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FIFA 20: 11 hidden gems to sign on Career Mode

By Harry Edwards

Published: 14:30, 4 February 2020

People love to go against the grain when it comes to FIFA 20 signings.

Things are a bit too easy when you raid Europe’s biggest clubs for their talent and there’s no sense of accomplishment – apart from the obvious trophies they’ll help you win.

Instead, how good does it feel to sign players who are somewhat unknown and turn them into stars? Then, to have your knowledge furthered by said player joining a big club in real life.

‘Real Madrid sign unknown star… Nah mate, I’ve had him on FIFA 20 for ages!’

Obviously on top of the bragging opportunities, these unknown players can turn into serious players for your own FIFA 20 Career Mode teams whether you’re at a lower league club with limited finances or at a powerhouse giving yourself a challenge.

But in the world of social media and extensive football knowledge, what constitutes a hidden gem? For the purpose of our list, we’re ignoring players currently plying their trade in Spain, England, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal and Netherlands – where many FIFA 20 Career Mode managers might spend most of their time scouting.

So, which players should you be taking a look at?

Maarten Vandevoordt (Genk)

FIFA 20 Career Mode Hidden Gems: Maarten Vandevoordt can become an impressive goalkeeper if he fulfils his potential

Maarten Vandevoordt can become an impressive goalkeeper if he fulfils his potential

Position: Goalkeeper
Initial rating: 63
Potential rating: 83
Value: £800k

Starting with a goalkeeper, the options outside the bigger leagues and clubs aren’t great, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. One who could be of use is Maarten Vandevoordt of Genk.

The 17-year-old has been back up for Gaetan Coucke this season but did make headlines with a Champions League debut against Napoli – albeit for the wrong reasons as he had a night to forget. But FIFA 20 won’t be taking that into account. Instead they’ll be looking at his promise. Starting with an initial rating of 63, Vandevoordt can rise as high as 83 in Career Mode and is a solid signing if you catch him early.

Robert Gumny (Lech Poznan)

FIFA 20 Career Mode Hidden Gems: Robert Gumny will run up and down the pitch for you and is decent in both defence and attack.

Robert Gumny will run up and down the pitch for you and is decent in both defence and attack.

Position: Right-back
Initial rating: 70
Potential rating: 84
Value: £3.2m

You may remember Robert Gumny from our FIFA 20 full-back recommendations so it might be unsurprising to see the Polish full-back as one of our hidden gems.

The right-back starts FIFA 20 with an initial rating of 70 and bundles of pace and stamina, meaning he won’t tire from chasing wingers throughout a game. Gumny’s tackling stats aren’t too bad either and they will only grow if he reaches his maximum potential of 84.

Zinho Vanheusden (Standard Liege)

FIFA 20 Career Mode Hidden Gems: Zinho Vanheusden is not someone to overlook

Zinho Vanheusden is not someone to overlook on FIFA 20

Position: Centre-back
Initial rating: 74
Potential rating: 85
Value: £9m

Returning to Belgium, Standard Liege are hiding a solid centre-back from the rest of the world in Zinho Vanheusden.

The 74-rated Belgian is not someone to overlook with 75 defending and 71 physicality at the start of FIFA 20. These are broken down to include good standing (76) and sliding (75) tackles that will only improve when he reaches his overall potential of 85.

Nehuen Perez (Famalicao)

FIFA 20 Career Mode Hidden Gems: Nehuen Perez will prove tough for attackers to beat

Nehuen Perez will prove tough for attackers to beat

Position: Centre-back
Initial rating: 73
Potential rating: 84
Value: £5.5m

Argentina is a wonderful place to visit on your FIFA 20 Career Mode journey given that the nation’s players are full of potential. Our first trip for hidden gems leads us to centre-back Nehuen Perez.

The 19-year-old is already a good defender at the start of FIFA 20 boasting an overall rating of 73. His standing (77) and slide (75) tackles are, like Vanheusden, impressive and his reactions (75) will also ensure he is tough to beat. But, again, the selling point is his potential overall of 84 which may not be impressive for some but considering his value and the worth he could be to the lower clubs, Perez is definitely a gem.

Ayrton (Spartak Moscow)

FIFA 20 Career Mode Hidden Gems: If you like attacking full-backs go for Ayrton

If you like attacking full-backs go for Ayrton…

Position: Left-back
Initial rating: 73
Potential rating: 84
Value: £5.5m

If you like attacking full-backs but don’t want to shell out on them, can we tempt you with Ayrton?

The Brazilian left-back is currently plying his trade in Russia with Spartak Moscow, keeping his pace (84) out of plain sight but that’s not a problem. The 73-rated man combines his pace with decent crossing (71) and dribbling (77) and won’t tire as his stamina is 89, making him capable of attacking throughout. Then, there’s his potential to rise to 84 overall. What’s not to like?

