PES 2018 potential wonderkids - best young players and hidden gems

Find the best up-and-coming talent to help grow your squad.

Nothing in PES gives you that feeling of supreme satisfaction more than assembling a team of potential wonderkids and best young players, training them to their full potential and delivering glory to your club season upon season thereafter.

It's the model Barcelona has historically sought to promote through a dedication to the La Masia youth academy, and there's no reason why you can't do the same in PES 2018.

We've compiled a list as to those players aged 21 or under that we think you should be looking at, whether your goal is to construct a team full of up-and-coming talent or to add just a couple of youngsters to ready yourself for the retirement of older players.

If you've moved onto PES 2019 and are looking for the highest-rated overall players in PES 2019, we've got you covered there too.


The best, highest potential wonderkids and players in PES 2018

Note that the following table lists clubs as per their real names. PES 2018 doesn't include officially licensed clubs in all instances, but we've a real team name guide here to help you change MD White to Real Madrid and London FC to Chelsea.

It's also worth noting that players listed below are done so using the club team they play for in PES 2018 as it stands at time of publishing.

That's why, for instance, O. Dembele is listed here as Borussia Dortmund player even though he has been transferred to Barcelona in life. The same goes for Y. Tielemans (Anderlecht > Monaco), D. Sanchez (Ajax > Tottenham) and a couple of others.

L. Sane Man City LMF 21 83
D Alli Tottenham Hotspur AMF 21 83
Marco Asensio Real Madrid AMF 21 83
G. Donarumma AC Milan GK 18 82
K. Mbappe Paris Saint-Germain CF 19 82
O. Dembele Borussia Dortmund LWF 20 82
T. Werner RasenBall Sport Leipzig CF 21 81
J. Brandt Free Agent LWF 21 81
Gabriel Jesus Man City CF 20 80
T. Hernandez CD Alaves LB 20 80
D. Sanchez AFC Ajax CB 21 80
M. Rashford Man Utd CF 20 79
A. Diawara Napoli DMF 20 79
Mikel Oyarzabal Real Sociedad LWF 20 79
Malcom Bordeaux RWF 20 79
K. Dolberg Ajax CF 20 79
C. Pavon Boca Juniors RWF 21 79
R. Bentacur Boca Juniors CMF 20 79
S. Driussi River Plate CF 21 79
S. Ascacibar Estudiantes DMF 20 79
Y.Tielemans Anderlecht CMF 20 79
Renato Sanches Free Agent CMF 20 79
F. Kessie Atalanta DNF 21 78
P. Schick Sampdoria CF 21 78
L. Pellegrini Sassuolo CMF 21 78
Dani Ceballos Real Betis CMF 21 78
M. Coco Guincamp RWF 21 78
A Harit FC Nantes AMF 20 78
F. Kamano Bordeaux LWF 21 78
M. Lopez Marseille CMF 20 78
E. Mammana OM Lyonnais CB 21 78
G. Lo Celso Paris Saint-Germain AMF 21 78
J. Gnagnon Stade Rennais CB 20 78
A. Lafont Toulouse GK 18 78
I. Diop Toulouse CB 20 78
Diogo Jota FC Porto SS 21 78
D. Neves Santos DMF 20 78
C. Pulisic Borussia Dortmund RWF 19 78
B. Embolo FC Schalke 04 CF 20 78
A. Christensen Free Agent CB 21 78
W. Ndidi Leicester City DMF 21 77
A. Meret SPAL GK 20 77
J. Riedewald Ajax CB 21 77
M. Locatelli AC Milan DMF 19 76
Ruben Neves FC Porto DMF 20 75
Adama Traore - 75 Teeside Middlesborough RWF 21 75
V. Kovalenko Shakhtar Donetsk AMF 21 75
D. Calvery-Lewin Everton SS 20 74
Gerson AS Roma AMF 20 74
R. Sessegnon Fulham LB 17 70

Other things you should know about wonderkids and high potential players in PES 2018

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

  • Unlike FIFA, PES 2018 doesn't list a player's future potential as a definitive number. Instead, players have a development depth as part of their attribute package that shows how they have developed over the years. From this graph you can make a rough estimate as to how they're going to progress in future and whether or not they're currently a development spurt.
  • Taking the above into account, a player's age remains a key factor in judging their future potential. J. Brandt (Free Agent in PES 2018, Bayer Leverkusen in real life), for instance, has seen great growth in overall rating from the age of 17 to 21. You might want to bet on that continuing, or you might want to go for someone younger likes C. Pulisic. Pulisic is rated lower than Brandt now, but he is two years younger. Younger players might not be as good today, but they're more room to grow into tomorrow.

Looking for more help? See our resources on PES 2018 potential wonderkids and best young players, real team names, and, for those playing PES 19, PS4 and PC owners can read how to download option files in PES 2019 and likewise the highest rated best players in PES 19, too.

  • 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 clubs or for ones without a club. Given that PES 2018 doesn't feature licenses for all teams, you can pick up some great young stars on the cheap from the free agent market. J. Brandt is a good example of this, as is Renato Sanchez given that the club he is contracted to, Bayern Munich, are not officially in the game.
  • Keep an eye on any team roles your players acquire in Master League mode that relate to their future potential. If a youngster developers the 'Protege' role, for instance, then you should seriously think about playing them in every game as they will earn experience much faster than normal and, subsequently, improve their overall rating.
  • Team roles of older players in your squad can also help developer a potential wonderkid, too. If you have a player with the elite role of 'Legend' or 'Virtuoso', for instance, then it's worth making them captain by default because that triggers a boost to the experience points earned for all teammates.

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