The best FM21 Wonderkids to build your team
The key to any long and successful Football Manager 2021 save is to prepare for the future, and the best way to do that is to recruit young stars for your team.
Whether it’s a young player who can make an immediate impact or a player who still needs a little time in academic football to hone his craft, it’s up to you to help make of your young superstars, and there are plenty of players who can live up to that. billing.
Here are 15 of the best young stars to build your FM21 team around.
Stefan Bajic is at the dawn of a breakthrough in Saint-Etienne.
The first goalkeeper born in the 21st century to play a game in one of Europe’s top five leagues, Bajic is held in high regard in France and has already impressed at the senior level.
Famous for his love of flying out of line, Bajic possesses the kind of agility needed to make him the perfect Sweeper Keeper of the future.
Born in the Netherlands but currently representing England, Ajax striker Charlie Setford is another who has long been touted for a successful future in the game.
At 16, Setford is no longer a work in progress, but the right manager could easily turn the teenager into one of the elite goalkeepers in the world.
He finds himself in the midst of an international standoff, with England and the Netherlands doing their utmost to convince Setford to choose them.
A few thrilling performances in Switzerland saw right-back Jordan Lotomba move to the French side of Nice in the summer of 2020, where he got better and better.
More of a winger than a traditional defender, the Swiss international is a complete defender capable of defending himself at both ends of the pitch. He doesn’t have the flair of his teammate Youcef Atal, but he brings a little more reliability to the rear.
Lotomba is ready to impress at all levels of the game, but he has all the tools he needs to become a real star.
Already a star of the French elite, Benoît Badiashile is already flirting with notoriety, and he is not even 20 years old.
His huge figure helps him stand out among the crowd, but Badiashile is much more than just an imposing figure. Technically, he’s already well beyond his years, with his particularly impressive passing range for Boy Scouts.
Monaco know they have a real gem in their hands and will charge you to sign Badiashile, but it is worth every penny.
Strahinja Pavlovic has yet to have the same kind of impact in Monaco as Badiashile, but all signs suggest he will get there soon enough.
He may be a no-nonsense defender, but Pavlovic has impressive passing skills. He can launch attacks from behind but is comfortable enough to enter midfield when needed.
This technical ability allows Pavlovic to appear as a defensive midfielder at times, although the center-back is definitely where his future lies.
With AZ starting left-back in recent years, Owen Wijndal has plenty of experience both nationally and internationally.
Wijndal is a pacy defender who doesn’t shy away from his defensive duties and has always impressed in Eredivisie, but it’s on the offensive end that the Dutchman really excels with his speed and composure on the ball.
He’s already used to a lot of responsibilities and therefore should be more than ready to fit into any team on the planet.
After breaking through for the Genoa senior team last season, Nicolo Rovella has gone from strength to strength.
With fantastic vision and positioning, Rovella is the perfect fit for the role of Carrilero. He’s good at sucking the ball up and is able to recycle possession from his more creative teammates.
Rovella made his Italy Under-21 debut in November 2020, despite being three years younger than most of the competition. Italy have a lot of confidence in the teenager, who is seen by many as a potential mainstay in the senior setup in the near future.
If you’re a seasoned FM player, you won’t need to introduce Ryan Gravenberch.
The youngest player in Ajax history, Gravenberch is considered ridiculously high by scouts around the world due to his unique blend of precision, power and poise at just 18 years old.
It’s another one that could get expensive, but it can more than justify such an investment in just a few years.
A regular fixture at PSV since his debut in January 2019, versatile striker Mohamed Ihattaren has been set for an incredibly bright future.
The teenager is already flirting with a breakthrough in the Dutch national team, and that reputation comes at a considerable price. You might not be able to sign a whole bunch of new faces if you choose to splash out on Ihattaren, but it will be worth it soon enough.
He’s one of the few players his age who is already set to make a senior impact, so there’s no waiting for him to develop. Throw it to the bottom and it will start swimming.
If you’re looking for a future left-wing superstar, Ajax sensation Naci Unuvar is the perfect signing for you.
The 17-year-old has always played above his age group for club and country, and more importantly, he never looked out of place. With Unuvar, it’s like a question of when it will break through, not if.
Right-handed left winger Unuvar does his best to cut inside, so be sure to deploy him as an inside or wide playmaker.
Since playing under-20 football at the age of 13, few players have pointed them at them like Celtic’s Karamoko Dembele.
It’s surprising that Dembele hasn’t really made his senior breakthrough yet, but it’s worth remembering that he’s still only 17. All the hysteria has twisted things a bit.
Make sure Dembele keeps his head down and you will see him grow into one of England’s best wingers.
Another such name that should be familiar to any seasoned FM veteran, Myron Boadu is already one of the best players in the Eredivisie.
After struggling to come back from a horrific ankle injury, Boadu managed to get his career back on track and scored his 20th league goal for AZ in just his 40th appearance in the competition.
His form as a goalscorer was rewarded with an international debut that saw him become the first player born in the 21st century to score for the Netherlands.
Long touted as a vital part of the future of Belgian football, the hard work of winger Jeremy Doku has been rewarded with a move to Ligue 1 in Rennes worth more than £ 20million.
Doku can be heralded as a left winger, but he’s equally effective on the other side of the pitch and can even defend himself in a central attacking role, where he likes to use his flair and agility to knock down defenders.
Considering their large investment in Doku, Rennes isn’t ready to let him go on the cheap, so you better start saving those pennies now.
It feels like Lyon sensation Rayan Cherki has been around for ages, such is the level of hype surrounding him.
Cherki, who starts the game at 16, still has a bit of development to do before he’s ready to make a consistent impact on a starting lineup, but he’s not far off. Give it a few minutes now and it will become a starter soon.
Lyon know all about his potential – he is considered by many fans to be the club’s top academy graduate already – so Cherki is another one that could cost you a pretty dime.
Sebastiano Esposito, who claims an outrageous scoring record at the youth level, would gain more minutes at Inter without the equally electric form of Romelu Lukaku.
Esposito has been loaned out to SPAL for his consistent first taste of senior football, and it’s a move that is being watched closely by scouts who believe the forward may soon be one of the best in the league.
He’s not yet ready to lead the line for a top team, but considering he’s still a teenager, there’s plenty of time for all of that.