Time to send your scouts on assignments as we bring you a list of cheap wonderkids worth signing in Football Manager 2021.
As a manager, you will live and die based on the quality and success of your squad. That is why bringing in the best talent that you can, on the most affordable deals, is always a recommended path to progress. So, if you are looking to fill-out your squad with the stars of tomorrow, you might wish to look at the following six wonderkids.
Each one offers you a great starting place to make a key signing that could, in time, become a major part of your first-team – or a record club sale.
Alejandro Iturbe, GK, Atletico Madrid u19
Young 16-year-old goalkeeper Alejandro Iturbe is the kind of ‘buy now, benefit later’ signing that you must try and make in FM2021. He plays for Atletico Madrid but is valued at a fraction of his true worth. You should be able to thrash out a deal for the talented wonderkid if you were to pay around £1m. If you are a team that is going to be able to convince him to leave Atletico, that should be the kind of change you find down the back of the couch!
So, make the signing and you can bring in a truly outstanding football player who has all of the hallmarks needed to really improve and grow into something special. Many think he could be one of the elite goalkeepers of his generation: why not snap him up?
Sutalo Bosko, CB, Atalanta
Break over the piggy bank and buy versatile defender Sutalo Bosko from Atalanta for around £4m, and you get one of the best young central defenders in the database. He has incredible all-around ability paired with great athleticism, making him a fine pick to have either as a central defender in a two, the right-sided choice in a three, or the right-back in a flat four.
He has versatility, pace, and no shortage of quality. His reading of the game is pretty decent for someone who is only 20 years of age, too, so you should have no problem in refining him into a first-team player in a shorter period of time than expected. Quality is everything for a defender, and young Bosko absolutely brims with quality – absolutely the kind of player we would recommend you try and pick-up if you want a long-term prospect who can play today.
Leonardo Lelo, LB, Portimonense SC
If you want a full-back of the future, then Portugal is a good place to begin your search,. Here, you should find the highly exciting and impressive Lelo, playing for Portimonense for now. He has all of the talent and all of the ability in the world, but also boasts some pretty damn solid stats for mental fortitude and determination.
While you might need to wait a while before he can really impact on your first-team, at just 20 years of age he has a huge upside and would be worth persevering with. Take a look at Lelo yourself with some scouts, and you will quickly see why so many fans have been making him a must-sign in their saves all season long. A top-quality player with no shortage of stamina and enthusiasm. Paired with solid defensive nous and a bite off-the-ball, he really is the ideal modern fall-back.
Manuel Ugarte, DM, Centro Atlético Fénix
Uruguay is famous for producing its fair share of combative monsters in the middle of the pitch, and Manuel Ugarte looks to be next in line. A ‘young Lucas Torreira’ according to some, the kid plays for Fenix back in Uruguay and could easily be picked up for around £1.5m. He has all of the ability needed to play in a European league of middling standard, and could easily become a signing worth making.
The relative poverty of the Uruguayan domestic game and the fact that it has such a low reputation means that getting a player to leave the league should be easy. For the price that you will pay, you will be picking up one of the most exciting holding midfielders in the database. Truly exciting, dependable, and reliable. Definitely, a player that you could build around in your midfield unit for years to come.
Yuriel Celi, AM, Cantolao
While the attacking flair of Peruvian football isn’t even in the top five of South America, young Yuriel Celi might change all that. The ambitious little playmaker could play off the front as an attacking midfielder as well as in the wide areas as a left-sided attacker. He has no shortage of quality on the ball, and also carries himself with genuine grace – not bad for a player who is just 18 years of age.
While probably best left in the academy for a year or two to develop, Celi has the technical topics to come into just about any side in the world and do well. Your main patience will be needed as you work on his mentality as much as anything else. Pair him up with a mentor who can teach him everything he needs to know, though, and you will have a very impressive player waiting for you.
Mo Daramy, ST, FC København
While you might need to pay around £3m to land a player like Daramy, he is money well-spent for any side looking for a young striker. He’s not seen as an immediate first-team prospect, but could easily make an impact for most sides in lower leagues such as Greece, Scotland, and the various Scandinavian leagues. He is a proper talent; rapid, decent on the ball, and improving off the ball all the time.
While you might need some patience to justify the outlay, Daramy has all of the ability needed to turn his potential into real performances. Give the young Dane a shot, and you could soon have one of the most exciting forwards in the database breaking forward and scoring goals galore for you. So, why not give him a shot and see what you get for your money from this prodigy?