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FIFA 18 potential wonderkids - best youngsters and hidden gems

The best, highest-potential players under 21 in FIFA 18.

Uncovering potential wonderkids in FIFA 18 is one of the most satisfying things in the game.

Watching them grow from nervous teenager to a superstar of the future is a treat - and probably part of the reasoning behind the Journey seeming like such a great fit, so on this page you'll find a list of the best FIFA 18 youngsters and hidden gems or, in other words, the highest potential young players in the game.

Whether you're looking to take the "Spurs approach" - by buying what feels like several hundred under-21 players each year, and selling on most of them the next - or simply find that one perfect replacement for your ageing superstar, the list below, sourced directly from EA Sports' own rankings contains several dozen wonderkids with the highest potential ratings in the game.

If you're looking for the highest rated Overall players of all ages though, we've got you covered in our FIFA 18 player ratings guide, plus we've put together a guide on FIFA 18's best players by position, and a list of FIFA 18 5* skillers and how to perform skill moves, too.

For more guides, tips, and info in general on FIFA 18, head back to our main FIFA 18 tips and guide hub.

We'll also give our own advice on our personal picks for standout players from the list further below, so read on!

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The best, highest potential wonderkids and players in FIFA 18

NameClubPositionAgeCurrentPotential
Mbappé, KylianAS MonacoST188394
Donnarumma, GianluigiMilanGK188294
Marco AsensioReal MadridCAM218492
Gabriel JesusManchester CityST208192
Lemar, ThomasAS MonacoLM218391
Sané, LeroyManchester CityLW218291
Alli, DeleTottenham HotspurCAM218490
Dembélé, OusmaneBorussia DortmundRM208390
Martial, AnthonyManchester UnitedLM218290
Tielemans, YouriAS MonacoCM208090
Barco, EzequielIndependienteLM187290
Christensen, AndreasChelseaCB218189
Pulisic, ChristianBorussia DortmundRM187889
Lafont, AlbanToulouse FCGK187789
de Ligt, MatthijsAjaxCB187689
Dani CeballosReal MadridCM217888
Tah, JonathanBayer 04 LeverkusenCB218288
Sánchez, DavinsonAjaxCB218188
Brandt, JulianBayer 04 LeverkusenLM218088
Rashford, MarcusManchester UnitedST197988
Dolberg, KasperAjaxST197888
Embolo, BreelFC Schalke 04ST207688
Sarr, MalangOGC NiceCB187588
Meret, AlexSpalGK207488
Havertz, KaiBayer 04 LeverkusenRM187388
Martínez, LautaroRacing Club de AvellanedaST207288
GrimaldoSL BenficaLB218087
AleńŕFC BarcelonaCM197187
Werner, TimoRB LeipzigST218287
Weigl, JulianBorussia DortmundCDM218187
Dahoud, MahmoudBorussia DortmundCM217987
Tousart, LucasOlympique LyonnaisCDM207887
Diawara, AmadouNapoliCDM207787
Schick, PatrikSampdoriaST217787
Hernández, LucasAtlético de MadridCB217687
Jankto, JakubUdineseCM217687
Diop, IssaToulouse FCCB207687
Kovalenko, ViktorShakhtar DonetskCAM217587
Chiesa, FedericoFiorentinaRM197587
Ndiaye Diedhiou, AmathGetafe CFST217487
Sarr, IsmaďlaStade RennaisLM197387
Edwards, MarcusTottenham HotspurRM186587
Rúben NevesWolverhampton WanderersCDM207786
Renato SanchesBayern MünchenCM207686
Pablo FornalsVillarreal CFCAM217786
OyarzabalReal SociedadLW207986
Han Kwang SongPerugiaST186786
Douglas LuizGirona FCCM197386
Diogo JotaWolverhampton WanderersLW207786
Andreas PereiraManchester UnitedLM217786
André SilvaMilanST217886
Meyer, MaxFC Schalke 04CAM217986
Coman, KingsleyBayern MünchenRM217986
Sanabria, AntonioReal Betis BalompiéST217886
Halilović, AlenUD Las PalmasCAM217786
Živković, AndrijaSL BenficaRM217786
Driussi, SebastiánZenit St. PetersburgST217786
Ndidi, OnyinyeLeicester CityCDM207786
Henrichs, BenjaminBayer 04 LeverkusenRB207686
Bailey, LeonBayer 04 LeverkusenLM207686
Kessié, Franck YannickMilanCM207686
Mammana, EmanuelZenit St. PetersburgCB217586
Iheanacho, KelechiLeicester CityST207586
Gnagnon, JorisStade RennaisCB207586
Locatelli, ManuelMilanCDM197486
Řdegaard, Martinsc HeerenveenRW187486
Lo Celso, GiovaniParis Saint-GermainCAM217486
Fosu-Mensah, TimothyCrystal PalaceRB197486
Amian Adou, KelvinToulouse FCRB197386
Abraham, TammySwansea CityST197386
Ascacibar, SantiagoEstudiantes de La PlataCDM207386
Kluivert, JustinAjaxRW187386
Onomah, JoshAston VillaCAM207286
Zakaria, DenisBorussia M'gladbachCM207286
Ndombele, TanguyAmiens SCCDM207286
Drągowski, BartłomiejFiorentinaGK207186
Barella, NicolňCagliariCM207086
Upamecano, DayotRB LeipzigCB186986
Früchtl, ChristianBayern MünchenGK176586
VallejoReal MadridCB207785
Rui PedroFC PortoST197085
RicharlisonWatfordLM207385
MalcomGirondins de BordeauxRW207985
CucurellaFC Barcelona BLB196785
Bruno XadasBragaRM197485
Brahim DíazManchester CityCAM186685
Koziello, VincentOGC NiceCM217885
Onana, AndréAjaxGK217885
Amiri, NadiemTSG 1899 HoffenheimCAM207785
Pellegrini, LorenzoRomaCM217785
Dembélé, MoussaCelticST217585
Hernández, TheoReal MadridLB197585
Onyekuru, HenryAnderlechtLM207585
Iwobi, AlexArsenalLM217485
Davies, TomEvertonCM197385
Retsos, PanagiotisOlympiacos CFPCB197285
Mor, EmreBorussia DortmundRM207085
Mboula, JordiAS MonacoRM186885
Sessegnon, RyanFulhamLB176685
Thill, VincentFC MetzCAM176385
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Other things you should know about wonderkids and high potential players in FIFA 18

