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When you start a FIFA 22 Career Mode, you'll be desperate to grab yourself the best young players possible. Whether you're playing as a cash rich side like Manchester City or building from the bottom up at Swindon Town, you'll want the best youngsters around in your team to grow them into future international superstars.
The players we've put together are the best youngsters to sign across each position all the way up the pitch. We have put some limits in place, though.
If they're young but already ridiculously good and have high overalls, they're not on the list. We have a 'best players' page for that. You already know how good Erling Haaland is, so there's no need to tell you to sign the guy if you have the money in place.
Players in this list are young, with low overall ratings, and a potential that'll make them well worth the investment. Of course, every career is different, so your version of the player may even outgrow the ratings you see here. Especially if you put a good training plan in place for them.
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Vandevoordt is going to be the go-to for early careers looking for a long-term investment. Goalkeepers take a little longer than other positions to develop, but at 19 years old and a 71 overall rating, Maarten Vandevoordt will be an absolute joy after a few years of patience. Just give him some playing time, prepare for a couple mistakes along the way, and you'll have a superstar for the long haul, making acrobatic stops like a wild kangaroo.
Diogo Costa is going to be the keeper of choice for bigger clubs looking for a nice, reliable stopper. He's 21, so will be a quick developer and hop into your starting lineup. He's also close to being out of contract so you should be able to get him relatively cheaply if you act fast. He'll be able to start bailing you out of defensive mishaps pretty shortly after pulling on your team's colours.
Charis Chatzigavriel is a project in every sense of the word. At just 17 years of age, he won't be stopping the world's top strikers from blasting screamers in from miles out right away. He's only 58 rated, after all. Give him time and a couple of loan spells (or just game time if you're in the lower leagues) though, and in a few years, you'll have a genuinely fantastic keeper as the first name on the team sheet for years to come.
One of the more established and expensive options on the list, Morales is an up and coming Argentinian stopper with solid reactions and at 6 ft 2 will provide a big block to your goal.
The real Greek Freak? At just 18 years old, Tzolakis is already 6 ft 4 and has incredible agility to be flying around his goal. With a low value and decent potential, Tzolakis is definitely one to build your future team around.
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Leonidas Stergiou is a CB with all the tools to dominate for years to come. He'll swiftly become a reliable option off the bench or as injury cover with his existing impressive physical stats, and with time his mental attributes will start to mature. He's captain material, to be honest. He's not the speediest CB you'll find, but that's not as essential when you're a superstar in every other area.
Netz is a damn good player. As an LB, he'll develop into a fantastic defensive stalwart, with the potential to become a real attacking threat as well. His pace is solid, and he'll adapt to all kinds of tactics and formations - chuck him in as a wing back and it'll be just fine. He has a fair while left on his contract at the moment, but if you can afford to invest in the future, Luca Netz will be in your squad for a long time to come.
A slightly more established force with a 73 rating at only 18 years old, Devyne Rensch already has solid pace, great ball skills, and the ability to contribute really effectively in the defensive third. His 5 star weak foot rating also means you can cut inside from the right and try some shots your opponents aren't set up for - a rare treat for a right back.
No one likes to come up against quick defenders when it comes to FIFA, and Bella-Kotchap is definitely that. 79 sprint speed and 5* weak foot means the German CB will prove trouble for opposition trying to score against you, and his pace will only increase as you play him more.
The full back will require more training than some of the other already more established options provided, but you'll be able to reap the rewards with Dedic. He can play either side of the defence, and with good pace and dribbling stats will definitely prove a fruitful attacking option.
Genoa's Nicolo Rovella is the Italian Phil Foden. A fantastic dribbler of the ball, he'll develop into an absolute monster anchoring your central midfield. Give him a few seasons of experience and Rovella will be the perfect centrepiece to your team as you become champions. Once he reaches his potential, just be ready to reject massive bids that'll come your way.
We really like a lot of these LM wonderkids in FIFA 22, but our favourite is Talles Magno though. It's partly the versatility - Magno can be played in a CF role if that tickles your fancy. Mostly though, it's the pace. He has 5 star skills, 4 star weak foot, and can run opponents absolutely ragged. Get him in and train him up as soon as possible. You won't regret it.
Francisco Conceicao has decent enough stats already to get some starts in cup matches, unless you have a particularly strong squad. He's got solid pace, excellent dribbling ability, and the potential to become a real superstar of your squad. Imagine having both Magno and Conceicao? What a ridiculous wide midfield that'd turn into.
The Manchester City star is a defensive stalwart in midfield and will protect your defence with his physical abilities. His work rate will see him running all over the pitch so make sure stamina is something you help him focus on in training, fitness is key to a long career.
Another serious wonderkid, Clark is a centre mid with 78 acceleration and by the time he reaches his full potential, he's going to have bags of pace and the dribbling stats to match. 4 star skills and a long future ahead of him, the United States have a VERY fun player on their hands here. You could too.
Dane Scarlett is a genuine wonderkid. Currently rated very modestly at 63, he's not going to be bullying Premier League defenders any time soon. Give him a bit of time and a nice squad to feed him chances though, and he'll turn into the next Harry Kane. Train up his finishing and he'll be the poacher your squad needs to dominate at the highest level, supported by a creative midfield.
Cherki is a ridiculous player. If you can afford him, get him in ASAP. He has 5 star skills, 5 star weak foot, and the potential to be one of the best players in the game. Get him away from Lyon and marvel at his already brilliant dribbling stats, train his passing, and put him on free kicks. Things are going to get really tricky for the opposition trying to stop him. He can play on either wing, and be the main outlet for your attack, playing the Salah role.
Kayky has all the potential in the world, and won't be playing a huge amount for City for several years. Why don't you try to grab him for your team? He's fast, a great dribbler, and works brilliantly as a classic, out-and-out winger. He doesn't have all the skill moves and weak foot ability of other wingers, at 3 stars each, but Kayky makes up for this with the potential to be one of the best dribblers and crossers in the game.
A fairly expensive one to start out with, Sesko is still a teenager yet has good pace and physicality stats already with 80 for strength and 73 sprint speed. He's 6' 4" too which means as you develop him into the star he can certainly become, he's going to be more than a handful for defenders.
The son of former Premier League hero Rory Delap has already established himself as part of the Manchester City squad in real life, appearing often in the Carabao Cup and looks set to be part of the club's future. He is rapid on and off the ball and is likely to exceed his already high potential in the game.
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