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

Football Manager 2020 wonderkids: Best young strikers, midfielders, defenders & goalkeepers
By Ryan Kelly
You’ve got the latest release of the game and want to improve your youth prospects, so where do you start?
Football Manager 2020 is the latest edition of Sports Interactive’s hugely successful franchise and the game’s developers made it available for free during the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic of 2020.
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 if you’re starting a new game, Goal takes a look at some of the best young players who are 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 if you have the financial clout.
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 now flying at Borussia Dortmund, 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.
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.
Here is the Players, their ages, Nationalities and Clubs
Joao Felix18 Portugal Atletico Madrid
Erling Haaland 19 Norway Red Bull Salzburg
Jadon Sancho19 England Borussia Dortmund
Danylo Sikan 18 UkraineDynamo Kiev
Leonardo Campana 18 Ecuador Barcelona SC
Lincoln 18 Brazil Flamengo
Willem Geubbels 18France Monaco Gabriel Martinelli18 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 18England ChelseaAdil Aouchiche17France Paris Saint-Germain
Kaio Jorge 17 BrazilSantos
Ansu Fati 16 Spain Barcelona
Troy Parrott 17 Ireland Tottenham
Louie Barry 16 England Barcelona
Fabio Silva 17 PortugalPorto
Jann-Fiete Arp 19 GermanyBayern 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
*Age at start of game
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, if you are working to the constraints of a tight budget.
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 Barcelona’s Ilaix Moriba is one of the brightest prospects at La Masia and has been likened to Paul Pogba.
The Players, their Ages, Nationalities and Clubs
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 SpainLas Palmas / Barcelona
Giovanni Reyna 16 United StatesBorussia 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 16Scotland Celtic Florentino Luis 19 PortugalBenfica
Nohan Kenneh 16 England Leeds United
Alessio Riccardi 18 Italy Roma
Hamed Junior Traore 19 Ivory CoastEmpoli
Ilaix Moriba 16 Guinea Barcelona
Riqui Puig 19 Spain Barcelona
Hannibal Mejbri 16 France Manchester United
Angel Gomes 18 England Manchester United
*Age at start of game
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