FIFA 19 Career Mode: Top Lower League Gems

Want to find a little beauty in the lower leagues? We look at ALL the best lower league gems on FIFA 19's Career Mode.


It is rare, but just sometimes, players rise from the lower leagues. Tottenham’s Dele Alli (OVR 84) played over 80 games for MK Dons in League One, Paulo Dybala (OVR 89) earned his stripes  in the Italian second tier with Palermo, and Jamie Vardy (OVR 82) came up from the Conference to sign for Leicester in the Championship, going on to win the Premier League two years later. 

It’s satisfying for a manager to snap someone from a lesser division as they often come with a cheap price tag. You don’t just need to scout the top league in Europe to pick up top talent on FIFA 19’s Career Mode. 

Advantages of Lower League Gems

The big advantage of signing these lower league players is the saving on transfer fees. With the players less known and at large having weaker overall ratings, they will come at a fraction of the price than players of the same potential in the big leagues. 

All the players we are looking at have a starting overall no higher than 74, with a potential of at least 83. It terms of the leagues, none of these players play in any of Europe’s big five leagues (English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1) or feature in the Champions League or Europa League this season.

For a full list of ALL our lower league gems, look at the table at the end of the page.

Ezequiel Barco (OVR 74 – POT 89)

Age: 19

Positions: LM, CAM, ST

Club: Atlanta United (American MLS)

Country: Argentina

Growth: 15

Work rate: High/Medium

Best stats: 90 acceleration, 85 balances, 83 dribbling

Cost: £17 million

Wage: £4,000 a week

We start in the MLS, which slowly but surely is growing in quality. Ezequiel Barco is one of the hottest talents across the pond, with the versatile Argentine scoring five goals and bagging three assists for the high-flying Atlanta United this season. The left or attacking midfielder and striker made the switch from Independiente back in January 2018 for £12 million.

The 19-year-old Barco has abilities of 90 acceleration, 85 balance and 83 dribbling on FIFA 19, making him a real handful for defenders. Those stats take him to an overall of 74, which can rise to a remarkable 89. You are looking at a fee of around £17 million for the talented youngster, with wages of £4,000 a week. 

Sandro Tonali (OVR 66 – POT 88)

Age: 18

Positions: CDM, CM

Club: Brescia (Italian Calcio B)

Country: Italy

Growth: 12

Work rate: Medium/Medium 

Best stats: 73 balance, 71 short passing, 70 ball control

Cost: £2.5 million

Wage: £880 a week

It’s great to see an 18-year-old show such discipline in the middle of the park, with the young Sandro Tonali impressing for Brescia in the Italian second tier last season. The Italy U19 international has made 25 appearances for the club but with a recent call-up to the U21 squad, expect the attention in him to grow.

Tonali’s 66 overall can improve to a fantastic 88 potential, so his stats of 73 balance, 71 short passing and 70 ball control are set for considerable boosts. You can sign the defensive or central midfielder for just £2.5 million, but you will need to increase his £880 a week wages.

Jann-Fiete Arp (OVR 69 – POT 88)

Age: 18

Positions: ST

Club: Hamburg (German Bundesliga 2)

Country: Germany

Growth: 19

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 80 agility, 74 finishing, 74 positioning

Cost: £4.3 million (release clause)

Wage: £5,000 a week

Jann-Fiete Arp was a hot prospect on FIFA last year, and nothing has changed despite Hamburg’s relegation to the second division. That should mean more opportunity for the 18-year-old striker who scored two goals inside his first three Bundesliga appearances last season.

Arp, who has 18 goals in 19 games for Germany U17s, takes a 69 overall this year, with a potential of 88. His abilities of 80 agility, 74 finishing and 74 positioning will cost you his £4.3 million release clause along with wages of £5,000 a week. 

Alphonso Davies (OVR 72 – POT 87)

Age: 17

Positions: LM, RM

Club: Vancouver Whitecaps (American MLS)

Country: Canada

Growth: 15

Work rate: High/High

Best stats: 93 sprint speed, 92 acceleration, 84 agility

Cost: £10.5 million

Wage: £3,000 a week

Alphonso Davies won’t be a lower league gem for much longer, with the Canadian off to Bayern Munich in January. Aged just 17, the left or right midfielder has earned the move by scoring six goals and assisting a further nine for Vancouver Whitecaps this season, along with three goals in seven international caps.

Davies is a pure speedster, holding attributes of 93 sprint speed, 92 acceleration and 84 agility. Rated 72 already, this can hit 87, meaning he will cost you £10.5 million with wages of £3,000 a week. 

Takefusa Kubo (OVR 63 – POT 85)

Age: 17

Positions: CAM, RM, ST, LM

Club: Yokohama F. Marinos (on loan from FC Tokyo) (Japanese J1 League)

Country: Japan

Growth: 12

Work rate: High/Medium

Best stats: 89 acceleration, 87 balance, 82 agility

Cost: n/a

Wage: £1,000 a week

Born in 2001, Takefusa Yobo made his J League debut aged 15 and is the youngest player to both play and score in the division. Now on loan at Yokohama F. Marinos, the 17-year-old will look for more game time and show why he is a product of the Barcelona academy.

