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FM20 wonderkids: the best young players and future prospects

The bright sparks to look out for in Football Manager 2020


Do you want to know who the best FM20 wonderkids are? The newest entry in the football management games series, like previous years, has a wealth of potentially world-class players to keep tabs on. Sifting through these future prospects to find the best ones to sign can take a long time, and there’s no guarantee that you’ll find the right ones to bring to your club.

That’s where we come in. We’ve put in the work on the training ground so you don’t have to. In our FM20 wonderkids guide, you’ll find plenty of superb starlets to run the rule over and sign for the future. You wouldn’t want to get dragged into any bidding wars or miss out on the next global star now, would you?

We’ve picked out a few players you’ll certainly have heard of, as well as some under-the-radar youngsters who you’ll certainly want to invest in. We’ve earmarked our stand-out player in each category too but, if you’d prefer to sign any of the others listed below, we won’t judge you.

FM20 wonderkids: goalkeepers

It would be remiss of us to include Gianluigi Donnarumma in this list. He’s the best of the bunch, after all, but his price might be too high for your club. If you’re looking for a cheaper option, you’d do well to look at Osasuna’s Ivan Martinez. He shouldn’t cost too much and, with a few loan moves under his belt, he’d be a superb custodian for you for seasons to come. A five-star rated goalkeeper that you should check out – and at the age of 17 you’ll get years of work out of this chap.

Name Age Club Nation Valuation
Ivan Martinez 17 Osasuna Spain £150,000
Gianluigi Donnarumma 20 AC Milan Italy £29m
Manuel Gasparini 17 Inter Milan Italy £105,000
Alban Lafont 20 Fiorentina France £4.1m
Marcus Dewhurst 18 Sheffield United England £130,000
Alessandro Plizzari 19 AC Milan Italy £575,000


FM20 wonderkids: full-backs

There are a few names you’ll be familiar with here, but our stand-out candidate is Josha Vagnoman. The wing-back’s versatility allows him to play on both flanks, so he’ll be a great addition to your squad. He might cost a bit more than the listed price, but he’s got plenty of potential to grow into and will be a solid investment. If you want a pacy defender with good work rate and crossing, he’s your guy.

Name Age Club Nation Valuation
Josha Vagnoman 18 Hamburger SV German £1.4m
Trent Alexander-Arnold 19 Liverpool England £42.5m
Moussa Wague 20 Barcelona Senegal £19m
Max Aarons 20 Norwich England £17m
Gian-Luca Itter 20 SC Freiburg German £2.1m
Rayan Ait-Nouri 18 Angers France £1.2m
Luca Pellegrini 18 Juventus Italy £6m

FM20 wonderkids: centre-backs

Want a centre-back option who’ll be a top player for over a decade? Atletico Madrid’s Nehuen Perez is the one for you. He won’t be cheap, and he’s out on loan at the start of every save. However, you can negotiate with Atletico and agree to buy him at the end of the season. With solid numbers in all of the typical centre-back attributes, the 18-year-old is one to keep an eye on. He has great determination too so he’s certain to improve. Defenders are increasingly pricey, so this really isn’t a bad investment.

Name Age Club Nation Valuation
Nehuen Perez
19 Atletico Madrid
Matthijs de Ligt
19 Juventus Netherlands £34.5m
Jean-Clair Todibo
19 Barcelona France £5.5m
Dayot Upamecano
20 RB Leipzig
France £7.25m
Nicolo Armini
18 Lazio Italy £275,000
Malang Sarr
20 OGC Nice
France £5.25m
Panagiotis Retsos
18 Bayer Leverkusen
Greece £6m


FM20 wonderkids: midfielders

There are lots of wonderkid midfielders this year, but Eduardo Camavinga is our number one choice. The 16-year-old defensive midfielder, who can also play in the centre of the park, is a superb all-rounder and you’ll be able to mould him into any player you want. He’s on £10,000-a-week at Rennes, so he might be a tad expensive to sign. If you land him, though, he’ll run your engine room for the next 20 years.

Name Age Club Nation Valuation
Eduardo Camavinga
DR Congo
Florentino Luis 19 Benfica Portugal £16m
Kai Havertz 20 Bayer Leverkusen German £34.5m
Sergio Gomez 18 Borussia Dortmund Spain £2.3m
Sandro Tonali 19 Brescia Italy £3.8m
Alessio Riccardi 18 Roma Italy £500,000
Phil Foden 18 Manchester City England £34.5m
Ryan Gravenberch 17 Ajax Netherlands £1m
Andre Anderson 19 Lazio Brazil £2m
Mustafa Kapi 16 Galatasaray Turkey £100,000

FM20 wonderkids: wingers

Wingers are normally the second most-expensive players to buy in real life and Football Manager. Why not get a cheap wideman with bags of potential straight away then? Lyon’s teenage sensation Rayan Cherki is one to watch if you don’t want to pay the big bucks for an established name. A forward who can play across the attacking line and with amazing flair, technique, and determination. Definitely one to snap him up as soon as possible.

Name Age Club Nation Valuation
Rayan Cherki
Vinicius Junior 18 Real Madrid
Brazil £23.5m
Jadon Sancho 19 Borussia Dortmund
England £27m
Karamoko Dembele 16 Celtic England £2.1m
Ansu Fati 16 Barcelona Spain £825,000
Naci Unuvar 16 Ajax Netherlands £190,000
Rodrygo 18 Real Madrid
Brazil £6.25m


FM20 wonderkids: strikers

You’ll know most names in this section, but those household names will cost eye watering amounts to lure away. Try and get your hands on Inter’s Sebastiano Esposito instead. The powerful frontman is already a decent striker and, with the right guidance, will be a defender’s nightmare for seasons to come.

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Get him now while there’s no bidding wars for his services and you’ll get a marksman with superb physical and mental attributes for his age.

Name Age Club Nation Valuation
Sebastiano Esposito
Inter Milan
Kylian Mbappe
20 Paris-Saint Germain France £86m
Mason Greenwood
17 Manchester United England £21.5m
Fabio Silva
16 Porto Portugal £1.4m
Erling Haaland
18 RB Salzburg
Norway £5m
Myron Boadu
18 AZ Alkmaar
Netherlands £4.5m
Joao Pedro
17 Fluminense
Brazil £4.4m
Joao Felix
19 Atletico Madrid
Portugal £29.5m
Fiete Arp
19 Bayern Munich
Germany £2.9m

And there’s the complete list of FM20 wonderkids to start acquiring for your lower league project. A perfect group of chaps to compliment your FM 20 tactics.

Of course we will be updating this Football Manager 2020 guide shortly with the full potential stats as soon as the FM20 in-game editor launches, but for launch day this should suit your needs.

While you may have heard of some of these starlets, we’ve tried to look around a bit and dig up some unknown gems so you can pretend you know all about Brasileiro Série B and Norwegian Eliteserien like you’ve got a subscription to Mundial.

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