FIFA 19 was released slightly more than a week ago and like fellow managers, we can’t wait to get our hands on it and assemble a formidable squad. However, one of the challenges we are likely to face is the high wages and transfer fees it would cost us to sign some of the best talents in the game. The good news though is that we can turn to promising young players who now are valued lowly but they are highly likely to significantly improve in the course of our seasons managing in the game.
What is a FIFA 19 Hidden Gem?
A young hidden gem in FIFA 19 Career Mode is a player that has significant potential and is likely to be quite affordable. They often have low transfer fees and demand relatively low wages. Their attributes are likely to develop as they get more game time as you progress through a number of seasons. In this list, we have focused on those hidden gems aged below 21 years and with a maximum overall rating of 68 now but with a potential of having an overall rating of more than 83.
The best way to develop these young hidden gems…
Besides, you can easily develop the attributes of these hidden gems in no time. A considerable number of people have often struggled to develop their hidden gems across the various versions of FIFA so here are a few tips on how you can develop the hidden gems in FIFA 19.
A) Give the hidden gems more game time.
One way to develop your hidden gems is giving them game time in your senior squad. If you opt to try this then in a number of seasons these gems are likely to reach close to their overall potential rating which is higher than 83. The obvious concern for any manager would be whether these young players can compromise on the strength of their teams. However, if you give one or two of these hidden gems particularly those having an overall rating of 60+ a chance to either to play from the start and substitute them or give them cameo appearances in every match, chances are high they will reach their overall potential in no time without your career as a manager taking a hit. Furthermore, their match performance is likely to impact on their development. If they struggle then their development will be rather slow but if they shine then they will develop faster. If your team is struggling, you may want to try the other development options with these gems available at your disposal.
Allowing the young players to go out on loans can be another alternative to get them more game time. You can allow these gems to go out on a loan and once the loan expires, you can evaluate and see whether to allow them to go out again or remain at the club. The only challenge with this though is that it might be a little difficult to get the players to leave as most reject loans in this version. There is a high likelihood that you will have to try several loans options before they eventually decide to go out on loan. Another trick for developing them could be allowing them to go out on loan but recalling them prior to the loan expires. I have tried this trick in previous versions of the game and the young players have developed when I recalled them. The only catch though is that the players have to have the ‘Has potential to be special’ description before being recalled.
Training can be another way to develop the hidden gems in FIFA 19. You can train the young players the same way you train the senior players. However, any career mode enthusiast should know you have to strike a balance of the training level. Train the hidden gems too much and their technical ability will improve at the expense of their physical attributes. 2 slots a week for one of these hidden gems can result in overall development within a short period of time. You should try to simulate these training drills for maximum benefit unless you are quite confident in handling them yourself.
If you are a bit jaded then we are on to the list now. Here are 15 hidden gems worth having in your team when in career mode in FIFA 19. I have tried to analyze it position by position so you can get a viable option if you are need of players for certain positions.
- Mile Svilar – GK ( 19 years).
Overall Potential Positions Growth 67 85 GK 18
With the likes of Gianluigi Donnarumma being rated so highly and priced beyond most FIFA 19 managers, getting a good young goalkeeper who has tremendous potential can be a Herculean task for most of your scouts. The good news though is that this hidden gem can offer you cover and a viable option if you are looking to bring in an affordable goalkeeper with a promising future in the game. Mile Svilar plays for Benfica in the game and has an overall rating of 67. He strongest attributes are his diving rated 71 and reflexes rated 70. He is likely to cost you less than $5 million and he will not take a significant raise from his current weekly wage of $1,000. Mile can be a great signing for you once he reaches his overall potential of 85 as you progress in your career.
- Christian Fruchtl – GK ( 18 years).
Overall Potential Positions Growth 65 86 GK 21
There has been a lot of talk about Fruchtl being a potential heir to Manuel Neuer at Bayern Munich. This only attests to his promising potential even at a very young age. Consequently, he has a fairly good overall rating of 65 in FIFA 19. Managers can prise him away from Bayern Munich for only $2.5 million and his promising future can only be an asset for fellow career mode enthusiasts. Furthermore, you will not have to pay him significant wages as he currently earns around $6,500 per week. Some of his strongest attributes are he has a rating of 68 for reflexes, a 66 for GK kicking and a 68 for GK diving. Fruchtl can be a great asset for managers once he reaches close to his overall potential of 86 in a few seasons.
- Ethan Ampadu – CB ( 18 years).
