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FIFA 18 best young players: Career mode’s top strikers, midfielders, defenders and goalkeepers

02:21 EAT 29/09/2017
FIFA 18 best young players
Goal takes a look at the potential abilities of some of the world's best wonderkids on the upcoming game

Everyone loves a wonderkid! From Freddy Adu (remember him?) to Cristiano Ronaldo, all the way up to Kylian Mbappe, nothing captures a football fan's imagination quite like a highly talented prodigy.

And that's exactly what makes FIFA career mode so great. There is nothing more satisfying than rooting out a diamond in the rough, paying peanuts, and turning him into a world-beating superstar.

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This year promises to be no different and, with FIFA 18 launching this week, we've put together a list of the best players in their positions under the age of 20 to help you on your way. Get that shortlist out!

PO. = Position(s)

CR = Current Rating

PR = Potential Rating

VA. = Value


FIFA 18: BEST YOUNG GOALKEEPERS


NAME AGE CLUB CR PR VA.
G Donnarumma 18 AC Milan 82 94 £25m
A Lafont 18 Toulouse 77 89 £10.1m
A Meret 20 Ferrara (loan) 74 88 £9.2m
W Farinez 19 Unattached 73 87 £0m
C Fructhl 17 Bayern 65 86 £0.8m
B Dragowski 19 Fiorentina 71 86 £3.6m
G Poussin 18 Bordeaux 62 83 £0.5m
M Svilar 17 Benfica 63 83 £0.5m
A Plizzari 17 Ternana (LOAN) 62 82 £0.4m

Gianluigi Donnarumma is widely regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers to emerge in world football in recent years, and that is reflected in his rating on FIFA 18, as he has the potential to be the joint highest-rated player in the game, along with PSG's brilliant teenager, Kylian Mbappe.

Alban Lafont is just 18 but he has played over 60 times for Toulouse, and could reach an 89 rating.

Amazingly, you can pick up a quite fantastic prospect, Wuilker Farinez, for nothing on career mode... and he could reach an 87 rating!


FIFA 18: BEST YOUNG DEFENDERS


NAME AGE CLUB PO. CR PR VA.
M De Ligt 18 Ajax CB 76 89 £10.1m
T Fosu-Mensah 19 Crystal Palace (loan) CB, RB 76 88 £10.5m
M Sarr 18 Nice CB, LB 75 88 £9.2m
I Diop 20 Toulouse CB 76 87 £10.1m
K Amian Adou 19 Toulouse RB 73 86 £5.7m
R Sessegnon 17 Fulham LB, LW 67 86 £1.1m
J Foyth 19 Spurs CB 68 86 £1.4m
D Upamecano 18 RB Leipzig CB, CDM 69 86 £1.7m
B Henrichs 20 Bayer L'kusen RB, LB 76 86 £9.6m
C Carter-Vickers 19 Shef. Utd (loan) CB 68 85 £1.4m
M Saracchi 19 River Plate LB, LWB 70 85 £3m
Jorge Saenz 20 CD Tenerife CB, RB 71 85 £4.1m
T Alexander-Arnold 18 Liverpool RB, RM, CM 69 85 £1.6m
Cucurella 18 Barca B LB 67 85 £1.2m
Vallejo 20 Real Madrid CB 77 85 £10m

Every great team is built on a solid defence, and there could be some absolute monsters in FIFA 18!

Ajax youngster Matthijs De Ligt leads the way, with a potential ability of 89, while Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who is on loan at Crystal Palace from Manchester United, could become one of the very best defenders in England.

Elsewhere, Ryan Sessegnon looks like a potential career mode bargain, starting out with a value of just over £1 million at Fulham, with a potential rating of 86, while Tottenham could have a central defensive partnership for the ages, with Juan Foyth and Cameron Carter-Vickers potentially reaching 86 and 85 respectively.


