Squawka: Six Dutch wonderkids you have to sign on FIFA 17

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.

A nation that prides itself on its youth development is the Netherlands and on FIFA 17 there are loads of talented Dutch teenagers that you should look to sign right away.


While they are not major players in European football at present, the likes of Ajax, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord are renowned for the quality of their youth academies with teenage prospects progressing to the first team on an annual basis.

Other smaller clubs in the Eredivisie also have youth facilities that would put bigger clubs on the continent to shame too. Increasingly, clubs from Europe’s top five leagues are trying to sign players from Dutch clubs before they’ve even signed professional contracts – a testament to how highly regarded they are for nurturing and coaching youngsters.

Narrowing down the number of Dutch wonderkids you should sign on FIFA 17 was particularly challenging, but here are Squawka’s six best from the Netherlands.


Steven Bergwijn (PSV)

Current ability: 69

Potential ability: 84

The PSV Eindhoven winger originally started out at Dutch rivals Ajax before moving to Eindhoven in 2011. His senior career started in 2014 and since then, he has been hovering around the first team.

Having represented Netherlands from U17 to U21 level, Bergwijn is obviously rated by the national side, while he also regularly features for his club PSV, albeit primarily as a substitute.

Rated at just 69, the winger is still raw but has potential to grow into an established 84. Particularly nimble and balanced, Bergwijn possesses the gift to dribble with great control and as a little extra, he also has 4-star skill moves.

Abdelhak Nouri (Ajax)

Current ability: 72

Potential ability: 84

Like Bergwijn, Ajax’s Nouri is a regular representative of the Netherlands from U15 up to the U19. Less advanced in his career, Nouri still only has a handful of first team appearances.

Currently playing for ‘Jong Ajax’, the club’s reserve side, Nouri has been likened to the great Johan Cruyff – quite the praise.

As for FIFA, Nouri is primarily a CAM also able to play on the left flank. He has 4-star skill moves, agility in the 80s, a nice free kick with the curve to match and can grow into an 84.

The 5’6” attacking midfielder is technically gifted with a 4-star weak foot and with a base price of just €3.5m, he could be a snip.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Manchester United)

Current ability: 72

Potential ability: 87

Having broken into Manchester United’s first team last season, it is no real surprise that FIFA 17 has rewarded the 19-year-old with incredible potential.

If you watch Premier League football, of course, you’ll know who he is, but did you really know he can develop into a world class (87 rated) central defensive midfielder?

Perhaps it’s far-fetched, but the United youth product is a versatile, well-rounded and aggressive minded midfielder. The strong, agile Netherlands U21 international is a proficient tackler, interceptor and passer.

A really worthwhile investment available for well under £10m and versatile enough to play at either CDM, RB or CB. A manager’s dream.

Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax)

Current ability: 66

Potential ability: 85

Here’s one of those true gems that are hard to find with the game’s scouting system. After scoring on his debut for Ajax’s first team in one of the Dutch domestic cups, de Ligt has flirted with first team football but has been primarily used as part of Jong Ajax’s setup.

Plying his trade at centre back, the 17-year-old has been at Ajax for his whole youth career. Now, since scoring on debut and being promoted to the senior side, de Ligt is an exciting prospect for the club who pride themselves on developing the country’s finest.

Rated modestly at 66, de Ligt can astoundingly rise to an 85. Being so young, training is essential to work on attributes such as stamina, tackling and passing, but don’t let that stop you bidding for the youngster valued at just €1.1m.

Mitchell Van Bergen (Vitesse Arnhem)

Current ability: 63

Potential ability: 83

Like de Ligt, Van Bergen is a bit of an unknown entity even on FIFA. Rated at just 63, it’s easy for him to fly under the radar originally.

Another 17-year-old, Van Bergen is already a part of the Chelsea-influenced Vitesse Arnhem side in the Eredivisie. Primarily used as a substitute, he already has a few assists to his name and is another to have represented the Netherland’s junior sides.

As is becoming a recurring theme with these Dutch attackers, Van Bergen is especially rapid with equally good balance. As is the case with de Ligt, the winger is still very young and likewise, still ‘fresh’ in terms of his stats.

Work can be done on his crossing, finishing, passing and stamina if you really want to maximise his potential, but he’s certainly worth taking a gamble on.

Jairo Riedewald (Ajax)

Current ability: 75

Potential ability: 84

A slightly more accomplished youngster who has been capped for the national side three times. At just 20 years old, Riedewald has been playing first team football with Ajax’s senior team for a couple of seasons.

Currently kept out of the team by Lasse Schone, Davy Klaasen and Hakim Ziyech, it won’t be long before the multipurpose left-footer is a regular.

The youngster has the privilege of being Ajax’s youngest goalscorer on debut, a record previously held by the illustrious Marco Van Basten. After starting his career as a CB, Riedewald’s ability on the ball means he has seamlessly slotted into CDM when required.

The stats prove it too, with the Netherland’s senior international possessing passing stats in the mid-70s and tackling scores in the upper 70s. Even as a Dutch international, the ship-shape Riedewald is priced at just €4.9m.




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s