Historically, football has been a lesser sport throughout Asia – a continent that hasn’t seen one of its nations win the World Cup. However, the 2002 World Cup was a momentous event for the region, and several top-class players have emerged from across its many countries.
Asia has produced some top footballing talent over the years, from Japan’s Hidetoshi Nakata and Keisuke Honda to the Korea Republic’s Park Ji-Sung and Cha Bum-Kun.
Now, we look to the next crop of potential Asian superstars with our FIFA 21 Asian wonderkids. So, which ones should you look to sign in Career Mode?
Choosing FIFA 21 Career Mode’s best Asian wonderkids
Here, we’re looking at all of the best Asian wonderkids in FIFA 21, as well as those hailing from the Oceanian nation of Australia.
All of the players in this list have a minimum POT of 78 and are 22-years-old and younger at the start of Career Mode.
Takefusa Kubo (OVR 75 – POT 89)
Team: Villarreal CF (on-loan from Real Madrid)
Best Position: RM, CM, CAM
Overall/Potential: 75 OVR / 89 POT
Value (Release Clause): £12.2 million (N/A)
Wage: £53,000 per week
Skill Moves: Four-Star
Best Attributes: 89 Acceleration, 87 Agility, 85 Dribbling
Only 19-years-old, Takefusa Kubo is the best Asian wonderkid in FIFA 21. He’s already spent time with Barcelona and Real Madrid, having moved to Barça’s youth team in 2015 and subsequently being snapped up by Madrid on a free transfer in 2019.
He rose to prominence at RCD Mallorca last season, playing 35 games, scoring four goals, and assisting five. This season, at Villarreal and still on-loan from Real Madrid, Kubo will be looking to continue to get minutes.
Kubo has very promising stats in the key areas of a wide midfielder and attacking midfielder. He is nimble and good with the ball at his feet, which is shown by his 89 acceleration, 87 agility, 84 balance, 85 dribbling, and 81 ball control.
Other areas of the Japanese wonderkid’s game need improving, but being only 19-years-old, he has many years to hone his skills. Notable areas which need improvement going forward are his 58 long passing, 61 crossing, 70 finishing, and 60 long shots.
Kang-In Lee (OVR 74 – POT 84)
Team: Valencia CF
Best Position: CAM, ST, LM
Overall/Potential: 74 OVR / 84 POT
Value (Release Clause): £8.1 million (£18.6 million)
Wage: £14,000 per week
Skill Moves: Four-Star
Best Attributes: 87 Balance, 84 Agility, 81 Free-Kick Accuracy
Kang-In Lee made the move to Spain in 2011, joining Valencia’s youth team. He has worked his way through their youth system and is now in the first-team. Last season, the South Korean played 17 games for Valencia in La Liga – a number he will look to improve on this season.
Lee is versatile and can play a number of positions. He’s played on the left and right flank for his club, but he can also play down the middle as an attacking midfielder or even as the striker.
The 19-year-old is the epitome of a finesse player in FIFA 21, with his 87 balance, 84 agility, 53 stamina, and 46 strength. He is also a skilful player, utilising his 79 dribbling, 78 ball control, 78 curve, and 80 vision to cut through the opposition.
If you wanted to use Lee as a striker, a position that he can play, it may be worth noting that he currently has 63 positioning and 71 finishing, which will need improving. The Korean wonderkid does have a high attacking work rate, though, helping his movement off of the ball.
Takehiro Tomiyasu (OVR 72 – POT 83)
Best Position: RB, CB
Overall/Potential: 72 OVR / 83 POT
Value (Release Clause): £4.5 million (£8.6 million)
Wage: £13,000 per week
Skill Moves: Five-Star
Best Attributes: 77 Strength, 74 Standing Tackle, 73 Sliding Tackle
Takehiro Tomiyasu made the move from his home country, Japan, to Belgium in 2018, playing for Flemish side Sint-Truiden before making the move last summer to join Bologna in Italy. Last season, he played 29 games, scored once, and notched three assists for the Italian club.
