Over the past ten years Germany has developed an abundance of young talent, with a number of those players going on to win the World Cup in 2014. More recently, the likes of Jonathan Tah, Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry and Thilo Kehrer have all boasted incredible potential, but with those players all growing into household names, it is time to turn our attention to the next generation. While some of these players have all ready built quite a reputation, there are others that fans might not know about when starting their FIFA 20 managerial career. Check our our list of the best young German players in FIFA 20 below:
10. Louis Jordan Beyer (Borussia Monchengladbach: RB, CB)
At just 19 years of age, Beyer has already made nine league appearances for shock Bundesliga leaders Borussia Monchengladbach since his debut in 2018. Rated as n 67 on FIFA 20, he has the potential to reach an 83 rating, while he has a €3.5m release clause included in his current contract. Predominantly a right back, Beyer has impressive defensive statistics, although with 69 sprint speed and at 6’2’ in height, he can be used as a centre back. He also made his debut for Germany U21 this year, so is certainly a player to look out for.
9. Luca Itter (Freiburg SC: LB)
Itter burst onto the Bundesliga scene in the 2017/18 playing for Wolsburg, keeping Arjen Robben quiet on debut and looking ready to become a consistent starter. However, things have slowed since then, and Itter, now aged 20 has now moved onto Freiburg for whom he is yet to make his Bundesliga debut. Despite his career stalling slightly, he is rated a 67 on FIFA 20, with the potential to reach an 83. He also has a €3.8m release clause, with consistent stats across the board. With Germany struggling for left backs for a number of years, Itter is one of a number of players looking to fill that position in the future.
8. Lukas Nmecha (VFL Wolfsburg: ST, RM, LM)
The Manchester City academy prospect spent last season on loan at Preston North End in the Championship, scoring four goals, and represent England at age group level, before making his debut for Germany U21 this year. This season he is on loan at Wolfsburg, who currently sit second in the Bundesliga, where he has already made two league appearances. At 20 years old, is rated a 67, but with the potential to reach an 83 rating. He also has an 83 sprint speed rating and at 6’1’ in height, can play across the front line and will look to improve his goal scoring record this season.
7. Linton Maina (Hannover: LM, RM)
At 20 years of age, Maina is yet to make his mark on senior football, having made just seven appearances for his club Hannover. However, with the ability to play on either wing and impressive movement stats, as well as an impressive career at age group level, Maina is certainly a talent to keep an eye on. Maina is rated as a 70 on FIFA 20, but has the potential to reach a overall rating of 83.
6. John Yeboah (VVV Venlo: LW, ST)
Aged 19, Yeboah remains an inexperienced player, but still one with bags of potential. The winger will spend this season loan with VVV Venlo, away from parent club Wolfsburg in a bid to gain experience, but has certainly showed potential in his age group career for the national team. Despite being rated as 64 to start with on FIFA 20, Yeboah has the potential to reach an 84 rating, and is valued below €1m to start with.
5. Dennis Jastrzembski (Hertha Berlin: LM, CAM)
The talented Polish-born left footer is a player whose career has gone under the radar to a certain extent so far, with just five Bundesliga appearances for the Hertha Berlin senior team to his name. At 19 years old, he has played for Germany in many of the age group categories and has a potential rating on FIFA 20 of 84. Rated a 66 to begin with, he also has a €3.2m release clause, representing an absolute steal.Jastrzembski has 82 acceleration and 79 sprint speed, with 3 star skills moves and weak foot.
4. Josha Mamadou Karaboue Vagnoman (Hamburg: LB, LM, RB)
Vagnoman is very exciting full back with an eye for goal, having scored with senior goals already, despite being just 18 years old. With the potential to reach an 85 rating, Vagnoman starts out as a 66, but already possesses a 4 star weak foot. Vagnoman has played for both the Hamburg senior team and Hamburg II this year, but will hope to impress the coach as the new Bundesliga 2 season takes shape.
3. Jann-Fiete Arp (Bayern Munich: ST, LM, RM)
Aged 19, Arp already has plenty of first team appearances to his name with Hamburg, and decided to join Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in February this year. Rated a 67 currently, Arp has the third highest potential rating of any German player aged 20 or under, at 85. He prefers to play as a central striker, where he was prolific for the German U17 team, but with just four senior goals for Hamburg he will want to boost those numbers at his new club. He is yet to make an appearance for Bayern in the Bundesliga, but with a €3.7m release clause offers exceptional value.
2. Arne Maier (Hertha Berlin: CM, CDM)
Maier was one of Hertha Berlin’s outstanding players last season until his campaign was cruelly cut short by a knee injury in March. At 20 years of old, he is rated a 76 on FIFA 20 with the potential to reach an 87 overall rating and become one of the best central midfielders in the world. With a release clause of €24.7m he is already considered hot property, but remains a player worth investing in.
1. Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen: CAM, RM)
With two goals and an assist this season already, Havertz is already an established Bundesliga star at age 20. He has made more than 100 appearances for Leverkusen in just four seasons and is rated 84 on FIFA 20, with a 92 potential overall rating. He is also possesses 4 star weak foot and skill moves and is already valued at €46m, making him one of the most exciting talents in the world.
Summary: Best Young German Players in FIFA 20
|Name||Overall Rating||Potential Rating|
|Josha Mamadou Karaboue Vagnoman||66||85|
|Louis Jordan Beyer||67||83|
This batch of young German stars may be inexperienced, but there remains plenty of talent worth investing in. Maier and Havertz are two genuinely world class players, but both come with huge price tags to match. Meanwhile, the likes of Jastrzembski and Itter, have played very little senior football, despite their reputations. As with all young players, it is hard to predict what level they will reach, but what is certain is that Germany have once again produced a group of young players with immense potential.