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Football Manager 2022 wonderkids: Best young strikers, midfielders, defenders and goalkeepers

6:00 AM EST 11/14/21
Jude Bellingham Ansu Fati Eduardo Camavinga 2021-22 Football Manager wonderkids
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One of the most exciting things about Football Manager is uncovering wonderkids and moulding them into world class players or selling them on for profit. Every club in the world has a network of scouts dedicated to discovering the next Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Virgil van Dijk.

To help you get a head start on the new game, we've compiled a list of the best wonderkid strikers, midfielders, defenders and goalkeepers on Football Manager 2022.

This list features only players who are aged under 20 at the start of the new game, so it excludes Erling Haaland, Alphonso Davies and Jadon Sancho, who are now into their twenties. 

POS: Position(s)

NAT: Nationality

VAL: Value

*Players listed by price. Teams shown correspond to those in the game, while ages shown are those at the start of the 2021-22 season. Players may have more than one nationality.

Contents

  1. Football Manager 2022 wonderkid strikers
  2. Football Manager 2022 wonderkid midfielders
  3. Football Manager 2022 wonderkid defenders
  4. Football Manager 2022 wonderkid goalkeepers

Football Manager 2022 wonderkid strikers

PlayerAgePO.NAT.ClubVA.
Jeremy Doku19AMRL, STBelgiumRennes£79m
Mason Greenwood19AMR, STEnglandMan UFC£67m
Fabio Silva18STPortugalWolves£61m
Ansu Fati18AMRL, STSpainBarcelona£59m
Joao Pedro19AMRL, STBrazilWatford£35m
Youssoufa Moukoko16STGermanyBorussia Dortmund£35m
Facundo Pellistri19AMR, STUruguayAlaves£31m
Yeremy Pino18AMRLC, FCSpainVillarreal£30m
Dane Scarlett17STEnglandTottenham£26m
Christos Tzolis19AMRL, STGreeceNorwich£23m
Talles Magno19AMRLC, FCBrazilNYCFC£16m
Karim Adeyimi19AMR, STGermanyRB Leipzig£15m
Jon Karrikaburu18STSpainReal San Sebastian£14m
Yusuf Demir18AMRLC, FCAustriaBarcelona£13m
Mohamed Daramy19AMRL, STDenmarkAjax£13m
Benjamin Sesko18STSloveniaRed Bull Salzburg£12m
Ernest Poku17AMRL, STNetherlandsAZ£12m
Liam Delap18STEnglandMan City£10m
Angelo16AMR, STBrazilSAN£10m
Matteo Cancellieri19AMR, STItalyVerona£8m
Raul Moro18AMRLC, FCSpainLazio£8m
Kaio Jorge19STBrazilZebre£7m
Alan Velasco18AMRLC, FCArgentinaIndependiente£6m
Facundo Farias18AMLC, FCArgentinaColon£5m
Matias Arezo18STUruguayRiver Plate£2m

Ansu Fati may have been given the No 10 at Barcelona and expectations are that he will fill Lionel Messi's boots, but he is not the most expensive wonderkid forward in FM22. That accolade belongs to Jeremy Doku, with Mason Greenwood not far behind.

Many of the names on the above list are already first-team stars for their teams and, unless you happen to be managing one of the game's super clubs, it will take a lot of convincing (not to mention money) to get them to join your project.

Tottenham striker Dane Scarlett is only 17 in the game and boasts plenty of potential ability, to the point where he has been compared to Harry Kane, but there is a premium attached since he plays for a Premier League team. 

There are plenty of cheaper options to run the rule over, with Uruguayan striker Matias Arezo one of the most enticing bargains. Argentina could be a happy hunting ground, with Alan Velasco and Facundo Farias both available for relatively cheap compared to their European counterparts.

Raul Moro of Lazio could be a decent loan option, as could Manchester City striker Liam Delap, who has drawn comparisons to Erling Haaland.

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Football Manager 2022 wonderkid midfielders

PlayerAgePO.NAT.ClubVA.
Jude Bellingham18DMEnglandBorussia Dortmund£98m
Pedri18AMRLCSpainBarcelona£94m
Florian Wirtz18AMCGermanyBayer Leverkusen£85m
Bukayo Saka19WBL, AMRLEnglandArsenal£79m
Ilaix Moriba18DM, AMCGuineaRB Leipzig£77m
Eduardo Camavinga18DMFranceReal Madrid£67m
Giovanni Reyna18AMLCUSMNTBorussia Dortmund£55m
Jamal Musiala18AMRLCGermanyBayern Munich£53m
Ryan Gravenberch19DM, AMCNetherlandsAjax£41m
Harvey Elliott18AMRLCEnglandLiverpool£40m
Reinier19AMCBrazilBorussia Dortmund£40m
Alfie Devine16DM, AMCEnglandTottenham£38m
Luka Romero16AMRLCArgentinaLazio£33m
Amad DIallo19AMRLCIvory CoastMan Utd£32m
Noni Madueke19AMRLCEnglandPSV£30m
Nico WIlliams19AMRLSpainA. Bilbao£29m
Filip Stevanovic18AMRLCSerbiaHeerenveen£24m
Kayky18AMRBrazilMan City£24m
Samuele Ricci19DMItalyEmpoli£23m
Yunus Musah18AMRCUSMNTValencia£20m
Rayan Cherki18AMRLC, FCFranceLyon£20m
Nico19DMSpainBarcelona£19m
Gavi16DM, AMCSpainBarcelona£18m
Nicolo Rovella19DMItalyGenoa£16m
Hannibal18AMLCFranceMan UFC£13m
Konrad de la Fuente19AMRLUSMNTMarseille£12m
Luka Sucic18AMCCroatiaRed Bull Salzburg£12m
Tahukiro Nakai17AMCJapanReal Madrid£12m
Francisco Conceicao18AMRLPortugalFC Porto£10m
Sandry18MCBrazilSAN£10m
Alex Baena19AMRLCSpainGirona£7m
Paulo Bernardo19AMCPortugalSLB£6m
Lucien Agoume19DM, AMCFranceBrest£3m

