FIFA 17 Player Potential Rankings & Wonderkids: Top youngsters and hidden gems to sign in Career Mode

By Alex Donaldson, Wednesday, 5 October 2016 13:40 GMT

Sign some wonderkids.

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The big news around FIFA 17 this year is largely centered around the addition of the series’ first-ever in-game story mode, but a lot of the play is going on elsewhere – in Ultimate Team, or indeed in the game’s typical career mode.

Career Mode of course features transfers and the like again as you’d expect, and while obviously this stuff isn’t going to be on the level of depth of Football Manager, there’s still a fair amount of nuance and stats behind-the-scenes when it comes to picking what players to sign. EA has been surprisingly transparent about the whole thing, and a couple of days ago they flat-out posted a list of the top ‘Hidden Gems’ in the game.

These hidden gems are players under the age of 21 of that have a high player rating and thus high potential for use in the game after some careful nurturing on your part. Some refer to them as wonderkids, for obvious reason. We’ve scoured EA’s offering and put together a table of the top player rankings.

This list, featured below, is essentially the top 30 youngsters in the game you might want to look to sign and use in career mode for maximum bang for your buck with your signings.

FIFA 17 Player Potential Rankings & Wonderkids: Top youngsters and hidden gems to sign in Career Mode

Player Club League Position Rating Potential

Dele Alli

Tottenham Hotspur England Premier League CAM 80 90

Ousmane Dembélé

Borussia Dortmund Germany 1. Bundesliga RM 77 90

Renato Sanches

Bayern München Germany 1. Bundesliga CM 78 90

Anthony Martial

Manchester United England Premier League LM 82 90

Marco Asensio

Real Madrid Spain Primera Division CAM 81 89

Alen Halilović

Hamburger SV Germany 1. Bundesliga CAM 79 89

Youri Tielemans

Anderlecht Belgium Jupiler Pro League CM 77 89

Kurt Zouma

Chelsea England Premier League CB 80 89

Julian Brandt

Bayer 04 Leverkusen Germany 1. Bundesliga LM 79 88

Kingsley Coman

Bayern München Germany 1. Bundesliga LW 81 88

Ángel Correa

Atlético de Madrid Spain Primera Division ST 79 88

Mahmoud Dahoud

Borussia M’gladbach Germany 1. Bundesliga CM 79 88

Gianluigi Donnarumma

Milan Italy Serie A GK 76 88

Breel Embolo

FC Schalke 04 Germany 1. Bundesliga RM 76 88

José María Giménez

Atlético de Madrid Spain Primera Division CB 83 88

Kelechi Iheanacho

Manchester City England Premier League ST 74 88

Mauricio Lemos

UD Las Palmas Spain Primera Division CB 80 88

Charly Musonda

Real Betis Balompié Spain Primera Division LW 77 88

Saúl Ñíguez Esclápez

Atlético de Madrid Spain Primera Division CM 80 88

Marcus Rashford

Manchester United England Premier League ST 76 88

Antonio Sanabria

Real Betis Balompié Spain Primera Division ST 78 88

Leroy Sané

Manchester City England Premier League RM 79 88

Luke Shaw

Manchester City England Premier League LB 80 88

Raheem Sterling

Manchester City England Premier League LM 82 88

Jonathan Tah

Bayer 04 Leverkusen Germany 1. Bundesliga CB 79 88

Héctor Bellerín

Arsenal England Premier League RB 78 87

Samu Castillejo

Villarreal CF Spain Primera Division LM 80 87

Andreas Christensen

Borussia M’gladbach Germany 1. Bundesliga CB 78 87

Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Manchester United England Premier League CDM 71 87

Joshua Kimmich

Bayern München Germany 1. Bundesliga CM 78 87

If this list of the top 30 youngsters available in FIFA 17 isn’t enough for you, you can find a complete list of hundreds of players in this Google Document, which was kindly shared by EA themselves.

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