Asia, which has included the Oceanic nation of Australia since 2006 in football standings, doesn’t boast the most prolific record on the World Cup stage, but the Korea Republic in 2002 and DPR Korea in 2010 certainly went further than many expected – making it to the semi-finals and quarter-finals, respectively.
Australian players Mark Schwarzer, Johnny Warren, Tim Cahill, Harry Kewell, and Mark Viduka have all put their stamp on the game, as have the likes of Park Ji-sung (Korea Republic), Kazuyoshi Miura (Japan), Hidetoshi Nakata (Japan), Keisuke Honda (Japan), Cha Bum-kun (Korea Republic), Shunsuke Nakamura (Japan), Ali Daei (Iran), Younis Mahmoud (Iraq), Shinji Kagawa (Japan), and Jong Te Se (DPR Korea).
Some of those above are still active in the world of football, extending their legacies, but there is a new batch of wonderkids breaking out of Asia to pick up the mantle.
There’s a full slate of all of the best wonderkids from Asia and Australia in FIFA 20 at the foot of the article: those with the highest potential overall ratings feature in the main body of the article.
Choosing FIFA 20 Career Mode’s best Asian wonderkids
The most important aspect considered when picking the best Asian and Australian wonderkids in FIFA 20 Career Mode is the potential overall rating.
Those that feature in the body of the article have the highest POT, with the others listed in the table at the foot of the article having a potential rating of at least 80. All players in the article are 22-years-old or younger at the start of FIFA 20 Career Mode.
All of the players who feature in this article are from nations within the continent of Asia or the nation of Australia.
Takefusa Kubo (OVR 71 – POT 87)
Team: RCD Mallorca (on loan from Real
Best Position: LW, LM, LAM, CAM, RAM, RM, RW
Overall/Potential: 71 OVR / 87 POT
Value (Release Clause): £4.4 million (N/A)
Skill Moves: Four-Star
Best Attributes: 89 Acceleration, 86 Agility, 85 Balance
Takefusa Kubo was on the fast-track to stardom from the age of ten, blazing through the FC Barcelona youth system. But in 2015, he became ineligible to play for Barça due to the club having breached FIFA’s international transfer policy on young players.
So, Kubo returned to Japan, joining FC Tokyo and making it into the first-team at 15-years-old. The teenage winger dazzled fans with his incredible speed, silky skills, and drive on the ball, convincing Real Madrid to sign him this summer.
To get him game time, Los Blancos loaned Kubo out to RCD Mallorca for the season, who have given him 21 La Liga games so far – in which he’s scored one goal and two assists.
In FIFA 20, Kubo looks set to develop into an incredibly user-friendly player, already boasting a four-star weak foot, four-star skill moves, 89 acceleration, 82 dribbling, 86 agility, 77 sprint speed, 85 balance, 75 stamina, and 80 ball control.
Kang-in Lee (OVR 76 – POT 86)
Team: Valencia CF
Best Position: LW, LAM, CAM, RAM, RW
Overall/Potential: 76 OVR / 86 POT
Value (Release Clause): £10.5 million (£23.8 million)
Skill Moves: Four-Star
Best Attributes: 87 Balance, 85 Agility, 81 Free-Kick Accuracy
With one of the most unique origin stories of any of the wonderkids, Kang-in Lee started his career as a seven-year-old on a Korean reality television show. It was a kids and celebrities football show called ‘Shoot Dori,’ and in 2007, Lee ran rings around the others, earning the nickname of ‘Little Park Ji-sung.’
Still only 18-years-old now, Lee joined Valencia CF’s youth set-up in 2011 and has since played 28 games for the first-team. He has one La Liga goal to his name so far, but the young Korean midfielder has impressed in his time on the pitch.
In FIFA 20, Lee is likely just about rated highly enough to play in a squad rotation role for most top-flight teams, toting a 76 OVR from the start of Career Mode.
With four-star skill moves, 87 balance, 85 agility, 81 free-kick accuracy, 80 dribbling, 80 vision, 78 curve, 78 ball control, and 74 short passing, the Korean wonderkid is already a useful player to have in the team.