Nicolas Dominguez (Velez Sarsfield)

FIFA 20 Career Mode Hidden Gems: Nicolas Dominguez can become one of the best central midfielders

Nicolas Dominguez can become one of the best central midfielders in FIFA 20 Career Mode

Position: Central midfielder
Initial rating: 76
Potential rating: 88
Value: £12m

We may be bending the rules slightly here, as Nicolas Dominguez is on loan from Bologna, but he starts FIFA 20 with Velez Sarsfield in Argentina as of the most recent update. Take care not to confuse Dominguez with Independiente’s Nicolas Domingo, however, as there’s a big difference. Domingo is an ageing defensive midfielder while Dominguez can become one of the best central midfielders in FIFA 20 Career Mode.

With an initial overall rating of 76, Dominguez is a pretty handy player already with decent stats across the board. The highlights include 93 stamina that makes him perfect as a midfield runner or, combined with 79 standing tackle, a N’Golo Kante-esque man putting out fires. That doesn’t mean he cannot attack, with shorting passing of 80 and long passing at 76, plus a four-star weak foot. If that isn’t enough, his potential overall is 88.

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Cristian Ferreira (Nunez)

FIFA 20 Career Mode Hidden Gems: Cristian Ferreira is full of potential to become a great midfielder

Cristian Ferreira is full of potential to become a great midfielder

Position: Central midfielder
Initial rating: 71
Potential rating: 87
Value: £4.5m

FIFA 20 players may be used to Nunez by now but for those who may be confused about this obscure Argentinian team, it’s River Plate – like Juventus, EA Sports don’t have the licence for the Copa Libertadores runners-up.

But they do still have River’s players and in particular Cristian Ferreira. The teenager kicks off FIFA 20 with an initial rating of 71.  Composed of 73 passing and 74 dribbling, make him an immediate danger to defences. These will only improve if he reaches his overall of 87, becoming one of the better midfielders in Career Mode.

Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen)

FIFA 20 Career Mode Hidden Gems: Lewis Ferguson can become a tidy midfielder

Lewis Ferguson can become a tidy midfielder

Position: Central midfielder
Initial rating: 69
Potential rating: 84
Value: £2m

Returning to Europe, let’s not forget the Scottish Premiership can be home to a few hidden gems – one of those potentially being Lewis Ferguson.

The Scot is initially rated 69 but is decent in both defence and attack with 63 standing tackling and 73 short passing his key stats. And with an overall potential rating of 84, the midfielder can be a solid addition to any team if you get him early.

Jeremy Doku (Anderlecht)

FIFA 20 Career Mode Hidden Gems: Anderlecht's Jeremy Doku may be one of the best young wingers in FIFA 20, blessed with pace and potential.

Anderlecht’s Jeremy Doku may be one of the best young wingers in FIFA 20, blessed with pace and potential

Position: Winger
Initial rating: 66
Potential rating: 86
Value: £1.1m

Anderlecht may be known as one of the best talent factories in Europe, but that doesn’t mean everyone goes there in FIFA 20. Well they should, for Jeremy Doku.

The 17-year-old has an initial rating of 66 but already boasts 88 pace and 87 balance, meaning opponents will have a tough time getting the ball off him. Despite his small 5’7″ frame, Doku is rated 88 for jumping to add some aerial threat. But, as with everyone on this list, the key selling point is Doku’s potential at 86 – turning him into one of the upper class wingers.

Julian Alvarez (Nunez)

FIFA 20 Career Mode Hidden Gems: Julian Alvarez can become one of the best strikers from outside the big leagues

Julian Alvarez can become one of the best strikers from outside the big leagues

Position: Striker
Initial rating: 68
Potential rating: 86
Value: £2m

Back to Nunez we go for our striker, Julian Alvarez who needs a bit of work but with faith can become great.

The teenager starts FIFA 20 Career Mode with an overall rating of 68 and his finishing (69) may be a put off for those wanting a proven goalscorer straight off the bat. But there are early signs of a star player with 72 ball control and 80 balance just a few of his more favourable stats. These will increase, as always, when Alvarez reaches his potential overall of 86 – becoming one of best strikers from outside the big leagues in FIFA 20 Career Mode.

Pedro de la Vega (Lanus)

FIFA 20 Career Mode Hidden Gems: Pedro de la Vega can become one of the best wingers in the game, rising to 88 overall.

Pedro de la Vega can become one of the best wingers in the game, rising to 88 overall

Position: Winger
Initial rating: 70
Potential rating: 88
Value: £3.3m

FIFA 20 is a good year for the Argentinian league and their players, with so many gems hidden in South America. Arguably the best is Pedro de la Vega, also who made our FIFA 20 winger recommendations.

The teenager kicks off FIFA 20 with an initial rating of 70 so will already be capable of cutting it sporadically at higher levels. His pace (86) and dribbling (77) will be vital to your wide play especially as he is capable of playing on either wing. And these will only get better as he reaches his potential overall of 88, becoming one of the best wingers in FIFA 20 Career Mode.