Football’s global appeal has never been so apparent, and the rise of Asian football is a testament to that. With an increasing wealth of incredibly talented footballers hailing from Asia – could these Asian wonderkids finally wrestle international silverware away from the traditional powerhouses in Europe and South America?
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 22 Asian wonderkids. So, which ones should you look to sign in Career Mode?
Choosing FIFA 22 Career Mode’s best Asian wonderkids
Here, we’re looking at all of the best Asian wonderkids in FIFA 22. All of the players in this list have a minimum POT of 76 and are 21-years-old or younger at the start of Career Mode.
1. Takefuso Kubo (75 OVR – 88 POT)
Team: RCD Mallorca
Wage: £66,000 p/w
Value: £11.6 million
Best Attributes: 89 Sprint Speed, 86 Agility, 85 Dribbling
With a staggering 88-rated potential and 75 overall, the on-loan superstar is Asia’s hottest prospect according to FIFA 22.
If you can prise Kubo away from Real Madrid in your Career Mode save, you’d be mad not to dribble with the Japanese playmaker at every possible opportunity. Kubo’s four-star skill moves and weak foot ability complements his 85 dribbling and 89 sprint speed brilliantly, making him a nightmare for defenders.
Kubo is currently enjoying a second loan stint at Mallorca after joining the Balearic club ahead of the 2019/20 season: a season in which his dazzling performances endeared himself to the fans. Last season, he turned out for both Getafe and Villareal in La Liga, but his best performances were saved for the Europa League, where he recorded a goal and three assists in five outings. On his current trajectory, Kubo looks set to be one of Asia’s finest ever exports.
2. Manor Solomon (76 OVR – 86 POT)
Team: Shakhtar Donetsk
Wage: £688 p/w
Value: £14.6 million
Best Attributes: 84 Agility, 82 Acceleration, 82 Balance
Shakhtar seem to have a serious talent on their hands in Manor Solomon, who has been given a respectable 76 overall and a tremendous 86 potential rating in FIFA 22.
His physical attributes are his primary strengths: 84 agility and 82 acceleration underline this. Still, he’s also polished on the ball with 81 dribbling and 78 composure – the latter being particularly high for someone so young.
After making his name in his native Israel at only 17-years-old, Ukrainian powerhouse Shakhtar snapped Solomon up for what now appears to be a bargain at £5.4 million. Three years on and almost a century of Shakhtar appearances later, Solomon represents the best of what Asia’s next-generation has to offer. Keep an eye out for the winger in the Champions League over the next few seasons – he might be scoring against your favourite club sooner rather than later.
3. Takuhiro Nakai (61 OVR – 83 POT)
Team: Real Madrid
Wage: £2,000 p/w
Best Attributes: 70 Vision, 67 Ball Control, 66 Short Passing
Takuhiro Nakai might be Real Madrid’s best kept secret – he may only be a 61 overall at the start of your Career Mode save, but give it a few years and he should hit his lofty 83 potential.
The 17-year-old doesn’t have the attributes to dominate sides right now, although, with 70 vision, 67 ball control, and 66 short passing, Nakai has all of the makings of a game-changing playmaker who should be supplying assist after assist once he develops at the Bernabeu.
Known as Pipi in Spain, Nakai was spotted in a training camp in China by Real Madrid scouts and signed his first contract with Los Blancos at the age of ten. He has only made one professional appearance to date for Real Madrid’s U19s, however, Nakai is set for a meteoric rise in the Spanish capital, so activating his £2.6 million release clause might be a smart move early on in your FIFA 22 save.
4. Song Min Kyu (71 OVR – 82 POT)
Team: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors
Wage: £5,000 p/w
Value: £3.2 million
Best Attributes: 84 Acceleration, 83 Sprint Speed, 78 Balance
Song Min Kyu is a name becoming more familiar to South Korean football fans as he continues to dominate the K-League 1, and his 71 overall and 82 potential suggests that he’s a name that fans across the world will get used to hearing over the next couple of seasons.
The South Korean’s wing play is characterised by his pace and trickery. His 84 acceleration and 83 sprint speed alongside his four-star skill moves make him a joy to operate in-game. Song Min Kyu also isn’t a stranger to scoring, as shown by his 73 finishing and attacking positioning.
Jeonbuk Hyundai nabbed the promising youngster from league rivals Pohang Steelers for a measly £1.3 million. As Song had bagged twenty goals and a further ten assists in 78 runouts for the Steelers, you’d expect him to command a higher transfer fee. Still, there isn’t any doubt that the South Korean international will cost any future suitors serious money if he does make the highly anticipated transition into European football.
5. Kangin Lee (74 OVR – 82 POT)
Team: RCD Mallorca
Wage: £15,000 p/w
Value: £8.2 million
Best Attributes: 87 Balance, 81 Agility, 81 FK Accuracy
A wonderkid on former FIFA editions, the 74 overall-rated Kangin Lee remains a worthwhile pick up in Career Mode this year as he could achieve a very useful 82 potential.