England and Borussia Dortmund youngster Jude Bellingham has the potential to be one of the best players in the game, but unless you are managing Newcastle United, Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester City, your chances of signing him straight away are slim. 

Likewise Barcelona playmaker Pedri, who has been dubbed 'the new Iniesta', will be next to impossible to sign but it would be a nice challenge to manage the Catalan club in order to help him reach his potential.

Lazio's Mexican-Argentine midfielder Luka Romero could be a fascinating alternative, particularly when you consider that the teen has already been tagged as 'The Mexican Messi'. Barcelona's deep-lying orchestrator Gavi is another wonderkid and he continues to shatter records as one of the youngest players to play in El Clasico and for Spain.

Considering the initial value of many of these young talents, you may not be able to sign them outright but loan deals can often be worked out, particularly for players who aren't yet guaranteed starters for their parent clubs.

If you are constrained with a small transfer budget, it may be worth looking to Portugal. Porto winger Francisco Conceicao and Benfica playmaker Paulo Bernardo can be signed for relatively cheap.

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Football Manager 2022 wonderkid defenders

PlayerAgePO.NationalityClubVA.
Josko Gvardiol19DLCCroatiaRB Leipzig£68m
Nuno Mendes19D/WBLPortugalPSG£46m
Luca Netz18D/WB/AMLGermanyBorussia M'gladbach£37m
Tino Livramento18D/WBREnglandSouthampton£34m
Alejandro Balde18D/WB/AMLSpainBarcelona£28m
Migel Gutierrez19D/WBLSpainReal Madrid£26m
Illya Zabarnyi18DCUkraineDynamo Kyiv£24m
Deyvne Rensch18DRLC, DMNetherlandsAjax£20m
Ricardo Calafiori19D/WB/MLItalyRoma£14m
Tanguy Nianzou19DC, DMFranceBayern Munich£13m
Kenneth Taylor19DC, DM, MRLCNetherlandsAjax£12m
Alejandro Frances18DRLCSpainZaragoza£10m
Taylor Harwood-Bellis19DRCEnglandAnderlecht£9m
Amadou Onana19DC, DMBelgiumLOSC£9m
Renan19DLCBrazilSEP£6m
Kaiky17DCBrazilSAN£2m

RB Leipzig's Croatian centre-back Josko Gvardiol is rated one of the best young defensive prospects in the world but the teen already commands an eye-watering transfer fee.

Similarly Tino Livramento, Nuno Mendes and Luca Netz will all require significant financial muscle in order to lure them away from their clubs at the start of the game.

There are some decent options to be found in Brazil in Santos centre-back Kaiky - who has been labelled 'the new Marquinhos' - and Palmeiras' Renan, with each player initially valued at less than £6 million.

Barcelona left-back Alejandro Balde could become the best full-back in the game, but the club have already slapped a massive release clause on his contract.

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Football Manager 2022 wonderkid goalkeepers

PlayerAgePO.NAT.ClubVA.
Maarten Vandervoordt19GKBelgiumGenk£16m
Ivan Martinez19GKSpainA. Pamplona£9m
Gavin Bazunu19GKRep. IrelandPortsmouth£8m
Lucas Canizares19GKSpainReal Madrid£5m
James Trafford18GKEnglandAccrington Stanley£5m
Ruslan Nescheret19GKUkraineDynamo Kyiv£4m
Andre Gomes16GKPortugalSLB£3m
Rome-Jayden Owusu-Oduro17GKNetherlandsAZ£2m
Alejandro Iturbe17GKSpainA. Madrid£2m

Genk goalkeeper Maarten Vandervoordt looks primed to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world but he'll cost you a considerable transfer fee, meaning only bigger clubs will be able to afford him.

If your hands are tied financially, you might have better luck in the Netherlands or Portugal with AZ teen Rome-Jayden Owusu-Oduro or Benfica's Andre Gomes available at a cheaper price.

Manchester City boast a number of talented goalkeepers in their youth ranks, but both Gavin Bazunu and James Trafford are out on loan at the beginning of the game so you may have to wait a season.

There are plenty of talented Spanish goalkeepers coming through in La Liga too, with Ivan Martinez, Lucas Canizares and Alejandro Iturbe deemed among the best young stoppers in the game.

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