Best Football Manager 2024 Wonderkids And Young Players


If you want to take your chosen club to the greatest heights of the beautiful game, whether you’re starting in the top division of your chosen country or you’re looking to build a team up to glory through multiple promotions, you’ll want to pick up some Football Manager 2024 wonderkids. Here are the best young players in Football Manager 2024.

Football Manager 2024 wonderkids explained

What is a wonderkid in FM24? Put simply, these are the best players under the age of 21 (as of the start of pre-season in England in the 2023/24 season). Football Manager uses a hidden rating system to determine potential ability–200 is the absolute maximum rating any player can be, while anybody with a potential of 150 or higher is classed as a wonderkid.

Take a look at some of Football Manager 2024's wonderkids, or browse the full list below.
Take a look at some of Football Manager 2024’s wonderkids, or browse the full list below.

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It’s worth bearing in mind that these are the top 10 players under 21 in each of these positions in the world, so you won’t find any true bargains here. This list is for managers who have a little cash to spend, ranging from $5m all the way up to $100m and more. Also, if you can’t find any of the players on this list, make sure you have the region they currently play in loaded in your career.

So without further ado, here are all of the best FM24 wonderkids and young players, organized by position and sorted from best to worst.

Best young goalkeepers

Starting in net, we have the best goalkeepers aged 20 and under. There are a few players to highlight here, and Rome-Jayden Owusu-Oduro is the best of the lot. Plying his trade for AZ Alkmaar, this 19-year-old has a fantastic 16 aerial reach plus 14 one-on-ones and throwing. Valued at 6.6m-$10m but currently on a wage of just $650 per week, he’d be fit as a backup keeper for a top division side or a starting keeper for the second tier of most major nations.

If you’re thinking years into the future, pick up either Jack Thompson or Spike Brits. Thompson is a little more feasible to acquire as he plays for Derby County while Brits is at Man City–and is only valued at approximately $300k compared to Brits at $3m or so–but both 16-year-olds have the potential to be the best goalkeepers in the world in 5-10 years.

Name

Age

Position

Club

League

Nationality

Rome-Jayden Owusu-Oduro

19

GK

AZ Alkmaar

Eredivisie

Netherlands

Dennis Seimen

17

GK

VfB Stuttgart

Bundesliga

Germany

Bart Verbruggen

20

GK

Brighton & Hove Albion

English Premier Division

Netherlands

Guillaume Restes

18

GK

Toulouse FC

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France

Alejandro Iturbe

19

GK

Atletico Madrid B

Spanish First Division B

Spain

Jack Thompson

16

GK

Derby County

Sky Bet League One

England

Bartosz Zelazowski

18

GK

OGC Nice

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Poland

Faaris Yusufu

18

GK

Schalke 04

Bundesliga 2

Germany

Spike Brits

16

GK

Manchester City

English Premier Division

England

Charlie Setford

19

GK

Ajax

Eredivisie

England

Best young right backs

The best young right-backs consist of a couple of familiar faces, namely Rico Lewis and Tino Livramento, both of whom ply their trade in the Premier League and cost an arm and a leg.

You must look as far down the list as Elias Jelert before you find anyone reasonably priced, as he comes in at around $9m, likely thanks to playing in the top Danish league. He’s a reliable all-rounder who already has 40+ appearances for FC Kobenhavn, so he’ll be a starter for most teams if you’re going for him.

Despite being near the bottom of the list, Martim Fernandes is perhaps the most exciting here simply thanks to his price tag. Valued at only $1m by FC Porto on a wage of just $1.9k per week, it’ll take a while until this 17-year-old is first-team worthy, but he’s the best bet for long-term managers.

Name

Age

Position

Club

League

Nationality

Ivan Fresneda

18

D/WB (R)

Sporting CP

Portuguese Premier League

Spain

Rico Lewis

18

D/WB (R), DM, M (C)

Manchester City

English Premier Division

England

Tino Livramento

20

D/WB (R)

Newcastle United

English Premier Division

England

Michael Kayode

18

D/WB (R)

Fiorentina

Italian Serie A

Italy

Arnau Martinez

18

D/WB (R)

Girona

Spanish First Division

Spain

Hector Fort

16

D (RC), WB (R)

Barcelona

Spanish First Division

Spain

Elias Jelert

20

D/WB (RL)

FC Kobenhavn

3F Superliga

Denmark

Antoine Mendy

19

D/WB (R)

OGC Nice

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France

Martim Fernandes

17

D/WB (R)

FC Porto B

Portuguese Second League

Portuguese

Calvin Ramsay

19

D/WB (R)

Preston North End

Sky Bet Championship

Scotland

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Best young center backs

In the center of defense, as you’d expect, Levi Colwill is almost untouchable at around $150m. Scalvini is about half that price, but still obscenely expensive, while Silva and Riad are both around $55m.

