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

By Harry Edwards

Published: 18:35, 20 January 2021

FIFA 21 has been out for a while now, but every day there are new players, especially as fans start to get their hold on next gen consoles (we’re looking at you Sony).

Already, players have had their fill of Ultimate Team, Online head-to-had and Pro Clubs, but there are still a large number who get their enjoyment from 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 has been 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 roster currently in the game (as of the most-recent update) and broken down the top 10 Premier League players with the highest growth potential in Career Mode, excluding those out on loan.

10. Jayden Braaf (Man City)

Initial rating: 63
Potential rating: 84
Growth rate: +21

A lot has been said about Jayden Braaf in recent weeks, with the Dutch winger’s Man City future placed into doubt amid reports of a willingness to sell. Joining from PSV in 2018, Braaf is yet to make a first-team appearance, but has played in the EFL Trophy this season. Braaf himself appears to want to stay in Manchester and, on FIFA 21, he as a good ceiling for growth, able to reach 84 from a starting overall of 63.

9. Liam Delap (Man City)

Initial rating: 63
Potential rating: 84
Growth rate: +21

Son of former Southampton and Stoke defender (and long-throw extraordinaire) Rory, Liam Delap is one of the brightest sparks coming out of Manchester City’s academy right now. The 17-year-old striker has already made his first-team debut, and scored for Pep Guardiola’s side in their 2-1 League Cup win over Bournemouth. He was also key to Man City winning the FA Youth Cup, terrorising Chelsea’s defence in the final.

8. Ki-Jana Hoever (Wolves)

Initial rating: 63
Potential rating: 84
Growth rate: +21

Ki-Jana Hoever was previously tipped to shine at Liverpool but the opportunities never materialised, and he is now at Wolverhampton Wanderers, signing permanently in the summer. So far the right-back has made just five appearances for Wolves, however, he has been on the bench in all but three of their matches. Although playing time has not come at Molineux, Hoever remains highly thought-of and that has been reflected in FIFA 21.

7. Billy Koumetio (Liverpool)

Initial rating: 57
Potential rating: 79
Growth rate: +22

In Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Midtyjlland in their final Champions League group stage game, Jurgen Klopp gave young centre-back Billy Koumetio on for 45 minutes, replacing Fabinho at the heart of their defence. The moment he stepped on the pitch, Koumetio became Liverpool’s youngest ever Champions League player (aged 12 years and 25 days), just 19 months on from being a ballboy in their famous 4-0 win over Barcelona.

“They will and especially if we let them make the experience without now making this one game too big,” Klopp said of Koumetio and Leighton Clarkson making their debuts.

“It’s a wonderful, wonderful thing to have your first Champions League game but a career is all about how many you will have or how many games overall you will play. So both boys have a lot to learn. They are already really skilled but they have a lot to learn and we will give them the time to do so.

“Again, tonight they helped us a lot because we could rest other players which was very important and there was actually no alternative. So yeah, I’m pretty sure it was a big night for both of them and I am really thankful that they are already as good as they are.

“That’s the reason why we can use them, but I know there is a lot more to come.”

6. Fabio Carvalho (Fulham)

Initial rating: 58
Potential rating: 80
Growth rate: +22

Over the years Fulham have been quietly creating a name for themselves as producers of gems, and one of the brightest of their current bunch is Fabio Carvalho. The 18-year-old has already made his first-team debut, coming off the bench in Fulham’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United in the League Cup, playing 12 minutes. But he has been shining brightest in the Premier League 2, with eight goals in eight games including a hat-trick against Crystal Palace at the start of December.

5. Christian Marques (Wolves)

Initial rating: 58
Potential rating: 80
Growth rate: +22

Christian Marques is just 18 but he has already captained Wolves’ U23 side in Premier League 2 Division 2, staring all but three of their 12 games so far. A centre-back, the Swiss-born Portugal U20 international has helped his side to keep three clean sheets so far as they sit second in the table, eight points behind leaders Leeds.

4. Elliot Anderson (Newcastle)

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

Eliott Anderson made his Premier League debut for Newcastle in their 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in January, coming on for the final three minutes. It wasn’t the first time the 18-year-old had been on the bench for the Magpies, being an unused substitute four times in league and cup, while also making his first-team debut in the FA Cup against Arsenal.

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 and the Europa League this campaign, though looks set to be a key member of the development squad. Translating his ability over to FIFA 21, the former England U17 international can rise to 83 in-game.

2. Joe White (Newcastle United)

Initial rating: 57
Potential rating: 80
Growth rate: +23

Another Newcastle midfielder tipped to grow (according to his FIFA 21 potential) is Joe White. The 18-year-old does not have too much recorded game time, having only recently move up to the U18s squad, but he did recently make his Premier League 2 debut, and could feature for the U23s as the season progresses. One definitely for the future at St James’ Park.

1. Rico Richards (West Brom)

Initial rating: 54
Potential rating: 80
Growth rate: +26

Despite only recently turning 17, Rico Richards is already an frequent member of West Brom’s Premier League 2 squad, making his almost a year ago as a 16-year-old. This season, the midfielder has played six times in Premier League 2 so far, and was on the bench recently in the FA Cup. His performances at youth level have already seen Richards linked with a move away to the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool.


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