FIFA 18 wonderkids: All the best Spanish players to sign in Career Mode

Spain have been near the front of club and international football for the past decade. Who are the up and coming stars to watch out for on FIFA 18’s Career Mode?

Alastair Pusinelli by Alastair Pusinelli

Spain obliterated the international scene between 2008 and 2012, winning two European Championships and their first World Cup during that period. With a generation now inspired by their success and the youth setups of Barcelona and Real Madrid, who can be the next star to fire La Furia Roja to glory on FIFA 18?

READ: FIFA 19 Wonderkids: Best Spanish players to sign in Career Mode

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What is a wonderkid?

Here we are looking at the best Spanish wonderkids on FIFA 18 Career Mode. All these players are aged 23 and under, and have a potential of at least 83. Players can outgrow their potentials on the game, but only if they are having a consistent run of good form. These players may be closer to the beginning of their careers, but they will not come cheap as they hold the potential to become some of the best in the world. We have compiled our top 10 by looking at player age, potential and stats. 

For a full list of our Spanish wonderkids, please visit the table near the end of this page. 

Marco Asensio (OVR 84 – POT 92)

Age: 21

Positions: CAM, LW, RW

Club: Real Madrid

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best attributes: 87 long shots, 86 shot power, 85 ball control

Cost: £91.1 million (release clause)

Wage: £154,000 a week

The fact that James Rodriguez (OVR 86) has been loaned out from Real Madrid to Bayern Munich for two seasons is down to Marco Asensio. The 21-year-old Spaniard is already pressing for a first team spot at the Bernabeu, after netting ten goals in just 20 starts last season.

You will need a massive £91.1 million to sign attacking midfielder or winger Asensio, due to his overwhelming potential of 92. His starting overall of 84 consists of 87 long shots, 86 shot power and 85 ball control for which you will need hefty £154,000 a week wages.

Saul Niguez (OVR 82 – POT 90)

Age: 21

Positions: CM, RM, LM

Club: Atletico Madrid

Work rate: Medium/High

Best attributes: 85 short passing, 84 ball control, 83 heading accuracy

Cost: £63.4 million (release clause)

Wage: £52,000 a week

One of the most versatile midfielders in the game, Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez can perform any role across the midfield. The 21-year-old has been regular starter for Atleti over the past four seasons, and you just know that big things are to come for the player.

You are looking at a price of £63.4 million for the central, right or left midfielder with wages of £52,000 a week. That will get you Saul’s 82 overall and 90 potential, along with his attributes of 85 short passing, 84 ball control and 83 heading accuracy. 

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Gerard Deulofeu (OVR 82 – POT 89)

Age: 23

Positions: LW, RW, RM

Club: Barcelona

Work rate: High/Low

Best attributes: 93 sprint speed, 93 acceleration, 93 agility

Cost: £61.4 million (release clause)

Wage: £145,000 a week

After struggling towards the end of his time at Everton, many were shocked to see Gerard Deulofeu return to Barcelona, but his raw pace is just what manager Ernesto Valverde needs. With fellow new signing Ousmane Dembele suffering a serious injury, Deulofeu has featured regularly for Barca this season, helping plug the gap left by £200 million man Neymar. 

The 23-year-old Deulofeu has skills of 93 sprint speed, 93 acceleration and 93 agility on FIFA 18, which give him an overall of 82. For his outstanding potential of 89 you will need £61.4 million and £145,000 a week wages, but even if you can afford that you will need to wait until January to move in for him. 

Jesus Vallejo (OVR 78 – POT 89)             

Age: 20

Positions: CB

Club: Real Madrid

Work rate: Low/High

Best attributes: 82 interceptions, 81 sliding tackle, 78 marking

Cost: £30.7 million (release clause)

Wage: £79,000 a week

A less familiar name, but a couple of loan spells have brought centre back Jesus Vallejo into the fold at Real Madrid. The 20-year-old went out to German side Eintracht Frankfurt last season, and he is now one of the most promising defenders in world football. With Nacho Fernandez struggling when called upon by Zinedine Zidane, you wonder if Vallejo could creep above him in the pecking order.

The defender will set you back a large £30.7 million with wages of £79,000 a week. If you are looking for a centre back for 12 years it is worth it, but you will need to nurture the 78 rated Vallejo to get him up towards his 89 potential. His best stats are currently 82 interceptions, 81 sliding tackle and 78 marking.  

