professional field, but could bring you top performance in a few years.

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We introduce you to the players who have become important to you over the years in career mode. Better grab it before the competition - even if it's just the computer - is there.

Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

Age: 21
Rating: 90
Potential: 95
Position: striker

At the top of the talents is Kylian Mbappe - the Frenchman has been around for what feels like an eternity, but is still only 21 years old. With the 2018 world champion in the squad, you've covered a key position for years. The fact that it is on the cover of FIFA 21 shows how important it is in international football.

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Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

Age: 20
Rating: 87
Potential: 93
Position: Right midfield

At the beginning of FIFA 18, Jadon Sancho still had a rating of 68. In the meantime, of course, the Englishman has long outgrown that. However, there was recently criticism of a value of his card at FIFA 21 - what ex-Dortmund Ciro Immobile has to do with it, we show you here.

Kai Havertz (Chelsea FC)

Age: 21
Rating: 85
Potential: 93
Position: Attacking midfield

Disenchantment for all Bayer Leverkusen fans: They not only lost their key player in real life, but also the player with the third highest potential in FIFA 21. There is actually no way around Kai Havertz in any major career mode squad.

Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)

Age: 20
Rating: 81
Potential: 93
Position: striker

His first year at Atletico had ups and downs, but at EA Sports there is no doubt about Joao Felix's enormous potential. The lively striker is also one of the greatest talents at FIFA 21.

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Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)

Age: 20
Rating: 80
Potential: 93
Position: Left wing

Since joining Real Madrid in the summer of 2018, Vinicius Junior has been one of the most talented players in the FIFA squad of the “Royal”. He has not yet made his big breakthrough, but it may come in the next twelve months.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool FC)

Age: 21
Rating: 87
Potential: 92
Position: Right defender

We come to the first defensive player: The great era of Philipp Lahm and Dani Alves in the back right is over, now Trent Alexander-Arnold is the dominator at just 21 years old.

Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)

Age: 20
Rating: 84
Potential: 92
Position: Storm

With a rating of 84, Erling Haaland is one of the players who has improved the most in the past twelve months. In the course of the career mode, he goes even further - the Norwegian can reach up to 92.

Matthijs de Ligt (Piemonte Calcio)

Age: 21
Rating: 85
Potential: 92
Position: Central defender

Matthijs de Ligt not only had brilliant moments in his first year at Juventus Turin. He is still the central defender with the most potential, even if FIFA still does not have a Juve license and the team continues to compete as Piemonte Calcio.

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Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan)

Age: 21
Rating: 85
Potential: 92
Position: goalkeeper

Yes, it's hard to believe: Gianluigi Donnarumma is still only 21 years old and still plays for AC Milan. Between the posts, the Italian can improve in the coming years, an interesting player for many gamblers.

Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)

Age: 23
Rating: 84
Potential: 92
Position: Storm

We come to the resurgent city rivals of Milan. After ten years, Inter have once again reached a European Cup final and Lautaro Martinez was one of the pillars - but the Argentine can still improve.

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

Age: 22
Rating: 85
Potential: 91
Position: Left mid-field

On the offensive, Marcus Rashford can actually play any position, EA Sports has placed him in the left midfield. His speed is of course a weapon at the beginning of the game, but he can still improve by six points.

Francisco Trincao (FC Barcelona)

Age: 20
Rating: 78
Potential: 91
Position: Right wing

The first player who may still lack great international fame. Francisco Trincao moved from SC Braga to FC Barcelona in the summer of 2020 and should help the Catalans to make the big upheaval.

Sandro Tonali (AC Milan)

Age: 20
Rating: 77
Potential: 91
Position: Central midfield

Not only the top clubs from Italy have tried to get Sandro Tonali, he has been playing for AC Milan since summer 2020. Tonali and Donnarumma should cause a sensation there in the coming years, certainly an interesting project for one or the other career mode gambler.

Frenkie de Jong (FC Barcelona)

Age: 23
Rating: 85
Potential: 90
Position: Central midfield

Compared to his former teammate from Ajax times, Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong is losing out with a potential of 90. The Dutchman is likely to become a key player in many teams.

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Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig)

Age: 21
Rating: 79
Potential: 90
Position: Central defense

Dayot Upamecano is now in his fourth season at RB Leipzig. The Frenchman is still only 21 years old and, with his physique and speed, is a perfect central defender for career mode.

