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Guide to the Best Young Players in Football Manager 2010

by: Simon Hill ; edited by: J. F. Amprimoz ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

A big part of success in Football Manager 2010 is building a quality team. If you’re on the lookout for great young prospects and potential wonderkids then check out this best young player guide.

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    Wonderkids

    Alan Hansen famously said back in 1995 “You won’t win anything with kids." He was talking about the Manchester United side that went on to win the Premier League title despite having an average squad age of just 24. Hansen was wrong: young players can form the basis for a very strong squad and they can serve you well for years as they fulfil their potential.

    fm2010 shortlist   In Football Manager 2010 there are plenty of youngsters with great potential and in this guide we’ll highlight some of them. This is by no means a comprehensive list and it will be tweaked and added to in time but you should be able to find several young players worth going for before they become famous and expensive. There are also a lot of great young players in the game who have already been marked for greatness and they have price tags to match, so we’ll focus on the affordable end of the market first.

    For each player we’ll state the age, position, starting club and value, remember you’ll often need to pay over the odds for players that a club does not want to sell. Also, if the player is below a certain age you’ll be able to offer them a contract directly but a tribunal will decide what fee you have to pay to compensate the club you’re taking them from.

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    Best Young Players in FM 2010 - Under 18

    • Jano Ananidze – 16 year old AMC at Spartak Moscow worth £300k (compensation)
    • Marco Verratti – 16 year old AMC at Pescara worth £180k
    • Iker Muniain – 16 year old ST at Athletic Club Bilbao worth £1.7 million (compensation)
    • Khouma Babacar – 16 year old ST at Fiorentina worth £2.7 million
    • Stephan El Shaarawy – 16 year old AMRC at Genoa worth £2.4 million
    • Alphonse Areola – 16 year old GK at Paris Saint-Germain worth £7k
    • Romelu Lukaku – 16 year old ST at Anderlecht worth £675k
    • James Rodriguez – 17 year old AMLC at Banfield worth £625k
    • Eyal Golasa – 17 year old AMRLC at M.Haifa worth £250k
    • Marc Muniesa – 17 year old DC at Barcelona worth £950k
    • Zezinho – 17 year old AMLC at Juventude worth £1.2 million
    • Jose Baxter – 17 year old AMRC/FC at Everton worth £1.9 million
    • Thimothee Kolodzieczak – 17 year old D/WBL at Lyon worth £1.3 million
    • Gale Agbossoumonde – 17 year old DC at Miami FC worth £130k
    • Dodo – 17 year old D/WBL at Corinthians worth £1.4 million
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    FM 2010 18 Year Old Wonderkids

    • Sergiy Kryvtsov – 18 year old DC/DM/MC at Metalurg Zp worth £1.1 million
    • Daniel Aquino – 18 year old AML/FC at Murcia worth £1.9 million
    • Nathan Delfouneso – 18 year old ST at Aston Villa worth £2.6 million
    • Leandro Cabrera – 18 year old DLC at Atletico Madrid worth £1.4 million
    • Rodney Sneijder – 18 year old MRLC at Ajax worth £675k
    • Yannis Tafer – 18 year old ST at Lyon worth £2.4 million
    • Lukman Haruna – 18 year old DM/MC at Monaco worth £1 million
    • Joao Paulo – 18 year old D/WBL/AMC at Fluminense worth £2.3 million
    • Franco Zuculini – 18 year old DM/MRC at Hoffenheim worth £2.7 million
    • Andrej Kramaric – 18 year old AM/FC at Dinamo worth £800k
    • Henri Saivet – 18 year old AMR/L at Bordeaux worth £2.2 million
    • Georginio Wijnaldum – 18 year old AMRLC at Feyenoord worth £1.8 million
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    Best Young FM 2010 Players 19 - 21 Years Old

