FIFA 20 Best Young Players: Hidden Gems and Wonderkids With High Potential

FIFA 20 Best Young Players: Hidden Gems and Wonderkids With High Potential

Here’s a list of the players that have the most to gain in overall rating.

Potential can be a somewhat confusing factor to consider when considering players for your FIFA 20 team. Generally, it’s used to take a look at the players who have the most space to improve. This is usually true of particularly young players, as they will have more time to gain ranking when compared to older players. Luckily, EA has revealed a list of the top 20 players with the highest potential. We’ve included them in this guide, where we’ll also be detailing how Potential works, and which players will be worth investing in. Elsewhere, you’ll also want to focus on the lesser known wonderkids, as they are often significantly cheaper.

Best Young Players List (January 2020)

EA has wasted no time in releasing the stats for the top 100 players in FIFA 20. From this, we can easily work out who the best young players in FIFA 20 are, which should help you build a longstanding team from the very start of the season. Check out the table below for the best young players available in FIFA 20.

PlayerPositionPACSHOPASDRIDEFPHYOVR
MbappeST96847890397589
DonnarummaGK90807490498085
De LigtCB67586669838485
Jadon SanchoRM88727790366084
Kai HavertzCAM84787984446584
Alexander-ArnoldRB80628278787083
Marcus RashfordST92827383457783
Luka JovicST77826881297483
Steven BergwijnRW89757685407382
Houssem AouarCM79717983666781
Eder MilitaoCB79506671818181
Joao FelixCF82807481407080
Vinicius JR.LW93707184296379
Christian PullsicLW90687083365879
Federico ChiesaRW85747182446479
Ibrahima KonateCB78275468807879
Achraf HakimiLB92627280747479
Aaron Wan-BissakaRB87506378807279
Dan-Axel ZagadouCB62346151808079
Alban LafontGK80777183477679

So Why Buy Young Players?

You’ll see a lot of places recommending that you fill your team with young players in FIFA 20. This is because they have more time to improve their stats. Older players might retire soon, and as they reach retirement age, their stats won’t be able to increase any further, You might even be able to pick up a young player just before they are recognized for their talent, making them a much cheaper option than already established players. For a look at how potential ratings work, head here.

Who is the Best Young Player?

Now that we’ve revealed the best young players in FIFA 20, it’s time to take a look at the very best young player in the game. Once again, Kylian Mbappe comes out on top, though bear in mind that he will be extremely expensive.

Best Young Strikers

If you’re looking for the best young goal scorers in FIFA 20, we’ve got them covered. Check out the table below for more info:

PlayerPositionPACSHOPASDRIDEFPHYOVR
MbappeST96847890397589
Marcus RashfordST92827383457783
Luka JovicST77826881297483
Joao FelixCF82807481407080

Best Young Defenders

When building your defensive line in FIFA 20, we recommend taking a look at the following players:

PlayerPositionPACSHOPASDRIDEFPHYOVR
De LigtCB67586669838485
Eder MilitaoCB79506671818181
Ibrahima KonateCB78275468807879
Dan-Axel ZagadouCB62346151808079
Achraf HakimiLB92627280747479
Alexander-ArnoldRB80628278787083
Aaron Wan-BissakaRB87506378807279

What About Young Goalkeepers?

You’ll need a world-class keeper to succeed in FIFA 20. Here are the best young goalkeepers in the game.

PlayerPositionPDIVHANREFKICSPDPOSOVR
DonnarummaGK90807490498085

Best Young Midfielders

Finally, we have the best young midfielders in FIFA 20, and there’s quite a few to choose from. You’ll find them in the table below:

PlayerPositionPACSHOPASDRIDEFPHYOVR
Kai HavertzCAM84787984446584
Houssem AouarCM79717983666781
Vinicius JR.LW93707184296379
Christian PullsicLW90687083365879
Jadon SanchoRM88727790366084
Steven BergwijnRW89757685407382
Federico ChiesaRW85747182446479

Wonderkids and Hidden Gems

Each year, as a new FIFA game comes out, we tend to use the term Wonderkid or Hidden Gem to describe certain players. Essentially, these are young players with high potential ratings. Here are the top 20 young players with the highest Potential rating.

PlayerPositionPACSHOPASDRIDEFPHYPOT OVR
MbappeST96847890397595
De LigtCB67586669838493
Joao FelixCF82807481407093
SaneLW95817986387092
DonnarummaGK90807490498092
Kai HavertzCAM84787984446592
Jadon SanchoRM88727790366092
Vinicius JR.LW93707184296392
Frankie De JongCM79648488767691
Ousmane DembeleRW93798087365790
Phil Foden CAM74647479555590
Luka JovicST77826881297489
Alexander-ArnoldRB80628278787089
Lautaro MartinezST81776882408389
Houssem AouarCM79717983666789
Lucas PaquetaCAM76757581607789
Moise Kean ST81725077306889
RodrygoLW85726580295789
Sandro RonaliCDM78657575717689
Dominik SzoboszlaiCAM80697178376589

What is the Potential Rating?

Potential ratings are given to players to signify their room to grow. Your training team will estimate this value, with different labels applied to players, each describing a different type of potential increase. Potential is dynamic this year, meaning that it can change depending on performance. Older players like Rooney won’t increase in potential, though their stats will decrease slower if you perform well. Younger players like Joao Felix however, can increase in rating significantly, depending on player performance.

So Which Hidden Gems Should You Buy?

While it may be tempting to target the players with the highest potential rating in FIFA 20, this might not be viable for most. Players like Kylian Mbappe will cost you a huge amount, and have less room to grow than someone like Dominik Szoboszlai. Look for players that are younger and have more room to grow, especially if you’re planning on playing multiple seasons.

Why You Should Buy Wonderkids?

When you think of the best young footballers in the world, your mind will no doubt go to players like Donnarumma, Sane and Mbappe. And while these players have great potential, you’ll want to focus on lesser known players, or Hidden Gems. These Wonderkids have the potential to become some of the best players in FIFA 20, so definitely consider adding some of the players listed above, into your squad. Keep in mind that you’ll always have to make sure the player’s morale is up, especially with the new features introduced this year.

Getting the Most Out of Your Hidden Gems

Buying a Wonderkid is just the first step in fostering one of the best players in FIFA 20. You’ll need to keep them happy, making sure to answer any requests. Also make sure you answer positively in press conferences, and give your selected players plenty of time on the pitch.

You want to keep their morale as high as possible, so be sure to check in every now and then. You should also consider placing your FIFA 20 Wonderkids in training, and investing in the best trainers that you can.

That's all we have on the best FIFA 20 Young Players and Hidden Gems. For more on the game, why not check out the rewards for Division Rivals, and here for everything about FUT Champions. If you're looking for the best free kick takers, head here, and for the players with the highest pace, look no further than our fastest players page

Jake Green

Guides Editor

Jake is a former freelance writer who now heads up guides for USG. He spends his days dreaming of an X-Files dating-sim and will play literally any game with monkeys in it. He has an unhealthy obsession with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and would pretty much trade a kidney for Skate 4 at this point.