There is no shortage of wonderkids on FIFA 22, from big names to hidden gems, and we’re here to give you the lowdown. In FIFA 22 Career Mode, you’ll have to balance your budget and improvements to the team delicately, and promising young players are not only the cheapest option to improve the squad, but their ability will grow quicker than that of ageing pros.
We’ve assembled a list of the best wonderkids from defence, midfield, and attack, as well as some keepers, to help you build the team of tomorrow.
Wonderkids – Attack
- Ansu Fati – 90 Potential
- Giacomo Raspadori – 88 Potential
- Harvey Elliott – 87 Potential
- Adam Hlozek – 87 Potential
- Kayky – 87 Potential
- Dane Scarlett – 86 Potential
- Octavian Popescu – 85 Potential
These lethal goal threats might not all be the easiest to tear away from their respective teams but are well worth the investment. Kayky’s incredible growth develops over 21 points to eventually reach 87 potential, with the ability to go further with dynamic and form skill boosts. Ansu Fati is one of the most exciting players in modern football, so it’s no surprise to see them on this list, especially when they start with a 76 rating, making them significantly more affordable than Erling Haaland.
Wonderkids – Midfield
- Pedri – 91 Potential
- Ryan Gravenberch – 90 Potential
- Oliver Skipp – 85 Potential
- Romeo Lavia – 85 Potential
- Fabio Carvalho – 86 Potential
- Caden Clark – 86 Potential
For centre-defensive-midfield, we’d suggest Romeo Lavia is a must for any team. This seventeen-year-old has a growth potential of 23 points, one of the most impressive in the game. Pedri is an unbelievable player in the middle of the park but will be the hardest to tempt away from their Barcelona base. For attacking-minded midfielders, Fulham’s Fabio Carvalho and New York Red Bulls’ Caden Clark are cheaper alternatives to Manchester City youngster Phil Foden with the ability to rival his skills within a couple of seasons.
Wonderkids – Defense
- Josko Gvardiol – 87 Potential
- Goncalo Inacio – 86 Potential
- Leonidas Stergiou- 86 Potential
- Devyne Rensch – 85 Potential
- Luca Netz – 85 Potential
Stergiou has a particularly impressive trajectory compared to other players as he can develop a whole 19 points to become one of the strongest centre-backs in the game. On the other hand, Ajax’s Devyne Rensch is one of the most improvable right-backs in the game and can be well-matched with Luca Netz on the left side of the park.
Wonderkids – Keepers
- Maarten Vandevoordt – 87 Potential
- Lautaro Morales – 85 Potential
- Diogo Costa – 85 Potential
All three of these keepers have over ten growth potential and stand out amongst the pack of young keepers. Moreover, none of these keepers plays in the dominant European leagues, so they will likely be tempted away from their teams if your club has the promise of elite-level football, like the Premier League or Champions League.
That’s our definitive list for the most valuable wonderkids in this year’s FIFA 22. These players are especially useful for completing Board Expectations, as they can both fulfil Youth Development and Brand Exposure. We’ve plenty of other guides on our dedicated guide page for FIFA 22 and will continue to share tips and tricks as the season progresses.
FIFA 22 is available on October 1st for Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, and PC.