With every release of Football Manager, hundreds of new players are added as they rise through the ranks and become noticed by Sports Interactive's extensive scouting network. In every Football Manager game there are a cluster of young prodigies hidden away in teams you've never heard of. These fresh faced wonder kids improve rapidly with training and can let you put together an unstoppable team for almost nothing. Read on for our pick of the best in each position.
The huge 17 year old,
has hands like buckets and can be pried away from Birmingham City for a meagre £0.85 million. If you want to go even cheaper then the 20 year old Paraguayan
plays for Club Libertad, and starts the game valued at a minute £0.17 million.
The 16 year old
is initially available from Sporting Lisbon for the paltry sum of £0.4 million. Alternatively,
is another player in a wave of promising footballers emerging from the American leagues. He starts at Sporting Braga in Portugal and can be bought for about £0.475 million
cuts a promising figure at right back. What he initially lacks in skill he makes up for in being big and aggressive. You can grab him from Dinamo for about £0.875 million. Tottenham's
represents a more experienced youngster if you have the cash to spare.
Liverpool's 16 year old
is a steal for three quarters of a million, while
of Lille is another good cheap choice. Sao Paulo's
will bring some Brazilian flair to left back for about a million pounds, and if you want to go more expensive, you can try and pry
from Manchester United for £4 million.
17 year old
learned the ropes at Inter Milan, where he can be purchased for about £0.85 million. If you're prepared to breach the million mark then there's plenty of choice on offer, whether it's the Brazilian,
, based at Vasco, or the 20 year old
If you're managing a British team there's plenty of home grown talent at Centre Midfield.
is expensive and starts out with a broken leg, but is a superb player. Alternatively there's Liverpool's
, or the promising
at Chelsea. If you're on a budget then
starts out with an initial value of £0.85 million at Dynamo Kyiv. If you're after the most obscure player possible then buy the Ghana born
from Hearts of Oak. He costs almost nothing.
16 year old
at Liverpool represents the cheapest option with an initial value of £0.3 million.
Stephan El Shaarawy
of Genoa has plenty of pace and attacking know how and is a bargain at around a million pounds.
of Atlas FC is another obscure but talented youngster valued under a million. If you have money spare check out Aston Villa's
at Manchester City.
of Libertad is the youngest and cheapest option at left wing, closely followed by the Croatian
, who plays for Hajduk.
of Vicenza is also a good deal at three quarters of a million. If you have three or four million spare then you can't go too far wrong with someone like
The 17 year old Senegalese player,
, starts the game contracted to Fiorentina. While the £6.75 million transfer fee might seem relatively steep compared to other youngsters, Babacar will return your investment with strength and power in the box. Like a youthful Didier Drogba, his youth makes him malleable, and he can make some stunning gains to his starting stats with a little work. If you don't want to spend that much, and would prefer someone younger, with more training ahead of them, then there are plenty of cheap 16 year old strikers in FM 2011 with buckets of potential. Try
of Sporting Gijonm,
of Sao Palo or, if you're especially short on cash,
of FC Utrecht.
These are just a few of the many, many wonder kids the community has already identified in Football Manager 2011. For a more extensive list, check out
. If you've spotted any other smart buys, let us know in the comments.
For Further Reading
: See how Rich McCormick got on in our
of Football Manager 2011.