Wonderkids are an integral part of the Football Manager experience, some might develop into world-class stars, while others might fall short. It all adds to the thrill of it, and although some players prefer to discover these diamonds in the rough all on their own, others like to get a head start.
For our list of best wonderkids, we've highlighted 10 we believe are absolutely must-buy, of course, depending on your budget a few might be outside your price range, but do keep these names in your head as they progress in your save.
Without further ado, let's get started.
Best FM22 wonderkids
As we get more info, we'll also be bringing you the best youngsters per position, so stay tuned for more Football Manager content.
In the meantime, these are players, in our opinion, that will dominate the game.
Eduardo Camavinga - Real Madrid - DM, MC
Real Madrid reportedly paid upwards of $35 million to sign the French 18-year-old from Rennes, being touted as the future of their centre midfield with the likes of Casemiro, Toni Kroos, and Luka Modric not getting any younger.
It'll be hard, if not impossible, to lure him away from La Casa Blanca, and it won't be cheap either, so unless you're managing PSG or, oddly enough, Newcastle, you'll likely have to wait to get your hands on this highly-coveted player.
He's a reliable defensive midfielder with enough technique and passing to play higher up in the pitch, and could develop into an outstanding attacking midfielder with time.
Ilaix Moriba - RB Leipzig - MC
Amid a severe financial crisis, Barcelona was forced to part ways with the 18-year-old midfielder, signed by RB Leipzig for a reported €22m.
Similar to Cavaminga, Moriba will be hard to snatch during your first season, but as time goes on, it'll certainly be easier to negotiate with the Bundesliga side compared to Real Madrid for the signing of a top-tier midfielder.
He excels at controlling the tempo with incredible passing and technique stats, plus he can develop his vision and creativity to become a through-ball specialist.
Ansu Fati - Barcelona - AML, AMR, ST
The heir to Messi's no.10 shirt at Barcelona, Fati has a lot to prove with the eyes of millions closely following his development as a footballer.
A versatile attacking midfielder than can comfortably play as a striker filling the advance forward or false nine roles, Fati is one for those looking to create a superteam of youngsters.
Harvey Elliott - Liverpool - AMR, AML
Manager Jürgen Klopp is known for developing young talent and getting the best out of them. We've seen his work come to fruition with the likes of Mario Gotze in Borussia Dortmund and Trent Alexander-Arnold at Liverpool.
An unfortunate injury has setback Elliott's progress in real life when he looked poised to become a staple of the English side at just 18-years-old, however, you can still get the most out of him in FM22.
Youssoufa Moukoko - Borussia Dortmund - ST
The soon-to-be 17-year-old has been making incredible progress over at Borussia Dortmund, already amassing over 20 games as a professional in one of the toughest leagues in the world.
With his age and underdeveloped stats, this one is for the long-haul, on the flip side, no club change or massive fee involved could mean he'd be also one of the easiest to sign as you start a new FM22 save.
Fabio Silva - Wolverhampton - ST
Despite his hefty price tag of £35 million back in 2020, Silva was never intended to make a huge splash right away for Wolves, however, Raul Jimenez's long-term injury forced the 18-year-old to a regular starting spot.
Despite not setting the world on fire, Silva's talent is undeniable and he could prove to be a world beater if given the correct training routines and playtime.
Initially being a striker, Silva can become an amazing attacking midfielder from both flanks, functioning as an inverse winger if you're looking to take advantage of his goalscoring abilities.
Josko Gvardiol - RB Leipzig - CB, DL
Signed by the Bundesliga side in 2020, Gvardiol was loaned back to Dinamo Zagreb, only finding himself playing in the Bundesliga starting this season.
It's been a rocky start for Gvardiol, with Leipzig failing to keep pace with the top-dogs of the Bundesliga early on, however, the sky is the limit for the Croatian once he finds his footing.
He's a highly technical defender that's no slouch in the physical department, overall, he's everything you're looking for in a modern CB if you aim to play a style similar to that of Pep Guardiola's sides.
Jude Bellingham - Borussia Dortmund - MC, AMC, AML, AMR
Following in the footsteps of fellow countryman Jadon Sancho (now at Manchester United), the teenager joined Borussia Dortmund and has seen massive improvements to his game.
Versatile, capable on the ball, with an eye for goal and a brain for the game, Bellingham might be the English star the German side was truly waiting for.
Florian Wirtz - Bayer Leverkusen - MC, AMC
Perhaps a less spectacular player than his peers on this list, Wirtz certainly has all the ingredients to make it to the very top.
His initial price tag is also way lower than some of the other midfielders on this list, so if you're looking for a tidy attacking midfielder to add to your squad, Wirtz may be just the man.
Cherki Rayan - Olympique Lyonnais - AMR, AML, AMC, ST
A versatile player that can play in all the important attacking positions, Rayan is skilled on the ball, with a high dribbling stat that could reach a perfect 20 given the right circumstances.
Similar to Wirtz, he's far from the most demanding in terms of wages or the potential fee you'd need to pay to get him out of Lyon, so if you're working with a more constrained budget, look no further than Rayan to bolster your attack.
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