FM22 Wonderkids: Best Young Players In Football Manager 2022

FM22 Wonderkids: Best Young Players In Football Manager 2022
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Jake Bannister


29th Mar 2022 14:23

These FM22 wonderkids are must-buys if you can get your hands on them, and have the means to shape them into superstars. In Football Manager, one of the best ways to get quality players that will take your team to the next level, is by scouting wonderkids before they become world class players. This isbn't always an easy task, but we have a rundown of the best FM22 wonderkids to keep your eyes on, ensuring you can snap them up for relative pennies.

  • We also have a list of the best FM22 bargains, so you can grab established talent without having to spend all your transfer budget.

FM22 Wonderkids: Goalkeepers

André Gomes - SL Benfica

André Gomes is a player who you can get for relatively cheap at the start of FM22, from as little as £4.5m, with the right development, and at just 16 years of age, there's a long way to go for the goalkeeper. 

Andre Gomes FM22
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Giorgi Mamardashvili - Dinamo Tb.

As hard as his name may be to pronounce, there’s no questions marks around Giorgi’s potential in FM22. Moving to Valencia on loan at the start of this season, he has been making waves in La Liga, which is represented in game. Available for £2.5m, he is a safe bet for a wonderkid goalkeeper.

Giorgi Mamardashvili FM22
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With a high ceiling, Giorgi ends up with fantastic physicals for a goalkeeper, including his jumping reach, mixed with a height of 6'5", proving he commands the box. 

Other options:

  • Maarten Vandevoordt - KRC Genk
  • Alejandro Iturbe - Atlético Madrid
  • Lucas Cañizares - Real Madrid

FM22 Wonderkids: Left Backs

Matteo Ruggeri - Atalanta

At just 19 years old, and signable for less than £3.3m, Atalanta’s Matteo Ruggeri could be a game changer at left back, as well as being capable of operating as a wing back. 

Matteo Ruggeri FM22
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Developing into a solid wingback option, with decent crossing, tackling, and marking. His physicals are a standout, with good acceleration, pace, strength and stamina. 

Joško Gvardiol - RB Leipzig

A full Croatian international at just 19, Joško has been solid for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, although hard to sign at first, if you have the money to splash the cash. While also being a great left back option, he is versatile, being able to play across the entire defence, and could even be utilised as a wide-centre-back. 

Joško Gvardiol FM22
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His development into a decent dribbler, passer, and tackler proves exactly that.

Alphonso Davies - FC Bayern

Although an obvious choice, the Canadian is one of the top left-backs in FM, not only in potential, but from the off. If you ever have a chance to sign Alphonso Davies in FM22, it really is a no brainer.

Alphonso Davies FM22
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Other options:

  • Luke Thomas - Leicester
  • Nuno Mendes - PSG
  • Jesús Vázquez - Valencia
  • David De la Vibora - Real Madrid
  • Miguel Gutiérrez - Real Madrid
  • Rayan Aït-Nouri - Wolves
  • Thierry Small - Southampton
  • Luca Netz - Borussia Mönchengladbach
  • Tayo Adaramola - Crystal Palace
  • Riccardo Calafiori - Roma
  • Alejandro Balde - Barcelona

FM22 Wonderkids: Centre Backs

Wesley Fofana - Leicester

Although Wesley’s season has been hampered by a long-term injury, Fofana is a solid option at CB. While Leicester’s reputation is growing year on year, it is possible to lure him away from the foxes.

Wesley Fofana FM22
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His 16 tackling and heading, with incredible physicals proves his worth. 

Ethan Ampadu - Chelsea

A solid Welsh option as it is, although out of favour at Chelsea, and a home-grown talent for anyone doing an English save. At the age of 20, Ethan still has plenty of experience under his belt. 

Ethan Ampadu FM22
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Eric García - Barcelona

Following Eric’s move from Man City to Barcelona, he still remains a wonderkid in Football Manager, although he may be difficult to pick up from the Spanish giants, he is well worth signing.

Eric Garcia FM22
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The high determination on the centre-back drives him into a top talent in FM22, with decent technical, but strong mental and physicals, he develops well. 

Other options:

  • Nanguy Nianzou - FC Bayern
  • Renan - Palmeiras
  • Taylor Harwood-Bellis - Man City
  • Kaiky - Santos
  • Benoît Badiashile - AS Monaco
  • Wisdom Amey - Bologna
  • El Chadaille Bitshiabu - PSG
  • Ilya Zabarnyi - Dynamo Kyiv
  • Rubén Pulido - Fuenlabrada
  • Christian Mosquera - Valencia
  • Gonçalo Inácio - Sporting
  • Strahinja Pavlović - AS Monaco
  • Andrea Carboni - Cagliari
  • Nnamdi Collins - Borussia Dortmund
  • Adrián Corral - Atlético Madrid
  • Dauda Guindo - RB Salzburg
  • Timothée Pembélé - PSG
  • Yerson Mosquera - Wolves
  • William Saliba - Arsenal
  • Odilon Kossounou - Bayer 04
  • Bryan Okah - RB Salzburg

FM22 Wonderkids: Right Backs

Tino Livramento - Southampton

A shining talent in the Premier League this season, Tino surprisingly left Chelsea over the summer, which is only a good thing for our Football Manager saves. While England’s first team has a flurry of right backs, Tino is surely one of the most special talents.

