It’s been 41 years since Belgium lost in the final of the 1980 European Championships to West Germany, and after a lull in the late 20th and early 21st Century, the Red Devils are playing arguably their best football ever.
They’ve produced some of the greatest footballers of this generation, but international silverware still eludes the Belgians – but can the next crop of brilliant Belgian starlets go one better and win it all?
Here, we’re going through all of the best Belgian wonderkids that you can sign in FIFA 22.
Choosing FIFA 22 Career Mode’s best Belgian wonderkids
The precocious footballing stars featured in this list, including Maarten Vandevoordt, Jérémy Doku, and Charles De Ketelaere, are aiming to achieve national and global icon status like current greats Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, and Romelu Lukaku.
The wonderkids chosen here possess the highest potential ratings in Career Mode of all Belgian footballers under the age of 21.
At the foot of the page, you’ll find the full list of all of the best Belgian wonderkids in FIFA 22.
1. Jérémy Doku (77 OVR – 88 POT)
Team: Stade Rennais FC
Wage: £25,000 p/w
Value: £19.8 million
Best Attributes: 95 Agility, 94 Acceleration, 90 Sprint Speed
Stade Rennais’ star speedster Jérémy Doku appears to be the next name in Belgium’s long list of footballing icons as his 77 overall looks set to increase to an 88 potential in FIFA 22 Career Mode.
A skilful winger, Doku leans on his 86 dribbling and four-star skill moves to decimate defences, but where Doku really shines is his 94 acceleration and 90 sprint speed, which make the 19-year-old a nightmare to contain in-game.
As a product of the Anderlecht youth team, the Belgian giants sanctioned a move to Stade Rennais in the summer of 2020, once the French side paid £23 million for his services. Two goals and a further three assists in 30 league games last year represents a quiet debut season for Doku, who will be aiming to add to his ten Belgian caps in the coming years.
2. Maarten Vandevoordt (71 OVR – 87 POT)
Team: KRC Genk
Wage: £3,000 p/w
Value: £3.7 million
Best Attributes: 74 GK Diving, 73 GK Reflexes, 70 GK Handling
Starting save games at 71 overall, you can expect Genk’s talented shot-stopper to fill the hefty shoes of keeper Thibaut Courtois for the Red Devils once his remarkable 87 potential is reached.
Like most valuable keepers in FIFA 22, Vandevoordt is best used as a shot-stopper, with his 74 diving, 73 reflexes, and 70 handling illustrating the young Belgian’s ability to react quickly, cover a great distance, and consistently hold onto shots.
After regularly appearing in the Genk first-team last season, at the age of 18, Vandevoordt made his bow for Belgium’s under-21s team, where he continued to impress scouts across the continent.
If his profile impresses you, Genk will be willing to sell their prized prodigy for £7.9 million, which is excellent value given his potential to be one of the game’s best goalkeepers in Career Mode.
3. Charles De Ketelaere (75 OVR – 85 POT)
Team: Club Brugge
Wage: £16,000 p/w
Value: £10.8 million
Best Attributes: 83 Stamina, 81 Ball Control, 79 Dribbling
A name that most non-Belgian football fans are probably unfamiliar with, the 75 overall De Ketelaere is primed to be the next prolific forward to dominate the left wing, lead the frontline, or play in the number ten role for the Belgian national team.
De Ketelaere possesses tremendous physical and technical attributes, which lends to his impressive versatility. At a towering 6’4” and with 83 stamina, the 20-year-old has the height and engine to be a constant nuisance wherever he plays. His 81 ball control and 79 dribbling should encourage you to find De Ketelaere at every opportunity so that he can impact the game with the ball at his feet.
Two caps for Belgium and a goal to boot so early in his career is a testament not only to his unbelievable potential, but the performances that De Ketelaere has been putting in on the domestic and continental stage.
4. Aster Vranckx (67 OVR – 85 POT)
Team: VfL Wolfsburg
Wage: £5,000 p/w
Value: £2.2 million
Best Attributes: 74 Aggression, 73 Strength, 72 Sprint Speed
At 18-years-old, Aster Vranckx is a prototypical creative playmaker who is just as comfortable on either foot. If he reaches his billed 85 potential, the 67-overall central midfielder will be a force to be reckoned with both on the domestic and international stage.
Vranckx may represent a great ball-playing option in the CM position with his 71 short passing and rare five-star weak foot, but the teenager offers the all-important physicality to hold his own in the FIFA 22 match engine. His 73 strength and 72 sprint speed highlight the balanced blend of pace and power that Vranckx boasts both in real life and in the game.
Wolfsburg spent just over £7 million on Vranckx this summer due to the youngster’s outstanding performances for KV Mechelen, as outlined by his four goals and two assists in the regular Jupiler League season last term. Give it a couple of seasons in FIFA 22, and suddenly Vranckx’s £5.2 million release clause looks like one of the biggest bargains out there.
5. Roméo Lavia (62 OVR – 85 POT)
Team: Manchester City
Wage: £602 p/w
Value: £1 million
Best Attributes: 68 Standing Tackle, 66 Sliding Tackle, 66 Ball Control
Manchester City’s Belgian prospect has some way to go to hit his 85 potential, but once the current 62 overall rating does grow to that height in your FIFA 22 Career Mode, he could be a first-team regular for the Red Devils and the Citizens for over a decade.
