EA Sports have released a list of ‘hidden gems’ on the latest instalment of their hugely successful gaming franchise - and Memphis is second on the list, two places ahead of Sterling.
Sterling’s potential highest rating on FIFA 16 is 88 - up from 82 - while Memphis, who is rated 81 on the new game, could rise to 89.
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But the player rated as the best ‘hidden gem’ on FIFA 16 is Anderlecht’s Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans, the 18-year-old who is widely regarded as one of the best young talents in world football. He has a maximum rating of a whopping 90.
Between Memphis and Sterling in third position on the list, meanwhile, is Valencia forward Paco Alcacer. The 22-year-old, whose potential rating on FIFA 16 is 88, is a natural goalscorer with four goals to his name from eight appearances with the Spanish national team.
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In fifth position, it’s Memphis’ teammate and close friend Luke Shaw, who suffered that awful double fracture on his right leg while playing for United against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday night. The 20-year-old also has a potential rating of 88.
Could Memphis really become better than Sterling?
The fact Sterling has a lower potential rating than Memphis is likely to delight the red half of Manchester, but is it a fair assessment?
Both players are blessed with an incredible amount of talent and potential, and are expected to become major players for their respective clubs this season.
Perhaps given them equal potential ratings would have been fairer.
FIFA 16: Top 10 hidden gems
1. Youri Tielemans - Anderlecht - Potential rating: 90
2. Memphis Depay - Manchester United - Potential rating: 89
3. Paco Alcacer - Valencia - Potential rating: 88
4. Raheem Sterling - Manchester City - Potential rating: 88
5. Luke Shaw - Manchester United - Potential rating: 88
6. Paulo Dybala - Juventus - Potential rating: 88
7. Daniele Rugani - Juventus - Potential rating: 88
8. Max Meyer - Schalke - Potential rating: 88
9. Niklas Sule - Hoffenheim - Potential rating: 88
10. Julian Brandt - Bayer Leverkusen - Potential rating: 88
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