FM23 Wonderkids: Best Young Players In Football Manager 2023

FM23 Wonderkids: Best Young Players In Football Manager 2023
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Harry Boulton


23rd Jan 2023 09:43

The FM23 wonderkids are justifiably some of the most desirable and valuable players in the whole game, as they will almost certainly grow into some of the best players in the world. While a player fulfilling their potential is not a guarantee in Football Manager, it is often worth the risk as you could very likely have the next Messi on your hands. So, to find out who the best young players are in Football Manager 23, make sure to check out our list of FM23 wonderkids below.

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FM23 Wonderkids List

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While the classification of wonderkid can be generally assigned to any high-potential young player, we've decided to set a maximum age of 21, and then just gone for the highest potential ability ratings for each positional grouping.

If you've not encountered current and potential ability ratings before, they run on a scale of 1-200, with the latter being the best. Each player has a current ability rating which constantly moves in line with their current skill level, and then a static potential ability which is the maximum current ability that they can achieve.

However, each player's potential ability is not guaranteed, and frankly, most players won't reach the cap, especially on the higher end. Their progress and development is affected by a number of factors, like training, game time, injuries, and the Determination stat, so just because a player has a high PA, doesn't mean that they will meet it.

Furthermore, most young players in the game are not given a traditional consistent PA, and are instead given a rating from minus one to minus ten. Each one of these ratings translates to a group of numbers within the 200-point scale, so a player with -10 will have a randomly assigned PA between 180 and 200. 

The general understanding of the 200-point scale is the following:

  • 130: Midtable Premier League Player
  • 140: Good Premier League Player
  • 150: Top Premier League Player
  • 170: World Class Player

So, anyone with a PA above 150 is definitely going to be of interest, and when you get to 170 and above you're really going to want to pay attention and get the chequebook out.

We have decided to include some more obvious players, which often are out of most players' price range, but it still gives you an idea of the best young players for comparison at least. So, make sure to read on below to check out our list of the best FM23 wonderkids.

FM23 Wonderkids: Goalkeepers

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Here are all of the FM23 wonderkids in the goalkeeper position:

Name Club Age Position CA PA
Andre Gomes Benfica 17 GK 95 168
Dennis Seiman Stuttgart 16 GK 100 163
Lucas Canizares Castilla 20 GK 105 161
Arnau Tenas Barcelona Atletic 21 GK 120 160

Goalkeeper is definitely the most starved position for wonderkids, as there really isn't a huge amount of existing players in the game that will reach the highest heights. Going by the classification found above, there is not a single goalkeeper under the age of 21 in the game right now that will reach world-class status, so you'll have to rely on regens for that.

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FM23 Wonderkids: Defenders

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Check out this list below for all of the defenders with the highest potential in Football Manager 23:

Name Club Age Position CA PA
Wesley Fofana Chelsea 21 CB 151 180
Alphonso Davies Bayern Munich 21 LB/LWB 162 176
Destiny Udogie Udinese 19 LB/LWB/LM 142 175
William Saliba Arsenal 21 CB 145 175
Jurrien Timber Ajax 21 CB/RB/DM 149 175
Antonio Silva Benfica 18 CB 132 174
Josko Gvardiol RB Leipzig 20 CB/LB 139 171

Some really fantastic choices across the board here, with all seven players falling into the potentially world-class category. Destiny Udogie and Jurrien Timber are of particular interest, due to their flexibility and potentially smaller price tag, but you should still expect to pay a fairly decent amount if you want to pick them up.

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FM23 Wonderkids: DM & CM

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If you're looking for a defensive or possession-minded player to control your midfield in the future, then check out the best FM23 wonderkids in the DM and CM positions.

Name Club Age Position CA PA
Eduardo Camavinga Real Madrid 19 DM/CM 147 180
Jude Bellingham Borussia Dortmund 18 CM 149 179
Romeo Lavia Southampton 18 DM/CM 124 176
Oliver Skipp Tottenham Hotspur 21 DM/CM 141 173
Archie Gray Leeds 16 CM 97 173
Unai Vencedor Athletic Club 21 DM/CM 145 172
Charlie Patino Blackpool (Arsenal) 18 DM/CM 117 169

With the number of English players on this list, you might want to think about replacing Gareth Southgate in a couple of years to bring it home. Regardless though, there are a plethora of fantastic options for a defensive or possession-minded, midfielder, and you might even be able to pry away a couple from their clubs if you're lucky.

