With legendary Russian keeper Igor Akinfeev entering his 30s now, it’s time for someone new to take up the mantle, and that man could well be Anton Mitryushkin. In real life, Mitryushkin has just moved to Swiss club FC Sion, but in FIFA 16, he’s still on the books of Spartak Moscow, and he’s a top goalkeeping prospect. His overall starts pretty low at just 64, and his handling is a bit suspect at just 56, but with some training and loan spells he’ll grow all the way up to around 80 overall, making him a solid first team keeper, or a very capable backup.
Khodzhaniyazov currently plies his trade in Denmark, but he’s listed as a Zenit Saint Petersburg player in fifa 17 hack, so he makes the list. He’s already an experienced international at youth level, and he has enormous growth potential for anyone willing to sign him up. At just 19 and 69 overall, he’s not quite ready for the first XI just yet, but his base stats are solid – particularly his 71 stamina, 73 standing and sliding tackle and 70 marking – and he has a potential ceiling of 83 overall, which would make him a fantastic starting left-back.
Rubin Kazan’s Georgian centre-back has come on leaps and bounds since his first team debut back in 2011, and he’s grown into arguably the best young centre back in the league. At 1.96m he’s a massive, commanding presence at the heart of the back four, and has no problem dealing with aerial balls into the box. His tackling ratings are both under 80 and could use some work, but he’s a smart footballer, with 80 marking and 81 interceptions and crucially, his 79 acceleration and 81 sprint speed means he’s able to keep pace with quick opposition attackers. He’ll grow another seven points with some training, up to 81 overall.
Uruguayan centre-back Lemos is a slightly lower-level prospect, but he has serious growth potential, and he’ll become a very serviceable backup, or a quality centre-back for a lowe- league side. His 73 acceleration and 75 sprint speed a major strength – priceless for a centre-back who’ll line up against lightning quick strikers every week. Aside from that, he’s a blank canvas – yours for a minimal transfer fee, and he’ll grow from 63 to 77 overall if you give him lots of attention on the training pitch.
CSKA Moscow’s Fernandes is a long-established, quality right-back. At 25, he’s no wonderkid anymore, but he’s certainly worth looking at – he’s the best right-back in the Russian Football Championship, and he still has plenty of years left in the tank. At 1.85m, with 83 standing and sliding tackle and 85 marking, he’s a good enough defender to fill in at centre-back if you need him to, and his 81 pace, 81 stamina and 75 crossing make him effective on the flank as well, where he can snuff out opposition attacks, and then get forward on the counter. Sign him up and he’ll grow a few points, up to 83 overall.
Like Mário Fernandes, Shatov is 25 and therefore already well on his way in terms of development, but there’s still some growth potential left, and he’s arguably the best left midfield prospect in the league. His 83 acceleration is boosted by a whopping 91 sprint speed, and complemented nicely by 82 dribbling and ball control, 81 vision and four star skill moves. He’s already 80 overall, which makes him more than ready to step straight into your first team, but he’ll grow a few more points up to 83 with a bit of extra training.