Federico Valverde (Real Madrid)

Age: 22
Rating: 83
Potential: 90
Position: Central midfield

Federico Valverde is one of the bright spots in the Real Madrid team and has been able to assert himself again and again in the first team in 2019/20 - despite the competition consisting of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. He is rewarded by EA Sports with a 90s potential.

Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad)

Age: 23
Rating: 84
Potential: 90
Position: Left wing

Mikel Oyarzabal has been one of the wider circle of talents in the FIFA franchise for years, but he has not yet made a major breakthrough on an international level. EA Sports is already ready for this with a 90s potential.

Rodrygo (Real Madrid)

Age: 19
Rating: 79
Potential: 90
Position: Right wing

Born in 2001 - there is no question that Rodrygo still has many years of his career ahead of him. However, the winger from Brazil can already become a key player for your team in FIFA 21.

Ansu Fati (FC Barcelona)

Age: 17
Rating: 76
Potential: 90
Position: Left wing

In a weak year for FC Barcelona, ​​Ansu Fati has been the player who gave fans the greatest hope. FIFA 21 is the first video game he's been involved in from the start - in FIFA 20, it's been added as an afterthought. A 76 rating with a potential of 90 is impressive.

Alphonso Davies (FC Bayern Munich)

Age: 19
Rating: 81
Potential: 89
Position: Left defender

Many fans were surprised when Alphonso Davies was not on the list of the top 20 full-backs. After all, he is one of the players with the highest potential - he can improve to 89.

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Danny Leyva (Seattle Sounders)

Age: 17
Rating: 56
Potential: 81
Position: Central midfield

Heading the list of child prodigies is Danny Leyva, a 17-year-old American who plays for Seattle Sounders in the MLS. He can increase to a value of 81 - with him a jump of 25 points is possible.

Luca Netz (Hertha BSC)

Age: 17
Rating: 63
Potential: 86
Position: Left defender

Let's look at a great talent in the Bundesliga - Luca Netz gives Hertha fans a lot of hope and is a support in the junior national team. You can also look to the future in a relaxed manner with him in career mode.

Malachi Fagan-Walcott (Tottenham Hotspur)

Age: 18
Rating: 60
Potential: 83
Position: Central defender

It’s on in the Premier League! It will take some time before he gets a chance in the Spurs first team under José Mourinho. The managers in career mode should already have an eye on him.

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Jarrad Branthwaite (Everton FC)

Age: 18
Rating: 59
Potential: 82
Position: Central defender

Are Fagan-Walcott and Jarrad Branthwaite forming the English central defense of the future? For that you would have to loose Branthwaite from Everton FC or just get started with the club from Liverpool.

Eugenio Pizzuto (LOSC Lille)

Age: 18
Rating: 59
Potential: 82
Position: Defensive Midfield

Eugenio Pizzuto can improve himself by 23 points, and he can achieve a value of over 80. At the beginning, values ​​like a speed of 58 and a shot value of 42 do not indicate a great career. but that can change.

Ricky-Jade Jones (Peterborough United)

Age: 17
Rating: 59
Potential: 82
Position: Storm

With a pace value of 92, some gamers rub their hands together. In the coming years, Ricky-Jade Jones is likely to be unstoppable, at least in this regard, there is also a fat development with +23.

Omar Rekik (Hertha BSC)

Age: 18
Rating: 63
Potential: 85
Position: Central defender

Speaking of rubbing your hands: the future at the “Big City Club” Hertha BSC seems to be bright. Omar Rekik is already the second FIFA child prodigy to join Hertha’s ranks. He is the brother of Karim Rekik, who plays in the first team in Berlin.

Dennis Cirkin (Tottenham Hotspur)

Age: 18
Rating: 61
Potential: 83
Position: Left defender

Another man who should also be on José Mourinho's note. Dennis Cirkin, a native Irishman, is to join the professional team from the Tottenham Academy.

Lucas Chevalier (LOSC Lille)

Age: 18
Rating: 61
Potential: 83
Position: goalkeeper

The goalkeepers are also always popular with the “hidden gems”. Because if you find a good player who develops, you have covered this one position for years. Maybe Lucas Chevalier is your husband.

