After a few torrid years, Italian football is finally back on the map. The resurgence of the Serie A has seen Juventus back amongst the Champions League favourites and Inter Milan holding its own against the likes of Dortmund and Barcelona in the group stage. The form of the Italian national team has been a great indicator of this, with Italy fielding one of its youngest and most attacking squads ever. We all know Gianluigi Donnaruma, but the Azzuri have several other talented youngsters you’ll be keen to add to your squad as well. Check out our list of the best young Italian players in FIFA 20 below:
10. Enrico Brignola (AS Livorno: CAM, RW, CF)
19-year-old Enrico Brignola is looking for a big season with AS Livorno in the Serie B. Despite only having played 69 minutes so far the youngster is regarded to be a bright prospect. This is reflected in the latest edition of FIFA where he starts off with an overall rating of 70, which under the right guidance, can rise to 84. Hi key attributes include his dribbling (73), agility (76), balance (74) and positioning (73) which means he is a must have for anyone wanting to play with pacey wingers that run directly at defenders. In FIFA 20, Brignola has a release clause of €8.3M, 4-star weak foot and 3-star dribbling.
9. Alessandro Bastoni (Inter Milan: CB)
6’3” Alessandro Bastoni is only 20 years old but is already making waves in the Serie A as part of Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan side. The centre back has already made 4 appearances as Inter Milan have established themselves as the closest competitors to Juventus in the league. Having impressed at Parma last season, he’ll be looking to establish himself in Serie A this year. Starting with an overall rating of 72, Bastoni has the potential to be rated 84. A 3-star weak foot means he is comfortable on either side of a centre back pairing and his defensive attributes include defensive awareness (76), standing tackle (78) and sliding tackle (75) means he is a bargain with a release clause of only €9.5M.
8. Sebastiano Esposito (Inter Milan: ST)
At only 16 years old, Sebastiano Esposito is the youngest player on this list but he has bags of potential and under the guidance of Antonio Conte and playing alongside the likes of Romelu Lukaku, there is no question that he can succeed. The 63 overall rated youngster has a low release clause of only €2.2M and an overall potential rating of 85. If you’re willing give him time, Esposito can easily become one of the best players in the game and lead the line for years to come in your career mode save.
7. Roberto Piccoli (Atalanta: ST)
6’0” Roberto Piccoli is only 18-year-old but has the world at his feet. Already lighting up the Primavera 1 for the Atalanta U19, it shouldn’t be long before he makes the leap to the senior squad. With an overall rating of 64, Piccoli has an overall potential rating of 85. He has a release clause of only €2.8M and could really make a difference for your side for years to come.
6. Pietro Pellegri (AS Monaco: ST)
The joint youngest player to make his debut in the Serie A, the young starlet has since moved on to AS Monaco and is been watched with a keen eye. The talented 18-year-old wonderkid stands at 6’2” and has a release clause of €4M which seems a great bargain for a player whose overall rating of 67 can rise to a massive 86. While he is yet to make an appearance for AS Monaco this season due to injury problems, he is expected to be a big role for the club once he’s fit again.
5. Andrea Pinamonti (Genoa: ST)
Andrea Pinamonti is on loan at Genoa from Inter Milan and has already started the season brightly with 2 goals and 2 assists from 7 games and he’s already making himself a valuable part of this Genoa side. Standing at 6’2”, the 20-year-old will be looking to continue his rich vein of form and impress his parent club Inter. With a 3 star weak foot and three star skill moves, defenders will not fancy facing him. His key attributes include finishing (73), volleys (72) and ball control (74) and his great potential mean Piamonti is an exciting prospect to sign in your career mode save in FIFA 20.
4. Nicolò Zaniolo (AS Roma: CAM, RW, CM)
Already capped by the Italian national team and an established member of the AS Roma side after a stunning 18/19 season, Nicolò Zaniolo is a household name in Italy. AS Roma fans are rubbing their hands in glee as they imagine the prospect of him turning out for the club for years to come, and with a few goals to his name already this season it’s clear to see how integral the 19-year-old is to his team. Standing at 6’3” with a FIFA rating of 74 that can grow to 88, his in-game attributes include short passing (75), dribbling (76), ball control (77), strength (78), aggression (80) and positioning (77). Zaniolo is a very exciting prospect and his release clause of €27.9M in indicative of this, however, with such high potential in FIFA 20 and his whole career ahead of him, this price tag seems like an absolute steal.
3. Moise Kean (Everton: ST)
Quite a few eyebrows were raised when Moise Kean switched Juventus for Everton in the summer for a fee of €30M. However, the youngster is determined to prove himself and despite having struggled so far this season in a floundering Everton side, the youngster has looked promising. In FIFA 20, he boasts a rating of 76 which can grow to massive 89, and with 3 star weak foot and skill moves his in-game ability and potential is on show for all to see. His release clause is only a little more than his recent transfer fee at €36.6M and he’d make an exciting signing for any team in career mode. His key attributes in FIFA include finishing (77), dribbling (77), ball control (78), acceleration (80) and sprint Speed (82).
2. Sandro Tonali (Brescia: CDM, CM)
Brescia might just have one of the best defensive midfielders in the game in the form of Sandro Tonali. Already drawing comparisons to the greats like Andrea Pirlo, his attributes are promising to say the least. These include short passing (77), long passing (80), ball control (76), acceleration (82) and strength (79). At only 19 years of age his overall rating is 75 is already quite strong, but his potential rating of 90 is immense. Tonali has a release clause of only €32.7M and 4-star weak foot and 3-star skill moves to boot. If you’re looking for a gifted wonderkid to build your team around in FIFA 20, Sandro Tonali could be that man.
1. Gianluigi Donnaruma (AC Milan: GK)
Can Gianluigi Donnaruma really be considered a wonderkid? Already the established number 1 for both AC Milan and Italy, Donnaruma is considered the successor to the throne of Gianluigi Buffon, who won everything in his decorated career. Despite only being 20 years old, Donnaruma has already made 182 appearances for AC Milan and 15 appearances for Italy. AC Milan face a fight to keep him in every transfer window and with a release clause of €78.9M, signing him makes perfect sense if you’re looking for a world class keeper to serve you for years to come. His goalkeeping attributes include diving (90) handling (80), positioning (80) and reflexes (90). Expect Gianluigi Donnaruma to dominate the game both in FIFA 20 and in real life for years to come. His overall rating of 85 can easily climb to 92, making him one of the brightest prospects in FIFA 20.
Summary: Best Young Italian Players in FIFA 20
|Name||Club||Position||Age||Overall Rating||Potential Rating|
|Gianluigi Donnaruma||AC Milan||GK||20||85||92|
|Sandro Tonali||Brescia||CDM CM||19||75||90|
|Nicolò Zaniolo||AS Roma||CAM RW CM||19||74||88|
|P. Pellegri||AS Monaco||ST||18||67||86|
|S. Esposito||Inter Milan||ST||16||63||85|
|A. Bastoni||Inter Milan||CB||20||72||84|
|E. Brignola||Livorno||CAM RW CF||19||70||84|
Italy has always been a factory for some of the brightest young talents in the footballing world and these wonderkids look as if they’ll help continue this trend for years to come. With the likes of Zaniolo and Donnaruma already established stars for their respective sides and considered world class players, their prices reflect that. However, the likes of Tonali, Bastoni and Pinamonti reflect excellent value for money and could grow into the next Italian superstars in the latest version of everyone’s favourite football video game, FIFA.
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