In FIFA 23, it's easy to recognize the brilliance of young stars such as Pedri, Vini Jr., and Musiala, so for the purposes of this guide, we're going to look at those players who have a huge delta in their current overall and future potential.
These are more than likely players who will be easier to obtain but will require some patience and training as they develop into the kind of players who can carry your squad for years to come. In other words, while I'll technically say this feature is about the "best young players in FIFA 23 career mode," think of this more like the "under the radar"edition of that list because it should mostly be obvious who the "best" ones are in the game based on their rating.
When it comes to the men between the posts, there are a few notable standouts to look for when bolstering your squad. While the likes of Ramsdale and Donnarumma are already established at their current clubs and unlikely to move due to being at big clubs (Arsenal & PSG), there are still some hidden gems to be had.
I highly recommend Illan Meslier (GK), Leeds United, 22 years old, 77 OVR/87 POT, 18.5 million FUT 23 Coins value, 25K/week wage. It's hard to believe that Meslier, who has been a mainstay for Leeds over the last three years, is still only 22 years of age. Premier League proven, tall, and an excellent shot stopper due to his "Saves with Feet" trait, Illan is primed for a move to a bigger club and should be able to command the top spot almost instantly.
Defenders (CB, RB, LB)
For the purpose of brevity, I've lumped center backs in with fullbacks. Defender is one position, along with striker, where you might have to splash some cash if you're chasing the next Thiago Silva. With defenders like Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alphonso Davies, and a few others on this list currently at big clubs, it's going to be hard to pry them away as you'll need both the cash and prestige to attract them to your club.
While most eyes are fixated on Josko Gvardiol, it's Simakan who might be the better value here given the large fee it would take to acquire Josko. After having produced and developed the likes of Konate (Liverpool) and Upamecano (Bayern Munich), RB Leipzig keeps churning out the prospects, so if you miss out on Gvardiol settling for Mohamed isn't a bad Plan B.
Midfielders (CM, CAM, CDM)
Similar to defenders, I've grouped midfielders together. While it might be true that the #10 is being phased out in real life, it makes sense to lump them together as many can play at one or more midfield slots. The usual suspects like Jude Bellingham and Tchouameni are excluded for obvious reasons, but if you're cash flush, by all means splurge. For those who enjoy the challenge of finding talents from the lesser path, this is for you.
Nicolo Rovella is similar to Miretti, but finds himself one tier up due to his higher wages, which might not be affordable for certain clubs. Already a 76 OVR, Nicolo is solid technically and physically with an 87 stamina rating, meaning he won't need to be rotated much if you're playing two matches a week. A long passer and long shot specialist, he reminds some of a more physically talented Andrea Pirlo when compared at a similar age.
With infinite wads of cash, the likes of Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo, Foden, and and Rafael Leao would easily top this list, but with them currently being at the top of club football they're just not very obtainable. Instead, we'll look to lesser leagues to populate the list of wide players, a position that now is all about those goal contributions.
The ex-Ajax youth, Noa Lang will be present for the Dutch at this year's World Cup, a testament to his solid current ability while also gaining some experience needed to be a key player at the 2024 Euros in Germany. Equipped with 4 star skill moves, Lang can also play up top in a pinch and create for himself with his excellent agility, balance, ball control, and dribbling skills (all 80+). He's going to cost some coin to pry away, but he's primed for a step up in competition.
For a little while, it looked like the traditional #9 was dying out with wide players like Mo Salah and Mbappe banging in the goals. Fast forward a few years, and it seems like half of the young stars are strikers. Guys like Halaand, Lataura, Vlahovic, Osimhen, Darwin Nunez, Isak, and Scamacca are all under the age of 24 and will carry the torch once Benzema, Lewandoski, and company retire. For obvious reasons, none of these guys make this list.
What Duro lacks in outright pace (76 pace) he more than makes up for in finishing (80), which is rare for younger players. Players like Hugo, who can finish but need development elsewhere, can be quickly trained up as goals strongly influence match ratings that allow you to hit those objectives and maintain solid match sharpness.