Overall Potential Positions Growth 65 86 CB, CDM 21
Ethan Ampadu is being talked of as being a future key player at Chelsea. The Wales international who plays for Chelsea is one of the hidden gems in FIFA 19. He has an overall rating of 63. Ampadu is valued at around $1.3 million and has a release clause of approximately $3.5. The promising center back can be a great signing if you are struggling to keep a solid back line. His greatest attribute in the game is his short passing where he has a rating of 70. He is currently on a weekly wage of around $9,200 hence his wages once signed will be affordable to a considerable number of teams. Ampadu has an average potential rating of 86 hence he can only get better with time. Moreover, you can play him as a defensive midfielder though his preferred position is being played at center back.
- Nicolas Cozza – CB ( 19 years).
Overall Potential Positions Growth 68 84 CB, LWB 16
For those seeking defensive signings in the game, quite a few come as good as Nicolas Cozza. The left-footed center back who currently plays for Montpellier HSC can be a quality affordable signing for most managers. He currently has an overall rating of 68. Signing him is likely to cost you around $5 million and since he takes home a weekly wage of around $4,500, he can be an affordable signing for most managers. Some of his strongest ratings are a 79 for acceleration, a 75 for balance, a 73 for sprint speed and a 74 for jumping. Cozza can be a great asset as he develops and gets to his potential overall rating of 84.
- Gian – Luca Itter – LB ( 19 years).
Overall Potential Positions Growth 67 85 LB 18
Itter is German left back who currently plays for Vfl Wolfsburg in FIFA 19. He currently has an overall rating of 68 which, given his young age, is good for a left back in the game. It would cost manager around $3.5 million to sign him and even a slight wage increase from his approximately $5,000 per week can be a shrewd business for any manager in the career mode of the game. His strongest attributes are 68 for crossing, 69 for shot passing, 70 for dribbling and acceleration, 68 for ball control and sprint speed and, finally, 67 for marking. Itter can be a star for your team especially when he approaches his overall potential rating of 85.
- Alec Georgen – RB ( 20 years).
Overall Potential Positions Growth 64 81 RB 17
The young PSG right back is one of the most promising right backs in the game. He has an overall rating of 64 but he is likely to develop and reach his potential overall rating of 81 in a very short period of time. Managers would have to part with around $2.5 million and offer a slight increase from his salary of around $5,000 per week. His best attributes ratings are 81 for balance, 75 for both sprint speed and acceleration, 76 for agility and a 70 for crossing. Pricing him away from PSG at a rather affordable price and his tremendous potential can be a joy for any manager in the game.
- Abdoulaye Dabo – CM ( 17 years).
Overall Potential Positions Growth 63 87 LM, CM 24
A lot has been said about the potential of Abdoulaye Dabo, the young French midfielder who plus his trade at Nantes. One thing that a majority of the pundits agree on is that he is the future of the French national team. EA SPORTS agree with this assessment and, subsequently, they have given him an overall rating of 63 but his overall potential rating is a magnificent 87. Dabo has good ratings particularly in acceleration, short passing and ball control where he has a 69 in each of them, a 67 in long passing and a 65 in both sprint speed and standing tackle. He is likely to cost managers around $2.5 million and given he currently takes home around $2,500 per week, he can be an affordable and strategic signing for managers.
- Sandro Tonali – CDM ( 18 years).
Overall Potential Positions Growth 67 88 CDM, CM 21
The tenacious defensive midfielder has been touted as a future star of the Italian national team. He currently plays for Brescia in Seria B and is a hidden gem in FIFA 19. He currently has an overall rating of 67. Managers would need around $4 million to sign him and since he is on weekly wages of approximately $1,000 at Brescia, he can be affordable for most teams. Some of his strongest ratings are 72 for both short and long passing, 71 for ball control and strength, 73 for balance, 64 for standing tackles and 70 for stamina. With an overall potential rating of 88, he can develop to be a key player in your management career.
- Sergio Gomez – CM ( 18 years).
Overall Potential Positions Growth 68 87 CAM, CM 19
Sergio Gomez came through the youth system at Barcelona and his impressionable displays at the youth teams at the club have earned him a move to Borussia Dortmund and several caps in the national Spanish youth teams. He has an overall rating of 68 but his overall potential rating of 87 is something managers in career mode can look forward to as he develops in their teams. Some of his strongest attributes ratings are 84 for balance, 75 for short passes, 74 for dribbling and 82 for reactions. He would be worth around $4 million and given he currently earns around $13,000 per week, he can be an affordable signing with huge potential for most managers.
- Alexis Claude – Maurice – CAM/ LW ( 20 years).
