Wonderkids

13 Football Manager Wonderkids You Need To Sign

 • by Sam McGuire
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It’s that time of the year again, isn’t it? The nights are drawing in, the frost starts creeping up the windows and the difference between day and night becomes a little blurred. It’s understandable. The new Football Manager game is out and as we all know having “one match before bed” quickly spirals out of control and before you know it you’ve not slept for three days. You’re too busy stressing over how you’re going to fit your wantaway striker into the system just to keep him happy because you believe he has the potential to be the next Lionel Messi.

I’m in a safe place here. I know I won’t be judged. That’s been my Autumn for the past decade or so. That’s how I know we’re nearing Chrismas.

I, like many other Football manager players, prefer to fill my team with the players labelled as ‘wonderkids’. Over the years there have been some massive disappointments *glares at Freddy Adu and Juan Quintero* but on the whole it’s served me well. Bringing the likes of Sergio Aguero, Paul Pogba, Gabigol and David Alaba to the masses long before they’d set the world alight in real life.

So, let’s take a look at some of the players with the ‘wonderkid’ label in this years game.

Borussia Dortmund seem to have a long list of potential world class players within their grasp.

ousmane dembele Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid

Ousmane Dembele

Position – Attacker

The ex-Rennes man won’t come cheap having only joined the German side in the summer but BVB will cash in on him and if he’s given enough exposure to first team minutes he will become one of the best on the game.

Felix Passlack

Position – Full-Back.

The versatile full-back caught the eye of many Football Manager 2016 players with his ability to effectively play anywhere. His work rate, pace and ability on the ball make him an ideal player for most formations. He’s not the first choice full-back at the start of the game so an offer of around £10 million may tempt BVB into selling.

Emre Mor

Position – Attacker

Much like his teammate Dembele it’s unlikely you’ll be able to sign the electric attacker during your first window but perhaps after a season or two it’s a real possibility. The Danish international has bags of pace and would be brilliant in a counter attacking system.

Julian Weigl, Borussia Dortmund

Julian Weigl.

Position – Central Midfielder

If you’re looking to sign a midfielder to build your team around on the way to creating a dynasty at the club then Weigl is your man. He has the traits to excel as either a defensive-midfielder or as a deep-lying playmaker. He’s worth the money.

Having said that it may just be easier to start a save as Dortmund…

Kylian Mbappe

Position – Attacker

Mbappe is only 17 when the game starts but his potential is too hard to ignore. Much like Dembele he’s able to play anywhere across the attack and can even play as a striker in certain tactics. His explosive pace and dribbling ability are his strengths.

Adam Ounas

Position – Attacking Midfielder

Ounas is an attacking midfielder who plays for Bordeaux. His dribbling ability, creativity and vision make him an ideal number 10 for most teams but there is definitely potential there for him to be turned into a false 9 if you’re up for the challenge. Just make sure he’s getting first-team minutes.

Goncalo Guedes

Goncalo Guedes

Position – Attacking Midfielder

The skillful winger is another player Benfica are likely to make millions on. In FM 2016 I turned him into a wing-back much to the disgust of other players but he excelled there for me. He’s got an abundance of pace, his dribbling ability is something that should be utilised and if you work on his weaker foot he has the potential to be one of the best wingers on the game.

Youri Tielemans

Position – Central Midfield

The Belgian is possibly the best roaming playmaker on the game. He has the vision, the passing ability and the skill to make the impossible possible and he should be at the top of the midfielders list if you have £20 million set aside for a midfielder.

Breel Embolo

Position – Attacker

It’s unlikely he’ll be available to buy for at least a season having only joined Bundesliga club Schalke in the summer. He won’t come cheap either but if you want an all-round complete striker then Embolo is the definition of it when it comes to football manager. He’s like a cross between Thierry Henry and Didier Drogba. A real handful for any opposition and he guarantees goals in most tactics.

Andreas Christensen

Andreas Christensen

Position – Defender

You’ll have to wait for his loan at Gladbach to expire before you’re in with a chance of signing the Chelsea centre-back. Commanding in the air and comfortable with the ball at his feet, he has a bit of pace about him which makes him the perfect centre-back for most systems on the game.

Marco Asensio

Position – Attacking Midfielder

You might be able to get him on loan during the first transfer window because Real Madrid may not see him as a starter. He’d be the perfect roaming playmaker for a team with a disciplined defence behind him. He’s fairly deadly from 30 yards out too which adds a whole other dimension to your team.

Gianluigi Donnarumma

Position – Goalkeeper

The heir to Gigi Buffon’s throne. He won’t be cheap but if you’re able to convince AC MIlan to sell the ‘keeper then you’ve sewn that position up for the next 15 years. The more games he plays the better he becomes and not before too long he’s an impenetrable wall.

Thiago Maia

Position – Central Midfielder

The Santos midfielder has all the traits to be a world class defensive midfielder. With a little training he could be a box-to-box midfielder. Either way if you act swiftly you may be able to get a bargain early on in the game.

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