Lavia’s primary strength is his defensive capabilities, which he relies on to disrupt opposition attacking moves in the heart of midfield. His 68 standing tackle and 66 sliding tackle suggest that, as he develops, the midfield battle will be won increasingly often by the young ball-winner.
Despite not making any senior appearances last season, Lavia is a firm favourite amongst the Manchester City backroom staff and Belgium’s youth coaches. There’s a long way to go in his development, but his regular appearances for the national youth sides denote that he has a big future in the game – and maybe with your side in Career Mode if you fancy splashing £2.9 million on him.
6. Hugo Siquet (69 OVR – 83 POT)
Team: Standard de Liège
Wage: £2,000 p/w
Value: £2.7 million
Best Attributes: 80 Crossing, 77 Sprint Speed, 77 Curve
Right back Hugo Siquet is making a name for himself as an attacking full-back who is just setting out in his career; his 69 overall and 83 potential in FIFA 22 suggest that he has shown plenty of promise so far.
Siquet’s crossing ability underlines the significant attacking threat that he offers on the right flank. His 80 crossing and 77 sprint speed will only improve as the save progresses, and you can expect the Liège right back to be one of the premier defensive creators in Europe as he physically and mentally matures in Career Mode.
In only 16 league appearances last season, Siquet assisted five goals from right back, which is a particularly good return. He may not be capped yet, but it seems like a matter of time before he slots into Belgium’s backline at only 19 years of age.
7. Amadou Onana (68 OVR – 83 POT)
Team: LOSC Lille
Wage: £5,000 p/w
Value: £2.3 million
Best Attributes: 79 Strength, 74 Sprint Speed, 71 Sliding Tackle
With an overall of 68 and potential of 83, Amadou Onana has all the talent to develop into a standout ball-winning midfielder in your Career Mode save if you trigger his very reasonable £5.9 million release clause.
Onana has everything that you’d want from a screening midfielder – he’s strong, fast, and an accomplished tackler. The Belgian wonderkid’s 79 strength is ideal at only 19-years-old, as is his 74 sprint speed. Still, the 71 sliding tackle and 70 aggression are what stand out for someone so young as it reveals his defensive competencies both technically and mentally.
Born in Dakar, Senegal, the current captain of the Belgium under-21s is showing signs of becoming a truly elite holding midfielder. After a season in 2. Bundesliga, Hamburg sold their hottest prospect to Lille in a £6.3 million deal. He’s delighted fans so far in France, and could easily do the same for you in FIFA 22 if you take a chance on one of Belgium’s top talents.
All of the best young Belgian players in FIFA 22
In the table below, you’ll find all of the best Belgian wonderkids in FIFA 22, sorted by their potential rating.
|Jérémy Doku||77||88||19||RW, RM||Stade Rennais FC|
|Maarten Vandevoordt||71||87||19||GK||KRC Genk|
|Charles De Ketelaere||75||85||20||LW, CAM, ST||Club Brugge KV|
|Aster Vranckx||67||85||18||CM, CDM||VfL Wolfsburg|
|Romeo Lavia||62||85||17||CDM||Manchester City|
|Hugo Siquet||69||83||18||RB, RWB||Standard de Liège|
|Amadou Onana||68||83||19||CDM, CM||LOSC Lille|
|Luca Oyen||65||83||18||LW||KRC Genk|
|Tibo Persyn||66||83||19||RM, RW, RWB||Club Brugge KV (on-loan from Inter Milan)|
|Yari Verschaeren||73||83||19||CAM, RW, CM||RSC Anderlecht|
|Michel Ange Balikwisha||70||83||20||RW, LW, ST||Royal Antwerp FC|
|Largie Ramazani||67||83||20||RM, LM, ST||UD Almería|
|Nicolas Raskin||71||83||20||CM, CDM||Standard de Liège|
|Anouar Ait El Hadj||69||83||19||CAM, CM, RW||RSC Anderlecht|
|Albert Sambi Lokonga||73||82||21||CM, CDM||Arsenal|
|Ignace Van der Brempt||66||82||19||RB, RM||Club Brugge KV|
|Yorbe Vertessen||69||82||20||RM, ST||PSV Eindhoven|
|Zinho Vanheusden||74||82||21||CB||Genoa (on-loan from Inter Milan)|
|Zeno Debast||61||81||17||CB, CDM||RSC Anderlecht|
|Marco Kana||67||81||18||CDM, CB, CM||RSC Anderlecht|
|Senne Lammens||64||81||18||GK||Club Brugge KV|
|Ikoma Loïs Openda||71||81||21||ST||Vitesse (on-loan from Club Brugge KV)|
|Eliot Matazo||70||81||19||CDM, CM||AS Monaco|
|Killian Sardella||67||80||19||RB, LB||RSC Anderlecht|
|Cisse Sandra||61||80||17||CAM, LM, CF||Club Brugge KV|
|Arthur Theate||69||80||21||CB, LB||Bologna (on-loan from KV Oostende)|
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