I've been playing fm for some years now and I always get the feeling Dutch players and talents are underrated. When you take a look at all the greats the Dutch football academy has brought forward, with only 16 million Dutch residents, you HAVE to conclude this academy is one of the better ones in the world. This can also be seen by just looking at the u17, u19, etc squads. I always assumed that Dutch talents/players got underrated because of the lack of exposure. But now with the introduction of last years Next-Gen series at least
the talents should be properly rated. This youth CL makes it very easy to spot the future top players because you can immediately see which playes are 10 steps ahead of their competition. Some players are just operating on a different level. Sterling(liverpool), Dongou(Barcelona), Fischer(Ajax) are just some of these players. Raheem Sterling, one of FM 12 greatest talents, was rated properly (in my opinion). Still his team lost to a superbly playing victor fischer. Fischer scored 3 goals and had 2 assists in this game. In the match against Barcelona he also produced 3 goals. Ajax reached last years Next-Gen finale (they should have been the champions). They won the semi final with 0-6 against liverpool (away) and the quarter final against Barcalona with 0-3 (away). The Ajax team of youngsters were the best team in the tournament and yet, none of these players are truly great talents in fm 12 as Sterling. Not even close. So you would assume this would be fixed in fm 13, you would assume the ajax youth would get a boost. Especially since they started the new Next-Gen campaign in a similar goals scoring fashion as last year. The scary part is that the Feyenoord youth has performed even better
than the ajax youth the last couple of years. And these players were also not AMAZING wonderkids. Felipe gutierez was, and he can't even get a place in the starting 11 for FC Twente.
The thing that buggs me the most is the fact that especially English talents are SO highly overrated. The English national squad isn't really performing and this is because of the lack of Brittish talent. Don't get me wrong, there are some great players like terry, lampard, joe hart, ferdinand, welback, rooney. But none of these players have the pure technical/creative class of let's say David Silva, Rafael Van Der Vaart, Diego, etc. Furthermore when looking at the Top teams in the PL, the players that really give a team that rare creative spark are always the foreign players. Some examples are Silva, Dembele, Van Persie, Hazard, Nasri, Kagawa, etc. Still in every FM there seem to be English wonderkids that have a high potential for those technical/creative attributes. (Obviously I'm making some generalization, seeing as Ramsey is a creative and technically gifted player).
For some youth football fanatics; Google/youtube Anass Achabar, MEmphis Depay, Ouasim Bouy, Tony Vilhena, Victor Fischer, Mitchell Dijks, Stefano Denswil, Ricardo Kishna, Lucas Andersen, Locadia, Zakaria Baccali, Kyle Ebicilio, Karim Rekik, Jethro Willems, Ricardo van Rhijn, Bruno Martins Indi, Adam Maher, Jordy Clasie.
These are just some underrated(not all are) and relatively unknown gems that have a bright future, I would like to see their rating a bit higher next year around.
I am obviously biased, but I was just wondering if there are people who have a similar opinion. Looking forward to your responses.
- A Dutch Ajax fan