For any proper Football Manager player, packing your squad with young talent is imperative.
Not only does it give you a chance to feel like Super Tim (Sherwood), who gets lauded for his faith in youngsters, it also gives you the opportunity to create an awesome team on the cheap.
Below, we go through some players who could have Champions League-winning potential on the game.
Jack Grealish - Winger - Aston Villa
The 19-year-old has flourished this season, especially since the arrival of Sherwood. As a tricky winger, Grealish has all the attributes you would want from a wide man. He has pace, a willingness to run out defenders, a decent shot and creative flair. As witnessed in his star turn in Aston Villa’s FA Cup semi-final victory against Liverpool, the big stage does not intimidate him. Aston Villa are at the time of writing generally 5/2 in the football betting odds to beat Arsenal in the final come May and Grealish would likely play a key role. Expect the youngster to have extremely high potential on the next instalment from the franchise.
Youri Tielemans – Centre Midfielder - Anderlecht
Despite being the tender age of just 17 years old, Tielemans has already racked up 60 league appearances for Anderlecht and appeared in a further 12 games in Europe. Talent always goes before age. Tielemans is a living and breathing example of this. The Belgian reminds you of Andrea Pirlo in his formative years. He is capable of playing an absolute world-class long pass without so much as a cursory glance. However, when he is not allotted the time to pick out a pass, he channels his inner Yaya Toure to storm through defences like they are not even there. It is a frightening prospect. Tielemans is going to be a name to remember in the world of football, while he has club captain written all over him for your FM career
Ezequiel Ponce - Striker - Newell Old Boy’s
Football Manager just is not football manager if you don’t take a risk and snap up a hotshot South American striker - Dagoberto anyone? Getting a work permit for 18-year-old Ponce could potentially be a blag, especially if you are not one of football’s landed gentry. However, if you do manage to acquire Ponce, you could have the reincarnation of Gabriel Batistuta up top for your team. Ponce will be joining AS Roma in the winter, which is good as it brings him to Europe. Hopefully from there the Italian giants will be willing to loan him out. With bags of pace, an eye for goal, ability in the air, and strength, he is extremely difficult to defend against. Playing him as a traditional number nine could be of huge benefit. If you could get him at a side like West Ham, then you can really watch him grow. He will be lost against the big teams to start out with but, against the likes of Sunderland in the Premier League, he should destroy it.