15 of the finest FIFA 18 hidden gems you can sign in Career Mode

FIFA 18 hidden gems

Want some sexy talent but don't have the funds to pay for it? Tom Wiggins has done the scouting, so you don’t have to

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With big clubs stockpiling talent all over Europe, strengthening your squad in FIFA 18’s Career Mode can be difficult without investing in youth or paying through the nose. But young players start with low overall ratings and need a lot of work to realise their full potential, so they’re no use if you want to bring someone in who’ll improve your team immediately.

Every one of these players can go on to be considered among the world’s best

That’s why FourFourTwo has scoured the leagues to find first-team quality players outside of the mega-clubs, who also have the potential to go on to great things. None of them are what you’d call cheap, but they’re more affordable than more recognised names.

Each of them is available in the first transfer window of the game’s Career Mode and, based on our experiences, we’ve tried to give you an idea of how much it’ll cost to secure their services. If you want to pay less, try throwing in sell-on clauses to sweeten the deal.

With the right training and playing time, every one of these players can go on to be considered among the world’s best.   

1. Alban Lafont (Toulouse) GK

Rating: 77, Potential: 89

Need to know: Despite being only 18 years old, Lafont has already played enough first-team football for his overall rating to reach 77, making him one of the most highly regarded young goalkeepers in FIFA 18. Thanks to stats such as 79 for reflexes, 78 for diving and 76 for positioning, he’s already first choice for Toulouse, with many predicting he’ll eventually replace Hugo Lloris in goal for Les Bleus.

Expect to pay: £14m

2. Malcom (Bordeaux) RW

Rating: 81, Potential: 88

Need to know: The main thing you need to know about Malcom is that he won’t come cheap, although his asking price is still less than one Kyle Walker. The diminutive Bordeaux winger also sounds like he was named after a painter and decorator, which might be enough for some, but in case it’s not, perhaps his close control, dribbling skills and knack for free-kicks will convince you he’s worth the cash.

Expect to pay: £36m

3. Malang Sarr (OGC Nice) CB

Rating: 75, Potential: 88

Need to know: Given his imposing physical attributes, you might not expect Malang Sarr to be much cop with the ball at his feet, but with 69 for long passing and 72 for short, his distribution is surprisingly good. With 79 for strength and 77 for standing tackles, the 18-year-old is up there with Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano as one of them most promising defenders in Europe.

Expect to pay: £11m

4. Seko Fofana (Udinese) CM

Rating: 75, Potential: 86

Need to know: A tenacious presence in the centre of midfield, Udinese’s Fofana works hard both in and out of possession. Combining strength and stamina with a good touch, composed passing and decent dribbling skills, he’ll give your midfield direction and purpose, chipping in with the odd goal from outside the box too. Fofana is an affordable all-rounder who’s only going to get better.

Expect to pay: £14.5m

5. Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht) CDM

Rating: 79, Potential: 86

Need to know: Monaco paid €25m for Youri Tielemans in the summer and his compatriot Dendoncker could soon move for a similar figure. His stamina and strength stand out, with good stats for aggression, tackling and interceptions, but the 22-year-old is much more than just a battering ram. He’s got the ability to spray the ball all around the pitch, with a formidable shot on him, too.    

Expect to pay: £22m