Best midfielders in FIFA 22 Career Mode: Top prospects and cheap players

Nathan Warby
Two FIFA 22 midfielders behind logo

FIFA 22 Career Mode gives fans the chance to act out their ultimate fantasy – building a club from scratch. This means players will be looking for the best midfielders to drive their new FIFA 22 Career Mode team to success. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

While Ultimate Team has grown into the FIFA series’ biggest draw, Career Mode remains an absolute favorite among fans.

This year, the ability to build an entire club from the ground up has the community particularly excited.

After the stadium is in place and the kits have been designed, attention will turn to fill out the actual squad. The middle of the park is where games are won and lost, so here are the best midfielders you should sign in FIFA 22 Career Mode.


Real Madrid players celebrating

Best midfielders in FIFA 22 Career Mode

A strong midfield is just as important in FIFA as it is in the real sport. In many ways, the engine room is what shapes the team you are looking to build.

Picking the right combination of midfielders is vital, whether it be a defensive-minded enforcer to sit in front of the defense, a playmaker who can pull strings, or someone more box-to-box who can do it all.

Finding the right man for the job can be a tricky business, but luckily there is plenty of world-class talent in FIFA 22 to make your midfield, a force to be reckoned with.

If you’re starting your Career Mode as one of Europe’s big teams, then here are the midfielders that EA have rated the highest.

Player AgePositionsTeamStarting OverallPotential
Kevin De Bruyne30CAM, CMManchester City9191
N’Golo Kante30CDM, CMChelsea9090
Joshua Kimmich26CDMBayern Munich8990
Casemiro29CDMReal Madrid8989
Bruno Fernandes26CAMManchester United8889
Toni Kroos31CMReal Madrid8888
Frenkie de Jong24CDM, CMFC Barcelona8792
Leon Goretzka26CM, CDMBayern Munich8788
Paulo Dybala27CAMJuventus8788
Marco Verratti28CM, CAMPSG8787
Thomas Muller31CAMBayern Munich8787
Paul Pogba28CMManchester United8787
Luka Modric35CMReal Madrid8787
Rodri25CDMManchester City8689
Marcos Llorente26CMAtletico Madrid8689

Best young midfielders in FIFA 22 Career Mode

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The key to any successful Career Mode is planning for the future. Buying a world-class player might work in the short term, but how will the team look in two or three seasons’ time?

This is why it’s important to look at young prospects when dipping into the transfer market for the best Midfielders in FIFA 22 Career Mode so that you can grow and develop them into the stars of tomorrow.

FIFA 22 is packed with plenty of midfield wonderkids for you to snap up, so here are the very best that you should try and sign.

PlayerAgePositionTeamStarting OverallPotential
Phil Foden21CAM, CMManchester City8492
Kai Havertz22CAM, CMChelsea8492
Pedri18CMFC Barcelona8191
Ryan Gravenberch19CM, CDMAjax7890
Florian Wirtz18CAM, CMBayer Leverkusen7889
Jude Bellingham18CMBorussia Dortmund7989
Eduardo Camavinga18CM, CDMReal Madrid7889
Federico Valverde22CMReal Madrid8389
Mason Mount22CAM, CMChelsea8389
Jamal Musiala18CM, CAMBayern Munich7688
Takefusa Kubo20CAM, CMReal Madrid7588
Martin Odegaard22CAM, CMArsenal8288
Nicola Rovella19CM, CDMJuventus7087
Harvey Elliott18CMLiverpool7387
Gio Reyna18CAMBorussia Dortmund7787

Best cheap midfielders in FIFA 22 Career Mode

While the players above are supremely talented, it may prove difficult to afford them. This is especially true if you’re managing a smaller club, that can’t afford to splash the cash on household names.

The good news is that there are still players who you can bring in on the cheap with huge potential. You may have to hold on to them for a while and develop them, but there can be huge gains if you put in the time.

It can be difficult to scout the right player when you’re working on a budget, so here are some great cheap midfield options that won’t cost too much.

PlayerAgePositionTeamStarting OverallPotentialValueWage
Gavi16CMFC Barcelona6685£1.8m£3,300
Aster Vranckx18CM, CDMVFL Wolfsburg6785£2.2m£5,100
Gori19CM, CAMEspanyol6484£1.4m£2,100
Marko Bulat19CM, CDMDinamo Zagreb6984£3.2m£5,100
Samuele Ricci19CM, CDMEmpoli6784£2.3m£7,000
Manuel Ugarte20CM, CDMSporting CP7284£4.8m£6,100
Martin Baturina18CM, CAMDinamo Zagreb6483£1.3m£1,300
Blanco20CM, CDMReal Madrid7183£3.9m£44,000
Lewis Bate18CM, CDMLeeds United6383£1.1m£4,000
Cristian Medinia19CMBoca Juniors7083£3.3m£4,000
Nicolo Fagioli20CM, CAMJuventus6883£2.5m£15,000
Erik Lira21CMU.N.A.M6983£2.9m£4,000
Nico Gonzalez19CM, CAMFC Barcelona6883£2.5m£20,000
Xavi Simons18CMPSG6683£1.9m£5,000
Alfie Devine16CM, CDMTottenham Hotspur5782£430,000£860

Those were our guides on the best midfielders you should sign in FIFA 22 Career Mode this year, no matter what it is you’re looking for.

For more on FIFA 22, check out our similar guides for goalkeepers, defenders, wingers, and strikers in Career Mode.

Image credits: EA Sports

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Nathan is a Senior Writer at CharlieIntel. He’s an expert in EA Sports FC, Call of Duty, and Overwatch, as well as superhero games, including Marvel’s Spider-Man. With a master's degree in Magazine Journalism from Nottingham Trent University, he worked as a Trainee Reporter for Derbyshire Live before moving into games media, with bylines at Dexerto, Cultured Vultures, and more. You can contact Nathan by email at [email protected].