Kays Ruiz-Atil (Paris Saint-Germain)

Age: 18
Rating: 60
Potential: 82
Position: Central midfield

When you think of Paris Saint-Germain, you think first and foremost of Neymar, Angel di Maria and also Kylian Mbappe, who we already had at the top of the first list. Kays Ruiz-Atil is a man for the future.

Tommy Doyle (Manchester City)

Age: 18
Rating: 60
Potential: 82
Position: Central midfield

Let's move from one team that has made it into the top tier of international top clubs in recent years to the next. Tommy Doyle is a newcomer at Manchester City who is supposed to develop in the shadow of the stars.

Juan Manuel Cuesta (Independiente Medellin)

Age: 18
Rating: 60
Potential: 82
Position: Left mid-field

A young talent from South America - 20 years ago Rainer Calmund would certainly have been there, now you should grab it. Juan Manuel Cuesta from Colombia is developing far away from the top European leagues.

Lilian Egloff (VfB Stuttgart)

Age: 18
Rating: 59
Potential: 81
Position: Attacking midfield

If you prefer to play at home among the young players, Lilian Egloff from the Stuttgart youth team could be more your man. He could already be a topic for the newcomer's Bundesliga squad this season.

Daniel Hoyo-Kowalski (Wisla Krakow)

Age: 17
Rating: 59
Potential: 81
Position: Central defender

Perhaps Daniel Hoyo-Kowalski was given some talent when he was born. The Pole was born in Barcelona, ​​but plays in the Polish league at Wisla Krakow in his home country.

Melayro Bogarde (TSG Hoffenheim)

Age: 18
Rating: 58
Potential: 80
Position: Central defender

Melayro Bogarde from the Netherlands made his Bundesliga debut in the 2019/20 season, so one or two fans should be familiar with it. For him, too, things can go high at FIFA 21.

Rayan Cherki (Olympique Lyon)

Age: 17
Rating: 67
Potential: 88
Position: Attacking midfield

We come to the first player in the child prodigy collection with a silver card. Rayan Cherki can improve by 21 points and thus come to a value of 88. The offensive player should be an interesting persona for many managers.

Karamoko Dembélé (Celtic Glasgow)

Age: 17
Rating: 64
Potential: 85
Position: Right wing

When he was already playing in the Celtic U20 at the age of 13, Karamoko Dembélé caught the attention of the world public. He is now 17 years old and plays a good role in the traditional club's first team.

Yusuf Demir (Rapid Vienna)

Age: 17
Rating: 64
Potential: 85
Position: Right wing

With his defensive values ​​at the beginning of the game, EA Sports showed no mercy, Yusuf Demir has a rating of 19. However, pace and dribbling are already good and with a rating development of +21 a lot is still possible.

Paul Nebel (FSV Mainz 05)

Age: 17
Rating: 62
Potential: 83
Position: Right wing

With Paul Nebel the value for the defensive qualities is at least 27 - but even he is not necessarily suitable for a place in the back four. But anyone who knows how to use Nebel's strengths on the offensive should have a lot of fun with German over the years.

Luke Matheson (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Age: 17
Rating: 61
Potential: 82
Position: Right defender

We already had two central defenders from England and a player for the back left in the "Hidden Gems" - now the English are perfecting the back four of the future with Luke Matheson.

J’Neil Bennett (Tottenham Hotspur)

Age: 18
Rating: 61
Potential: 82
Position: Left mid-field

A left winger who started his great career at Spurs. Maybe J’Neil Bennett can learn something from returnees Gareth Bale - at least Bennett was the first player to score in a youth game at the new Tottenham Stadium.

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Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa)

Age: 19
Rating: 61
Potential: 82
Position: Left wing

At the age of just 15, Indiana Vassilev took the big step from home in the United States to Birmingham to move to the Aston Villa Academy. Incidentally, he has Bulgarian roots.

David Ayala (Estudiantes de la Plata)

Age: 18
Rating: 61
Potential: 82
Position: Defensive Midfield

In the “Hidden Gems” category, there are particularly many young offensive players who make the headlines in the youth teams. The style of play of David Ayala, a man who acts in front of the defense, is a bit more conservative. But you also need people like that in your team.

