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FIFA 20 potential wonderkids: the best youngsters and hidden gems

The best, highest-potential players under 21 in FIFA 20.

FIFA 20 potential wonderkids a scattered across some of the best clubs in Europe this year, but there are still a few hidden gems to be found if you're on the hunt for the best young players in FIFA 20 once again.

Seeing your top youngsters grow into some of the best players in the game is always a joy, especially if you fancy yourself a bit of a keen-eyed scout or especially in-the-know. The list below, sourced directly from EA Sports' own rankings, contains 20 wonderkids with the highest potential ratings in the game.

If you're looking for the highest rated Overall players of all ages though, we've got you covered in our guide on FIFA 20 player ratings and best players overall, plus lists of FIFA 20 Icons and FIFA 20 OTW cards for the FUT players out there, too.

We'll also give our own advice on our personal picks for standout players from the list further below, so read on!

The best, highest potential wonderkids and players in FIFA 20

Here's a list of the 20 best wonderkids in FIFA 20, sorted by highest Potential Overall rating, sourced from EA's official rankings. Few surprises at the top, but some interesting smaller names further down!

Dortmund's Jadon Sancho has become one of the most recognisable faces amongst high-potential young footballers in the game today.

FIFA 20 potential wonderkids: the best young players and hidden gems listed

1Kylian MbappePSGST208995
2Matthijs de LigtJuventusCB208593
3João FélixAtletico MadridCF198093
4Leroy SanéMan CityLW238692
5Gianluigi DonnarummaMilanGK208592
6Kai HavertzBayer LeverkusenCAM208492
7Jadon SanchoBorussia DortmundRM198492
8Vinícius Jr.Real MadridLW197992
9Frenkie de JongBarcelonaCM228591
10Ousmane DembéléBarcelonaRW228490
11Phil FodenMan CityCAM197690
12Luka JovićReal MadridST218389
13Trent Alexander-ArnoldLiverpoolRB208389
14Lautaro MartínezInterST228189
15Houssem AouarLyonCM218189
16Lucas PaquetáMilanCAM227989
17Moise KeanEvertonST197689
18RodrygoReal MadridLW187689
19Sandro TonaliBresciaCDM197589
20Dominik SzoboszlaiRB SalzburgCAM187489

Looking for more on FIFA 20? So far we have the key details on the FUT Chemistry explained and a Chemistry styles list and affected attributes, a detailed FIFA 20 Volta mode guide and details on how to earn Volta Coins in FIFA 20 fast, a list of the top FIFA 20 potential wonderkids: the best young players and hidden gems, the full FIFA 20 player ratings and top 100 players, an in-progress FIFA 20 Ones to Watch OTW players list, and a full FIFA 20 Icons list, too. Finally, check out our SBC pages on the Teemu Pukki SBC solution, Josef Martínez SBC solution and Robert Lewandowski SBC solution, as well as pages on FIFA 20 five star skillers, plus the best FIFA 20 goalkeepers, best FIFA 20 defenders, best FIFA 20 midfielders, best FIFA 20 wingers, and best FIFA 20 strikers for an in-depth look at each position. Finally, check out the latest in-forms in this week's FIFA 20 TOTW, number 40 and our full FIFA 20 Ultimate Scream cards and players list, too.

Other things you should know about wonderkids and high potential players in FIFA 20

Based on the above, there are a couple of points worth bearing in mind when hunting down your next world class talent, which ring true in FIFA 20 just as they have in other FIFAs before it:

  • Of all the players of a potential rating higher than 85 Overall, released so far, Dominik Szoboszlai has the highest amount of ability to gain, moving up a whopping 15 points from a 74 Overall to 89. He's just eighteen, making him an excellent long-term option for your career-mode playthrough.
  • This year's list from EA is much shorter than previous ones, so there aren't many observations to make about players dropping off the list from the previous year - although Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus, who last year had the joint third-highest potential rating of 92, drops out of the top 20 this time.
  • Remember that age is an important factor here. Whilst younger, lower-Overall players like Szoboszlai might come at a better price, if you can afford more developed players then often it's a safer bet - 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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FIFA 20 Best Young Players With Highest Potential - FUT 20 Ratings
  • For those longer plathroughs, we recommend players with a starting Overall in the 70, to keep the cost down. The likes of Szoboszlai, Brescia's Sandro Tonali, and the like are great options for huge long-term growth.
  • For more instant hits - aside from the older players you'll find in our FIFA 20 player ratings guide - look to the likes of Mbappe (who will probably be extortionate), Gianluigi Donnarumma, or João Félix of Atletico Madrid, who have current Overall ratings in the 80s and can provide an immediate impact at just about any club.
  • Don't necessarily go straight for the highest-rated potential players. Although it's great if you have the cash, often you're better off doing a little searching around for players at smaller, more cash-strapped clubs outside of the top tier leagues to pick up a bargain. Do you really need to prize Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint Germain a year after he officially joined, when you could pick up Moise Kean instead?
  • As always, be flexible with your positions. It's more of a general tip for FIFA 20 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. Ousmane Dembélé can play on either wing, for example, so expect him to be able to do a job for you across that front three FIFA 20, too.

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