The anticipation and announcements for FIFA 21 are growing, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to throw FIFA 20 away just yet.
Career Mode is still providing a way to keep the game fresh deep into the season, and there may not be a more important position than the striker.
You could have the best players in the world across the pitch, but it all counts for nothing if you don’t have a striker capable of taking his chances.
At the same time, a poor team can be saved by a good striker, as Arsenal have experienced with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this season.
But who is the right striker for you in FIFA 20 Career Mode?
We’ve taken a look at some of the best options across an array of transfer fees to make your job just a bit easier in the first window – meaning some star men currently out on loan miss out, as do those who only recently joined their clubs. We only ask for a thank you in your press conferences after the league has been won.
Values and presence of release clauses may vary per save. All prices correct at the time of publishing on 12/08/2020.
FIFA 20 best strikers to sign on Career Mode – Under £1m
Georginio Rutter (Rennes)
We start in France where a promising young striker called Georginio Rutter has caught our eyes for his potential growth in FIFA 20.
Rutter, 17, is a solid striker with a starting overall of 64, composed of 63 shooting, 65 dribbling and 68 pace – capable of beating the defence in various ways. With a potential overall of 75, the Frenchman has the possibility to become a decent striking option for your lower-based team should you choose to put your faith in him. Rutter can be bought from Rennes for just under his value at £620k.
Danylo Sikan (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Such is their importance in FIFA 20, it’s hard to find young strikers with good promise for a cheap price, but a decent option is Danylo Sikan of Shakhtar Donetsk.
The teenager starts with an initial rating of 63, low enough to fit into the smaller teams, but does have finishing of 69 and positioning at 65, making him a good player if in the right place at the right time. Sikan also has the potential to grow to 83 overall, either rising with your team from the lower levels, or capable of bringing a tidy profit. He’s valued at £700k and can be bought for exactly that.
Roberto Piccoli (Atalanta)
Moving to southern Europe, Atalanta’s Roberto Piccoli provides another good option for a young striker with tonnes of potential.
The Italian has an initial rating of 64, with decent shooting and dribbling stats for a player at his level. You may want to keep him off set pieces, with a 36 penalty rating and 30 for free-kick accuracy, but he can be a menace away from deadball scenarios. These stats will only grow with Piccoli as he heads closer to his potential overall rating of 84, making him a very good striking option. Like Sikan, Piccoli can be bought from Atalanta for below his value at £830k.
FIFA 20 best strikers to sign on Career Mode for £1m – £10m
Karim Adeyemi (Red Bull Salzburg)
Moving slightly up the price range, without completely going crazy – that’s for later – is Karim Adeyemi of Red Bull Salzburg.
Salzburg have made a name for themselves as a talent factory in recent years and Adeyemi is no different. The teenager starts FIFA 20 with a rating of 67, with the eye-catching attribute being his pace of 87 – already able to run through defences before shooting with 68 finishing. Adeyemi also has the potential growth to reach 85, making him a future star. He’s valued at £1.4m and it won’t take much more to persuade Salzburg to sell, around £1.45m.
Lois Openda (Club Brugge)
If you like your strikers fast and good in the air, then Lois Openda might be the man for you.
Openda is a slightly more established name than the others on the list so far, with an initial rating of 70. His selling point is that 93 pace, but don’t ignore his 90 jumping, more than making up for the fact that he’s 5 ft 9 in. Openda’s finishing of 67 can be improved upon if you get him to his potential overall of 82. The Belgian is valued at £2.8m and can be lured from Club Brugge for slightly more at £3m.
Jan Hurtado (Buenos Aires)
Taking a trip to Argentina, there’s an interesting young striker by the name of Jan Hurtado that is worth your attention.
The Venezuelan striker is on the books at Buenos Aires (Boca Juniors) and starts with an initial rating of 71. Despite having no standout attributes, Hurtado is decent across the board including 67 for finishing and 71 for shot power, as well as four-star skill moves. He also has the potential to grow to 83 if managed right, turning into an interesting prospect. Hurtado is valued at £3.3m but cannot be bought in the first window, unless you trigger his potential £5.9m release clause – which is certainly worth it.
FIFA 20 best strikers to sign on Career Mode for £10m – £20m
Myron Boadu (AZ Alkmaar)
Moving further up the price range we have one of the most promising young strikers in football: Myron Boadu.
The teenager kicks off with an overall of 75, after a very impressive campaign so far, and has good attacking attributes across the board. Boadu’s finishing at 78 is complemented by shot power of 74, volleys at 68 and 87 pace. These will only get better if you help Boadu reach his potential overall of 88, becoming one of the best in the game. He’s valued at £11m and can have a release clause of £23.4m, but you can get him for closer to £13m.
Odsonne Edouard (Celtic)
There may not be a better young forward in Scotland right now than Odsonne Edouard and it’s the same case on FIFA 20.
“French Eddy” has an initial rating of 76 which consists of 76 finishing, 73 penalties, 73 physical among other impressive attributes – to go with 83 pace. As with everyone on this list, Edouard’s biggest selling point is his potential to grow to 85 overall, making him a solid striking option for a top-level club. Edouard is valued by Celtic at £11m and could come with a release clause of £22m but you can meet them somewhere in the middle for around £17m.
Donyell Malen (PSV Eindhoven)
Another young promising star currently plying his trade in the Eredivisie. Donyell Malen is as good on FIFA 20 as he is in real life.
The 21-year-old has an initial rating of 77 with the standout attribute being his pace, at 91. However, that should not take away from his finishing of 78, dribbling of 81 and four-star skill moves. Malen has a potential overall rating of 86 and can become a very good striker. He’s valued at £12.5m but will cost you closer to £16m to secure his services, although it is certainly worth it.
FIFA 20 best strikers to sign on Career Mode for £20m and above
Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)
Such is the importance of having a good young striker, the prices get a bit crazy from here on out, starting with Gabriel Jesus.
Although it feels like he’s been around for ages, Jesus is still only 22, but boasts a FIFA 20 rating of 82. There are so many impressive attributes to his game including 86 positioning and 84 finishing, as well has 85 ball control. A benefit of his young age, Jesus still has the potential to rise to 88 overall and can probably hit those heights fairly quickly if you hand him the reins. The Brazilian is valued at £28m but Man City will not budge for less than £42m, though it’s still a good option if you have the cash spare.
Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)
Moving onto another level from Jesus, we have Timo Werner, who looks is now a Chelsea player in the real world.
The 86-rated striker has already been given a boost in the Winter Refresh so his attributes are tasty from the off. His finishing of 88 works hand in hand with positioning at 88 and pace of 92. If you want to finish off a fast break, he’ll be there. And although he will only rise to 89, Werner’s young age makes him a must-have if you can afford him. Valued at £51.5m, RB Leipzig won’t budge for less than £78m.
Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)
Finally, the big boy in Kylian Mbappe, who only the elite will be able to afford, but boy is he worth it.
Mbappe’s still only 21 – turning that age midway through your first FIFA 20 Career Mode season – but is already 89-rated and one of the best players in the game. Take your pick from his excellent attributes, be it his pace, finishing or dribbling. What could make him any better? His potential to grow to 95… Naturally this amount of class comes with a hefty price tag of £125m. Make Mbappe 2020 happen for your club.