Football Manager 2020 wonderkids: Best young strikers, midfielders, defenders & goalkeepers

You’ve got the latest release of the game and want to improve your youth prospects, so where do you start?

Football Manager 2020 has hit shelves across the world having been released in November 2019.

One of the most satisfying aspects of the management simulation is discovering wonderkids – the next Neymar or Lionel Messi, say – and helping them develop into world-class players.

Whether you want to implement a policy of bringing youth through to the first team similar to Ajax or hope to recreate something akin to ‘Fergie’s Fledgings’ at Manchester United, scouting talented teens is essential.

To help you on your way, Goal takes a look at some of the best young players who will be worth considering in the transfer market.


Football Manager 2020 wonderkid forwards

Joao Felix is probably the best known wonderkid striker in the world right now following his big-money move to Atletico Madrid from Benfica during the summer, which made him the third most expensive footballer of all time. Naturally, signing Felix so soon after his switch to Atleti might prove difficult, but he is certainly one to consider.

NxGn 2019 winner Jadon Sancho has flourished since leaving Manchester City and moving to Borussia Dortmund. Given his growing stature in the Bundesliga and as a full England international, he’ll be on the more expensive side of the scale, but if you’re managing a big club and can afford him, he’ll be worth it.

Other wonderkid strikers worth scouting include Erling Haaland, who shone for Norway at the 2019 Under-20 World Cup and is flying at Red Bull Salzburg, Manchester United youngster Mason Greenwood and Barcelona starlet Ansu Fati. Tottenham forward Troy Parrott has been turning heads for the Premier League club in the UEFA Youth League in recent seasons, while Porto’s Fabio Silva could be a bargain signing.

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The likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Vinicius Jr. are other options, but you will need to be willing to put your hands into your pockets in order to secure their services.

Player Age Nationality Club
Joao Felix 18 Portugal Atletico Madrid
Erling Haaland 19 Norway Red Bull Salzburg
Jadon Sancho 19 England Borussia Dortmund
Danylo Sikan 18 Ukraine Dynamo Kiev
Leonardo Campana 18 Ecuador Barcelona SC
Lincoln 18 Brazil Flamengo
Willem Geubbels 18 France Monaco
Gabriel Martinelli 18 Brazil Arsenal
Pietro Pellegri 18 Italy Monaco
Mason Greenwood 17 England Manchester United
Rodrygo 18 Brazil Real Madrid
Vinicius Jr. 19 Brazil Real Madrid
Callum Hudson-Odoi 18 England Chelsea
Adil Aouchiche 17 France Paris Saint-Germain
Kaio Jorge 17 Brazil Santos
Ansu Fati 16 Spain Barcelona
Troy Parrott 17 Ireland Tottenham
Louie Barry 16 England Barcelona
Fabio Silva 17 Portugal Porto
Jann-Fiete Arp 19 Germany Bayern Munich
Amine Gouiri 19 France Lyon
Myron Boadu 18 Netherlands Ajax
Moise Kean 19 Italy Everton
Rayan Cherki 15 France Lyon
Diego Lainez 19 Mexico Betis (‘Real Hispalis’)
Emile Smith Rowe 18 England Arsenal
Emanuel Vignato 18 Italy Chievo
Reiss Nelson 19 England Arsenal
Sebastiano Esposito 16 Italy Inter
Giacomo Raspadori 18 Italy Sassuolo

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Football Manager 2020 wonderkid midfielders

Pep Guardiola has tipped Phil Foden for big things and the Manchester City midfielder is one who should be at the top of your shopping list, if you can get the Premier League champions to sell.

Real Madrid’s Takefusa Kubo and Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Xavi Simons are other wonderkids at big-name clubs who appear destined for the top. The likes of Celtic’s Karamoko Dembele, Ajax starlet Ryan Gravenberch and Velez’s Thiago Almada might be more readily available.

Valencia midfielder Lee Kang-in won the Golden Ball at the 2019 U-20 World Cup and is considered one of the best young players in La Liga, while Ilaix Moriba is one of the brightest prospects at La Masia.

