The 10 best young players in FIFA 19 by their Career Mode potential
Cristiano Ronaldo might be the finest player on FIFA 19 right now, but there’s also a hidden stat on the game that shows just how good a player could be: potential. So who are the FIFA 19 best young players of the future?
We’re sticking to teenagers only, so Marcus Rashford, Leon Bailey of Bayer Leverkusen and Milan’s Patrick Cutrone just miss out, meaning these are the 10 players under 20 years old with the highest potential ratings on FIFA 19. Wonderkids, alert!
10. Jann-Fiete Arp (Hamburg)
Having been relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time ever last season, Hamburg haven’t had much to be cheerful about recently – but if Arp is anything to go by, the future looks a lot brighter.
After he almost signed for Bayern Munich in the summer, HSV will be hoping the 18-year-old striker can score enough goals to fire his team back into the top flight to help avoid his premature departure. Modelling his game on Harry Kane, and with finishing and positioning stats already at 74, there’s no reason why he can’t follow in the footsteps of his free-scoring role model and fulfill his potential of 88 overall.
9. Sandro Tonali (Brescia)
As a deep-lying, long-haired Italian playmaker with a great range of passing, good vision and balance, who do you think Brescia’s Sandro Tonali is being compared to?
That’s right, the 18-year-old l’erede di Pirlo might be the player with the lowest current rating on this list, but he’s only made four appearances for the Serie B side at the time of writing and his potential is still 88. Unfortunately, whether he shares the legendary regista’s appreciation for fine wine or not isn’t clear from his FIFA stats. Give it time.
8. Riqui Puig (Barcelona)
A diminutive central midfielder with good control and neat short passing is hardly a rare sight in Barcelona’s youth setup, but with La Masia failing to produce a regular first-teamer since Sergi Roberto and Andres Iniesta waving goodbye to the Camp Nou, the Blaugrana will be hoping 18-year-old Puig can live up to the hype.
FIFA 19 certainly seems to think he’s got it, with stats already in the mid-70s for short passing and ball control, and the potential to hit 88 overall.
7. Andriy Lunin (Leganes)
Signed by Real Madrid from Zorya Luhansk in the summer and immediately sent out on loan to city neighbours Leganes, the 19-year-old keeper already has two seasons of first-team football under his belt in home nation Ukraine.
An overall rating of 76 means he’s perfectly ready for top level football, although with Keylor Navas and Thibaut Courtois ahead of him, Real will no doubt wait 'til he’s closer to fulfilling his promise of 88 before giving him a chance between the sticks at the Bernabeu.
6. Alban Lafont (Fiorentina)
It seems like an oxymoron to have a veteran of wonderkid lists, but that’s exactly what French goalkeeper Lafont is. He’s been cropping up for so many years now that it’s hard to believe he’s still only 19, but a recent move from Toulouse to Fiorentina should help him move up to the next level.
Stats in the high 70s for diving, reflexes, handling and positioning certainly give him a good chance of securing the No.1 shirt, and with 89 for overall potential, he’s got a very bright future ahead of him indeed.