In fact, the majority of these players are all north of $40m, so like Elias Jelert above, you have to go for a player at a lesser known league to find someone more affordable, which is the case here with Martin Vitik at Sparta Prague. He will quickly garner interest from huge clubs though, so you’ll need to fork out the $10m quickly for 194cm of pure defensive muscle, as he has 16 strength, 15 jumping reach, and 14 heading.

Despite being in the Premier League, Murillo at Nottingham Forest is only valued at around $20m, or you can look to Luka Vuskovic for Hajduk Split at around $15m. Much like Vitik however, big clubs come sniffing around for him pretty quickly.

Name

Age

Position

Club

League

Nationality

Giorgio Scalvini

19

D (C)

Atalanta

Italian Serie A

Italy

Levi Colwill

20

D (LC)

Chelsea

English Premier Division

England

Antonio Silva

19

D (C)

Benfica

Portuguese Premier League

Portugal

Chadi Riad

20

D (C)

Real Hispalis

Spanish First Division

Morocco

Jorrel Hato

17

D (LC)/WB (L)

Ajax

Eredivisie

Netherlands

Ousmane Diomande

19

D (C)

Sporting CP

Portuguese Premier League

Ivory Coast

Illia Zabarnyi

20

D (C)

Bournemouth

English Premier Division

Ukraine

Martin Vitik

20

D (C)/DM

Sparta Prague

Czech First Division

Czechia

Murillo

20

D (LC)/DM

Nottingham Forest

English Premier Division

Brazil

Luka Vuskovic

16

D (C)

HNK Hajduk Split

Croatian First League

Croatian

Best young left backs

Alejandro Balde is arguably one of the best left backs you can buy in the entire game from the get-go, let alone the best young left back, but you’re not going to sign him. Barcelona have him locked down as firmly not for sale, and to ensure this, they’ve slapped a $536 million release clause on him.

Instead, if you have cash to splash, Destiny Udogie will set you back a hefty $70m, but he is a starting left-back for a top six Premier League side, so what do you expect? He’s very well-rounded though, operating best as a complete wing-back with impressive pace, crossing, dribbling, passing, tackling, and technique stats.

At the younger end of the scale, Lucas Jetten is the chap to go for, but he’ll still set you back around $10m as Ajax are famous for their youth development. On the cheaper side of things, Omar Campos will cost around $5m, while Patryck Lanza will be around double that from the Brazilian league.

Name

Age

Position

Club

League

Nationality

Patrick Dorgu

18

D/WB/M (L)

Salento

Italian Serie A

Denmark

Alejandro Balde

19

D/WB/M/AM (L)

Barcelona

Spanish First Division

Spain

Amar Dedic

20

D (RL)

RB Salzburg

Austrian Premier Division

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Victor Kristiansen

20

D/WB (L)

Bologna

Italian Serie A

Denmark

Milos Kerkez

19

D/WB/M (L)

Bournemouth

English Premier Division

England

Matteo Ruggeri

20

D/WB (L)

Atalanta

Italian Serie A

Italy

Destiny Udogie

20

D/WB (L)

Tottenham Hotspur

English Premier Division

Italy

Omar Campos

20

D/WB/M (L)

Santos Laguna

Mexican First Division

Mexico

Patryck Lanza

20

D/WB (L)

SPO

Brazilian National First Division

Brazil

Lucas Jetten

16

D (LC)/WB (L)

Ajax

Eredivisie

Netherlands

Best young defensive midfielders

If you’re an avid fan, there are five players here you’ve likely heard of; Camavinga through Lavia, plus Faticanti. Most of these will set you back a fair whack–like $50m or more–aside from Faticanti, who is only valued at around $2m for some reason, making him an excellent choice for a wonderkid defensive mid.

Moscardo is the one to go for if you love a South American wonderkid, while Sattlberger and Gourna-Douath are both excellent choices from the Austrian Premier Division, and neither will command too high of a wage. Gourna-Douath certainly the stronger of the two though, and the one ready to play regularly for a top-flight team.

