Despite all of the fancy online game modes that EA have been dishing out over the years (I’m looking at you, Ultimate Team). A number of us still play the game for its career mode. That feeling of managing your favourite team, and leading them to victory. Or taking a struggling League One side to eventual Champion’s League glory. It’s a feeling like no-other. But to get there, you might need a lot of young talent. So here’s a rough starting 11 of decent young footballers.
GK: Gianluigi Donnarumma or Bartłomiej Drągowski
Donnarumma currently plays for Milan, and at the young age of 17 he starts at 76 overall. So he’s ready made for some lower league teams. Plus, he has a potential of 88 – making him one of the best goalkeepers available on the game.
Drągowski is slightly older, at 19, and currently plays for Fiorentina. He starts at a lower rating of 71, though, meaning he’ll be a little cheaper. He has a potential of of 86. So he’s not quite as good as Donnarumma but he’ll make a decent alternative.
LB: Alejandro Grimaldo
If you’re looking for a slightly less expensive, readymade LB with bags of potential – look no further than Grimaldo. Currently at Benfica, he starts at 77 overall, with a potential of 86.
CB: Reece Oxford
He starts on a lowly 66, but his potential will take him up to 86 at his peak. You could also do a Wenger, and try to convert him to a CDM. For no other reason than because you can.
CB: Mauricio Lemos
He’s a strong and sturdy Uruguayan defender, currently playing for Las Palmas with a potential of 88 overall.
RB: Tin Jedvaj
Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin will probably be the highest rated young rightback available on the game. And, from my experience using him on FIFA 17, he’d be just as effective on the wing, higher up the pitch. That being said, he won’t come cheap. So, if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, Jedvaj is a pretty decent shout. He starts at 75 overall and at the age of 20, it won’t take him long to hit his peak of 85.
CDM: Timothy Fosu-Mensah
Manchester United’s 18 year old Fosu-Mensah will become one of the best CDMs on the game. Starting at 71 overall, he has the potential of 87. That’s a decent increase for a cheap(ish) player.
Probably the most expensive option on this list, but Bayern’s Sanches will be worth every penny. He’s playable from the start, at 78, but with a potential of 90 he’ll quickly become one of the best players on the game. Dele Alli (Spurs) also has a potential of 90 overall, in the CAM position. As does Ousmane Dembélé (Dortmund) and Anthony Martial (United).
CAM: Max Meyer
Another youngster from Shalke with bags of potential – the last young talent being Julian Draxler, who was my go-to CAM in FIFAs 14, 15 and 16. Meyer may well set you back a pretty penny (though not as much as those mentioned above). But with a starting stat of 80 and a potential of 87, he’s worth every penny.
LW: Serge Gnabry or Leon Bailey
Gnabry, once of Arsenal, has always been a relatively highly rated player. He’s a decent starting winger, and is good on either side. That being said, he won’t be cheap (or available in the first transfer window).
Bailey, currently at Genk, is a speed demon. He’ll be slightly cheaper than Gnabry – so get in early! He has a potential of 86, but his pace is apparent from the start.
The obvious one of the group – but that doesn’t mean he’s any less of a player. Rashford has a max of 88 overall. Though, he will be pretty pricy.
ST: Kelechi Iheanacho
Iheanacho was a force in FIFA 16. He was also a force in the Premier League last year (off the bench). So his improved rating on FIFA 17 is well warranted. He starts on 79 overall, and has a potential of 88. So he’s worth every penny.
Do you have any of your own suggestions? Let me know in the comments below!