FM23 Wonderkids: Attacking Midfielders

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If you're needing a player to fill your number ten shirt for the next 15 years, then why not try one of the players below:

Name Club Age Position CA PA
Gavi Barcelona 17 CM/AM 148 181
Jamal Musiala Bayern Munich 19 AM/LW/CM 155 180
Alfie Devine Tottenham Hotspur 17 CM/AM 106 179
Pedri Barcelona 19 CM/AM 159 176
Arda Guler Fenerbahce 17 AM 105 173
Takuhiro Nakai Castilla 18 CM/AM 104 171
Harvey Elliot Liverpool 19 CM/RW/LW 140 170

Arda Guler and Takuhiro Nakai are probably going to be your best choices here, as prying any of the other players away from their clubs will be a more than challenging task. However, it does show that there are quite a few clubs that you can choose if you want to skip the process of buying altogether - although it is not like Barcelona is some hidden gem of a save.

FM23 Wonderkids: Wingers

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Here's the best option for wide players if you're wanting to pick up some FM23 wonderkids in that position.

Name Club Age Position CA PA
Vinicius Junior Real Madrid 21 LW 174 184
Rayan Cherki Lyon 18 LW/RW/AM 118 179
Bukayo Saka Arsenal 20 LW/RW 160 177
Rodrygo Real Madrid 21 RW/LW/ST 152 175
Yeremie Pino Villarreal 19 LW/RW/AM/ST 142 175
Julien Duranville RSCA Futures 16 LW/RW 101 174
Gabriel Martinelli Arsenal 21 LW/RW/ST 148 174
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia Napoli 21 LW 153 174

Obvious names aside, there could be really bright futures for players like Cherki, Duranville, and Pino, who - while still commanding a high price - will be much more obtainable than the other names on this list. Wingers are some of the highest-profile names on your team sheet though, so they could very well be worth the price.

FM23 Wonderkids: Strikers

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If you're looking for goals over a long period of time, then you really can't get much better than these FM23 wonderkids in the striker position:

Name Club Age Position CA PA
Erling Haaland Manchester City 21 ST 185 195
Jeremy Doku Rennes 20 LW/ST 129 180
Mohamed-Ali Cho Real Sociedad 18 LW/RW/ST 120 177
Youssoufa Moukoko Borussia Dortmund 17 ST 121 176
Endrick Palmeiras 15 ST/RW 102 176
Rodrigo Ribeiro Sporting 17 RW/ST 84 174
Emre Tezgel Stoke 16 ST 85 174

Surprisingly, the striker position is actually the place where you have the best chance of being able to afford one of the players. Outside of the obvious Erling Haaland, who has by far the highest PA in this list, there are quite a few choices for you to go for.

If it is cheap wonderkids that you're after though, why not have a look at our additional list below which highlights some underpriced gems.

Best Cheap FM23 Wonderkids

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It's all good and well knowing which players have the highest potential ability in the game, but if you can't actually purchase the players then its a futile exercise. However, we've put together a list for you if you're wanting to know who are the best cheap FM23 wonderkids you can buy at the start of the game.

The value in question in the list below is the price that you can actually purchase them at, instead of the assigned value that skyrockets when you enquire about the player. This means that you'll know exactly how much to set aside in your budget if you want to go ahead and buy the player.

Name Club Age Position CA PA Value
Elia Caprile Bari 20 GK 121 157 £2,500,000
Joao Fonseca Benfica 15 CB 80 168 £650,000
Silvano Vos Ajax 17 CB/DM/CM 97 169 £10,000,000
Sivert Mannsverk Molde 20 CM 125 165 £4,900,000
Arda Guler Fenerbahce 17 AM 105 173 £8,750,000
Julen Jon Guerrero Castilla 18 AM 101 168 £8,750,000
Luis Guilherme Palmeiras 16 AM/RW/ST 75 167 £4,300,000
Facundo Buonanotte Rosario Central 17 RM/RW 115 162 £4,500,000
Endrick Palmeiras 15 ST/RW 102 176 £16,500,000
Datro Fofana Molde 19 ST/RW 123 167 £6,250,000
Jhon Duran Chicago Fire 18 ST 108 166 £4,300,000

As you can see, there are some real bargains to be had here, with most of the players on the list above hovering either just above or just below the world-class expectation, and all for mostly just a few million pounds. 

While you might struggle to actually convince some of these players to join your club if you aren't the most well-known, you should be able to at least pick up a few and develop them into superstars.

So, that wraps up this guide on the FM23 wonderkids, giving you an abundance of different options to choose from if you're wanting to gear your team towards the future. If it's just cheap players in general that you're after, why not check out our FM23 bargains guide for some hidden gems there.

Harry Boulton
About the author
Harry Boulton
Harry is a Guides Writer at GGRecon, having completed a Masters of Research degree in Film Studies. Previously a freelance writer for PCGamesN, The Loadout, and Red Bull Gaming, he loves playing a wide variety of games from the Souls series to JRPGs, Counter-Strike, and EA FC. When not playing or writing about games and hardware, you're likely to find him watching football or listening to Madonna and Kate Bush.
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