The FIFA World Cup is just around the corner, so we thought we’d take a look at some of the hottest youngsters going to Russia that you might not know about.
Pick some of these lads up for your next career mode campaign, and test them out before they take on the world stage!
Nation: Australia | Position: RM/CAM | Age: 19 | Rating: 66 | Potential: 82
Aussie prodigy Daniel Arzani will be the youngest player at the 2018 World Cup, but wasn’t playing professional football this time last year.
Arzani has had a meteoric rise in Australian football, since making his debut off the bench for Melbourne City in December 2017.
He is known for his direct style of play, skilled dribbling and composure in the final third. Arzani is a fearless winger who isn’t afraid of the big stage.
This culminated in his first international goal, coming against Hungary in the Socceroos’ final friendly before the World Cup. An impressive performance, the Australian public is now calling for Arzani to start against France.
On FIFA, Arzani features 85 sprint speed, 71 dribbling, Flair and Technical Dribbler – making him a very dynamic option for lower league teams.
Nation: Senegal | Position: LM/RM/ST | Age: 19 | Rating: 73 | Potential: 84
Ismaila Sarr is one of many exciting talents in Senegal, who look well poised for a strong World Cup campaign.
Sarr has spent the past two seasons playing in France, where the winger has been particularly notable for his lightning speed with the ball at his feet.
Sarr plays currently at Rennes FC, choosing a big money move there over a reported deal with Barcelona.
The Senegalese starlet has some pretty golden numbers for FIFA Career Mode: 93 sprint speed, 92 acceleration and 78 dribbling.
Nation: South Korea | Position: LW/RW | Age: 19 | Rating: 68 | Potential: 77
South Korea have been a hotbed for talent over the past few years, and Lee Seung-woo has the football loving nation very excited.
The youngster has quite a pedigree, having played in Barcelona’s youth setup for five years before joing Serie A side Hellas Verona and scoring his first goal against Milan.
Lovingly dubbed the “Korean Messi”, Lee made waves for the South Korea U20 side and quickly earned his call up to the senior squad. Demonstrating a magical ability to weave past his defender, Lee has already been a key figure in their World Cup build up.
On the Feefs, Lee Seung-woo is a very well rounded youngster. He doesn’t boast particular speed, or particular flair, but is a skilful and effective dribbler who can produce moments of brilliance.
Nation: Nigeria | Position: GK | Age: 18 | Rating: 68 | Potential: 82
Francis Uzoho has played two first team games of football in his life, but looks set to be Nigeria’s starting goalkeeper in Russia. Let that sink in!
Last season, Uzoho became the youngest foreign goalkeeper to start in La Liga, playing for Deportivo La Caruna. This sky rocketed his status in Nigerian football – who have struggled to find a consistent pair of hands between the sticks.
There is debate amongst pundits about whether his dramatic rise is exciting, or an indictment on the talent available for Nigeria – but one thing’s clear: Uzoho has bundles of talent.
A well rounded, confident and agile keeper, Uzoho is a great pickup for lower league career mode saves – who can grow to be truly world class.
Nation: Iceland | Position: RW LW CAM | Age: 20 | Rating: 67 | Potential: 77
Iceland are one of the most exciting stories of the 2018 World Cup, and Albert Guðmundsson represents one of their brightest talents.
The speedy winger has been a star for PSV Eindhoven’s reserves, scoring 9 goals in 15 games – earning him 8 appearances for the first team. This has led to some serious interest from the English Premier League, which the youngster has turned down in the interest of developing further in the Eredivisie.
Guðmundsson has been battling for his place in the Iceland squad for the past year, and will be in the starting lineup discussion for this year’s World Cup.
A mature and highly technical winger, he has made a name for himself with cool and calm finishing in front of goal.
His FIFA stats are awesomely balanced, with good pace, 74 dribbling, 72 vision and 73 ball control. This makes him a versatile option across your front three!
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