Today, one of the most important parts of Football Manager is scouting. Being able to build a large scouting network and then being able to trust their insight is very important to building a team that can win things in this game. That’s why we highly recommend that if you are looking to start building a good team in FM2020 that you look to scout the following nations.
These are outside the ‘big’ nations, but each one offers some tremendous talent that really should make finding good players much simpler.
Egypt is one of the best nations in FM2020 to scout in. If you can download a data update to add in the Egyptian domestic league, it’s even better. Even for base players, though, Egypt has one of the highest Youth Ratings in the game, sitting as high as 138. For example, Brazil is only 163!
So, Egypt can become a real hotbed of talent. We highly recommend having a North African scout to visit here, Morocco, and Tunisia.
Without a doubt the top nation in Asia to go and scout, Japan produces a regular stream of brilliant players. The licensing issues with the Japanese domestic game does mean that you often need to look pretty closely to find some good Japanese talent, though.
They do come with a Youth Rating as high as 110, though, which is actually higher than leading nations like Belgium. Definitely worth having an Asian scout look into this part of the world for you.
Despite having never produced a player of high repute in the ‘real world’, Jordan is a fantastic nation to buy regens from. They produce a high Youth Rating of around 107, and this means that Jordanian talent is quite commonly seen in the biggest leagues after a decade or so.
While this is quite clearly a database oversight and Jordan is by no means a top exporter of footballers, in FM20 you should definitely have someone scout here.
One of the best leagues to go and buy from in the game that you can actually load up, though, is South Africa. Many Football Manager veterans will note the ease of picking up bargains here and in the Scandinavian leagues. South Africa, though, also tends to produce a high standard of regen talent to supplement an excellent standard of domestic player.
Ideally, you should look to look to buy up South African talent early-on before other teams spot the bargains to be had.
Absolutely loaded with domestic talent in the base game, the Colombian top fight is an absolute must-scout for most players. Colombian talent is brilliant as a regen, too, with a high Youth Rating of 117 making it a fine starting place for most shoppers.
Be sure to scout here and you can find cheap imports for European leagues and also brilliant regens worth under £100k on a regular basis.
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