For many people today, one of the most exciting parts of the Football Manager franchise is the ability to predict the stars of tomorrow.
For example, we’re certain a few players from the last 3-4 years of Football Manager must be feeling pretty smug watching Norway duo Martin Odegaard and Erling Haaland absolutely rip up La Liga and the Bundesliga respectively.
And while there are plenty of ‘gems’ who never amount to anything in the game, FM2020 has a fair range of players who look very promising for the future.
So, who under 18 should you be keeping a wee eye on in Football Manager 2020?
We’re sure that the world knows this kid pretty well, but he’s an absolutely stellar talent. The Red Bull Salzburg player is one of the most exciting young talents in the world. He might genuinely be the best young talent to come out of Hungary since the days of the famous Mighty Magyars.
Few attacking midfielders in the world have the stand-out attacking qualities he has, without a doubt. Szoboszlai should definitely be on your list if you like tall, rangy, powerful midfielders with an eye for goal.
While getting your hands on Martinelli might not be easy, as he’s already at a giant club in Arsenal, there is no doubting the vast potential of the Brazilian striker. He’s already technically proficient and is very much likely to make a big impact for more or less any team from an early stage in the FM2020 debut season.
He’s a good player, and definitely, one who will grow. He’s a touch slight physically, but his impressive technical stats are backed up by some pretty outstanding mental stats for one so young: definitely, one to break the bank for.
Few people can get you as excited as 16-year-old Rennes starlet Eduardo Camavinga. The Frenchman has one of the best left feet for a teenager in the game, and the comparisons with Patrick Vieira are very fair indeed. We would highly rank Camavinga as one of the best midfield talents in the game.
Like the two above, though, you’ll need to either wait to get him or snap him up extremely early. He’s at Rennes, so someone managing a bigger club could probably get him if you’re willing to go big for a teenage prodigy.
The Celtic full-back is one that many will know thanks to his famous “Oh my days!” interview after Celtic won the Scottish League Cup against Rangers. His aggression on the ball, his desire to cover the flank, and his natural fitness make him an absolutely brilliant young talent to keep an eye on.
If you are on the lookout for a flash new full-back, you could pick him up as early as January 2020. Given the SPFLs meagre reputation in-game, he should be available for a price you can afford, as well. Definitely a talent worth investing money into.
The interesting young Brazilian starlet blew onto the scene when he first signed for Bayer Leverkusen. While progress in real life has been somewhat slow, he’s already made a huge impression on many fans of the game. Definitely one of the best young attacking players aged 18 or under.
He’s got excellent natural dribbling, works hard on and off the ball, and should be a good asset from day one. He signed for the Germans in January of 2019, too, so he should be well attainable from the start.
So, which starlet will you go to bat for first?