Being one of the most popular sports fans in the world (football, just in case you’re wondering), Football Manager has become the main option in terms of game simulations as far as this sport goes because it allows us to take out the manager and football director that we have inside and put into practice our knowledge instead of shouting at the TV during the games, thus achieving the goals we have set for ourselves, whether it be winning titles, achieving promotion or something like that.
Just like in real football, where you can win with different ways of forming, training and coaching teams, in Football Manager you can choose the path that you consider most appropriate or with which you feel most identified with. You can bet heavily on the youth systems of your team as clubs like Ajax or Athletic Club de Bilbao do in real life, you can choose to sign big, established superstars by high sums of money like Paris Saint Germain or Manchester City do (of course, if your budget allows it) or hire young promises who can grow in your club and become big stars in the near future.
You also have in the game a certain group of players who are 20 years old or younger with the potential to become great world stars and who have a high current ability and potential ability (two of the main characteristics used as reference in the game when evaluating a player) and they are called wonderkids.
These wonderkids are a great investment since they usually have lower costs than a fully established player and they improve with each season. However, becoming stars is subject to several factors, the main one being how you manage their development since they need certain conditions to reach their potential, among which is patience since the impact of a wonderkid is not always immediate and may take some time to see the full capacity of their abilities reflected in the pitch.
Another determining factor is the number of games he can play and in what position because if a wonderkid plays 10 games per season and 7 of them is in an unfamiliar position, he can stagnate and will not grow as much as he can. If for some reason he has no place in your team, it is good to choose to loan him to a team where he can be considered a first team player and play in his preferred position, which can be included within the requirements for loans.
Below we will present a list of some wonderkids from the latest edition of Football Manager 2020. There are players who, despite being young and meet the requirements to be called wonderkids such as Joao Felix or Kyllian Mbappé, are not included in the list because their current cost is very high (that is, we adapt to club budgets) or players as obvious as Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland.
- Maarten Vandevoordt (Belgium – Genk) – Goalkeeper - 17 yearls old (in July 2019).
- Nehuén Pérez (Argentinian – Atlético de Madrid – loaned at Famalicão) – Centre Back – 19 years old.
- Rayan Ait-Nouri (French – Angers) – Left Full Back – 18 years old.
- Marco Kana (Belgian – Anderlecht) – Defensive Midfielder or Centre Back – 16 years old.
- Ryan Gravenberch (Dutch – Ajax) – Center Midfielder – 17 years old
- Filip Stevanovic (Serbian – Partizan) – Left Attacking Midfielder – 17 years old.
- Facundo Pellistri (Uruguayan – Peñarol) – Right Attacking Midfielder – 17 years old.
- Nuno Santos (Portuguese – Benfica) – Attacking Midfielder – 20 years old.
- Amine Gouiri (French - Olympique Lyonnais) – Striker – 19 years old.
We include players from different positions with great potential, some a little unknown and with low costs that adapt to clubs with small budgets.
Wonderkids are a key element of football and with a keen eye to spot them, you can make a major difference in your teams.
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