Kangin Lee is a wonderfully well-rounded attacking option and, regrdless of your offensive style, the ex-Valencia standout can be an effective weapon for you. Whether it be dead ball situations with his 81 freekick accuracy, midfield trickery with his 80 dribbling, or open play sharpshooting thanks to his 77 long shots and 75 finishing, Lee can do it all in your midfield.
Mallorca snapped up the silky South Korean on a free transfer this summer after Lee terminated his contract at Valencia – the club that signed him from his native South Korea at 10-years-old. Despite being a well-known name in Spain for over three years now, Lee is still only 20-years-old and hungry to make a lasting impact in Mallorca, or maybe your club in Career Mode if you’re lucky enough to sign him.
6. Jung Sang Bin (62 OVR – 80 POT)
Team: Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Wage: £731 p/w
Best Attributes: 85 Sprint Speed, 84 Acceleration, 82 Agility
Don’t be put off by Jung Sang Bin’s current 62 overall: he has the ideal striker profile in-game and once he hits his 80 potential, he will be a lethal attacker for your side. He might be a bit of a project to develop, but his £1.6 million release clause is well worth paying to secure his services in your save.
The 85 sprint speed and 84 acceleration at only 19-years-old is frighteningly fast, allowing Jung Sang Bin to get in behind defences and be a constant nuisance to the opposition backline. What’s more impressive is the South Korean’s tenacity – his high attacking and defensive work rate is so important for teams looking to press and harry their opposition high up the pitch.
The Bluewings have a very hot prospect on their hands. He didn’t feature for them domestically in the 2020 season, but it only took Sang Bin one game for South Korea’s national team against Sri Lanka for the starlet to notch his first international goal and capture the imagination of a nation.
7. Ryotaro Araki (67 OVR – 80 POT)
Team: Kashima Antlers
Wage: £2,000 p/w
Value: £2.1 million
Best Attributes: 85 Agility, 84 Balance, 83 Sprint Speed
A modern inverted winger, the 67 overall-rated Ryotaro Araki is an attacking prospect with a solid 80 potential, who is taking the Japanese top tier by storm at only 19-years-old.
Araki is a speedster with a difference as he looks to carve out chances for himself rather than necessarily creating them for others. His 83 sprint speed is more than usable in-game, but what really catches the eye is his 70 finishing, which reflects the goalscoring habits of Araki in real life.
Kashima Antlers placed fifth in the J-League in Araki’s debut season in 2020. He may have only four goal involvements in the previous campaign, but in 2021, that figure has been almost quadrupled and the season isn’t even over yet. It will only be a matter of time before Araki secures a starting berth for the Japanese national side.
All of the best young Asian players in FIFA 22
Below is the full list of all of the best young Asian players on FIFA 22.
|Takefusa Kubo||75||88||20||RM, CM, CAM||RCD Mallorca|
|Manor Solomon||76||86||21||RM, LM, CAM||Shakhtar Donetsk|
|Takuhiro Nakai||61||83||17||CAM||Real Madrid|
|Min Kyu Song||71||82||21||LM, CAM||Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors|
|Kang-in Lee||74||82||20||ST, CAM, RM||RCD Mallorca|
|Jung Sang Bin||62||80||19||ST||Suwon Samsung Bluewings|
|Ryotaro Araki||67||80||19||RM, LM, CAM||Kashima Antlers|
|Yukinari Sugawara||72||80||21||RB||AZ Alkmaar|
|Liel Abada||70||79||19||RM, ST||Celtic|
|Eom Ji Sung||60||79||19||RW||GwangJu FC|
|Shinta Appelkamp||69||79||20||CAM, RM, CM||Fortuna Düsseldorf|
|Khalid Al Ghannam||63||79||20||LM||Al Nassr|
|Kim Tae Hwan||66||78||21||RWB, RM||Suwon Samsung Bluewings|
|Jeong Woo Yeong||70||78||21||RM, CF||SC Freiburg|
|Lee Young Joon||56||77||18||ST||Suwon FC|
|Yuma Obata||63||77||19||GK||Vegalta Sendai|
|Saud Abdulhamid||69||77||21||RB||Al Ittihad|
|Shinya Nakano||60||76||17||LB, CB||Sagan Tosu|
|Kang Hyun Muk||60||76||20||CAM, ST||Suwon Samsung Bluewings|
|Daiki Matsuoka||64||76||20||CDM, CM||Shimizu S-Pulse|
|Ali Majrashi||62||76||21||RB||Al Shabab|
|Turki Al Ammar||62||76||21||CM, CAM, RM||Al Shabab|
|Kosei Tani||67||76||20||GK||Shonan Bellmare|
If you’re looking to develop the next top star of Asian football, be sure to sign one of the best wonderkids listed above.
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