FIFA 22 wonderkids: The best hidden gems and young players with the highest potential

The rising stars of the beautiful game.

FIFA 22 wonderkids come in two forms - a list of the best youngest players with the highest potential ratings and a list of hidden gems with huge room for improvement.

This gives you two things to take advantage of - the players with the highest rating they can reach (spoilers - it's Kylian Mbappé for another year!) and the players with the most growth over time, which is useful if you're looking for some bargains in career mode.

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If you're interested in specific positions, we have pages on the best FIFA 22 goalkeepers, best FIFA 22 defenders, best FIFA 22 strikers, best FIFA 22 midfielders, and the best FIFA 22 wingers.

FIFA 22 wonderkids: The best young players with the highest potential in FIFA 22

Here's a list of the 20 best wonderkids in FIFA 22, classed as the players with the highest overall potential rating.

This means there are a lot of known players on there - Mbappé, Foden and Alexander-Arnold among them - which, incredibly, still have scope to get better.

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Ultimately, this is where you'll find the absolute best young players - useful if you want the best young centre back with the highest potential rating, say, or the future best forward in the world.

Note - we've ordered this table by highest max Overall rating, as opposed to the maximum improvement possible - though that is visible in a dedicated column (with Ansu Fati looking to have the biggest jump from their current to potential rating).

Rank Player Club Position Current Potential Total Growth
1 Kylian Mbappé Paris Saint-Germain ST 91 95 4
2 Erling Haaland Borussia Dortmund ST 88 93 4
3 Gianluigi Donnarumma Paris Saint-Germain GK 89 93 4
4 Kai Havertz Chelsea CAM 84 92 8
5 Phil Foden Manchester City CAM 84 92 8
6 Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool RB 87 92 5
7 Pedri FC Barcelona CM 81 91 10
8 João Félix Atlético de Madrid CF 83 91 8
9 Matthijs de Ligt Piemonte Calcio CB 85 91 6
10 Jadon Sancho Manchester United RM 87 91 4
11 Ansu Fati FC Barcelona LW 76 90 14
12 Ryan Gravenberch Ajax CM 78 90 12
13 Vinícius Jr. Real Madrid LW 80 90 10
14 Dayot Upamecano Bayern München CB 82 90 8
15 Ferran Torres Manchester City RW 82 90 8
16 Federico Valverde Real Madrid CM 83 89 6
17 Federico Chiesa Piemonte Calcio RW 83 89 6
18 Mason Mount Chelsea CAM 83 89 6
19 Jules Koundé Sevilla FC CB 83 89 6
20 Marcus Rashford Manchester United LM 85 89 4

FIFA 22 hidden gems: The best young players with the highest potential in career mode

As well as the above young players with the highest potential cap, another consideration are young players with the most room for improvement.

These are known as hidden gems - lesser-known players which, if snapped up early and improved upon, can you give you a real bargain in the career mode.

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Every player in the below list will grow by at least 23 points in their Overall stat - a huge jump compared to the above table of wonderkids, where the highest growth possible is 14.

These players will take a fair bit longer to reach their potential, but if you're in it for the long run with your Career Mode saves, this will make for some incredible investments!

RankPlayerClubPositionCurrent PotentialTotal Growth
1Chris BradyChicago Fire FCGK517726
2Fred Emmings Minnesota United FCGK487325
3Osvaldo CisnerosSporting KCCAM497425
4Ben ChriseneAston VillaCM517625
5Aidan Denholm HeartsRW527725
6Antwoine HackfordSheffield United ST598425
7Matteo CampagnaVancouver WhitecapsCB497324
8Rav van den BergPEC ZwolleCB598324
9Tayvon GrayNew York City FCCB517423
10Jean-Aniel AssiCF MontréalST527523
11Nikolas MuciFC Lugano ST537623
12José Herrera BolívarCB537623
13Griffin YowD.C. UnitedRM547723
14Alex RobertsonRoss CountyCM588123
15Dane ScarlettTottenham HotspurST638623

Stuck for who to make up your team? We have pages on FIFA 22 Wonderkids, the best FIFA 22 goalkeepers, best FIFA 22 defenders, best FIFA 22 strikers, best FIFA 22 wingers, and the best FIFA 22 midfielders.


Other things to know about the best young players, wonderkids and hidden gems in FIFA 22

As well as the above, there are a couple of points worth bearing in mind when hunting down your next world class talent:

  • Remember that age is an important factor here. Whilst younger, lower-Overall players might come at a better price, if you can afford more developed players then often it's a safer bet, and a faster one. You might not be fitting in four, five or six seasons into one Career Mode playthrough, after all, and so may never see a seventeen-year-old's full potential.
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Mbappé remains the best young player with the highest potential - but there are other players with more room for growth out there...
  • For those longer playthroughs, we recommend players with a starting Overall ranking as low as possible to keep the cost down - which is where the hidden gems table above comes in handy.
  • As always, be flexible with your positions. It's more of a general tip for FIFA 22 anyway, but don't forget that often, players have expertise in more than one spot on the team sheet, and it's more about their technical attributes like Pace, Dribbling, or Finishing that make a difference.
  • For bargains, think about the size of the club you're buying from - are you more likely to get a good price from the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa, or would it be best to try and get Chicago Fire FC's Chris Brady?

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