Jacob Italiano (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Age: 19
Rating: 61
Potential: 82
Position: Left mid-field

In the Australian league, Jacob Italiano was able to sniff the first division air before moving to Borussia Mönchengladbach - in the Bundesliga he is still waiting in vain. But there are only a few doubters of his talent back home.

Ivan Martinez (CA Osasuna)

Age: 18
Rating: 60
Potential: 81
Position: goalkeeper

You should see him between the posts of a first division club in the course of your career: Ivan Martinez. A development of +21 is possible with him, he currently plays for CA Osasuna.

Harvey White (Tottenham Hotspur)

Age: 19
Rating: 60
Potential: 81
Position: Defensive Midfield

Truly, Harvey White is not the first Tottenham youth player to appear. So the Spurs should represent a real alternative in career mode for one or the other gamer.

Nathan Wood (Middlesborough)

Age: 18
Rating: 60
Potential: 81
Position: Central defender

With Nathan Wood, the pace value of 67 stands out, that's where he is strongest and that as a central defender. In this respect, too, Wood will improve and thus become even more interesting for players.

Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)

Age: 17
Rating: 68
Potential: 88
Position: Attacking midfield

In the second half of the season Florian Wirtz made Bayer sit up and take notice after moving from Cologne to Bayer Leverkusen. In terms of his FIFA potential, he has every opportunity to inherit Kai Havertz.

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Sebastiano Esposito (Inter Milan)

Age: 18
Rating: 66
Potential: 86
Position: Storm

When the competition consists of Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez, it's not easy for an 18-year-old. It is all the more remarkable that Sebastiano Esposito gets his chances at Inter. You should keep an eye on him.

Aster Vranckx (KV Mechelen)

Age: 17
Rating: 66
Potential: 86
Position: Central midfield

How good the Belgian youth work is now does not really need to be talked about any more. Aster Vranckx, who still plays in Mechelen, is a new jewel from the neighboring country.

Harvey Elliott (Liverpool FC)

Age: 17
Rating: 65
Potential: 85
Position: Right wing

At the age of 15, Harvey Elliott played for Fulham for the first time in a competitive game, and now he plays for Liverpool FC under Jürgen Klopp. You see: The "Reds" also have talents with which you could usher in the new generation in career mode.

Troy Parrott (Millwall)

Age: 18
Rating: 65
Potential: 85
Position: Storm

Let's stay on the island: Troy Parrott also comes from the Tottenham youth, there were already a few players on the list. Parrott is supposed to gain experience on loan at Millwall - but after that you can sign him for your team.

Marco Kana (RSC Anderlecht)

Age: 18
Rating: 65
Potential: 85
Position: Central defender

Romelu Lukaku once started his career at RSC Anderlecht, now Marco Kana from Belgium is to move into the big wide world of football. Vincent Kompany, who is now coach in Anderlecht, should pave his way.

Curtis Jones (Liverpool FC)

Age: 19
Rating: 64
Potential: 84
Position: Central midfield

Curtis Jones has already played in the league and cup for Liverpool FC, but at just 19 years of age, he still has a lot to do. Together with Harvey Elliott, he could form the midfield of the future.

Arvin Appiah (UD Almeria)

Age: 19
Rating: 64
Potential: 84
Position: Left mid-field

Born in Amsterdam, playing in Spain and playing for the English youth national team - that is the very exciting vita of Arvin Appiah and he is only 19 years old.

Alan Velasco (Independiente)

Age: 18
Rating: 64
Potential: 84
Position: Central midfield

On the wing, Alan Velasco is set to inherit players like Angel di Maria in Argentina’s national team - at some point he will certainly be drawn to Europe. At the moment he is still playing at home.

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Timothée Pembélé (Paris Saint-Germain)

Age: 18
Rating: 63
Potential: 83
Position: Right defender

When Thomas Meunier left Paris for Dortmund, Timothée Pembélé was one of the players who were repeatedly traded as legitimate successors. He is an important pillar in France's national U-teams.

Armel Bella-Kotchap (VfL Bochum)

Age: 18
Rating: 62
Potential: 82
Position: Central defender

Armel Bella-Kotchap made his first big appearance among the professionals in the DFB Cup against Bayern. There he made an outstanding game until he made a serious mistake and had to leave the place with red. Nevertheless, you could already see its potential.

