FIFA 17: Who are A-League’s top 10 speedsters?


Pace is key when it comes to FIFA and with the EA SPORTS’ FIFA 17 set to launch soon, we look at the top 10 speed demons in the Hyundai A-League. You may be surprised who makes the list and who’s the quickest.

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10: Nick Fitzgerald – Melbourne City

FIFA pace rating: 85, overall: 64

Melbourne City players celebrate Nick Fitzgerald's second-half strike against Adelaide United.

Fitzgerald not only has a great engine and ball-playing ability in midfield but also a swift turn of pace when he gets going and tough to catch when in full flight.

9: Jamie Maclaren – Brisbane Roar

FIFA pace rating: 85, overall: 70

Jamie Maclaren FIFA

Maclaren looks like he will become a FIFA sensation this year. Very few defenders can deal with his speed and with plenty of goals in him as well, he’s the all-round package.

8: Chris Harold – Perth Glory

FIFA pace rating: 86, overall: 62

Perth Glory forward Chris Harold celebrates scoring.

The 24-year-old had a breakout season in 2015/16 and is starting to live up to his promise. Speedsters like Harold can win games on their own on their day, scoring goals or providing for teammates.

7: Bruce Kamau – Melbourne City

FIFA pace rating: 86, overall: 63

Bruce Kamau has joined Melbourne City.

Burst onto the scene with Adelaide United last season with his astonishing turn of speed down the flanks. Just 21, could still get faster – which is a scary thought – and should be a revelation for City this season.

6: Roy Krishna – Wellington Phoenix

FIFA pace rating: 88, overall: 67

Wellington Phoenix have re-signed Roy Krishna until 2018.

The flying Fijian is almost unstoppable when running at opposition players, which many defenders have found out the hard way in the Hyundai A-League over the last few seasons.

5: Connor Pain – Central Coast Mariners

FIFA pace rating: 89, overall: 60

Forward Connor Pain during his first training session with the Mariners. ? Jason Pratt Photography ©

May not have become a regular at Melbourne Victory, but no one can deny Pain’s speed. Hoping for a fresh start in Gosford, with his supersonic burst of pace, looks a smart acquisition.

4: Kosta Barbarouses – Wellington Phoenix

FIFA pace rating: 89, overall: 70

Wellington Phoenix: IN – Kosta Barbarouses, Gui Finkler, Marco Rossi, Adam Parkhouse, James McGarry

The Kiwi international is reaching his peak as a footballer. When he puts the after-burners on, no defender can keep up with him. 

3: Kwabena Appiah – Central Coast Mariners

FIFA pace rating: 91, overall: 57

Daniel Bowles holds off the attention of Phoenix winger Kwabena Appiah.

Hasn’t had much of a chance in the Hyundai A-League but has speed to burn. Give him and inch to get in behind you and he’s gone before you know it.

2: Mitch Austin – Melbourne Victory

FIFA pace rating: 91, overall: 64

Mitch Austin is put through his paces during a Victory training session.

Blink and you will miss him. The jet-heeled winger is almost impossible to catch when he gets going. With piercing cross ability, Austin is a real menace down the left flank.

1: Fernando Brandan – Melbourne City

FIFA pace rating: 91, overall: 65

Fernando Brandan.

John van ‘t Schip is on to a winner here. The Argentine is the fastest player in City’s squad and will complement the likes of Fornaroli, Cahill and Brattan superbly. If it’s speed you need, Fernando’s your man.