Are you looking to start a long-term save built more around the regens and new players you bring through? Then you should absolutely look to move to a club with good youth facilities. Though investing in the youth facilities is a wise idea, some clubs begin the 2019-20 season with some solid youth facilities.
For those who like to rear their own and build something special from the youngest youth level upward, here are some clubs with great youth academies that you might not have ever thought of managing (or heard of) in Football Manager 2020.
The Dutch outfit are mostly known for being the feeder club to English giants Chelsea, but they do have a solid youth academy of their own. You could build a solid enough team at Vitesse if you were willing to use your connections at Chelsea to bolster the squad with first-team talent whilst you bring in the best of the youth that you can find. Definitely a good club for a refreshing and enjoyable challenge to take on.
The Ukrainian outfit have had a very challenging last decade, with a UEFA Europa League Final appearance being ruined by the club's subsequent financial plight. However, they have one of the best academies in Ukraine and could quite easily become a club that you could build something sustainable at. Expectations are low(ish) to start with, making it easy to get a crop or two of youth stars through the door and start integrating them into the first-team.
While a trip out to South America isn’t always a fans favourite in FM2020, going to one of the biggest clubs in Uruguay is always good fun. They have a tremendous youth set-up and could bring you a whole host of exciting young stars, whilst having a platform to potentially build something that could, one day, challenge for the Copa Libertadores as Penarol used to do so with regularity.
This is an ‘easy’ save domestically, but much harder abroad. While Dinamo are by far and away the dominant team at home, they often struggle in Europe. Using that hefty youth academy of yours to come up with some new players to help build a proper generation of stars could be a very wise idea indeed. With Zagreb, you also get to enjoy having the ability to test out your youngsters in low-challenge domestic games where you can dominate, helping them to grow and turn into the stars they can be.
Israeli football is very much on the rise these days and one club that shows a lot of potential is Maccabi Tel-Aviv. The Israeli outfit has arguably the best facilities in the country and makes a very interesting club to go and manage if you are looking for something totally different. It’s a hard league to dominate, but with good facilities, you could, in theory, build something meaningful here in Tel-Aviv for the long-term.