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Carles Alena (OVR 75 – POT 89)

Age: 19

Positions: CM, RM, CAM

Club: Barcelona B

Work rate: High/Medium

Best attributes: 82 short passing, 80 dribbling, 79 acceleration

Cost: £27.4 million (release clause)

Wage: £4,000 a week

With Barcelona losing Xavi a few seasons back and Andres Iniesta nearing the end of his time with Barca, there is a need for new midfield maestro at the Nou Camp. Barca B man Carles Alena has already played five times for the full Barcelona side, so expect him to get more game-time as the season wears on, and we can see what he has in his locker. 

The 19-year-old Alena will cost you £27.4 million, but with wages of just £4,000 a week he is one of the more affordable Spanish wonderkids. 82 short passing, 80 dribbling and 79 acceleration give the central, right or attacking midfielder a 75 overall rating, rising to an incredible 89 potential. 

Hector Bellerin (OVR 81 – POT 88)

Age: 22

Positions: RWB, RB

Club: Arsenal

Work rate: High/Medium

Best attributes: 96 acceleration, 94 sprint speed, 87 stamina

Cost: £38.8 million (release clause)

Wage: £80,000 a week

Linked with a move back to Barcelona for the past couple of seasons, but there is a sense at Arsenal that Hector Bellerin may not live up to expectation. After a brilliant few years at the Emirates, a move to right wing back hasn’t suited the speedster, but at the age of 22, he still has time on his side.

96 acceleration, 94 sprint speed and 87 stamina make Bellerin one of the fastest players on FIFA 18, and they add to the Spaniard’s 81 overall rating. His fantastic potential of 88 can be yours for £38.8 million and wages of £80,000 a week. 

Dani Ceballos (OVR 78 – POT 88)

Age: 20

Positions: CM, LM, CDM, CAM

Club: Real Madrid

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best attributes: 83 ball control, 82 dribbling, 80 vision

Cost: £32.7 million (release clause)

Wage: £92,000 a week

Real Madrid’s midfield trio of Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos is tough to break into, but Dani Ceballos showed on his first start for the club that he can provide something different for the club. That brace on full debut should spur Ceballos on, and with the ability to play as a central, left, defensive or attacking midfielder, he will be a useful asset for Los Blancos from the bench.

83 ball control, 82 dribbling and 80 vision comprise the former Real Betis man’s 78 overall, with his potential up at 88. The talented Ceballos can be yours for £30.7 million and £92,000 a week wages but you will need to wait until January to move for him.

Alvaro Odriozola (OVR 78 – POT 88)

Age: 21

Positions: RB, RM

Club: Real Sociedad

Work rate: High/Medium

Best attributes: 84 sprint speed, 82 acceleration, 82 stamina

Cost: £29.3 million (release clause)

Wage: £19,000 a week

With Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui experimenting with his right backs, the 21-year-old Alvaro Odriozola has been given his chance on the international stage. The Real Sociedad player made his debut for La Roja in October 2017 against Albania, notching an assist. Despite that performance it is unlikely that the right back or midfielder will travel to the World Cup in Russia, but expect him to be given more opportunities after the tournament.

Odriozola will cost you £29.3 million and wages of £19,000 a week, giving you his 78 overall and 88 potential. With stats of 84 sprint speed, 82 acceleration and 82 stamina, Odriozola can be the man to march up and down your right flank. 

Suso (OVR 82 – POT 87)

Age: 23

Positions: RW, CF

Club: AC Milan

Work rate: High/Medium

Best attributes: 89 ball control, 87 dribbling, 86 agility

Cost: £46.1 million (release clause)

Wage: £97,000 a week

Never regarded as a future talent at Liverpool, Suso has slowly been proving the doubters wrong at AC Milan. The right winger or centre forward is now a permanent fixture in the Milan starting lineup, one of the few survivors from the overhaul last summer. With five goals in 15 Serie A games this season, the 23-year-old Suso is an outlet for the side, and his performances led to a first Spain cap in November 2017. 

Suso’s 89 ball control, 87 dribbling and 86 agility help make up his 82 overall which can rise to a superb potential of 87. You will need a large fee of £46.1 million to dislodge him from AC Milan’s grasp however, with his wages currently £97,000 a week.

Sergio Rico (OVR 82 – POT 87)

Age: 23

Positions: GK

Club: Sevilla

Best attributes: 83 GK reflexes, 82 GK positioning, 80 GK handling

Cost: £41.2 million (release clause)

Wage: £14,000 a week

Now David De Gea will likely be the Spain goalkeeper for the next five years at least, but Sergio Rico is on hand to put the Manchester United stopper under a little bit of pressure. Sevilla man Rico was involved in back-to-back Europa League wins in 2015 and 2016, and he has now played close to 150 games for the club.

