FIFA 14: Top 7 Future Stars Worth Signing

Chris Wright

2nd, October 2013

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So you’ve got your copy of FIFA 14 and you’re getting down to the tricky business of sorting out your team’s transfers at the start of Career mode. The new Global Transfer Network is a welcome addition to scouting and managing your potential recruits, but today we’ll look at something much easier: the best ‘future’ stars in FIFA 14, players that you can buy right at the start of your FIFA 14 game to groom into superstars.

The selection criteria is simple – the player must be 18 or younger, and the potential OVR rating should be 86 or above.

Here are the best wonderkids in FIFA 14. In we delve…

7. Adnan Januzaj

Soccer -  Barclays U21 League - West Bromwich Albion U21 v Manchester United U21- The Hawthorns

Age: 18
Club: Manchester United
Current OVR: 63
Potential OVR: 86

Manchester United’s 18-year-old Belgian prodigy has been getting rave reviews in the last three months by anyone who has watched United play. His current OVR rating in FIFA is a criminally low 63, but with a potential OVR of 86 and current passing, ball control and dribbling stats crossing 70, he’s definitely one that’s in line for steep improvements in Career mode. You may not want to expose him against Man City or even West Brom in the first season, but with FIFA 14 placing a greater emphasis on technical skills, he’s exactly the kind of player you should be grooming in your side.

6. Maximilian Meyer

Germany Soccer Champions League

Age: 17
Club: Schalke 04
Current OVR: 67
Potential OVR: 86

A playmaker / attacking midfielder with excellent agility and balance stats, M. Meyer is the sort of player you can pitch into a tough game and can hold up the ball, run with it and lay-it off to a team-mate. As his current OVR suggests, he still has a lot of improvements to come, especially to his passing and finishing.

Like other youngsters he will develop physically as well but the emphasis this year is very much on ball control and technical ability, and Meyer ticks both boxes if you’re looking to develop a young attacking midfielder.

5. Angel Correa

Argentina Copa Sudamericana Soccer

Age: 18
Club: San Lorenzo
Current OVR: 73
Potential OVR: 86

With Stamina, Sprint Speed, Acceleration and Agility at 90, this guy will is a fast, durable runner on the wings. Add to this some decent dribbling, ball control, crossing and short-passing stats (for his age) and a 70 stat for finishing, and you’ve got a youngster who could grow up to be your star winger with an eye for goal.

His abilities mean that he can be rotated into the starting XI frequently, brought on in the late stages of the game to take advantage of his speed.

4. Anthony Martial

martial

Age: 17
Club: Monaco
Current OVR: 63
Potential OVR: 87

The low OVR stats can be discouraging, as a striker Martial has good pace and strength but little else when starting out. His Heading / Finishing are in the early 60s, and would be expected to go up to the mid-80s if he’s fully developed. All signs point to a strong, fast, reliable, classic No. 9.

3. Aleksandar Mitrovic

Serbia Croatia WCup Soccer

Age: 18
Club: Anderlecht
Current OVR: 73
Potential OVR: 87

Another striker but with a different set of attributes that may suit your team more. Good finishing stats, great physical stats and slightly lower speed stats make for a poacher who won’t be easily pushed off the ball. Decent ball-control and at 6’2 he makes for a very good target man but he’s not going to do much for you outside the box.

2. Bruma

Turkey U20 Worlds Soccer

Age: 18
Club: Galatasaray
Current OVR: 76
Potential OVR: 88

Lightning fast, good on the ball, can cross and take free kicks, decent passer and finisher and a 4-star skill rating, Bruma is your go-to transfer buy if you want to groom a young winger. Great on both wings, his high potential OVR is well-deserved based on some excellent real-life performances for club and country.

1. Zakaria Bakkali

bakkali

Age: 17
Club: PSV Eindhoven
Current OVR: 73
Potential OVR: 90

The gem of the bunch, 17-year-old Bakkali has the highest potential OVR rating in the game for anyone aged 20 or younger, but he’s definitely one for the future.

Like the other potential wonderkinds on this list, he’s got great pace and ball control, but he’s still got some way to go to improve on his finishing and mental attributes. FIFA 14 lists him as one who likes to take long shots, and if he can boost that attribute to 80 or above then he becomes an interesting player to have in your matchday squad.

Bonus Mentions…

Because of the 86 or above criteria, we didn’t see any defenders on this list. However, two youngsters should be highlighted: Luke Shaw (17, Southampton, Potential OVR 85, LB) and Kurt Zouma (18, Saint-Etienne, Potential OVR 85, CB), both of whom are fantastic prospects in the game and with proper care can be brought in to replace your first choice LB / CB within an year or two.

For more player stats, make sure you check out EA’s top 50 players list.

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44 Comments

  1. Peters says:

    And how many of these will Man City actually buy and let them rot on the bench?

  2. carl says:

    Is this another advert for FIFA?

  3. fordi says:

    On the last FIFA, I signed a Bayern youth player who’s had a couple of games in the transition period between Jupp and Pep, a Dane called Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Took him on loan for 2 seasons, then signed him permanently. By the time he was 24, his OVR was 90, and this was from consistently playing him. Be interested to see what his FIFA14 stats will be like.

  4. Mike says:

    Carl – why an advert for FIFA? WHether or not Pies writes about it, FIFA is an asburdly high-selling title. This is a blog for football fans, many of whom enjoy football video games, which for the overwhelming majority means FIFA (with apologies to PES, which I also enjoy – or did – until this year’s garbage title). Kind of makes sense that a football blog like pies would publish content that appeals to the significant number of football fans who like FIFA. Don’t be a hater.

  5. Techno Viking says:

    Terrible article is terrible.

