How many times have you been sat in a pub and had a friend smugly declare that they had “discovered” a player long before the rest of the world finally stood up and took notice?
It’s a ridiculous notion when you think about it – claiming awareness of a human’s existence long before their own mother. However, there is little more satisfying – this side of leaving the layer of skin intact upon peeling back a yoghurt lid – than unearthing untapped talent in Football Manager.
Football Manager is famed for accurately and meticulously portraying stats for every professional footballer in the world, even those who are barely potty trained. Everton Football Club were the first to use their database for professional scouting purposes and many others are now following suit.
Of course, the footballing Rain Men at Sports Interactive don’t always get it right and a quick Google of our in-game protégés years later often results in the discovery that they’re struggling to get a game for Philadelphia Union.
The latest edition of Football Manager: 90 Second Challenge sees 55 ‘wonderkids’ from across the globe face off in a tournament that despite not-really existing, is already more prestigious than the EFL Trophy – The Freddy Adu Cup; aptly named after arguably the world’s most famous of all wonderkids for all the wrong reasons.
We hope you find the video below to be a useful guide on who to take under your wing next, however, if the long-game isn’t your bag then perhaps stick to the usual list of Nigel Reo-Coker-brand panic buys…