Kubo can operate as an attacking, right or left midfielder and striker thanks to 89 acceleration, 87 balance and 82 agility. Those abilities take him to a 63 overall, rising to a potential of 85. You will need to wait until he returns from loan in January to sign him, but he should cost just £2 million with wages of £1,000 a week. 

Myron Boadu (OVR 66 – POT 85)

Age: 17

Positions: ST

Club: AZ Alkmaar (Dutch Eredivisie)

Country: Holland

Growth: 19

Work rate: High/Medium

Best stats: 91 jumping, 84 acceleration, 80 sprint speed

Cost: £2.4 million (release clause)

Wage: £3,000 a week

Unfortunately, Myron Boadu is currently on the injury table with an ankle injury until January, but the striker made an electric start to the season. Just 17, Boadu scored three goals and assisted a further two in his first five Eredivisie games for AZ Alkmaar, earning him a spot in the Holland U19 squad.

Boadu is a fantastic athlete, shown by stats of 91 jumping, 84 acceleration and 80 sprint speed. With an overall of 66 which can improve all the way to 85, you must consider the forward who will set you back just £2.4 million and wages of £3,000 a week. 

Erling Braut Haland (OVR 68 – POT 85)

Age: 18

Positions: ST

Club: Molde (Norwegian Eliteserien)

Country: Norway

Growth: 17

Work rate: High/High

Best stats: 84 strength, 80 sprint speed, 80 aggression

Cost: £3 million (release clause)

Wage: £3,000 a week

Molde’s Erling Braut Haland looks to be a top talent, with the striker working his way up from Norway U15 to U21 level. For his club, he has scored a useful 18 goals in 46 games, a remarkable record for someone aged just 18. 

A £3 million release clause and wages of £3,000 a week will get you Haland’s 68 overall which can improve to an 85 potential. His best abilities include 84 strength, 80 sprint speed and 80 aggression.

Jonathan David (OVR 68 – POT 85)

Age: 18

Positions: ST

Club: Gent (Belgian Pro League)

Country: Canada

Growth: 17

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 81 acceleration, 80 sprint speed, 78 jumping

Cost: £3.5 million (release clause)

Wage: £7,000 a week

A second young Canadian, which is fantastic news for the country as they slowly build towards the 2026 World Cup they are co-hosting with USA and Mexico. It’s been a remarkable start to his professional career for Jonathan David, with the striker scoring six goals in his first 11 appearances for Belgian side Gent. 

David holds abilities of 81 acceleration, 80 sprint speed and 78 jumping on the game, providing him with an overall of 68. This can improve to an 85 potential meaning he will cost £3.5 million and wages of £7,000 a week. 

Salih Ozcan (OVR 70 – POT 85)

Age: 19

Positions: CM, CDM

Club: Koln (German Bundesliga 2)

Country: Germany

Growth: 15

Work rate: Medium/Medium

Best stats: 76 standing tackle, 75 ball control, 74 short passing

Cost: £6.5 million

Wage: £10,000 a week

Salih Ozcan also suffered relegation from the Bundesliga last season, but a poor campaign for Koln did provide him with plenty of football. The 19-year-old made 30 appearances for the club, starting five Europa League matches, earning him a call-up to the Germany U21 squad.

Ozcan’s 70 overall consists of 76 standing tackle, 75 ball control and 74 short passing, which will improve as he climbs to an 85 potential. You will only need £6.5 million to sign him, with wages of £10,000 a week on FIFA 19. 

Diego Rossi (OVR 72 – POT 85)

Age: 20

Positions: LW, ST, RW

Club: Los Angeles FC (American MLS)

Country: Uruguay

Growth: 13

Work rate: High/Low

Best stats: 81 agility, 81 balance, 80 acceleration

Cost: £10.5 million

Wage: £5,000 a week

Diego Rossi has arrived in the MLS this season and made a fantastic start. The 20-year-old left Penarol in his native Uruguay in January 2018 for just over £2 million and has bagged 15 goals and 8 assists in his first 32 games for LAFC.

Winger or striker Rossi has a 72 overall on the game which can improve to an 85 potential. His stats of 81 agility, 81 balance and 80 acceleration will cost you £10.5 million and wages of £5,000 a week. 

