The key to conquering Career Mode on FIFA 17 is to identify and then sign young players with immense potential before their promising performances attract the attentions of your rivals.
And if you’re on the lookout for the next big wonderkid, a good place to begin your search is France’s top tier, Ligue 1, which is a serious breeding ground for up-and-coming starlets.
French clubs generally have less money to spend on players meaning a greater emphasis is placed on developing youngsters from within. Consequently, young players usually have a greater chance of playing regular football in France than may be the case elsewhere.
So with that in mind, here are six French wonderkids who should immediately be placed on your FIFA 17 shortlist.
Current rating: 71
Potential rating: 87
The French winger made his AS Monaco debut at the age of 16 against Caen. Now aged 18, Mbappe is hovering around Monaco’s dazzling first team of young Frenchmen. Already with a hat-trick to his name, the winger is destined for brilliance.
Starting the game at 17, Mbappe is available on loan and is the perfect option for a two-year loan or cheap permanent transfer. His potential is 87 and he particularly excels in all the attributes you’d associated with an exciting winger: acceleration, sprint speed and dribbling.
Current rating: 73
Potential rating: 85
In the real (non-virtual) world, Tousart is showing signs of breaking into Lyon’s first team. At the end of December, he played two full games in victories over Monaco and Angers.
Back in the world of FIFA, though, Tousart has the potential to reach the heights of 85. An industrious central defensive midfielder, he shines particularly in physical and defensive attributes.
At just 19 years old, he can turn into your reliable version of Sergio Busquets or Casemiro. Yes, and that isn’t an overstatement.
Current rating: 71
Potential rating: 86
Yet another winger with the potential to go on. Rated at 71, Saint Maximin is unfortunately already on loan at SC Bastia, again, from AS Monaco.
Once he returns to Monaco, he should still be available at an affordable price where you can develop him and reach his 86 potential. Particularly skilful and agile, Saint-Maximin is a different type of winger to Mbappe.
His potential is less, but his four-star weak foot and skill moves make him a preferable option if you favour intricate football over raw pace. Mind you, he is still very quick.
Current rating: 72
Potential rating: 84
Monaco’s 21-year-old forward has already accrued some first-team football in France. Before joining Les Rouges et Blancs, Jean had a decent season with Troyes in the 2014-15 season, scoring 10 goals.
Starting at 20 years old, Jean has potential to reach 84 and is particularly quick and sprightly, but his inability to finish a game with healthy stamina bars can be maddening. With the ability to play on the flanks or as a striker, he is a worthwhile player to develop for under £10m.
Current rating: 77
Potential rating: 89
It’s easy for young goalkeepers to go unnoticed, what with the remarkable emergence of AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma, but the 17-year-old has cemented his place in Toulouse’s goal after impressing last season.
Having already established himself as a No.1, he doesn’t come cheap and may cost you something near to the equivalent of £10-15m. He, as it stands, is the youngest ever goalkeeper in Ligue 1. As a goalkeeper, he is mid-70s across the board but can develop into an 89.
Available on Squawka BALL CTRL Gaming news: http://www.squawka.com/news/six-french-wonderkids-you-need-to-sign-on-fifa-17/876571