    • fm2010 lewandowski   Mathias Jorgensen – 19 year old DC at FC Kobenhavn worth £1.1 million
    • Sofiane Feghouli – 19 year old AMRC at Grenoble worth £2.6 million
    • Morgan Schneiderlin – 19 year old DM/MC at Southampton worth £775k
    • Guido Marilungo – 19 year old AML at Sampdoria worth £2 million
    • Jay Rodriguez – 19 year old ST at Burnley worth £2.7 million
    • Ignacio Camacho – 19 year old DM/MC at Atletico Madrid worth £1.1 million
    • Dan Gosling – 19 year old DR/DM/MRC at Everton worth £2.2 million
    • Omer Toprak – 19 year old DC at Freiburg worth £2.4 million
    • Magaye Gueye – 19 year old AMLC at RC Strasbourg worth £1.5 million
    • Walter – 19 year old AM/FC at Internacional worth £2.4 million
    • Raul – 19 year old D/WBR at Atletico Paranaense worth £2.1 million
    • Robert Lewandowski – 20 year old FC at Lech worth £1.1 million
    • Jonathan Cristaldo – 20 year old FC at Velez worth £575k
    • Lorenzo Ariaudo – 20 year old DC at Juventus worth £2.6 million
    • Adrien – 20 year old DM/MC at Sporting CP worth £1.5 million
    • Sambou Yatabare – 20 year old AM/FC at Stade Malherbe Caen worth £2 million
    • James O'Shea – 20 year old AMR at Birmingham worth £75k
    • Silviu Lung jr – 20 year old GK at U Craiova worth £130k
    • Axel Witsel – 20 year old MC at Standard worth £1.4 million
    • Rasmus Elm – 21 year old MRC at AZ worth £2.7 million
    • Celso Borges – 21 year old AMC at Fredikstad worth £700k
    • Rui Patricio – 21 year old GK at Sporting CP worth £2.2 million
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    Expensive Young Talent in FM 2010

    • Neymar – 17 year old AM/FC at Santos worth £3.2 million
    • Jack Rodwell – 18 year old DC/DM/MC at Everton worth £4.2 million
    • Aaron Ramsey – 18 year old MC at Arsenal worth £5.25 million
    • Levan Kenia – 18 year old AMC at Schalke worth £3.4 million
    • Davide Santon – 18 year old D/WBR/L at Inter worth £6.25 million
    • Mario Balotelli – 18 year old AMR/L/ST at Inter worth £6.75 million
    • Abel Hernandez – 18 year old FC at Palermo worth £4 million
    • Mamadou Sakho – 19 year old DLC at Paris Saint-Germain worth £5.5 million
    • Miralem Pjanic – 19 year old AMC at Lyon worth £4.9 million
    • Breno – 19 year old DC at Bayern Munich worth £4 million
    • Cesar Azpilicueta – 19 year old D/WBR at Osasuna worth £4.4 million
    • Stevan Jovetic – 19 year old AMLC/FC at Fiorentina worth £6.5 million
    • Alberto Paloschi – 19 year old ST at Parma and AC Milan worth £6 million
    • Toni Kroos – 19 year old AMC at Bayern Munich worth £4.5 million
    • Tomas Necid – 19 year old ST at CSKA Moscow worth £4 million
    • Sergio Asenjo – 20 year old GK at Atletico Madrid worth £4.4 million
    • Emiliano Insua – 20 year old DL at Liverpool worth £3.7 million
    • Neven Subotic – 20 year old DC at Dortmund worth £4.3 million
    • Nuri Sarin – 20 year old MC at Dortmund worth £5.25 million
    • Willian – 20 year old AMLC at Shakhtar worth £3.8 million
    • Dentinho – 20 year old AML/FC at Corinthians worth £3.9 million
    • David N’Gog – 20 year old ST at Liverpool worth £4 million
    • Marcelo – 21 year old D/WB/AML at Real Madrid worth £5.25 million
    • Micah Richards – 21 year old DRC at Manchester City worth £5.5 million
    • Carlos Eduardo – 21 year old AMLC at Hoffenheim worth £4.7 million
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    Bringing Youngsters Through

    For a player with potential to develop into a star they’ll need to be nurtured with the right training regimes and they’ll need plenty of useful experience. Bringing these young stars through can be a tricky process. If you do it too early they’ll have a number of bad performances before they find their feet; if you leave it too late they, and your team, might not develop as well as they potentially could have. Remember sometimes it is better to track young talent and let them get some games at their current club before you swoop. It can also be worth loaning them out if you decide they’re not ready for a first team place just yet.

    If you have any players to add to the list then post in the comments and I’ll check them out.



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