  6. igor says:

    i cant find aleksandar mitrovic. where you have find him?
    btw. i play fifa on ps3

  7. Angry barriers says:

    Question for you techno Viking, why don’t you go fuck yourself you smarmy little cunt

  8. James says:

    Many of these potentials are horribly inaccurate.

  9. Josh says:

    @James, the rating system is flawed in that the “stated” potential is nothing like a guarantee. For example, I could buy Januzaj and not play him for 4 seasons and see absolutely 0 growth..theoretically.

    However, I currently have him in my second season of my Everton career mode, and he’s a 74 overall with the label “has the potential to be special” which means his potential is 90+. It’s all relative to playing time and form! Cheers for the article my friend.

  10. lol says:

    One small note to you: Dumb EA didn’t actually put Mitrovic in the game…

  11. Mile says:

    They didn’t put Mitrovic in the game because it was a late transfer as far as i recall but let me get back to why im writing this commentary , first of all if you need a quick , stable and good dribbler with an good shot power and accuracy you can easlie buy Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for 3.7Million in Euros.How?First you need to send them an Enquiry because if you offer them money first they will respond to you with an ”Unacceptable”message and ask for huge amount of money.Alex has an 77 starting overall rating which is super good for someone who is 19 years old.Only bad thing is you need to offer him high standard wage somewhere in the region of 170k-ish.But that should be good enough for someone that i could’ve easlie sold for 35Mill’s in the winter transfer window.Good luck lads

  12. Mitch says:

    Romelu lukaku has gone from a 77 to an 89 in 3 seasons with me which is worth noting his shot power becomes 95. His sprint speed 94. And has great finishing too

  13. Joe says:

    Liam Moore
    Leicester city
    CB/RB

    strong and fast is only 19
    great bargain

  14. JohnyBoy says:

    why the fuck isn’t Emile Heskey on this list, last year he went to 88 overall and was my black beast!!!!!!!

  15. Mikey says:

    Duricic sign him !!

  16. Gary says:

    Jurgen Locadia 19 year old striker from PSV. 6’3″ and solid on the ball. Bought him for just under £4mil but defo worth it as rated 73 to start with.

  17. jamie says:

    steerling liverpool

  18. Adam says:

    Max Clayton and Sam winall absolute beasts!! Oh and Luciano vietto from racing club

  19. Anonymous says:

    Vion from Porto only 19 bought him on fifa 14 at 65 overall and he went to 85 in 4 seasons and just sold him for 60 mil

  20. Yulyk says:

    Ake from chelsea are future star season 4 86,maybe 87-88 ,bashuayi from standard liege season 4 86 ,maybe 87-88,

  21. Finni7 says:

    Jonathan tah from hamburg phenomenal cb after 3 seasons he’s 79 rated cheap to sign first season

  22. Paul says:

    Lukaku (no not Romelu but his brother Jordan) from Anderlecht a LB gone from 63 to 74 in 1 season and still rising also Sandro Wieser from Hoffenheim is doinmg well for me as I take Crewe Alexandra into premier league.

  23. Anonymous says:

    wow

  24. Reece says:

    Mason Bennett and will Hughes derby county Bennett is 16 Hughes is 17 great prospects and jemal lescales Nottingham Forrest

  25. graeme says:

    Erik Durm – rb
    luke rowe – cb
    Jonathan tah – cb
    Cristiano biraghi – lb **Must**
    Fraser aird – lw **goalscorer**
    jody lukoki – rw *must*
    bakkali -rw **you would be an idiot not to sign him**

    all these players are fast growing and probably the best in the game

  26. liam says:

    Must get bakkali, bruma and lukaku. Parades is a good player at boca. Tom Carroll from spurs, got him to 80. Also eric dier from sporting lisbon.

  27. Luke says:

    I bought zouma for wolves. He’s now 86 rating in 2020 and have been offered 45 million. Do I sell????

  28. pak says:

    What about brazillian Lucas(RM)

  29. zander says:

    luke gatbutt from everton got him 90 he still only 24

  30. Anonymous says:

    Anyone get luke shaw up to a 90

  31. Matt says:

    Maybe players that cost so if you use takeover I highly recommend varane, get him for 12.5 on last day of transfer window, he is currently 90 at 23 for me, and Julian draxler, 91 at 22/23

  32. Volks says:

    Bright, future and cheap stars for a Wigan Athletic budget?? (Around 10 million pounds)

  33. Xris says:

    Try Adryan from Flamingo Brazil CAM and Elsharawy LW and Bakkali LW and Lukako ST -v errati CDM and Pogba CM(4 2 3 1)….you will Really terrorise even Mourinho PARKED Bus will be broken into pieces lol

  34. carl says:

    Zakaria bakkali is number 1 bring him!

  35. lc says:

    Gabriel from Santos start 64ovr,at the end 87-90

  36. Anonymous says:

    wat about isco

  37. ManUTDFan says:

    kittel is 90 on mine now 5 seasons in, alaba is 88, lucas 90, hazard 91, neymar 92, messi 95, stuuridge 90, gotze 92, stirling 88, bruma 89, pogba 89, gundogan 90 and a few more 88+ messi is 31 and only just gone down to 95 from 96

  38. Barcelona fan says:

    I got fierro from the MX league he is an 86 rn

  39. DIG says:

    lucas from psg 81 ovrl went to 92 in 3 seasons

  40. DIG says:

    lucas from psg 81 ovrl went to 92 in 3 season
    Neymar 84 to 90 in 6 months
    Gotze from 85 to 92 in 2 seasons
    Lewandowski to 94 in 3 seasons
    Mark bun 66 our I bought him at 1m$ and after a season he went to 90 and I sold him at 90m $

  41. money says:

    Bakkali – got to 87 in 2 seasons and sold to rmad for 127m $ and bought james rodriguez from monaco for 47m $

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