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The Premier League players with the highest growth potential on FIFA 20

By Ben Green

Published: 15:30, 6 November 2019

It’s now been just over a month since FIFA 20’s official release and the frenzy is still very much at fever pitch.

By now fans would have had plenty of time to browse and sample the latest features, including the much-anticipated Volta game mode, as well as trying to obtain the latest batch of ICON Cards in Ultimate Team.

However, for some purists, the more traditional game modes will always be considered the crème de la crème of the FIFA franchise, so step aside Pro Clubs, or any other online feature for that matter, as career mode is where it’s at – especially now as EA Sports bring in the fixes.

The managerial simulation remains one of the most prominent game modes in the series, surviving the online boom, and proudly taking its position on the FIFA home-screen.

For some, the chance to assemble a squad based on your own ideas of how football should be played is what gives FIFA its charm. A few users take the chequebook managerial approach and flash the cash, while others prefer to unearth a hidden gem and develop him into a world-beater.

Should the latter take your fancy, then we have you covered. Here are the top 10 Premier League players with the highest growth potential on FIFA 20.

10. Adam Idah (Norwich City)

Current rating: 63

Potential rating: 84

Growth rate: +21

We start with a young star from recently-promoted Norwich City. Adam Idah made his first-team debut in the League Cup earlier in the season and has appeared on the bench in the Premier League three times so far. Tipped as one for the future, if you can prise the talented tyro away from the Canaries, then you may be able to develop him into a solid Premier League player as he can rise up to an 84-rated forward.

9. Troy Parrott (Tottenham Hotspur) 

Current rating: 64

Potential rating: 85

Growth rate: +21

Parrott, like Jones, has already appeared for the first-team this term, though unlike his Liverpool counterpart, the 17-year-old Dublin-born marksman failed to leave his mark as the Lilywhites went crashing out of the League Cup to Colchester. That said, Parrott has bags of potential and is already being earmarked as a future Spurs star, so move now before Mauricio Pochettino starts utilising the youngster more often.

8. Ian Maatsen (Chelsea)

Current rating: 58

Potential rating: 80

Growth rate: +22

No stranger to affording young talent valuable minutes, Frank Lampard has already gifted 17-year-old Maatsen a first-team appearance, again in the League Cup, as Chelsea humbled Grimbsy Town 7-1. The Dutch youth international also played a key role as the Blues reached the UEFA Youth League final last season and could grow a sizeable 22 levels on FIFA 20 if mentored accordingly.

7. Jack Wakely (Chelsea) 

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Current rating: 59

Potential rating: 81

Growth rate: +22

The second Chelsea player in a row, but it should come as comfort to these youngsters that Lampard – a manager who prides himself on youth development – is at the helm. The two-footed centre-back joined the Stamford Bridge academy at Under-9 level and has the capabilities of rising to an 81 in FIFA 20.

6. Billy Gilmour (Chelsea)

Current rating: 62

Potential rating: 84

Growth rate: +22

There are big things expected of Gilmour in west London, and Lampard is a huge fan, already giving the Scotland Under-21 international three appearances, while also rejecting the youngster’s request to seek out a loan move as he wants him in and around the first-team. Touted as Scotland’s next big star, the precocious Blue could develop into an 84-rated midfielder on FIFA 20.

5. Austin Samuels (Wolves)

Current rating: 54

Potential rating: 77

Growth rate: +23

The first – and last – non ‘Big Six’ player on this list, 18-year-old Samuels is considered by some the most promising attacking player to emerge from Molineux since Robbie Keane over two decades ago. If he can follow in the footsteps of the Republic of Ireland legend then he will have quite the career.

4. Taylor Harwood-Bellis (Man City)

Current rating: 60

Potential rating: 83

Growth rate: +23

The 17-year-old 6 ft 2 in centre-back has already caught the eye of Pep Guardiola, who handed him a debut start against Preston in the League Cup. He repaid the Catalonian’s faith by keeping a clean sheet and looks an elite-level defender in the making.

3. Ki-Jana Hoever (Liverpool)

Current rating: 62

Potential rating: 85

Growth rate: +23

The one many are backing to make the grade at Anfield, Hoever is currently representing the Netherlands at the FIFA U-17 World Cup by the Netherlands after making significant noise earlier this season with his first Liverpool goal in the 2-0 win over MK Dons. Klopp has previously described the teenager as “sensational” in a glowing appraisal of his pre-season: “You forget so quickly these boys are so young. He’s still 17, it’s just crazy.”

2. Tino Anjorin (Chelsea)

Current rating: 58

Potential rating: 82

Growth rate: +24

Another who found themselves featuring in the League Cup earlier this season, Anjorin is a 17-year-old England Under-19 international who was a part of Jody Morris’ Under-18 side who clinched an unprecedented quadruple. It will certainly work in Anjorin’s favour that Morris is now deputy in the Stamford Bridge dugout, but if you can snatch him from under Lampard’s nose, then he could progress by a quite ridiculous 24 levels in FIFA.

1. Gavin Bazunu (Man City)

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Current rating: 59

Potential rating: 84

Growth rate: +25

Man City parted with £500,000 to sign Bazunu from Shamrock Rovers, which may not seem a lot considering the amount Sheikh Mansour has pumped into the club, but it actually broke the record for the highest transfer fee received for a League of Ireland player. At 17, Bazunu has already featured at Ireland Under-21 level and could rise a whopping 25 levels in FIFA 20.

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