The Football Manager 2023 is finally out and fans are looking for ways to snap up the game’s top young talents.
For any new manager, one of the first things to look at is wonderkids. These youngsters have the potential to grow into the best players on the game, so it’s always important to stack your squad full of as many as possible.
Here are the best wonderkids for every position in FM23.
At just 20 years old, Trubin has plenty of top-flight experience in Ukraine and has long been touted as a future star. He’s one of very few young goalkeepers who can make an immediate impact for your team.
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Tenas has a fixed potential ability of 160 so he’s almost guaranteed to turn into a superstar.
Formerly of Leeds, Caprile is now back in his native Italy and looking to build on an impressive loan spell in the country’s third tier last year.
He’s nursing a serious knee injury at the minute, but Livramento remains one of the most exciting right-backs around. Once he’s fit, he’s destined to become a superstar.
Frimpong is attracting plenty of praise on the real pitch this season and his list of suitors is going to be even longer in FM.
With a fixed potential of 162, keep an eye out for Patterson further down the line.
Just where Timber’s best position is remains a mystery. He’s on the smaller side for a centre-back so you might want to use him on the right or in midfield instead.
Gvardiol is already one of the best centre-backs on the game, and at just 20 years old, he’s capable of leading your team for the next decade.
No surprises here. Saliba is already blossoming into one of the top midfielders in the world and he looks set to retain that honour for the next decade at the very least.
Even casual FM fans will have known about Mendes for years. He’s already a star for PSG and comes with a monster of a price tag, but it’s definitely justified.
Hopes are high at Leicester for Thomas, who has a fixed potential ability of 160.
Udinese (on loan from Tottenham)
Udogie enjoyed a breakout year with Udinese, where he has returned on loan after a summer move to Tottenham.
For the third year in a row, Camavinga is one of the top midfield prospects on the game, and rightly so. He’s now at Real Madrid and so won’t come cheap, but he’s absolutely worth the expense. Don’t even hesitate if you can find the money.
Fans of youth football have known about Lavia for years but the young Belgian is now making an impact on the senior stage. Chelsea were looking at a £50m deal for his during the summer, which tells you everything you need to know.
The versatile Vencedor is one of the most expensive players on the entire game when you first load up, but don’t be scared to pounce once that figure starts to drop.
If this is news to you, where have you been? Gavi is already one of Barcelona’s most important players and will be for the next ten years at least.
Speaking of obvious options, Bellingham is flirting with a move to the top tier of midfielders already at such a young age. He’s going to cost a pretty penny, however.
A debutant on FM this year, 16-year-old Zaire-Emery is a truly special talent. He’s already made his senior debut and is going to have sky high potential.
18 dribbling. 18. Musiala is going to be a whole lot of fun to play with this year.
A Musiala regen despite only being three years younger, Wanner is the next big thing to come through at Bayern and is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Chelsea spent a lot of money to sign Casedei from Inter during the summer, highlighting his enormous potential.
Pino has been a starter for Villarreal for the last two years and has actually managed some impressive stats. The 19-year-old is going places.
A natural at both right wing and central midfield, it’s up to you to figure out where Elliott’s future lies. He’s got some outstanding stats, so whatever you go for, you wont regret it.
Pacos de Ferreira (on loan from Manchester City)
Kayky shone in Brazil and danced his way through his brief spell in English academy football, and he’s now enjoying his first taste of senior European football out in Portugal.
Scouts across the globe have long hailed Endrick as the next big thing, and now he’s finally on FM. The 15-year-old is going to be a popular signing as he is the only player on the game with a potential ability of 170-200.
17-year-old Moukoko is in the final year of his contract with Borussia Dortmund and can be picked up for a nice fee if you move quickly.
He’s more expensive now that he has left Red Bull Salzburg, but Adeyemi should still be one of your first signings.
Known as ‘Kvaradona’ in Naples – and among those who can’t remember how to spell his name – the 21-year-old has long been a star on FM but has seen his stats take a massive jump following his move to Serie A.
Speaking of names you definitely can’t spell, Schjelderup looks like a potential future superstar coming out of Scandinavia.
Finally back from his injury hell, Fati is looking to rediscover the momentum which had him hyped as perhaps the greatest youngster on the planet just a few years ago.