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The 50 best Football Manager 2018 wonderkids

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The stars are easy. You know what you're getting when you sign a Ronaldo Neymar or a Messi. You've got a great player—and a giant hole in your wallet. Football Manager 2018's best wonderkids, meanwhile, will grow into fearsome players without costing your entire budget. They all have the potential to be great players, hidden gems that will carry your club to victory over a long career. 

Then again, established players at a young age are worth the investment, if you can afford them. And just imagine what they'll be worth in years to come. 

Instead of focusing on the cheapest wonderkids out there, we've broken down the 50 best wonderkids in Football Manager 2018 by a range of prices, from just a couple million to £100+ million.

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£1-15 million wonderkids

Matt O’Riley
Age: 16
Club: Fulham
Price: £2m

He might not look like much at the tender age of 16, but this boy has a bright future ahead of him. He has the potential to be a leading central midfielder—his eye for a pass is already evident with vision at 16. 

Florinel Coman
Age: 19
Club: Steaua Bucharest
Price: £5m

Coman’s another bargain who could develop into an awesome player. If you look at this young attacker’s attributes in the 2017/18 season, you don’t have to be a fortune teller to predict he has a bright future ahead of him.

Claudio Gomes
Age: 16
Club: PSG
Price: £9m   

He’s still very young so don’t be too quick to judge this defensive midfielder on his modest attributes in 2017/18. Although he’s short, his physical attributes could improve a lot, potentially making him the midfield engine you’ve been dreaming of.

César Montes
Age: 20
Club: Monterrey
Price: £10m

Another central defender to add to your wishlist, Montes is available for just under £10m. He’s already a well-rounded player at the start of the game so he’s a pretty safe bet as long as you can get a work permit for him. And he has good height at 192cm.

Age: 16
Club: Santos
Price: £10m

Santos don’t mess about when it comes to producing stars of the future. Take Robinho and Neymar, for example. Rodrygo was cast in the same mold as that famous pair but he won’t cost as much. He still has lots of improving to do but, bearing in mind he’s only 16, his good dribbling, decent finishing and off the ball, plus double figures in many areas, give us a clue that this forward has the ability to become a quality attacking midfielder.

Alex Robles
Age: 18
Club: Malaga
Price: £10m

Robles isn’t a technical gifted, stylish full-back but if you’re looking for an ultra-solid defender who’ll shore up your defence for the next 15 years, he could be the man for you. He’s fast with very good tackling and he generally makes the correct decision. At only £10m, he’s definitely worth a punt, especially if you’re looking for a bit of balance in a line-up with an attacking left back.

Matías Vargas
Age: 20
Club: Velez
Price: £5.25m

Vargas has very promising attributes in each column and his relatively small release clause helps to make picking up one of the most talented attacking midfielders in the game a lot easier. What’s nice about Vargas is he’s versatile and can play left wing, left attacking midfield and central attacking midfield.

Johannes Eggestein
Age: 19
Club: Werder Bremen
Price: £14m

You might recognise this striker’s name from earlier Football Manager iterations. His attributes seem quite modest at first but he has massive potential and he can become a goal machine.

And for less than £14m, you’re almost stealing him from poor Bremen.

Faitout Maouassa
Age: 18
Club: Stade Rennais
Price: £15m

As if France don’t have enough wonderkids, here’s another. On first glance, you might take him or leave him, but Maouassa can develop into a fantastic attacking left wing back. Stade Rennais know he’s talented but you can buy him for around £15m, which could prove a snip.

Filippo Melegoni
Age: 18
Club: Sampdoria
Price: £12m

If you’re looking for a highly talented midfielder who could be developed in to a world-class deep-lying playmaker, Melegoni could be the teenager for you. For this sort of role, he has the right attributes in the right places. Good passing, vision, natural fitness and technique, as well as a generous smattering of other decent skills show his potential to become a player who can control games at the highest level.

Úmaro Embaló
Age: 16
Club: Benfica
Price: £13m

He might not look anything special as a 16-year-old but there’s a reason this winger is attracting interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid.

You can see he has good acceleration and dribbling and there are plenty of promising nines, tens, elevens and twelves to pin your hopes on.

Nikola Milenkovic
Age: 19
Club: Fiorentina
Price: £15m

Fiorentina tend to have an eye for centre backs and that’s certainly the case with young Serbian Milenkovic. The 195cm giant already has 15 for strength, jumping reach, aggression and bravery, plus 14 for heading and marking. You can grab him for a bargain price of £15m.

On the next page: £16-30 million, £31-50 million wonderkids