Player Age Nationality Club
Lee Kang-in 18 South Korea Valencia
Heorhiy Tsitaishvili 18 Ukraine Dynamo Kiev
Takefusa Kubo 18 Japan Real Madrid
Mohammed Ihattaren 17 Netherlands PSV
Thiago Almada 18 Argentina Velez Sarsfield
Sergio Gomez 18 Spain Borussia Dortmund
Ryan Gravenberch 17 Netherlands Ajax
Domink Szoboszlai 18 Hungary Red Bull Salzburg
Hugo Felix 15 Portugal Benfica
Sandro Tonali 19 Italy Brescia
Phil Foden 19 England Manchester City
Efrain Alvarez 17 Mexico LA Galaxy
Steve Mvoue 17 Cameroon Azur Star Yaounde
Matias Palacios 17 Argentina San Lorenzo
Pedri 16 Spain Las Palmas / Barcelona
Giovanni Reyna 16 United States Borussia Dortmund
Daniel Maldini 17 Italy AC Milan
Eduardo 16 Angola Rennes
Xavi Simons 16 Netherlands Paris Saint-Germain
Harvey Elliott 16 England Liverpool
Karamoko Dembele 16 Scotland Celtic
Florentino Luis 19 Portugal Benfica
Nohan Kenneh 16 England Leeds United
Alessio Riccardi 18 Italy Roma
Hamed Junior Traore 19 Ivory Coast Empoli
Ilaix Moriba 16 Guinea Barcelona
Riqui Puig 19 Spain Barcelona
Hannibal Mejbri 16 France Manchester United
Angel Gomes 18 England Manchester United

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Football Manager 2020 wonderkid defenders

Liverpool boast a Dutch defensive duo who have naturally been likened to their first-team hero Virgil van Dijk. Sepp van den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever are highly rated by the Anfield club but could be decent loan options if you’re managing a team in the lower leagues. Manchester City’s Eric Garcia and Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu are other bright prospects from the Premier League.

Ajax full-back Sergino Dest, who recently declared for the U.S. national team , has already broken into the first team at the Amsterdam Arena, while Cagliari’s Sebastian Walukiewicz is deemed one of the best young defenders in Serie A. In Germany, a Scottish centre-back who has been likened to Mats Hummels – Liam Morrison – will be hoping to make a breakthrough at Bayern Munich.

Player Age Nationality Club
Ozan Kabak 19 Turkey Schalke
Juan Miranda 19 Spain Barcelona
Ki-Jana Hoever 17 Netherlands Liverpool
Benoit Badiashile 18 France Monaco
Eric Garcia 18 Spain Manchester City
Ethan Ampadu 18 Wales Chelsea
Sergino Dest 18 United States Ajax
Sebastian Walukiewicz 19 Poland Cagliari
Luan Candido 18 Brazil RB Leipzig
Rayan Ait-Nouri 18 France Angers
Jonathan Panzo 18 England Monaco
Max Aarons 19 England Norwich City
Sepp van den Berg 17 Netherlands Liverpool
Timothee Pembele 16 France Paris Saint-Germain
Liam Morrison 16 Scotland Bayern Munich
Matthijs de Ligt 19 Netherlands Juventus
Jean-Clair Todibo 19 France Barcelona
Nicolo Armini 18 Italy Lazio
William Saliba 18 France Arsenal

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Football Manager 2020 wonderkid goalkeepers

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Christian Fruchtl has naturally drawn comparisons to Manuel Neuer and has been working as an understudy to the iconic shot-stopper for a number of years now.

Brazilian goalkeeper Gabriel Brazao, who is on the books at Inter, is a player who will hope to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Alisson and Ederson, while Manchester City’s Gavin Bazunu is tipped for a bright future.

Italy is known for producing top class goalkeepers and the likes of Udinese’s Manuel Gasparini and AC Milan’s Alessandro Plizzari will be worth scouting.

Player Age Nationality Club
Christian Fruchtl 19 Germany Bayern Munich
Gabriel Brazao 18 Brazil Inter
Gavin Bazunu 17 Ireland Manchester City
Lucas Bergstrom 16 Finland Chelsea
Lucas Canizares 17 Spain Real Madrid
Coniah Boyce-Clarke 16 England Reading
Gabriel Slonina 15 United States Chicago Fire
Diogo Costa 19 Portugal Porto
Ivan Martinez 17 Spain Osasuna (‘Atletico Pamplona’)
Manuel Gasparini 17 Italy Udinese
Alessandro Plizzari 19 Italy AC Milan

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