FIFA 23 wonderkids - Best young players for career mode

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Ready to dive into a new save with the best FIFA 23 wonderkids for career mode? There's nothing quite like picking a lowly team and gradually building them up with wily signings, close personal development, and the best young players who grow in rating incredibly quickly. If that sounds up your street, we're here to help.

In this FIFA 23 guide, we'll go over the highest potential young players in the entire game. Some of them are already well-established superstars, while others are making a name for themselves and will soon reach the next level. Signing any of these players is a great way to invest long-term into your club's success.


Elsewhere in FIFA 23, we've got plenty of other guides to check out. Read up on the confirmed FIFA 23 ratings so far, alongside news on when the web app should launch. Put alongside details of the ongoing beta, and you'll be totally ready for the game's launch.

FIFA 23 best young players list - Which wonderkids have the highest potential in FIFA 23 career mode?

Read on to see the wonderkids with the highest potential in each era of the pitch. There are some unsurprising inclusions here, especially the likes of cover star Kylian Mbappé and his equally impressive rival Erling Haaland.

This doesn't include the little-known hidden gems who can grow rapidly across seasons, but rather the youngsters who are already very good but can reach another level of performance if you train them properly.


Best FIFA 23 young attackers

Player name Position Base OVR Potential OVR
Kylian MbappéST9195
Erling HaalandST8894
Phil FodenLW8592
Vinícius Jr.LW8692
Dušan VlahovićST8491
Ansu FatiLW7990
Rafael LeãoLW8490
João FélixCF8490

There's no surprise to see Mbappé and Haaland atop this list, as they're both considered the two best young footballers on the planet right now. Neither are exactly low-rated, to begin with, but can get even better with consistent game time and the right training drills.

On top of that, Dušan Vlahović and João Félix are the two other standouts if you're looking for an out-and-out striker. Both will grow nicely and quickly, scoring plenty of goals in the process.


Best FIFA 23 young midfielders

Player name Position Base OVR Potential OVR
Florian WirtzCAM8291
Kai HavertzCAM8491
Jude BellinghamCM8491
Jamal MusialaCM8190
Sandro TonaliCDM8490
Ryan GravenberchCM7989
Eduardo CamavingaCM7989

Again, many of the midfielders here are names you'd expect: the likes of Camavinga, Pedri, and Bellingham. Any of these are good choices, though the stalwart Sandro Tonali would be a good buy purely because he'll remain at his peak for seasons upon seasons.

Image of Celtic players celebrating in FIFA 23.

Best FIFA 23 young defenders

Player name Position Base OVR Potential OVR
Alessandro BastoniCB8490
Trent Alexander-ArnoldRB8790

There's less choice in the defensive positions, with only two notable high potential players to speak of. We've recommend steering clear of Trent Alexander-Arnold, purely because he's already close to his peak OVR, and would cost an awful lot to sign. Therefore, put your money on Bastoni.

Best FIFA 23 young goalkeepers

Player name Position Base OVR Potential OVR
Gianluigi DonnarummaGK8892

Lastly, there's only one high-potential goalkeeper in the game, with the 23-year-old Donnarumma, who already feels like he's been playing forever. He'll be an expensive signing given he currently has a contract at Paris Saint-Germain, so you may want to look for alternatives.


They aren't on this list, but Arsenal's Aaron Ramsdale and Leeds United's Ivan Meslier are both young goalkeepers who will only increase in stats as the seasons go on.

That's it for our look at some wonderkids in FIFA 23 career mode! Make some of these signings, and you'll be working your way towards footballing excellence in no time. And hey, once your team is absolutely unstoppable, scoring free kicks and blasting tunes from the soundtrack, you'll be able to hit the griddy celebration to really rub it in for your opponent.