FIFA 18: BEST YOUNG MIDFIELDERS


NAME AGE CLUB PO. CR PR VA.
Y Tielemans 20 Monaco CM, CAM 80 90 £20.6m
D Ceballos 20 Real Madrid CM, LM, CDM, CAM 78 88 £14.5m
Alena 19 Barca B CM, CAM, RM 71 87 £4.4m
L Tousart 20 Lyon CDM, CM 78 87 £12.3m
A Diawara 19 Napoli CDM, CM 77 87 £10.5m
F Kessie 20 AC Milan CM, CDM 76 86 £11m
R Neves 20 Wolves CDM, CM 77 86 £10.5m
T Ndombele 20 Lyon CDM, CM 74 86 £8m
S Ascacibar 20 Stuttgart CDM 73 86 £6m
R Sanches 19 Swansea City (loan) CM 76 86 £10.5m
M Locatelli 19 AC Milan CDM 74 86 £7.5m
J Onomah 19 Aston Villa (loan) CAM, RM, CM 72 86 £6m
D Zakaria 20 Gladbach CM, CDM 72 86 £6m
W Ndidi 20 Leicester City CDM, CM 77 86 £10.5m
N Barella 20 Cagliari CM 70 86 £3.4m

What is it with French football and wonderkids? Youri Tielemans, formerly of Anderlecht, is a young midfielder with bags of potential, as evidenced by this very list. He won't come cheap in career mode, with a base value of just over £20m, but any outlay will be worth it - he could reach a rating of 90.

Dani Ceballos and Alena could soon have a rivalry of the ilk of Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in Spanish Clasicos, as they can reach ratings of 88 and 87 respectively.

A number of players in English football could reach the level of 86. Ruben Neves, amazingly of Wolverhampton Wanderers, is one of the highest-rated players in Europe, while Renato Sanches will spend the season on loan at Swansea City from Bayern Munich. Josh Onomah - an English talent - is on loan at Aston Villa from Tottenham, while Wilfred Ndidi could become a star at Leicester City.


FIFA 18: BEST YOUNG FORWARDS


NAME AGE CLUB PO. CR PR VA.
K Mbappe 18 Monaco ST 83 94 £36.5m
G Jesus 20 Man City ST 81 92 £27.3m
O Dembele 20 Barca RW, LW, CAM 83 92 £35.2m
A Gomes 16 Man Utd CAM, LW, RW, CM 64 90 £0.8m
L Martinez 19 Racing ST, CAM, RM 72 88 £5.7m
K Dolberg 19 Ajax ST, CAM 78 88 £14.5m
B Embolo 20 Schalke ST, RW 76 88 £12.3m
Malcom 20 Bordeaux RW, RM 81 87 £21.5m
A Ndiaye Diedhio 20 Getafe ST, LM, CAM 74 87 £9.6m
J Sancho 17 B. Dortmund LW, RW 63 86 £0.7m
J Kluivert 18 Ajax RW, LW 73 86 £6m
Han Kwang Song 18 Perugia ST 67 86 £1.4m
K Iheanacho 20 Leicester City ST 75 86 £10m
T Abraham 19 Swansea City (loan) ST 73 86 £6.6m
M Odegaard 18 Heerenveen (loan) RW, CAM 74 86 £8.3m

This won't have been a hard one to predict.

Superstar France striker Mbappe has the world at his feet after joining PSG on loan - ahead of a massive transfer next year - and has the joint-highest potential rating in the game, along with Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City's Brazilian sensation, is another fantastic attacking prospect, while Ousmane Dembele could well turn out to be the best possible successor to Neymar, who headed to PSG before Mbappe.

Manchester United's Angel Gomes, at the age of 16, is the youngest player on the list, and could become one of the best Premier League players in the game.

Further down the line, Jadon Sancho - formerly of Manchester City - is a superb prospect, along with Tammy Abraham, a member of Chelsea's loan army.

EA SPORTS releases FIFA 18 worldwide on September 29. To order your copy, head to: https://www.easports.com/au/fifa/buy/australia

You can also RE-LIVE RONALDO'S FIFA EVOLUTION.