Santiago Giménez (Cruz Azul)

Age: 19
Rating: 62
Potential: 82
Position: Storm

It was a few years ago that a great talent from Mexico made it into world football. EA Sports has confidence in Santiago Giménez and gives him a +20 leap in development.

Cody Drameh (Leeds United)

Age: 18
Rating: 61
Potential: 81
Position: Right defender

From a player from a rather exotic football country back to the motherland: Cody Drameh plays for Leeds United, who have been promoted to the Premier League, but was trained at Fulham FC.

Victor Guzman (Club Tijuana)

Age: 18
Rating: 61
Potential: 81
Position: Central defender

Victor Guzman's pace value of 67 also stands out, which is a very good start for a teenage central defender. Should he fully exhaust his jump in the development of +20, this value will also increase.

Malik Tillman (FC Bayern Munich II)

Age: 18
Rating: 61
Potential: 81
Position: Storm

Back to Germany and this time it's in the 3rd division. Because Malik Tillman, talent of FC Bayern, is listed in FIFA 21 in the squad of the 2nd team. If you want to bring him to you in career mode, that could make things easier, because players from lower-class teams are often easier to sign.

Joe Gelhardt (Leeds United)

Age: 18
Rating: 61
Potential: 81
Position: Storm

Born in Liverpudlian, Joe Gelhardt has now arrived in Leeds, having previously worked through most of the youth at Wigan Athletic. He has a lot of power, but if you are looking for a header player, Gelhardt's 1.76 meters is not necessarily right.

Santiago Cartagena (Nacional de Montevideo)

Age: 18
Rating: 61
Potential: 81
Position: Defensive Midfield

If you want to go all the way with Santiago Cartagena from a 61 player to an 81, you should forego deals with him, especially at the beginning. At 37 he is not well positioned, the man from Uruguay has his strengths against the ball.

Folarin Balogun (Arsenal FC)

Age: 19
Rating: 60
Potential: 80
Position: Storm

Born in New York City, Folarin Balogun is used to metropolises. He is now in London with Arsenal FC. There he currently still plays for the U23 team of the "Gunners".

Jamie Bowden (Tottenham Hotspur)

Age: 19
Rating: 60
Potential: 80
Position: Defensive Midfield

Let's switch from Arsenal to local rivals Tottenham and thus to the next hopeful talent from the Spurs Academy. Despite playing for Ireland's youth team, Jamie Bowden was born in Tottenham.

Becir Omeragic (FC Zurich)

Age: 18
Rating: 60
Potential: 80
Position: Central defender

There are still many young players in the Swiss national team who play in the top leagues. Becir Omeragic, who plays for FC Zurich, is someone who could get into this squad.

Daishawn Redan (FC Groningen)

Age: 19
Rating: 60
Potential: 80
Position: Storm

Daishawn Redan is a teenager who saw that a career is not all about highs. Moved from Chelsea to Hertha with much praise in advance, he has now been loaned to Groningen to gain a foothold there. After the year on loan, you can bring him to your team.

Luca Oyen (KRC Genk)

Age: 17
Rating: 60
Potential: 80
Position: Attacking midfield

Former Stuttgart and Hamburg coach Hannes Wolf relies on Luca Oyen, who is only 17 years old, in the 2020/21 season, who should set accents in the attacking midfield. Is he the next big talent from Belgium?

Xavier Amaechi (Hamburger SV)

Age: 19
Rating: 60
Potential: 80
Position: Right wing

Similar to Daishawn Redan, Xavier Amaechi has moved from London to Germany, he was drawn from Arsenal to HSV. For him too, things have been rather sluggish so far, but the second season should bring the breakthrough.

Marvin Tshbuabua (AS Saint-Etienne)

Age: 18
Rating: 60
Potential: 80
Position: Central defender

In the French national team, Marvin Tshbuabua is likely to have great competition with players like Ibrahima Konate, Dayot Upamceano and Marlang Sarr for many years to come. Nevertheless, the man from Saint-Etienne has great potential at FIFA.

Jofre Cherta (Girona FC)

Age: 19
Rating: 60
Potential: 80
Position: Central midfield

At the end of our "Hidden Gems" list, we show you Jofre Chaerta, who plays for FC Girona. If it has developed, it could give you a lot of stability and dynamism in the midfield.