You are looking at a price of £41.2 million for Rico, with his wages currently just £14,000 a week. That will get you his 82 overall and 87 potential, along with stats of 83 GK reflexes, 82 GK positioning and 80 GK handling. 

More Spanish wonderkids

Player
Age
Pos
Club
CA/
PA
C
W
Arrizabalaga 22 GK Athletic Bilbao 81/
87
£36.4m £17k
Williams 23 RW
ST
LW
Athletic Bilbao 81/
87
£49.6m £27k
Grimaldo 21 LB Benfica 80/
87
£33.9m £11k
Denis Suarez 23 CM
LM
RM
Barcelona 80/
87
£40.6m £123k
Diego Llorente 21 CB
CDM
Real Sociedad 79/
87
£32.4m £26k
Pablo Fornals 21 CAM
CM
LM
CDM
Villarreal 78/
87
£32.4m £24k
Carlos Soler 20 RM
CM
CAM
RW
Valencia 78/
87
£32.4m £24k
Ferran Torres 17 RM
RW
Valencia 69/
87
£5m £8k
Oyarzabal 22 LW
RW
Real Sociedad 79/
86
£36.4m £29k
Marcos Llorente 22 CDM
CM
Real Madrid 78/
86
£25.7m £92k
Pablo Maffeo 19 RB
RWB
RM
Girona* 74/
86
n/a £39k
Cucurella 18 LB Barcelona B 68/
86
£3.2m £2k
Samu Castillejo 22 RM
LM
CM
Villarreal 80/
85
£38.3m £32k
Pau Lopez 22 GK Espanyol 80/
85
£27.8m £20k
Paco Alcacer 23 ST Barcelona 79/
85
£34.7m £132k
Oliver Torres 22 CM Porto 79/
85
£32.9m £15k
Aaron Martin 20 LB Espanyol 77/
85
£22.3m £19k
Lato 19 LB
LWB
LM
Valencia 75/
85
£18.2m £12k
Cordoba 20 LW
LM
Athletic Bilbao 75/
85
£22.3m £17k
Marc Roca 20 CDM
CM
Espanyol 74/
85
£17.2m £16k
Jose Arnaiz 22 LM
ST
RM
Barcelona B 73/
85
£11.1m £7k
Christian Rivera 19 CDM
CM
Eibar 71/
85
£11m £6k
Brahim Diaz 17 CF
RM
CAM
Man City 66/
85
£2.8m £15k
Oriol Busquets 18 CDM
CM
Barcelona B 66/
85
£2.3m £1k
Gaya 22 LB Valencia 79/
84
£26.8m £28k
Jorge Mere 20 CB Koln 78/
84
£20.1m £23k
Yeray 22 CB Athletic Bilbao 78/
84
£24.3m £18k
Sergi Darder 23 CM
CDM
Espanyol* 78/
84
n/a £48k
Ruben Blanco 21 GK Celta Vigo 76/
84
£17.2m £12k
Camarasa 23 CAM
CM
RM
Real Betis 76/
84
£23.3m £20k
Unai Nunez 20 CB Athletic Bilbao 75/
84
£18.2m £14k
Merino 21 CDM
CB
CM
Newcastle 74/
84
£14.8m £35k
Borja Mayoral 20 ST Real Madrid 72/
84
£10.9m £60k
Ontiveros 19 RM
LM
Malaga 71/
84
£10.6m £8k
Jorge Saenz 20 CB
RB
Tenerife 70/
84
£6.9m £4k
Edu Exposito 20 CM
CAM
Deportivo La Coruna 70/
84
£9.3m £11k
Cristo Gonzalez 19 LM
CAM
ST
Real Madrid 66/
84
£3.2m £15k
Sandro 21 ST Everton 77/
83
£23.1m £74k
Jonny 23 LB
RB
Celta Vigo 77/
83
£20.2m £18k
Aritz Elustondo 23 CB
RB
Real Sociedad 76/
83
£19.2m £21k
Hermoso 22 CB
LB
Espanyol 75/
83
£17.2m £18k
Mula 20 LM
RM
ST
Malaga 73/
83
£13.2m £15k
Diego Gonzalez 22 CB Malaga 73/
83
£11.1m £15k
Adrian Marin 20 LB
LWB
LM
Villarreal 72/
83
£9.4m £14k
Adama 21 RM
RW
Middlesbrough 72/
83
£10.2m £9k
Abel Ruiz 17 ST
LM
Barcelona B 64/
83
£1.8m £1k
Jordi Mboula 18 RM
ST
Monaco 68/
83
£4.1m £9k
David Carmona 20 RB
RM
RWB
Sevilla Atletico 69/
83
£4m £3k

C = Cost

W = Wage

*Denotes player is on loan

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