A big factor in becoming a Football Manager legend is hoovering up young talent early on. The nature of the game allows for the latest youth prospect to be discovered, with the likes of Kaka having been tipped for the top early on in their careers due to being decent on the game.
As always, this year’s instalment has plenty of promising talents to spot, but here are 10 to get you going…
We’ll kick off with a player who’s not actually on the game yet… Martin Odegaard, the 15-year-old Norwegian sensation, is one of Europe’s hottest talents and is set to be added to the database imminently after his father gave the game’s developers permission to add his teenage son! A promising winger, the youngster plays in his homeland for Stromgodset and is already a first-team star. Liverpool are set to hand him a winter trial, so he could be in the Premier League in the not too distant future.
An often forgotten role when assembling a young team, the goalkeeper position is a key one for any top side. Scuffet is the pick of the options, with the 18-year-old stopper being talked up as one of Europe’s top emerging goalies. Udinese are often reluctant to sell, but a decent offer can get the youngster.
Leeds’ right-back is by no means an ‘unknown’, but he’s certainly one to check out. The Whites defender is top quality going forward and solid at the back, with a price tag of around £5m (if you’re a shrewd negotiator) he can be picked up early on.
The Asian Gareth Bale, Adnan is a flying left-back with a mean shot. Plying his trade in Turkey with Caykur Rizespor, he is easily obtainable early on, and at 20 he can mature into a top quality full-back.
17-years-old and already a Porto first-teamer, Neves is certainly one for the future. A creative yet remarkably solid central-midfielder, the teenage ace may be more costly than some other ‘wonderkids’ but is certainly one to look out for.
Another Englishman tipped for the big time is Will Hughes, who has been shining in the Championship for some time. The likes of Liverpool and Manchester United are already after the Derby ace, but if you’re in charge of a decent level Premier League side you can nab the 20-year-old.
A product of Barcelona’s famed youth set-up, Traore is already being touted as a future first-teamer at the Nou Camp. Unlike some other players to have made it out of the Catalan set-up, the 18-year-old has awesome physicality with pace and power matching his decent finishing abilities.
Fulham’s 17-year-old attacking sensation Roberts is well worth a look. Able to play on the right or left flank, the English talent possesses good speed and shooting abilities and is certainly destined for the big time, just make sure it’s your side he joins!
With Radamel Falcao gone, Martial is a big player at Monaco, despite being just 18! Lightening fast and ruthless in front of goal, the young Frenchman has the potential to be a true great.
A 17-year-old midfielder with bags of creativity and a few tricks up his sleeve, Tielamans is one to get early. Anderlecht have produced a number of decent FM legends (Anthony Vanden Borre springs to mind) and they look to have another here.