Ireland has a rich footballing history, with a long tradition of producing top-class players. Roy Keane, John O’Shea or Robbie Keane are just a few of the names that made history for Irish football.
In recent years, there has been a new generation of Irish talent emerging, with a number of young players making waves in the world of football. From young goalkeepers to dynamic midfielders and clinical forwards, these players have been making a name for themselves in some of the world’s top football leagues.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at five of the best Irish wonderkids in FIFA 23 that you must sign in Career Mode. Let’s dive in.
Kicking off the list is Brighton & Hove Albion’s striker, Evan Ferguson. Just 17-years of age, the young Irish player has already made his debut in the Premier League and already scored 4 goals for the Seagulls which is an impressive feat for a player this young.
Just this season, he has 14 goals scored in 28 games across all competitions. Brighton will face title contenders Arsenal next weekend, with Ferguson likely to make another impactful appearance for his side that you can wage at mansion sports betting.
Ferguson made his debut for the Republic of Ireland national team against Norway on November 17, 2022 and scored his first goal for the senior team on March 22, 2023 against Latvia.
In his homeland, Ferguson’s breakthrough at Brighton has drawn comparisons with a former United great – Wayne Rooney. Ferguson is known for his impressive scoring, technical ability on the ball and physicality.
In FIFA 23, the ‘Great Hope’ of Ireland has received a 68 overall rating (OVR) while his potential was set at an outstanding 85 OVR. His in-game value is €3M which makes him a very attractive signing for any Career Mode manager. Moreover, he is one of the few rare young talents to have a real face in FIFA 23.
Gavin Bazunu is one of the most exciting goalkeeper prospects in world football. The 20-year-old started his professional career at Shamrock Rovers before moving to Premier League giants Manchester City. Unfortunately, the Irish goalkeeper failed to make any appearances for the Cityzens and signed for Southampton in 2022.
That was an inspired move, as he became the #1 for the Saints this season, accumulating 37 appearances across all competitions. Despite his young age, Bazunu is considered a very mature player with a strong mentality and is widely regarded as one of the most promising young goalkeepers in Europe.
He made his senior debut for Republic of Ireland in 2021 and to this day he has achieved 14 caps for the Boys in Green.
With a 71 rating in FIFA 23 and a potential of 85 in Career mode, the young goalie is a future star in-game. His transfer market value is €4M and, just like Ferguson, he has a real in-game face.
The next talent on our list is Norwich City’s centre-back Andrew Omobamidele. With 35 appearances this season for the Canaries, the 20-year-old displayed a series of solid performances. In fact, the Ireland star is linked with a sensational move to European giants AC Milan and French Ligue 1 side Nice this summer.
The Irish defender is known for his pace, physicality, ability to read the game, and composure on the ball. Key features that have been accurately represented in FIFA 23. Although he is just 70-rated, EA Sports gave Omobamidele a potential of 81.
The 188cm / 6’2″ player is valued at €3.3M in Career Mode and just like his two previous fellow Irish international teammates, he has a real face in FIFA 23.
Celtic’s rising star Rocco Vata is a name that most of you will hear a lot in the future. Just 17 years, the winger has already caught the eye of several important clubs such as Arsenal, Manchester City, AC Milan, Juventus and AS Roma.
The highly-regarded youngster is known for his technical ability, work rate and pace that he displayed this season while playing for the Hoops.
Son of the former Celtic and Albania player Rudi Vata, the teenager is eligible to represent Scotland, Albania and Montenegro but he has opted to play for Ireland through his grandmother on his mother’s side. The teenager has in fact accumulated 18 caps for Ireland’s youth teams.
For those looking for an impressive young winger to sign in FIFA 23 Career Mode, then Rocco Vata is the player you are looking for. The 63-rated player is equipped with blazing pace and great dribbling attributes.
Moreover, the 83 potential and the 4-star skill moves make Vata a great investment for the future and an incredible fun player to have in your squad. Valued at €1.3M, the Irish winger is a complete bargain!
The last player on our list is also the only player that plays in his homeland top division, the SSE Airtricity League. Sam Curtis is a 16-year-old defender that currently defends the colours of St Patrick’s Athletic.
The teenager is tipped for a bright future in his country after already playing 14 games at senior level. He also made his Ireland U-21 debut against Iceland in March of this year producing a fine display at right-back.
In the virtual football world, the St Pat’s sensation is 60-rated with a potential set at 81 OVR. You can improve his potential even further thanks to the Dynamic Potential feature in FIFA 23 Career Mode. Curtis is also the cheapest player you can buy on this list as his in-game market value is just €750K.
These are just five of the many talented young Irish players who you can sign in FIFA 23 Career Mode. With their skill, determination, and passion for the game, they are sure to go on to achieve great things in the years to come.