In recent years, Belgium has come to the fore when it comes to the production of young footballing talent. The likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtouis have been dominating the scene for a while now and as their age begins to catch up to them, Belgium has a host of ready-made replacements waiting in the wings for their to chance to represent the Red Devils. Check out our list of the best young Belgian players in FIFA 20 below:
10. Alexis Saelemaekers (RSC Anderlecht: RB, RW)
20-year-old Alexis Saelemaekers is already turning heads at Belgian powerhouse RSC Anderlecht. Already in the mix at Anderlecht, where despite a poor start to the season he has 1 goal in 5 games, the young winger – who can also operates as a full back – has generally impressed. With an overall rating of 71 that can climb to 81 and a release clause of €6.5M, Alexis could be a steal if you pick him up early in your career mode save. A 4-star weak foot means he is comfortable on either foot and key attributes such as crossing (79), acceleration (79), sprint speed (76) and jumping (77) make him an attractive signing for any gamer looking to strengthen the right side of their team.
9. Aster Vranckx (KV Mechelen: CM CAM)
Aster Vranckx may only be 16 but he is one of the brightest young prospects in Belgium right now and has recently caught the eye of Man Utd scouts. Playing for KV Mechelen in the Jupiler Pro League, Aster is looking to nail down a regular starting slot this season and has made three appearances for the club so far this year. While his overall rating to begin with is a lowly 60, Aster has the potential to be reach 82 and tear apart defences. A 5-star weak foot means he is brilliant on both his right and left foot and this is supplemented by 3-star dribbling. His attributes include strong spring speed and strength and he has an affordable release clause of only €1.1M
8. Francis Amuzu (RSC Anderlecht: LW)
19-year-old Francis Amuzu is 5’7” and already an established member of the RSC Anderlecht team. Amuzu has 1 assist from 10 appearances so far this season in a struggling Anderlecht team. Starting with an overall rating of 70, the youngster has the potential to climb to 82. His release clause of €5.2M seems an absolute steal when you take a look at his attributes, with dribbling (76), acceleration (92), sprint speed (83), balance (90) and jumping (91) his key strengths.
7. Maarten Vandevoordt (KRC Genk: GK)
As the only goalkeeper on this list, Maarten Vandevoordt has a lot of expectation resting on his shoulders. Vandevoordt is seen my many to be the long-term successor to Thibaut Courtois, when he eventually hangs up his gloves. While he is not currently the first choice, Vandevoort will be looking to make the step up in the coming seasons to become the clubs’s number 1 keeper. A release clause of €1.5M seems cheap when you realise the youngster has the ability to grow from a 63 rating overall to a potential rating of 83 in FIFA 20.
6. Robbe Quirynen (Royal Antwerp FC: RB, LB)
Expect to see 17-year-old 6’0” Robbe Quirnyen is regarded as one of the brightest prospects at Royal Antwerp FC and is looking to break into the first team this season. The youngster has a release clause of only €1.8M, a 4-star weak foot and a 3-star skill moves and despite his young age, has already made a few appearances so far this season. Quirynen has a 64 overall rating to begin with, and has the potential to climb up to 83. His acceleration (74), sprint speed (77) and jumping (76) stand out particularly.
5. Albert Sambi Lokonga (RSC Anderlecht: CDM, CM)
Another from the RSC Anderlecht production line, Albert Sambi Lokonga is looking to make a big impression this season and become the next big name in Belgian football. Already having appeared in 6 games he will be looking to make a big impression this season. Beginning as a 69 overall rated player, the wonderkid has the ability to grow to an 83 rating overall. His short passing (74), dribbling (73), ball control (75) and agility (81) stand out as his best attributes and he is available from the Brussels based club for a minimum fee release clause of €4.5M.
4. Ikoma Loïs Openda (Club Brugge KV: ST, LW)
Openda is only 19 years old but is already regarded as a potential star at Club Brugge. Standing at 5’9” the striker who can also operate as a left winger has already become a regular off the bench and his next challenge will be to break into the starting XI. Rated at 70 at the beginning of your career mode save, he has the potential to grow to a whopping 84. A release clause of €7.8M is attached to the speedy wonderkid whose most notable attributes include acceleration (94), sprint speed (92) and jumping (90).
3. Zinho Vanheusden (Standard de Liège: CB)
Young Zinho Vanheusden impressed on loan from Inter last season and thus found the move made permanent at the end of the season. Already a Belgian Cup winner with Standard Liège, Zinho will be targeting more glory – both personal and for the club over the coming seasons. The 6’1” centre back has already made 5 appearances in the league and has been a model of composure and reliability despite being only 19. Rated as 74 overall in the game, he has the ability to grow to 85. A release clause of €14.5M is attached to him and his key defensive attributes (defensive awareness – 76, standing tackle – 76 and sliding tackle – 75). make this seem like a bargain.
2. Jérémy Doku (RSC Anderlecht: RW)
Jérémy Doku is only 17 and 5’7”, however he plays with much more maturity and precision than someone of his age. Already challenging for a starting XI spot, the young winger who has a 4-star weak foot and 3-star skill moves, has made 7 appearances for RSC Anderlecht and will be hoping for a big season. Rated 66 in FIFA 20, he has the ability to climb to 86 and will be a nightmare for any full back facing him in years to come. His attributes are unbelievably good for someone his age and include acceleration (88), sprint speed (88), agility (93) and jumping (88). A release clause of €3.2M is attached the pacey youngster, so if you’re looking for a bargain winger with blistering pace, Doku could be your man.
1. Yari Verschaeren (RSC Anderlecht: CAM, CM, RW)
Yari Verschaeren is only 17 and stands at 5’8” but is already the standout prospect in Belgian football. An established part of the RSC Anderlecht team, Verschaeren has also made his national team debut for the Red Devils, scoring 1 goal in 2 appearances. An overall rating of 72 can climb dramatically to as much as 87 with the right training and exposure to first team football. Yari has a 3-star skill moves and weak foot and his best attributes include his fribbling (77), ball control (78), agility (87) and balance (86). Expect to hear the name Yari Verschaeren a lot more over the coming seasons.
Summary: Best Young Belgian Players in FIFA 20
|Name||Club||Position||Age||Overall Rating||Potential Rating|
|Yari Verschaeren||RSC Anderlecht||CAM CM RW||17||72||87|
|J. Doku||RSC Anderlecht||RW||17||66||86|
|Z. Vanheusden||Standard de Liège||CB||19||74||85|
|I. Openda||Club Brugge KV||ST LW||19||70||84|
|A. Sambi Lokonga||RSC Anderlecht||CDM CM||19||69||83|
|R. Quirynen||Royal Antwerp FC||RB LB||17||64||83|
|M. Vandevoordt||KRC Genk||GK||17||63||83|
|F. Amuzu||RSC Anderlecht||LW||19||70||82|
|A. Vranckx||KV Mechelen||CM CAM||16||60||82|
|A. Saelemaekers||RSC Anderlecht||RW RB||20||71||81|
While this list may contain a lot of inexperience, the high potential of some of these players is clear for all to see. Most of them would be great signings for mid table clubs in bigger leagues, who are looking to grow year on year. Many of these players represent fantastic value for money for any gamer using a lower rated team with a smaller transfer budget in their current career mode in FIFA 20. If you’re willing to guide any one of these players and provide them with the right mix of training and first team football, you’ll surely be rewarded with a world class player who’ll be a mainstay in both your side and the Belgium national side for years to come.
Looking to discover more wonderkids in the latest edition of the game? Check out our list of the best young French players in FIFA 20 here.