You’ve seen the highest potential players in the Premier League, as well as La Liga, and now we turn our attentions to the German Bundesliga. The likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller, Philipp Lahm and Marco Reus have come through the German top flight, so who are the next generation of superstars? RealSport takes a look at the highest potential players in the Bundesliga in FIFA 17.
Ousmane Dembele (OVR 77 – POT 90)
Few would have heard of new Borussia Dortmund man Ousmane Dembele, but his start to life a Signal Iduna Park have sent shockwaves around the football world. 12 league goals in 26 games at Rennes last season earned him a move to Germany, and his goal against Liverpool in pre-season turned heads. With dribbling and sprint speed rated at 85 can be the man on your career mode to beat players, and with a price tag of around £25m, the 19-year-old is very affordable. His wages of £29,000 sweeten the deal for the right, left, or attacking midfielder.
Renato Sanches (OVR 78 – POT 90)
In a similar bracket is Bayern Munich’s, Renato Sanches. The central midfielder’s 35 appearances for Benfica last year saw him move to the Allianz in a move worth up to £69m. He then showed the world his ability with starring performances for Portugal at Euro 2016, and he was named Young Player of the Tournament. With stamina of 93 and aggression at 90, he will be an absolute midfield engine for your side, should you wish to spend upwards of £25m on him. The 18-year-old also has very kind wages of £18,000.
David Alaba (OVR 87 – POT 90)
In the conversation of best left backs of all time you have Roberto Carlos and Ashley Cole, but soon David Alaba will be a worth shout, and he even has the potential to overtake the pair. Being rated 87 at the age of 24 for a defender is almost unheard of, and as an added bonus the Austrian can also play at centre-back or in midfield. His stamina (88), interceptions, acceleration and sprint speed (all 86) make him an absolute must buy for any top side in career mode, as there aren’t too many options at left back that can offer an instant impact and further growth. His wages of £101,000 and price of just over £50m make him a big money move, but it is worth it for the Bayern star.
Alen Halilovic (OVR 79 – POT 89)
A less familiar name now, but one that has the potential to take the Croatian midfield mantle from Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric. After a successful loan at Sporting Gijon last season, it looked as if he would be given a chance by parent club Barcelona, but the arrival of Andre Gomes meant he was sold to the German side, Hamburg. The 20-year-old is yet to start a match for club or country so far this season, so we will have to be patient to see his development. But for a fee of around £25m, you will have an attacking or right midfielder with 91 balance as well as 83 acceleration and 82 dribbling. If you are managing a club looking to qualify for Europe, he would be a great signing with his wages costing just £14,000.
Bernd Leno (OVR 86 – POT 89)
All eyes will be on Marc-Andre ter Stegen when Manuel Neuer finally hangs up his gloves as Germany goalkeeper, but 24-year-old Bernd Leno has a higher FIFA rating than the Barcelona man. All his goalkeeping stats are rated 80 or above, with handling and positioning attaining an 86. The Bayer Leverkusen man isn’t cheap though as he will cost you just under £40m with wages of £86,000.
Breel Embolo (OVR 76 – POT 88)
Switzerland’s Breel Embolo seems to have reinvented himself at Schalke, after turning from a striker to a winger. He banged in 30 goals in 86 appearances over three seasons at Basel, which saw him make a move to Schalke for £17million. His 87 sprint speed at 85 strength make him a real handful, and you should use him more as a wide man looking to score rather than to get crosses into the box. He will set you back around £15million as well as £32,000 for his wages, and although his starting overall is relatively low, if you are patient you will reap the rewards from the 19-year-old.
Julian Brandt (OVR 79 – POT 88)
One of the stars from the Rio Olympics, Germany man Julian Brandt is one of the best up and coming wingers in the world. The 20-year-old offer 86 dribbling and 80 ball control, and he is not the type of winger to beat a defender for pace, but look to trick them with skill. The Bayer Leverkusen left, right or attacking midfielder will set you back as little as £18million as well as £36,000 per week for wages
Jonathan Tah (OVR 79 – POT 88)
Brandt’s Leverkusen teammate Jonathan Tah is already being considered as a centre back option for the German national team, despite just the one full season of regular football under his belt. The 20-year-old has immense strength (91), with heading accuracy and standing tackles rated at 80. If you are looking for a centre-back to stay with you for over a decade, Tah has to be your man, and with a price of just under £20m as well as £36,000 wages, you would do well to find a more sensible option.
Mahmoud Dahoud (OVR 79 – POT 88)
Borussia Monchengladbach are slowly becoming a more recognised name across Europe, as they look to return to the top of German football after dominating the 70s. With names such as Yann Sommer, Christoph Kramer, Patrick Hermann and Thorgan Hazard they have a useful squad, and in Mahmoud Dahoud, they have someone who could take them to the next level. The Syrian-born German U21 international is a central midfielder who has all the creative skills to his name. His stamina (89), agility (84) and ball control (83) make the 20-year-old a player you have to consider on career mode, and with a price of £18m, it’s a very tempting purchase. His wages of £36,000 could be lower, but if he hits is potential, you won’t complain.
Kingsley Coman (OVR 81 – POT 88)
Kingsley Coman could go down as one of the best loan signings in history. Juventus must be kicking themselves that they let the 20-year-old got out to Bayern Munich last season, and this time next year he should be a fully-fledged Bayern player. Coman can play on either wing or as a striker, and with 94 acceleration, 93 sprint speed and 88 agility he is an absolute speed merchant. However he could prove a very tricky player to sign, as Bayern are very likely to exercise their purchase option at the end of the season, but if in some strange case they don’t, you’d be looking at a £27m bid to sign him, with £36,000 for his wages.