Only 21-years-old, Tomiyasu has already racked-up 20 caps for Japan, making his debut against Panama in 2018. Although classified predominantly as a right back on FIFA 21, for club and country, he plays mostly as a centre back.
Tomiyasu is more suited to playing as a centre back rather than a right back, with his 72 defensive awareness, 74 standing tackle, 73 sliding tackle, 77 strength, 71 acceleration and 66 sprint speed.
The Japanese wonderkid also has a five-star weak foot, which could be particularly helpful when clearing the ball or if he’s pressured to make a pass from the backline.
Daniel Arzani (OVR 68 – POT 82)
Team: FC Utrecht (on-loan from Manchester City)
Best Position: RW, LW
Overall/Potential: 68 OVR / 82 POT
Value (Release Clause): £2.7 million (N/A)
Wage: £27,000 per week
Skill Moves: Four-Star
Best Attributes: 78 Acceleration, 78 Agility, 76 Dribbling
Born in Iran, Daniel Arzani moved to Australia and joined Melbourne City before being snapped up by Manchester City in 2018. He’s since been loaned out to Celtic and is now on-loan to Utrecht, playing in the Eredivisie.
At the time of writing, Arzani has almost played as many times for his country as he has at club level, with six caps for Australia and a total of seven appearances split between Celtic and Utrecht to date.
The Australian wonderkid has the potential to be a talented winger. He comes into FIFA 21 with 78 acceleration, 76 sprint speed, 78 agility, and 76 balance, showing his ability to move up and down the wing.
While his other attribute ratings aren’t overly impressive, Arzani is still only 21-years-old, with an 82 potential rating to hit in Career Mode.
All of the best Asian Wonderkids in FIFA 21
Below is the full list of all of the best young Asian players on FIFA 21, featuring Japanese wonderkids, South Korean wonderkids, Australian wonderkids, and a wonderkid from the UAE..
|Takefusa Kubo||Japan||RM, CM, CAM||19||75||89||Villarreal CF||£12.2M||£53K||£0 (On Loan)|
|Kangin Lee||South Korea||CAM, ST, LM||19||74||84||Valencia CF||£8.1M||£14K||£18.6M|
|Takehiro Tomiyasu||Japan||RB, CB||21||72||83||Bologna||£4.5M||£13K||£8.8M|
|Daniel Arzani||Australia||RW, LW||21||68||82||FC Utrecht||£2.7M||£27K||£0 (On Loan)|
|Hiroki Abe||Japan||LW, LM||21||68||81||FC Barcelona||£2.7M||£32K||£4.1M|
|Ritsu Doan||Japan||RM, CAM||22||73||81||DSC Arminia Bielefeld||£6.3M||£12K||£0 (On Loan)|
|Song Min Kyu||South Korea||LM, CAM||20||65||80||Pohang Steelers||£1.5M||£2K||£2M|
|Keito Nakamura||Japan||LM||19||66||80||Sint-Truidense VV||£1.8M||£2K||£0 (On Loan)|
|Jeong Woo Yeong||South Korea||RM, LM, CAM||20||68||80||SC Freiburg||£2.6M||£6K||£2.9M|
|Yukinari Sugawara||Japan||RB, RW||20||69||79||AZ Alkmaar||£2.6M||£4K||£2.3M|
|Harry Souttar||Australia||CB||21||66||79||Stoke City||£1.8M||£5K||£2.7M|
|Koki Saito||Japan||ST, CF, LW||18||64||78||Yokohama FC||£1.3M||£495||£1.6M|
|Lee Soo Bin||South Korea||CDM, CM||20||61||78||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors||£743K||£900||£0 (On Loan)|
|Yahia Nader||United Arab Emirates||CDM, CB||21||67||78||Al Ain FC||£2M||£450||£2.5M|
|Jacob Italiano||Australia||LM, RM||18||61||78||Borussia Mönchengladbach||£743K||£2K||£1.1M|
|Riley McGree||Australia||CM, RM, CAM||21||71||78||Birmingham City||£3.4M||£8K||£6.2M|
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