Tino Livramento FM22
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Ending up with 15s in crossing, dribbling, and first touch, with a sprinkle of decent defensive stats, and a flurry of yellows and greens only in his mental and physicals, Tino is a must pick up. 

Tariq Lamptey - Brighton

Speaking of English right backs, as well as an ex-Chelsea youngster in fact, Lamptey has been a talent in FM for many years. A player at another lower level Premier League side, Tariq can be swayed away from the Amex.

Tariq Lamptey FM22
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As a pacey full back with the ability to play on either side, he could even step into attacking midfield.

Sergiño Dest - Barcelona

As a former Ajax youngster, it's no surprise that following his move to Barcelona last year, Dest is a star in FM22. The American international is the perfect pacey full back, who is ideal for anyone looking for a wing back. 

Sergino Dest FM22
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Other options:

  • Jurriën Timber - Ajax
  • Lucas Calegari - Fluminense
  • Vanderson - Gremio
  • Gonçalo Esteves - Sporting
  • Jeremie Frimpong - Bayer 04
  • Alejandro Francés - Zaragoza
  • Josha Vagnoman - Hamburger SV
  • Wilfred Singo - Torino
  • Devyne Rensch - Ajax

FM22 Wonderkids: Defensive Midfielders

Oliver Skipp - Tottenham

Following his loan spell in the Championship last season, Spurs’ Oliver Skipp has showed his worth. At just 21, Skipp is now solidified in Tottenham's first team. The England U21 international is a good pickup.

Oliver Skipp FM22
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Nicolas Seiwald - RB Salzburg

The Austrian has been making waves at Salzburg, showing promising signs in their Champions League campaign. 

Nicolas Seiwald FM22
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Seiwald develops into a strong leader on FM22, with good dribbling, passing, and tackling, for being that ball winning midfielder who can pass the ball out. 

Nicolò Rovella - Juventus

The 19 year old Italy U21 international is a top defensive midfield talent in FM22, being a starting talent at Genoa. Juventus bought the player in the summer, and in a loan move back has continued his first team progress. 

Nicolo Rovella FM22
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With 15 tackling and 16 passing, Rovella is a solid defensive midfield option, who could even operate as a good box to box midfielder.

Other options:

  • Nico González - Barcelona
  • Dário Essugo - Sporting
  • Rafael Luis - Benfica
  • Bita Junior - Bilbao
  • Manuel Ugarte - Sporting
  • Angelo Stiller - Hoffenheim
  • Moisés Caicedo - Brighton
  • Unai Vencedor - Athletic Bilbao

FM22 Wonderkids: Centre Midfielders

Ilaix Moriba - RB Leipzig

With Barcelona’s financial disaster, Moriba’s move to Leipzig was a shocker. The Guinean is a top talent at not only CM, but DM and AMC too, and is easily set to be one of the top players on FM22.

Ilaix Moriba FM22
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Moriba ends up as one of the worlds best on FM22, with his only 'bad' stat being his long throws. The 16 dribbling, 17 first touch, 17 technique, 16 passing, and strong physicals making him suited for any role in midfield. 

Eduardo Camavinga - Real Madrid

In a summer move to Real Madrid, many FM players may be upset he made his move, as he’ll be hard to secure from Spain. While in the CM section, Camavinga is also a decent option at DM, which makes him even more valuable in just pure versatility.

Eduardo Camavinga FM22
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Jude Bellingham - Borussia Dortmund

While an obvious pick, it's weird to think Jude Bellingham is still only 18 years old. As one of the first players on Dortmund’s team sheet, he is one of the top talents on Football Manager

Jude Bellingham FM22
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Developing into a regular England starter, and described as a 'World Class Midfielder', Bellingham is a perfect playmaker for any team.