Takehiro Tomiyasu (OVR 73 – POT 84)
Team: Bologna FC 1909
Best Position: LCB, CB, RCB
Overall/Potential: 73 OVR / 84 POT
Value (Release Clause): £5.5 million (£11.1 million)
Skill Moves: Two-Star
Best Attributes: 78 Strength, 75 Standing Tackle, 74 Aggression, 74 Sliding Tackle
Having amassed 41 games for Sint-Truidense VV in Belgium, Bologna FC 1909 saw it fit to snap up Japanese wonderkid Takehiro Tomiyasu for £8.1 million over the summer.
After switching to the Serie A outfit, Tomiyasu immediately became Bologna’s starting right-back. The 6’2’’ defender has played a few times at centre-back this season, but has found his best form out wide.
In FIFA 20, Tomiyasu is more than a simply taller-than-average full-back, boasting a medium/high work rate and five-star weak foot.
The Japanese defender starts Career Mode with plenty of favourable attribute ratings, including his 74 aggression, 78 strength, 72 defensive awareness, 75 standing tackle, and 74 sliding tackle.
Hiroki Abe (OVR 70 – POT 83)
Team: FC Barcelona
Best Position: LW, LM, RM, RW
Overall/Potential: 70 OVR / 83 POT
Value (Release Clause): £3.1 million (£8.2 million)
Skill Moves: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 90 Acceleration, 90 Sprint Speed, 84 Balance
Hiroki Abe was a part of the Kashima Antlers first-team from 2017 onwards, racking up ten goals and seven assists through 79 games before FC Barcelona came knocking.
Over the summer, Abe moved to the Catalan giants for just under £1 million. Featuring for FC Barcelona B in Segunda División B, the Japanese wonderkid was just finding his feet with four goals in 20 games when he sustained an untimely torn hamstring, which required surgery.
Abe’s speed, skill, and fleet-footedness certainly didn’t escape the FIFA 20 attribute rating selectors, with the left-wing magician boasting 81 dribbling, 90 acceleration, 90 sprint speed, 81 agility, and 84 balance.
Jacob Italiano (OVR 61 – POT 82)
Team: Borussia Mönchengladbach
Best Position: LW, LM, RM, RW
Overall/Potential: 61 OVR / 82 POT
Value (Release Clause): £500,000 (£1.3 million)
Skill Moves: Three-Star
Best Attributes: 84 Agility, 78 Acceleration, 77 Balance
After impressing in Australia’s FFA Centre of Excellence program, Jacob Italiano was snapped up by Perth Glory of the A-League in the summer of 2017. Just a few months after signing for Perth, Italiano was brought into the first-team.
The Australian wonderkid caught the eye of European clubs in his first season, eventually agreeing to sign for Borussia Mönchengladbach, but being loaned back to Perth until the summer of 2019. Since his switch to Germany, Italiano has been playing on the left wing for Borussia Mönchengladbach II in the Regionalliga West.
In Career Mode, Italiano has a long way to go before he becomes a viable first-team player, given his 61 OVR, but he does show promise with his 82 POT.
The Aussie wonderkid has some strong base stats for a 17-year-old, with his 78 acceleration, 72 sprint speed, 84 agility, 77 balance, 66 ball control, 68 dribbling, 68 shot power, and 64 jumping boding well for the future.
All the Best Asian Wonderkids in FIFA 20
Here’s the complete list of all of the best Asian and Australian wonderkids in FIFA 20 Career Mode.
|Takefusa Kubo||Japan||RCD Mallorca (on loan from Real Madrid)||18||71||87||RM, CM, CAM|
|Kang-in Lee||Korea Republic||Valencia CF||18||76||86||CAM, LM, RM|
|Takehiro Tomiyasu||Japan||Bologna FC 1909||20||73||84||CB, RB|
|Hiroki Abe||Japan||FC Barcelona||20||70||83||LW, RW|
|Jacob Italiano||Australia||Borussia Mönchengladbach||17||61||82||LM, CAM|
|Ritsu Doan||Japan||PSV Eindhoven||21||73||82||RW, CAM|
|Jun Nishikawa||Japan||Cerezo Osaka||17||59||81||CAM, CF|
|Keito Nakamura||Japan||FC Twente (on loan from Gamba Osaka)||18||65||81||LW, CAM|
|Kim Min Jae||Korea Republic||Beijing Sinobo Guoan FC||22||74||81||CB|
|Younes Delfi||Iran||Sporting de Charleroi||18||65||80||RM|
|Jeong Woo Yeong||Korea Republic||SC Freiburg||19||66||80||RM, LM|
|Hwang In Beom||Korea Republic||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||22||72||80||CM, LW, CAM|
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