Based on the above, there are a couple of points worth bearing in mind when hunting down your next world class talent:

  • Of all the players of a potential rating higher than 85 Overall, Tottenham's Marcus Edwards is the one with the potential to improve the most. The eighteen-year-old Spurs starlet starts at just 65 Overall in FIFA 18, meaning he can improve by up to twenty-two points in total. In terms of your Career Mode playthrough, it means he's one of the very best long-term options, and could also be available for a pretty meagre fee if you're lucky.
  • Last year's starlet Reece Oxford - who had the potential to grow by a whopping 20 points overall - drops off the list entirely this year.
  • Remember that age is an important factor here. Whilst younger, lower-Overall players like Edwards might come at a better price, if you can afford more developed players then often it's a safer bet - you might not be fitting in four, five or six seasons into one Career Mode playthrough, after all, and so may never see a seventeen-year-old's full potential.
  • For those longer plathroughs, we recommend players with a starting Overall in the 60s, too keep the cost down. The likes of Edwards, Perugia's Han Kwang Song, Bayern's Christian Früchtl, RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano, and Fc Metz' Vincent Thill are great options.
  • For more instant hits - aside from the older players you'll find in our FIFA 18 player ratings guide - look to the likes of Anthony Martial, Dele Alli, Marco Asensio and Thomas Lemar, who have current Overall ratings of 82, 84, 84 and 83 respectively and can provide an immediate impact at just about any club.
  • Don't necessarily go straight for the highest-rated potential players. Although it's great if you have the cash, often you're better off doing a little searching around for players at smaller, more cash-strapped clubs outside of the top tier leagues to pick up a bargain. Do you really need to prize Kylian Mbappé from Paris Saint Germain (once the game updates) in the same year he joined, when you could pick up Ezequiel Barco or Kasper Dolberg instead?
  • Be flexible with your positions. It's more of a general tip for FIFA 18 anyway (and long-term players will remember the days of pace-abusers packing the team with speedsters regardless of position) but don't forget that often, players have expertise in more than one spot on the team sheet. Marcus Rashford can play on the left as well as up front, for example, so expect him to be able to do a job for you there in FIFA 18, too.

Additional reporting by Matthew Reynolds.

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