Overall Potential Positions Growth 66 82 CAM, LW 16
The young left-footed French player currently plays for Lorient and has had relatively good early days to his career playing for their senior side. He as rose through the club’s system since 2014 and he has already made his senior debut. He has featured for them 27 times hitting the net six times in those games. Similarly, he is a hidden gem for managers in FIFA 19. He has an overall rating of 66 but he is likely to develop in a short period and reach his overall potential rating of 82 in no time. He is currently has a minimum fee release clause of around $3 million and he is on a weekly wage of approximately $2,000. Some of his greatest attribute ratings are 86 for sprint speed and 87 for acceleration. He can be a valuable asset for managers as he develops towards his potential in the game.
- Angel Gomes – CAM/ LW ( 18 years).
Overall Potential Positions Growth 66 87 CAM, LW 21
Angel Homes is the youngest player to be featured in a senior Manchester United game in more than half a century. He has earned several accolades both individually and as a team in various teams in both Manchester United’s youth setup and England’s youth teams. EA SPORTS agrees with pundits predicting a bright future the young English player. He currently has an overall rating of 66 but he will get to his overall potential rating of 87 in no time provided you develop him. Signing him is relatively easy given he has a release clause of approximately $3.5 million and he is on a wage of around $13,000 per week. Some of his strongest attributes are 83 for agility, 90 for balance and 75 for acceleration. He can be a good signing for most managers.
- Dominik Szoboszlai – CAM/CM ( 17 years).
Overall Potential Positions Growth 64 83 CAM, CM 19
The young Hungarian International plays for Liefering and is a promising young player. He has scored 12 goals from midfield playing for the outfit owned by Red Bull Salzburg over two seasons. He has an overall rating of 64 and is valued at around $2 million. He is currently on a weekly wage of $5,000 hence signing him can be relatively easy for most managers. His best attributes are a 79 for sprint speed, a 75 for acceleration and a 73 for free kick accuracy. Moreover, he has relatively strong attributes for striking the ball ( 72 shot power, 72 curve, and 71 long shots). He can add depth to your midfield while guaranteeing a promising future as you advance in career mode as a manager.
- Aitor Bunuel – RW/RM/RWB ( 20 years).
Overall Potential Positions Growth 68 82 RWB, RB, RM 14
The young Spanish player is very versatile and can play in a number of positions. He currently has an overall rating of 68 but he is only bound to improve to reach close to his overall potential rating of 82 as your progress in your managerial career in FIFA 19. He is worth around $2 million and he is on weekly wages of approximately $3,000 hence signing him can be relatively easy for most managers. Some of the attributes that make him feature in this list include his rating of 85 in balance, 77 in sprint speed, 80 in acceleration and 72 in both stamina and agility. He can be a great signing for most managers if his development is handled well.
- Pietro Pellegri – ST ( 17 years).
Overall Potential Positions Growth 67 88 ST 21
The young Italian striker was snapped up by AS Monaco in January and given the history of the French club in identifying talents like Kylian Mbappe, it can be safe to say he has significant potential. The right-footed striker currently has an overall rating of 67 but he can easily develop to reach close to his overall potential rating of 88 as you progress in your managerial career. Signing him from AS Monaco can cost you around $5 million and you may have to offer a slight increase on his weekly wage of around $11,000 if you want to see him wearing your club’s jersey. His best attributes are 70 for finishing and 73 for sprint speed. He can rack up a number of goals needed for you to advance in your career.
- Amine Gouiri – ST ( 18 years).
Overall Potential Positions Growth 67 86 ST 19
The young French striker currently plays for Olympique Lyonnais and has a promising future even in FIFA 19. He currently has an overall range of 67 though with the right development he can reach close to his overall potential rating of 86. Signing the right-footed striker will likely cost around $4 million and you may have to better his weekly wage of approximately $10,000 if you want to lure him away from the French club. Some of his best attributes include 69 for finishing, acceleration and ball control, 70 for dribbling, 73 for sprint speed and 68 for shot power. He can be a great signing for most managers given his price, young age, and tremendous potential.
In as much as scouts can identify young players with significant potential in FIFA 19 Career Mode, it may take time and maybe even several bad signings before you eventually find a player who reaches close to his overall potential. However, there is a high likelihood that you can be successful in the transfer market with these 15 hidden gems if you develop them well. Given their overall rating of a maximum of 68, they can be quite affordable signings and if you develop them to surpass their minimum overall potential rating of more than 83, you will look back and be proud of having captured such stars earlier at affordable prices.