While the Dutch national team has struggled in recent years, the country has a rich history of developing outstanding world-class talent.
Ajax has led the way for generations, with the club’s first team experiencing a renaissance of sorts in recent seasons, reaching the business end of the Champions League in 2018/19.
On this page, we’re going through all of the best wonderkids from the Netherlands that you should consider signing in FIFA 21’s Career Mode.
Choosing FIFA 21 Career Mode’s Best Dutch Wonderkids
Despite a host of Dutch wunderkinds now abroad and featuring for numerous top clubs, there is an abundance of talent cutting their teeth at home.
This is good news for you, as you should be able to pick up a bargain or two as Dutch clubs struggle to compete financially. We’ve done the scouting for you and found multiple starlets.
With the exception of Matthijs de Ligt (release clause £82.4 million), all of the players profiled are rated with 82 potential or better and are available on release clauses of £23.7m or less – pocket change if you’re managing a top European team.
For a full list of all of the best Dutch wonderkids, view the table towards the end of the page.
Matthijs de Ligt (85 OVR – 92 POT)
Team: Piemonte Calcio (Juventus)
Best Position: CB
Overall/Potential: 85 OVR / 92 POT
Value (Release Clause): £44.6 million (£82.4 million)
Wage: £72,000 per week
Best Attributes: 88 Strength, 86 Defensive Awareness, 86 Heading Accuracy
Considering the success and notoriety of Matthijs de Ligt already, it’s difficult to comprehend that he will be just 20-years-old when you begin your Career Mode.
Debuting for Ajax and becoming the second-youngest ever scorer for the club – only behind Clarence Seedorf – almost four years ago, he skippered the team to the Champions League semi-finals, only to fall to Spurs.
A move to Juventus ensued, and he slid straight into their starting XI, to finish with a league winner’s medal to boot.
Turning 21 early in your Career Mode, there aren’t too many deficiencies in De Ligt’s game. His 86 defensive awareness complements strong tackling ratings (85 standing, 82 sliding), with 88 strength meaning that he won’t be pushed off of the ball often, if all.
The 75 sprint speed and 84 jumping prove that De Ligt is’t a slouch athletically either, and while the Dutchman is nearly flawless, there is an opportunity to develop his positioning (44) and vision (63).
De Ligt is an undisputed future superstar of the game, and will only be available in extraordinary circumstances.
Myron Boadu (75 OVR – 87 POT)
Team: AZ Alkmaar
Best Position: ST
Overall/Potential: 75 OVR / 87 POT
Value (Release Clause): £44.6 million (£82.4 million)
Wage: £72,000 per week
Best Attributes: 89 Acceleration, 87 Sprint Speed, 87 Agility
The 14 goals in 24 appearances in the Eredivisie last year well and truly put Myron Boadu on the map: the wiry, two-footed attacker kept defenders awake at night.
Two goals in the first four appearances this season proves Boadu wasn’t a flash in the pan, and joins a number of AZ Alkmaar starlets in the early years of their potentially illustrious careers.
Boadu’s five-star weak foot makes him deadly at every turn on the park, with a burst of speed (89 acceleration, 87 sprint speed) giving him an edge on slower defenders.
Boadu’s 80 jumping and finishing round his attacking game, with 74 dribbling being adequate at the Eredivisie level for a man in his position. Work on his composure (73) should pump his output up, and an increase in his short passing (69) would help him to play in his teammates, which will be vital in stronger leagues.
Boadu already finds himself in good positions and separated from defenders – it’s just a case of taking chances when they come his way.
Ryan Gravenberch (71 OVR – 87 POT)
Best Position: CM
Overall/Potential: 71 OVR / 87 POT
Value (Release Clause): £4.3 million (£8.7 million)
Wage: £3,000 per week
Best Attributes: 78 Dribbling, 78 Agility, 77 Short Passing
Deployed as a central midfielder for Ajax, Ryan Gravenberch is a curiosity – almost a throwback to the Dutch idea of ‘Total Football.’
An outstanding dribbler, you’d think that Gravenberch would be more suited to the wide areas, and yet, he played all of his nine league matches last season in the middle of the park, pulling the strings.
With a 77 short passing and 78 agility matched by his 78 dribbling, Gravenberch is a busy player who’s able to zip in and out of holes to help in attack and defence to contribute in all three zones of the game.
If he is to be used in the middle of the park, a focus on his 59 defensive awareness and 57 sliding tackle rating will be vital.
You could almost mould Gravenberch into the player that you want him to be, or be free to use him anywhere in midfield to exploit his versatility. For his price tag, he could prove to be a bargain acquisition.
Mohamed Ihattaren (77 OVR – 87 POT)
Team: PSV Eindhoven
Best Position: CAM
Overall/Potential: 77 OVR / 87 POT
Value (Release Clause): £11.7 million (£18.7 million)
Wage: £6,000 per week
Best Attributes: 86 Ball Control, 84 Dribbling, 84 Vision
Graduating to the PSV first team in early 2019, Ihattaren kicked on and played 22 matches in the 2019/20 season. Contributing with three goals and six assists, he played an integral part in a team that lost just five times over the course of the campaign.