Other options:

  • Alfie Devine - Tottenham
  • Dominik Szoboszlai - RB Leipzig
  • Billy Gilmour - Chelsea
  • Gavi - Barcelona
  • Ivan Ilić - Verona
  • Ryan Gravenberch - Ajax
  • Takuhiro Nakai (Pipi) - Real Madrid
  • Aster Vranckx - Wolfsburg
  • Samuele Ricci - Empoli
  • Yacine Adli - AC Milan
  • Antonio Blanco - Real Madrid
  • Charlie Patino - Arsenal
  • Ísak Bergmann Jóhannesson - F.C. Copenhagen
  • Hannibal Mejbri - Manchester United
  • Mateusz Bogusz - Leeds
  • Paulo Bernardo - Benfica
  • Gabriel Misehouy - Ajax
  • Williot Swedberg - Hammarby IF
  • Yunus Musah - Valencia
  • Sandry Roberto - Santos
  • Adil Aouchiche - AS Saint Etienne
  • Matheus França Silva - Fluminense
  • Danilo - Palmeiras
  • Luka Suči - RB Salzburg
  • Kacper Kozlowski - Pogon
  • Gabriel Menino - Palmeiras
  • Lucien Agoumé - Inter
  • Amadou Onana - Lille
  • Nicolò Fagioli - Juventus
  • Koba Koindredi - Valencia

FM22 Wonderkids: Attacking Midfielders

Pedri - Barcelona

Following his recent contract signing, which includes a €1b (yes, that’s over £840m) release clause, Pedri is not only one of the best, but one of the hardest players to sign in FM22. If he’s ever available, this is a no brainer.

Pedri FM22
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17 dribbling, 18 first touch, 17 passing, 17 technique, does anything more need to be said?

Yusuf Demir - Barcelona

Oh surprise, another Barcelona talent, but Demir is on loan from Rapid Wien, with the option to buy for Barca. Able to play across the entire attacking midfield, and up front, the Austrian is a top talent in FM22.

Yusuf Demir FM22
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Jamal Musiala - FC Bayern

While many may wish he chose to play for England over Germany, the Bayern youngster has been a top talent in Football Manager for many years.

Jamal Musiala FM22
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Jamal is one of the top attacking midfielders, with the ability to play on either side, as well as down the middle. Not only does he have the playmaking ability, but with 15 finishing and 17 technique, there's goals and assists to be had. 

Other options:

  • Luka Romero - Lazio
  • Giovanni Reyna -  Borussia Dortmund
  • Emile Smith Rowe - Arsenal
  • Reinier Jesus - Real Madrid
  • Hugo Félix - Benfica
  • Rayan Cherki - Lyon
  • Florian Wirtz - Bayer 04
  • Michael Olise - Crystal Palace
  • Bruno Iglesias - Real Madrid
  • Thiago Almada - Velez
  • Julen Jon Guerrero - Real Madrid
  • Burak İnce - Altınordu
  • Pablo Torre - Racing
  • Antoni Milambo - Feyenoord
  • Iván Jaime - Famalicao
  • Chuki - Valladolid
  • Alberto Moleiro - Las Palmas
  • Arsen Zakharyan - Dinamo Moscow
  • Mario Stroeykens - Anderlecht
  • Lee Kang-in - Mallorca
  • Emanuel Vignato - Bologna
  • Facundo Farias - Colon
  • Álex Baena - Villerreal
  • Takefusa Kubo - Real Madrid
  • Bobby Clark - Liverpool
  • Faustino Anjorin - Chelsea
  • Jevon Simons - PSV
  • Athur - Fluminese
  • Brenden Aaronson - RB Salzburg
  • Charles De Ketelaere - Club Brugge
  • Isaac Babadi - PSV
  • Maurits Kjaergaard - RB Salzburg
  • Mohammed Kudus - Ajax

FM22 Wonderkids: Right Wingers

Harvey Elliott - Liverpool

Although a recent injury has set Harvey back, his loan spell at Blackburn last season, as well as strong performances in the Liverpool first team has set him up for big expectations. 

Harvey Elliott FM22
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Rodrygo - Real Madrid

The Brazilian has gone from strength to strength in Madrid, now being a regular starter at just 20 years of age. An option on either wing or up front, Rodrygo is already a solid first team option.

Rodrygo FM22
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Kayky - Manchester City

As a summer signing from Fluminese, Kayky is a part of Pep Guardiola’s first team squad in the Premier League this season, at just 18 years old. The downside to the young Brazilian, while he can be retrained, is he’s only comfortable in AMR. 

Kayky FM22
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As a player that is quite unknown, and can be signed cheap (at just a few million), Kayky is a decent right midfield option. 

Other options:

  • Noni Madueke - PSV
  • Facundo Pellistri - Manchester United
  • Amad Diallo - Manchester United
  • Nico Williams - Athletic Bilbao
  • Ângelo Gabriel - Santos
  • Yeremy Pino - Villerreal
  • Brian Oddei - Sassuolo
  • Ernest Poku - AZ Alkmaar
  • Jayden Addai - AZ Alkmaar
  • Kaide Gordon - Liverpool
  • Luis Gomes - Sporting
  • Antonio Nusa - Club Brugge
  • Ilias Akhomach - Barcelona
  • Sávio - Atletico Mineiro
  • Yaser Asprilla - Envigado
  • Matteo Cancellieri - Roma
  • Issahaku Abdul Fatawu - Steadfast FC

FM22 Wonderkids: Left Wingers

Ansu Fati - Barcelona

It’s weird to think that Ansu Fati is still just 18 years old, the Spanish youngster is one of the top attacking midfield talents.

