Football Manager 24 brings lots of new wonderkids (Picture: Sega)
GameCentral lists the best young players for you to recruit when playing Football Manager 2024.
Sports Interactive’s newest football manager sim has been received well by fans and critics so far, making up for the disappointment of last year’s game.
Studio boss Miles Jacobson admitted to GameCentral that they ‘dropped the ball’ on Football Manager 2023, but they’ve redeemed themselves this year with one of the best Football Manager games in a long time, with a host of new features.
Once you get to grips with the new features, and have set up your game, it’s time to find all the wonderkids – young players with the greatest potential – because knowing who blossoms into top players is key for any half serious manager.
Just to cover all bases, we’ll explain what constitutes a wonderkid (we’ll get to the list very shortly, so don’t skip ahead).
A wonderkid is a player who’s no older than 20 years old when you start the save and has a Potential score of at least 150 out of 200.
Each player in Football Manager has a Media Description, and this can change between wonderkid and other descriptions as the player evolves. To make this process even more intricate, Football Manager 2024 has added a new feature so that players can now develop at different stages in their careers, with some turning into good players later than others.
Part of the fun of playing Football Manager is to find these wonderkids and try to develop them to their fullest potential, or if you’re more cynical you might look to sell them on for a huge profit a few years down the line, Dortmund-style.
But let’s get to the list, based on data from FMscout and our own time with the game:
Best goalkeeper wonderkids in FM24
Bart Verbruggen: Brighton – 20
Guillaume Restes: Toulouse FC – 18
Alejandro Iturbe: Atletico Madrid – 19
Joao Fonseca: Benfica – 16
James Trafford: Burnley – 20
Best centreback wonderkids in FM24
Levi Colwill: Chelsea – 20
Giorgio Scalvini: Atalanta – 19
António Silva: Benfica – 19
Jorrel Hato: Ajax – 17
Ousmane Diomande: Sporting CP – 19
As always there are lots of wonderkids to choose from – if you have the money (Picture: Sega)
Best fullback wonderkids in FM24
Alejandro Balde: Barcelona – 19
Rico Lewis: Manchester City – 18
Michael Keyode: Fiorentina – 19
Iván Fresneda: Sporting CP – 18
Tino Livramento: Newcastle – 20
Best central midfielder wonderkids in FM24
Jude Bellingham; Real Madrid – 20
Eduardo Camavinga: Real Madrid – 20
Pedri: Barcelona – 20
Warren Zaïre-Emery: Paris Saint-Germain – 17
Gavi: Barcelona – 18
Best attacking midfielder wonderkids in FM24
Jamal Musiala: Bayern München – 20
Eliesse Ben Seghir: AS Monaco – 18
Rodrigo Mora: Porto – 16
Xavi Simons: RB Leipzig (on loan from PSG) – 20
Tommaso Baldanzi: Empoli – 20
Barcelona are looking promising, aren’t they? (Picture: Sega)
Best winger wonderkids in FM24
Julien Duranville: Borussia Dortmund – 17
Lamine Yamal: Barcelona – 15
Kendry Páez: Independiente del Valle – 16
Ansu Fati: Brighton (on loan from Barcelona) – 20
Yeremy Pino: Vilarreal – 20
Best striker wonderkids in FM24
Vitor Roque: Barcelona – 18
Youssoufa Moukoko: Borussia Dortmund – 18
Endrick: Real Madrid – 16
Evan Ferguson: Brighton – 18
Marco Leonardo: SAN – 20
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