Like any manager playing Football Manager 2020, you’ll love a good bargain deal. Every manager likes a bit of value.
Let’s face it, there’s something really gratifying about your free transfer veteran getting Player of the Year. Or your young punt who you’ve trained into a new position becoming one of the best players in the league.
It’s always more gratifying to build a team of bargains and well-coached talents as opposed to a pick-and-mix of superstars.
Where, though, should you start? What kind of FM20 bargains are worth keeping an eye out for?
Here are five must-have bargains for varying levels of the game.
While signing him immediately will prove tough as he’s just joined Olympique Lyonnais, Guimaraes is a regular standout in FM this year. He’s an aggressive midfielder most suited to a Mezzala role. He’s got a tremendous engine, can score goals, and helps out tremendously well in a defensive role. Though he’s best suited to having more aggressive freedom to roam, Guimaraes is definitely a player worth keeping an eye on.
Mohamed Daramy is a brilliant signing if you move for him fast, as he won’t stay at Danish giants FC Kopenhaven for long. He’s a very good player and is equally suitable on the left-wing as he is up front. Though his goal-scoring record could do with improving, he’s only 18 at the start of the game and has a very impressive set of base stats. For a lower league Premier League team or a club like FCK – a dominant team in a smaller league – he makes a wise investment indeed.
Regular FM players will know that South Africa is a great place to go scouting in, and midfielder Phakamani Mahlambi is a fine example of this. Absolutely rapid down the right-hand side, he’s a great starting place for most players looking for an exciting prospect. At only 21, his mental stats need obvious improvement but he’s got the technical and physical stats to make him a stand-out at most lower levels. He’s got the potential to dominate in countries like Scotland, and could easily become a regular performer in a top-five league – albeit outside of the top sides. Valued at only £325,000 at the start of the game, so definitely attainable without much expense.
If you are managing in a UK league like the English League One, English Championship or Scottish Premier Football League, you might wish to look at young Jack Byrne. He plays for Shamrock Rovers and is a very interesting young player. Byrne has a lot of talent, and can definitely add some depth to your wide areas. The former Manchester City talent has started to get senior caps for the Republic of Ireland, too, showcasing his growing talent
Son of former Rangers striker Mark, Hateley plays out in Poland and recently won the Polish top-flight title. Hye’s a very good player, with solid stats in a holding midfield role. He could easily play in lesser European leagues and would be a good pick for most second and third-tier English sides. Definitely, a player to look for if you are on a short budget and need to get a reliable, consistent midfielder.