Ansu Fati FM22
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With his great acceleration, mixed with dribbling and crossing, Fati is a top winger option in FM22.

Callum Hudson-Odoi - Chelsea

One of the most versatile players on this entire list, Hudson-Odoi can not only play across the entire attacking midfield, and not only at ML/MR, but also as a RWB. Possibly out of favour at Chelsea, Callum would be an unreal pickup in FM22. 

Callum Hudson-Odoi FM22
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Bukayo Saka - Arsenal

As one of the most promising talents in the Premier League, the left winger is also a solid option for a LWB. 

Bukayo Saka FM22
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Other options:

  • Gabriel Martinelli - Arsenal
  • Vinícius Júnior - Real Madrid
  • Shola Shoretire - Manchester United
  • David Kolokoh - Ajax
  • Darío Sarmiento - Manchester City
  • Filip Stevanović - Manchester City
  • Francisco Conceição - FC Porto
  • Bryan Gil - Tottenham
  • Alan Velasco - Independiente
  • Khvicha Kvaratskhelia - Rubin
  • Raúl Moro - Lazio
  • Sergey Pinyaev - Krylia Sovetov Samara
  • Talles Magno - NYCFC
  • Luis Carbonell - Zaragoza
  • Amourricho van Axel Dongen - Ajax
  • Nico Serrano - Athletic Bilbao
  • Jérémy Doku - Rennes
  • Ander Barrenetxea - Real Sociedad
  • Christos Tzolis - Norwich
  • Chaka Traorè - AC Milan
  • Momodou Jaiteh - Basel
  • Ángel Alarcón - Barcelona
  • Konrad de la Fuente - Marseille
  • Paulinho - Bayer 04
  • Haissem Hassan - Villarreal
  • Jamie Bynoe-Gittens - Borussia Dortmund
  • Mohamed Daramy - Ajax

FM22 Wonderkids: Strikers

Erling Haaland - Borussia Dortmund

While again being another obvious pick, Haaland is probably the most anticipated wonderkid in the world right now. Going head to head with players like Lewandowski, Kane, Ronaldo, and more, for being one of the best strikers in the world. At just 20 years old, the Norwegian has a long way to go. 

Erling Haaland FM22
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Youssoufa Moukoko - Borussia Dortmund

Having broke the records for both the younger player to appear in the Bundesliga and the Champions League, the 16 year old is another top striking talent at Dortmund.

Youssoufa Moukoko FM22
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With poor heading, Moukoko is not a target man at all, but great physicals, with good compusure, finishing, and technique, makes him a great poacher, or advanced forward.

Mason Greenwood - Manchester United

The young Englishman has started to shine in United’s first team this season, scoring a few goals on the way. The 19 year old is versilitle, being able to play on the right wing.

Mason Greenwood FM22
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Other options:

  • Fábio Silva - Wolves
  • Karim Adeyemi - RB Salzburg
  • João Pedro - Watford
  • Roberto Piccoli - Atalanta
  • Layton Steward - Liverpool
  • Dane Scarlett - Tottenham
  • Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer - Dynamo Dresden
  • Folarin Balogun - Arsenal
  • Lorenzo Lucca - Pisa
  • Lázaro - Flamengo
  • Gonçalo Ramos - Benfica
  • Benjamin Šeško - RB Salzburg
  • Martín Satriano - Inter
  • Sebastiano Esposito - Inter Milan
  • Eddie Salcedo - Inter Milan
  • Matías Arezo- River Plate
  • Liam Delap - Manchester City
  • Jude Soonsup-Bell - Chelsea
  • Jason Van Duiven - PSV
  • Jamie Donley - Tottenham
  • Myron Boadu - AS Monaco
  • Jon Karrikaburu - Real Sociedad
  • Kaio Jorge - Juventus
  • Mateusz Musiałowski - Liverpool
  • Armindo Sieb - FC Bayern
  • Fer Niño - Villarreal
  • Yuri Alberto - Internacional
  • Andri Lucas Guðjohnsen - Real Madrid

While some talents may be expensive, and some may be cheap, there are plenty of FM22 wonderkids to choose from this year.

Stay tuned on GGRecon for our upcoming review, along with more guides for the game.


Jake Bannister
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Jake Bannister
Jake is GGRecon's Co-Founder and Operations Director. You'll find him covering our word game brain teasers, as well as sports games such as Football Manager and EA FC. He's also that teammate on your Rocket League team spamming "Wow!".