All the Best Lower League Gems on FIFA 19

PlayerAPosClubCountryOVRPOTGCW
Ezequiel Barco19LM
CAM
ST
Atlanta UnitedArgentina748915£17m£4k
Sandro Tonali18CDM
CM
BresciaItaly668822£2.5m£880
Jann-Fiete Arp18STHamburgGermany698819£4.3m£5k
Alphonso Davies17LM
RM
Vancouver WhitecapsCanada728715£10.5m£3k
Jonathan David18STGentCanada688517£3.5m£7k
Diego Rossi20LW
ST
RW
LAFCUruguay728513£10.5m£5k
Giorgi Chakvetadze18CAM
LM
GentGeorgia728513£10m£8k
Myron Boadu17STAZ AlkmaarHolland668519£2.4m£3k
Erling Braut Haland17STMoldeNorway688517£3m£3k
Takefusa Kubo17CAM
RM
ST
LM
Yokohama FM*Japan638522n/a£1k
Bruno Xadas20RMBragaPortugal748511£15m£10k
Alan Franco21CBIndependienteArgentina758510£13.4m£13k
Matias Zaracho20RM
CM
CAM
Racing ClubArgentina728513£10.5m£10k
Salih Ozcan20CM
CDM
KolnGermany708515£7m£10k
Nahitan Nandez22CM
CDM
RM
Boca JuniorsUruguay758510£14.8m£17k
Nicolas Benedetti21CAM
RM
Deportivo CaliColombia728513£9m£2k
Lucas Martínez Quarta22CBRiver PlateArgentina728513£8m£11k
Nehuen Pérez18CBArgentinos Juniors*Argentina708414n/a£13k
Anthony McDonald17RM
CAM
HeartsScotland628422£1.4m£880
Reece James18RB
CB
WiganEngland658419£1.6m£6k
Chris Durkin18CDMDC UnitedUSA678417£2.6m£2k
Calvin Stengs19RWAZ AlkmaarHolland698415£3.8m£5k
Sebastian Szymanski19CAM
RM
LM
Legia WarsawPoland678417£2.9m£3k
Dario Maresic18CBSturm GrazAustria728412£6.6m£7k
Zack Steffen23GkColumbus CrewUSA75849£12m£5k
Oghenekaro Etebo22CDM
CM
LM
StokeNigeria748410£14.8m£29k
Dodo19RBVitoriaBrazil718413£6.5m£3k
Robert Gumny20RBLech PoznanPoland688416£3.1M£4k
Kamil Jozwiak20LM
RM
Lech PoznanPoland668418£2.5m£2k
Tyler Adams19CDM
RWB
NY Red BullsUSA728412£7.1m£3k
Braian Mansilla21LM
ST
Racing ClubArgentina698415£4.3m£9k
Ollie Watkins22LW
CAM
ST
BrentfordEngland748410£15m£35k
Gianni Azzinnari17STCosenzaItaly598324£785k£880
Adam Idah17STNorwichRep. Ireland628321£1.3m£3k
Josha Vagnoman17LB
RB
HamburgGermany618322£1m£1k
Harry Cochrane17CMHeartsScotland648319£1.4m£1k
Nikola Vlasic20RM
CAM
CSKA MoscowCroatia74839£16m£880
Luis Diaz21LMJuniorColombia728311£7m£2k
Tomas Chancalay19ST
LM
CAM
Colon de Santa FeArgentina688315£3.6m£5k
Julian Carranza18STBanfieldArgentina638320£1.3m£2k
Teun Koopmeiners20CM
CDM
CB
AlkmaarHolland74839£11m£11k
Omar Alderete21CBHuracánParaguay738310£7.5m£11k
Raoul Petretta21LBBaselItaly698314£3.5m£10k
Giulio Maggiore20CMLa SpeziaItaly678316£3.2m£2k
Fedor Chalov20STCSKA MoscowRussia718312£6m£880
Emanuel Reynoso22CM
CAM
CDM
Boca JuniorsArgentina738310£9m£17k
Ben Brereton19ST
RM
Blackburn*England698314n/a£16k
Blas Riveros20LB
LM
LWB
BaselParaguay698314£3.7m£10k
Rick van Drongelen19CB
LB
HamburgHolland718312£5.5m£5k
Ontiveros20RM
CAM
LM
MalagaSpain718312£6m£6k
Exequiel Palacios19CM
CAM
River PlateArgentina698314£3.7m£7k
Lloyd Kelly19LB
CB
Bristol CityEngland678316£2.7m£10k
Jonathan Leko19RW
ST
LW
West BromEngland668317£2.8m£6k
Lukas Nmecha19STPrestonEngland668317£2.8m£3k
Dael Fry20CBMiddlesbroughEngland708313£5.8m£22k
Matias Vargas21CAM
LW
LM
Velez SarsfieldArgentina728311£8m£8k
Wuilker Farinez20GkMillonariosColombia738310£6.8m£2k
Greg Taylor20LB
CM
LM
KilmarnockScotland698314£3.9m£3k
Kaku23CAM
RM
NY Red BullsParaguay75838£15m£7k
Andre Horta21CM
CAM
LAFCPortugal75838£15m£6k
Kevin Balanta21CDM
CM
Deportivo CaliColombia718312£5.3m£2k
Orbelin Pineda22CM
CAM
CDM
GuadalajaraMexico75838£14.5m£28k

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Alastair Pusinelli

I am RealSport's Editor-in-Chief having covered almost everything across the board on the platform. Starting with content on football and the Chinese Super League, I have expanded into esports and gaming, via a stint as rugby editor.

With RS now focused on gaming and working alongside Gfinity, I led the site's coverage on the football titles of FIFA, Football Manager and PES. This has enabled me to cover official esports events such as the FIFA eWorld Cup, FUT Champions Cups and the Gfinity FIFA Series.

Elsewhere, I have been published in The Sunday Times and Variety magazine, as well as working in the offices of Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Hampshire CCC.

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