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Name

Age

Position

Club

League

Nationality

Eduardo Camavinga

20

D (L)/DM/M (C)

Real Madrid

Spanish First Division

France

Warren Zaire-Emery

17

DM/M (C)

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France

Stefan Bajcetic

18

D (C)/DM/M (C)

Liverpool

English Premier Division

Spain

Romeo Lavia

19

DM/M (C)

Chelsea

English Premier Division

Belgium

Adam Wharton

19

DM/M (C)

Blackburn Rovers

Sky Bet Championship

England

Giacomo Faticanti

18

DM/M (C)

Salento

Italian Serie A

Italy

Arthur Vermeeren

18

DM/M (C)

Antwerp

Jupiler Pro League

Belgium

Gabriel Moscardo

17

DM/M (C)

COR

Brazilian National First Division

Brazil

Nikolas Sattlberger

19

DM/M (C)

SK Rapid

Austrian Premier Division

Austria

Lucas Gourna-Douath

19

DM/M (C)

FC RB Salzburg

Austrian Premier Division

France

Best young center mids

In the middle of the park, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to wonderkids. At the very top of the list would be Jude Bellingham, but we’ve left him out because trust us: you aren’t going to sign him. He’s valued at $150m on $425k wages and will eventually be the best player in the world. You likely won’t be able to snag Pedri, Gavi, or Harvey Elliott either unless you’re managing a financial titan.

Instead, look a little further down the list: Archie Gray is valued at $17m, Sverre Halseth Nypan at $7m, and Ouedraogo at $11m. There are a lot of players that could’ve made the cut here that didn’t too, so honorable mentions go to Cesare Casadei, Charlie Patino, Mateus Fernandes, Tygo Land, Victor Eletu, Aaron Ciammaglichella, and many more.

Name

Age

Position

Club

League

Nationality

Pedri

20

M (C)/AM (RLC)

Barcelona

Spanish First Division

Spain

Joao Neves

18

DM/M/AM (C)

Benfica

Portuguese Premier League

Portugal

Gavi

18

M (C)/AM (LC)

Barcelona

Spanish First Division

Spain

Harvey Elliott

20

M (C)/AM (R)

Liverpool

English Premier Division

England

Alex Scott

19

DM/M (C)/AM (RC)

Bournemouth

English Premier Division

England

Archie Gray

17

M (C)

Leeds United

Sky Bet Championship

England

Assan Ouedraogo

17

M (C)/AM (LC)

Schalke 04

Bundesliga 2

Germany

Sverre Halseth Nypan

16

M (C)/AM (RLC)

Rosenborg

Norwegian Premier Division

Norway

Ayman Kari

18

M (C)

FC Lorient

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Kobbie Mainoo

18

DM/M/AM (C)

Man UFC

English Premier Division

England

Best young attacking mids

Much like Bellingham, Jamal Musiala should top this list, but he’s so expensive and everyone already knows about him, so we’ve opted to leave him out in favor of some lesser known wonderkids. Some of these players–Noah Darvich, Arda Guler, Florian Wirtz–are around $100m too, but are slightly lesser known, so they’ve made the cut.

Our top recommendations here are Estevao, who can be picked up for around $8m; Rodrigo Mora at $2.2m; and Claudio Echeverri at $10.5m. Alternatively, for someone a little more developed, you can go for Claudio Echeverri at around $30m or so.

Name

Age

Position

Club

League

Nationality

Noah Darvich

16

M (C)/AM (RLC)

Barcelona

Spanish First Division

Germany

Arda Guler

18

AM (RC)

R. Madrid

Spanish First Division

Turkey

Estevao

16

AM (RC)/ST

SEP

Brazilian National First Division

Brazil

Rodrigo Mora

16

AM (LC)

FC Porto B

Portuguese Second League

Portugal

Tommaso Baldanzi

20

M/AM (C)

Empoli

Italian Serie A

Italy

Florian Wirtz

20

MC/AM (RLC)

Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Bundesliga

Germany

Claudio Echeverri

17

AM (RLC)/ST

Club Atletico River Plate

Argentine Premier Division

Argentina

Eliesse Ben Seghir

18

M/AM (C)

AS Monaco

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Julen Jon Guerrero

19

M/AM (C)

AS Roma

Italian Serie A

Spain

Jano Monserrate

17

M/AM (C)

Zaragoza

Spanish Second Division

Spain

Best young right wingers

Lamine Yamal is a player that has taken the headlines recently, because the young chap is only 15 and playing week in, week out for Barcelona. He has a $61m release clause so if you’ve got the cash to spare, he is attainable. Shea Lacey is another similarly aged hot prospect, and he doesn’t have a release clause, but he will set you back around $20m at just 16-years-old. He does have 18 flair though, so will develop into quite the trickster.

Yeremy Pino is another highly recommended player but comes with a colossal price tag, as does Nico Williams, but both of them are 20 and so can slot straight into your team no matter which club you’re managing. Your best bet for players that are a little unknown here are Roony Bardghji and Gianluca Prestianni, who will both set you back around $10m.