Suited to the central attacking midfield spot but able to do a job on either flank, Ihattaren’s game is predicated on close control, vision, and an eye for his teammates.
His 86 dribbling, 84 dribbling, and four-star skill moves allow him to unlock things on his own, with 84 vision and 75 short passing bringing his teammates into play. Four of the five movement attributes for Ihattaren fall in the mid-70s.
To truly develop, Ihattaren’s focus on positioning (66) and finishing (68) will add another dimension to his game, and help him race to that 87 potential. The base is there for a world-beater, but you may have to keep a close eye on his development.
Owen Wijndal (77 OVR – 86 POT)
Team: AZ Alkmaar
Best Position: LB
Overall/Potential: 77 OVR / 86 POT
Value (Release Clause): £11.3 million (£19.1 million)
Wage: £7,000 per week
Best Attributes: 85 Acceleration, 84 Sprint Speed, 84 Agility
Already a 77-rated left back, one thinks Owen Wijndall won’t be at AZ Alkmaar much longer. Zipping down the left flank for club and country, Wijndal’s played every minute of the 2020/21 campaign thus far, and only missed some action last season due to a suspension for accumulating too many yellow cards.
A goal and seven assists capped off another solid season, and Wijndal’s FIFA 21 rating reflected his efforts. His 85 acceleration, 84 sprint speed, and 84 agility lay the platform, with 83 stamina allowing the defender to contribute to both ends of play.
A range of mid-70s ratings across the board point to his versatility, but an 80 rating for short passing suggests that he likes to lend the ball to his teammates before he gets played back into space.
Despite all of this, there are a couple of glaring holes in Wijndal’s game that can be improved dramatically. You’d feel a player of his ilk could improve his 68 crossing, and it might be worth building on his long shots rating of 47 to make him a potential threat from range.
A £19.1 million release clause is almost suited to his current ability, let alone his potential attributes, so you should certainly consider signing the Dutch wonderkid.
All of the Best Young Dutch Players in FIFA 21
For a complete list of the best Dutch wonderkids in Career Mode, consult the table below.
|Matthijs de Ligt||CB||20||85||92||Piemonte Calcio (Juventus)||£44.6M||£72K||£82.4M|
|Myron Boadu||ST||19||75||87||AZ Alkmaar||£10.4M||£6K||£17.6M|
|Ryan Gravenberch||CM CDM||18||71||87||Ajax||£4.3M||£3K||£8.7M|
|Mohamed Ihattaren||CAM RM CM||18||77||87||PSV||£11.7M||£6K||£18.7M|
|Owen Wijndal||LB||20||77||86||AZ Alkmaar||£11.3M||£7K||£19.1M|
|Calvin Stengs||RW CAM||21||78||86||AZ Alkmaar||£14M||£10K||£23.7M|
|Jeremie Frimpong||RB RWB||19||71||86||Celtic||£4.2M||£13K||£10.3M|
|Donyell Malen||ST||21||78||85||PSV Eindhoven||£13.5M||£15K||£21.6M|
|Xavi Simons||CM||17||65||85||Paris Saint-Germain||£990K||£2K||£2.8M|
|Omar Rekik||CB||18||63||85||Hertha BSC||£698K||£2K||£1.9M|
|Joshua Zirkzee||ST CAM CF||19||68||84||Bayern Munich||£1.7M||£14K||£3.9M|
|Justin Kluivert||LM RM LW||21||74||84||RB Leipzig||£8.1M||£26K||£15.4M|
|Ki-Jana Hoever||RB CB||18||63||84||Wolverhampton Wanderers||£698K||£3K||£2M|
|Ludovit Reis||CM CDM||20||70||83||VfL Osnabrück||£3.1M||£5K||£0|
|Mohamed Taabouni||CAM LW||18||64||83||AZ Alkmaar||£833K||£810||£1.8M|
|Cody Gakpo||LM RM||21||75||83||PSV Eindhoven||£9M||£11K||£14.4M|
|Jurriën Timber||CB RB||19||68||83||Ajax||£1.6M||£3K||£3.3M|
|Joey Veerman||CM CAM||21||75||83||SC Heerenveen||£9M||£7K||£14.9M|
|Devyne Rensch||CB CDM RB||17||65||82||Ajax||£900K||£450||£1.8M|
|Sepp van den Berg||CB||18||65||82||Liverpool||£900K||£4K||£2.2M|
|Lutsharel Geertruida||RB CB||19||72||82||Feyenoord||£4M||£4K||£6.3M|
|Tahith Chong||LM RM||20||66||82||SV Werder Bremen||£1.3M||£5K||£0|
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