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FIFA 21: The Premier League players with the highest growth potential

By Harry Edwards

FIFA 21 Premier League highest potential growth

Published: 20:05, 3 October 2020

The full release of FIFA 21 is just days away, with some already getting their hands on the newest edition, and excitement is high.

As part of their build up to the release, EA Sports drip-fed fans with various ratings and attribute reveals. There were no real surprises at the top of the ratings list with Lionel Messi coming out on top ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski in third.

As the days have gone by, EA have released the top 10 players in each position, the fastest stars, the strongest, the five-star skillers and much more.

But one thing that has caught our eye is the players who have the highest potential growth in FIFA 21 Career Mode.

While Ultimate Team allows you to build squads with the very best, Career Mode is more about thinking long-term, potentially nurturing players from a young age to be stars in your save.

The Premier League is blessed with a number of highly-rated youngsters, but in FIFA 21 who is tipped to grow the most? In other words, whose potential rating is that much higher than their initial overall? We’ve taken a look at the stats officially released so far and broken down the top 10 Premier League players with the highest growth potential in Career Mode, excluding those already out on loan.

10. Curtis Jones (Liverpool)

FIFA 21 Premier League highest potential growth: Curtis Jones

Initial rating: 64
Potential rating: 84
Growth rate: +20

Kicking off the list is Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones, who was perhaps the most impressive youngsters in the Reds’ ranks last season with regards to impact on the team. The 19-year-old scored three goals in 12 games including the winner in the FA Cup third round against Everton, immediately playing himself into the hearts of Liverpool fans. He has also already made four appearances this season, with two starts in the Carabao Cup.

9. Harvey Elliott (Liverpool)

FIFA 21 Premier League highest potential growth: Harvey Elliott

Initial rating: 65
Potential rating: 85
Growth rate: +20

When Liverpool signed Harvey Elliott from Fulham last summer, the Englishman was already one of the most highly-rated youngsters in the Premier League. But not even he could’ve expected to end the season as the youngest player in Premier League history to receive a winners’ medal, rewarded by Jurgen Klopp having not reached the five-game minimum threshold to guarantee one. Despite that, and a Carabao Cup appearance, Elliott remains with the Reds’ U23s squad but has a lot of potential on FIFA 21.

8. Harvey White (Tottenham Hotspur)

FIFA 21 Premier League highest potential growth: Harvey White

Initial rating: 60
Potential rating: 81
Growth rate: +21

Although Harvey White is yet to make his first-team debut for Tottenham Hotspur, the 19-year-old was seen on the bench three times for Jose Mourinho’s men towards the end of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign. There are clearly high hopes for the midfielder, who can also play in defence, with EA Sports backing him to rise by 21 in FIFA 21 Career Mode if grown properly.

7. Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa)

FIFA 21 Premier League highest potential growth: Indiana Vassilev

Initial rating: 61
Potential rating: 82
Growth rate: +21

This one won’t last for too long, as he has recently been sent on loan to Burton Albion, but for now Aston Villa’s Indiana Vassilev is one of the highest growing Premier League stars. The 19-year-old American winger made his Aston Villa first-team debut last season in the FA Cup against Fulham and went on to play seven games across all competitions including four in the Premier League.

6. J’Neil Bennett (Tottenham Hotspur)

FIFA 21 Premier League highest potential growth: J'Neil Bennett

Initial rating: 61
Potential rating: 82
Growth rate: +21

The second of four Tottenham players on the list, J’Neil Bennett is not someone many non-Spurs fans will be aware of, as he is yet to make a first-team appearance. But the 18-year-old winger is highly rated, making his U18 Premier League debut just before his 16th birthday and already playing two games for the development side in 2020/21.

5. Luke Matheson (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

FIFA 21 Premier League highest potential growth: Luke Matheson

Initial rating: 61
Potential rating: 82
Growth rate: +21

Moving to someone pretty much everyone knows, Luke Matheson made headlines when playing for Rochdale last season, recording an assist as they took Manchester United to penalties in the Carabao Cup while still studying for his A-Levels. Now 17, the right-back is at Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers, having joined in January 2020 but remained at Rochdale on loan until the end of the 2019/20 campaign. His potential growth is rightly high on FIFA, having the ability to rise by 21.

4. Tommy Doyle (Manchester City)

FIFA 21 Premier League highest potential growth: Tommy Doyle

Initial rating: 60
Potential rating: 82
Growth rate: +22

Not the young Man City midfielder many may have expected to be on the list, but Tommy Doyle is full of potential both on and off the pitch. The 18-year-old made three appearances for Man City’s first team last season, including a start in the Carabao Cup against Southampton. The 18-year-old, whose granddads are City legends Mike Doyle (570 appearances) and Glyn Pardoe (club’s youngest ever debutant), recently signed a new five-year deal with the Citizens.

3. Dennis Cirkin (Tottenham Hotspur)

FIFA 21 Premier League highest potential growth: Dennis Cirkin

Initial rating: 61
Potential rating: 83
Growth rate: +22

Although Dennis Cirkin has not made his official first-team debut for Tottenham, the left-back featured quite heavily in their pre-season ahead of the 2020/21 campaign. He was also on the bench in the Premier League and FA Cup last season, but looks set to be a key member of the development squad for the upcoming campaign. Translating his ability over to FIFA 21, the former England U17 international can rise to 83 in-game.

2. Jarrad Branthwaite (Everton)

FIFA 21 Premier League highest potential growth: Jarrad Branthwaite

Initial rating: 59
Potential rating: 82
Growth rate: +23

The first of two Premier League youngsters set to grow by 23 on FIFA 21, centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite spent the first half of last season at boyhood club Carlisle United but joined Everton to play a role in their run-in. The 18-year-old featured in each of Everton’s final four Premier League games, including two starts, one of which brought a clean sheet in victory against Sheffield United. Unfortunately his role in the team for 2020/21 has been hindered by injury, but on FIFA 21 that won’t be a problem.

1. Malachi Fagan-Walcott (Tottenham Hotspur)

FIFA 21 Premier League highest potential growth: Malachi Fagan-Walcott

Initial rating: 60
Potential rating: 83
Growth rate: +23

Joining Branthwaite with a potential growth of 23 is Tottenham centre-back Malachi Fagan-Walcott. The 18-year-old spent the entirety of 2019/20 with Tottenham’s youth set up, except for one game. Fagan-Walcott made his first-team debut in the Champions League last-16 against RB Leipzig, with Mourinho bringing the teenager on in the dying moments, handing him a moment he won’t forget.