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Name

Age

Position

Club

League

Nationality

Lamine Yamal

15

AM (RL)/ST

Barcelona

Spanish First Division

Spain

Nico Williams

20

M/AM (RL)

A. Bilbao

Spanish First Division

Spain

Yeremy Pino

20

AM (RLC)/ST

Villareal

Spanish First Division

Spain

Shea Lacey

16

AM (RC)

Man UFC

English Premier Division

England

Badredine Bouanani

18

AM (R)

OGC Nice

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Algeria

Ben Doak

17

AM (R)

Liverpool

English Premier Division

Scotland

Roony Bardghji

17

M/AM (R)

FC Kobenhavn

3F Superliga

Sweden

Yaser Asprilla

19

AM (RLC)/ST

Watford

Sky Bet Championship

Colombia

Angelo

18

AM (R)/ST

Strasbourg

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Gianluca Prestianni

17

AM (RLC)

Velez

Argentine Premier Division

Argentina

Best young strikers

Endrick has been omitted from the very top of this list for two reasons: everybody knows about him already and at the start of the game, he is literally unsignable because he already has a transfer to Real Madrid arranged for July 2024. However, that isn’t the end of the famous goalscorers on this list: Youssoufa Moukoko, Evan Ferguson, Rasmus Hojlund, Mathys Tel, and Benjamin Sesko should all be familiar to most players thanks to their real-life performances.

All of these players are known quantities and as a result, will set you back a fair whack, so our top recommendations are any of the three Brazilian players here. All three will set you back around $15-$20m apiece, so they’re not cheap investments, but they’re guaranteed to turn into ballers. Alternatively, at just 16-years-old, Enzo Sternal can be picked up from Marseille for under $5m, but he’ll take a while to come good.

Name

Age

Position

Club

League

Nationality

Youssoufa Moukoko

18

ST

Borussia Dortmund

Bundesliga

Germany

Vitor Roque

18

AM (RL)/ST

ATP

Brazilian National First Division

Brazil

Marcos Leonardo

20

AM (L)/ST

SAN

Brazilian National First Division

Brazil

Evan Ferguson

18

ST

Brighton & Hove Albion

English Premier Division

Ireland

Shaqueel van Persie

16

AM (RL)/ST

Feyenoord

Eredivisie

Netherlands

Rasmus Hojlund

20

ST

Man UFC

English Premier Division

Denmark

Mathys Tel

18

AM (RL)/ST

Bayern Munich

Bundesliga

France

Benjamin Sesko

20

ST

RB Leipzig

Bundesliga

Slovenia

Talles Wander

19

ST

SPO

Brazilian National First Division

Brazil

Enzo Sternal

16

ST

Olympique de Marseille

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Best young left wingers

Finally, we have the left wing. Since Mikey Moore is only 15, he’s an excellent loan prospect for lower-tier clubs in a year or two, or you can drop around $50m to pick him up immediately. Ansu Fati, Andreas Schjelderup, and Alejandro Garnacho are all proven talents who will cost quite a lot,but you’ll be getting instant superstars who can transform your team.

For true wonderkids, look towards Joao Rego, Kendry Paez, and Amourricho van Axel Dongen. They’ll all set you back a much more reasonable amount–between $10m-$20m–and you won’t have as much competition. Joao Rego especially is a tricky winger, with 16 flair and determination. Alan Velasco is also a bargain thanks to his $8.75m release clause.

Name

Age

Position

Club

League

Nationality

Mikey Moore

15

AM (RLC)/ST

Tottenham Hotspur

English Premier Division

England

Ansu Fati

20

AM (RL)/ST

Brighton & Hove Albion

English Premier Division

Spain

Andreas Schjelderup

19

AM (L)/ST

FC Nordsjaelland

3F Superliga

Norway

Joao Rego

18

AM (RLC)

Benfica

Portuguese Premier League

Portugal

Kendry Paez

16

M (C)/AM (LC)

Independiente del Valle

Ecuadorian Serie A

Ecuador

Samuel Iling

19

WB/M/AM (L)

Juventus

Italian Serie A

England

Rayan Cherki

19

AM (RLC)/ST

Olympique Lyonnais

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Alan Velasco

20

AM (RLC)/ST

FC Dallas

MLS

Argentina

Alejandro Garnacho

19

AM (RL)/ST

Man UFC

English Premier Division

Argentina

Amourricho van Axel Dongen

18

M/AM (L)

Ajax

Eredivisie

Netherlands

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