Football Manager 2021 is finally here and players across the world are now starting up new saves that will be the focus of their attention for the next 12 months.
But when it comes to starting a new game, there is one thing every prospective manager is always on the hunt for, aside from trophies.
Wonderkids, players who start as little more than potential and turn into the greatest player on earth, are the foundation of any long-term save and managers dream of buying a future star on the cheap that will be with them for years to come.
So whether it be the Barcelona starlet who looks like the future of the Nou Camp or the Manchester United winger who could spare them in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho, Sportsmail has picked out 10 of the hottest prospects you have to sign on FM21.
Football Manager 2021 is out on November 24 and there are once again plenty of wonderkids
Josko Gvardiol – 18, Dinamo Zagreb on loan from RB Leipzig (Defender)
Croatian defender Gvardiol is definitely someone you could build your defence around for the next decade at least.
Owned by RB Leipzig but starting FM21 back home on loan at Dinamo Zagreb, Gvardiol signed with the Bundesliga club in the summer after being linked with both Bayern Munich and Leeds United.
A physical player who is comfortable in possession, the two main traits for a defender in the modern game, Gvardiol managed to win a place in the first team at Dinamo last season and started eight of their last 14 league matches last season.
A huge admirer of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk, Gvardiol is now a mainstay of the Dinamo defence despite his tender age and RB Leipzig look to have a readymade replacement for when Dayot Upamecano decides to leave.
You’ll have to wait for his loan to Dinamo to conclude before you can snap him up on FM21 but it looks like he’ll certainly be a reward for your patience.
RB Leipzig signed Josko Gvardiol (right) this summer and he is shining at Dinamo Zagreb
Marash Kumbulla – 20, Roma (Defender)
In a league that has always admired a quality defender, Kumbulla has shown in a very short space of time how good he can be.
Born in Verona to Albanian parents, Kumbulla came through the youth ranks at his hometown club and started his Serie A development with them.
After an impressive breakthrough season, the 20-year-old was one of the most sought-after defenders in Europe last summer. Jose Mourinho was keen to sign him at Tottenham but in the end he opted to move to Roma.
At a time when the art of defending appears to be dying out, Kumbulla is a throwback. He is a brick wall in defence, throwing himself at everything, marshalling his team-mates and heading dangerous crosses clear.
Having signed for Roma on loan initially with an obligation to buy, Kumbulla’s immediate future is already sorted in FM21. But there is no need to discard him because he has everything required to be a long-term defensive target.
Marash Kumbulla was wanted by a number of Europe’s top clubs this summer and joined Roma
Eduardo Camavinga – 18, Rennes (Midfielder)
Not a surprise to see the Rennes star on this list.
Still just 18-years-old, Camavinga is so good at such a young age that it already feels like he’s been around for a while.
Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are all said to be on the hunt for his signature in real life and there are more teams chasing him on FM21.
Camavinga is an aggressive, intelligent and technically strong midfielder who has a a great chance of making it to the very top. His development has only been boosted by the first-team football he is getting with Rennes.
He has played eight times in Ligue 1 this season and made his Champions League debut against Krasnodar. Camavinga also made his first start for the senior France team last month and looks a mainstay of the national side for years to come.
Signing Camavinga in FM21 will diminish your transfer budget but a well constructed financial package is worth the damage as he will be the beating heart of your team for over a decade.
Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga is wanted by all of Europe’s top teams at the moment
Ilaix Moriba – 17, Barcelona (Midfielder)
Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy has dried up in recent years but it finally seems like the production line is starting to click into gear again.
Step forward Moriba, the latest big prospect at the Nou Camp. Born in Guinea, Moriba represents Spain internationally and is starting to catch the eye in midfield.
Earning comparisons to Paul Pogba, Moriba became La Masia’s highest-paid player of all time last year when he signed a contract until 2022 that also reportedly contains a €100m (£88m) buyout clause.
Moriba is yet to make his senior debut for Ronald Koeman’s side but, like many things at the Nou Camp, expect that to change very soon.
Young midfielder Ilaix Moriba is the new prized asset of Barcelona’ La Masia academy
Shola Shoretire – 16, Manchester United (Winger)
United were heavily linked with a move for Jadon Sancho in the summer but maybe they have the solution to their right-wing conundrum already at the club.
Shoretire, aged just 16, has the ability to bamboozle defenders with his trickery and neat dribbling. He also has immense composure in front of goal and the pace required to get away from full backs down the flanks.
Shoretire was the youngest-ever player to appear in the UEFA Youth League when he came off the bench against Valencia as a 14-year-old back in 2018
He’s only 16 but has already played for Manchester United’s Under 23s side six times this season, scoring in the Premier League 2 win over Brighton earlier this month.
Shola Shoretire could be Manchester United’s long-term answer in their hunt for a new winger
Rayan Cherki – 17, Lyon (Winger)
Despite only turning 17 in August, Cherki has found himself in and around the first-team squad at Lyon over the past 12 months.
He became the club’s youngest-ever player at 16 years and 43 days when he came off the bench against Dijon in October 2019 and then became their youngest-ever scorer in January 2020.
Cherki has continued his progress this season, playing in all of Lyon’s Ligue 1 games but is yet to score or register an assist.
On FM21 Cherki is valued at just £750,000 at the start, giving potential managers a bargain buy in their first summer before his price sky rockets as his influence continues to grow in Lyon.
Rayan Cherki became Lyon’s youngest-ever player at 16 years and 43 days in October 2019
Pedri – 17, Barcelona (Attacking midfielder)
Pedri might just be 17-years-old but he has slotted into the Barcelona first-team so easily that you could mistake him for a senior professional.
Not a product of La Masia, the attacking midfielder moved to the Nou Camp for around €5m (£4.3m) from Las Palmas this summer.
A month younger than Barcelona teenage forward Ansu Fati, Pedri has worked his way through the Spanish youth teams and his role in the Barcelona first-team continues to grow.
He has made 11 appearances in LaLiga and the Champions League so far this season, scoring two goals. After only signing for Barca this summer it will be impossible to sign him in his first season on FM21.
But don’t miss out on signing him before he explodes into a global star.
Pedri signed for Barcelona this summer and, even at just 17, he is a first-team player
Jens Petter Hauge – 21, AC Milan (Winger)
Hauge is another member of the talented crop of youngsters emerging from Norway at present along with Erling Haaland, Martin Odegaard and Kristoffer Ajer.
The winger made the move from Bodø/Glimt to the San Siro this summer after impressing against the Italian giants in a Europa League qualifier.
Right footed, Hauge prefers to play on the left wing and cut inside. The 21-year-old’s development really moved up a gear last season where he scored 14 goals and added 10 assists in 18 appearances in the Norwegian top flight.
At Milan he has had to contend with Croatian forward Ante Rebic for a place in attack but has scored four times and made two goals in seven appearances for his new club.
Given he has only just signed for Milan, FM21 managers may have to settle for an initial loan move for Hauge in the hope they can lure him into a permanent deal further down the line.
Jens Petter Hauge was signed by AC Milan this summer after starring in a game against them
Goncalo Ramos – 19, Benfica (Striker)
Ramos is still developing in the Benfica youth teams but is making rapid progress and must surely be knocking on the door of the first-team soon.
He signed with Benfica in 2013 as a 12-year-old and made his debut with the club’s B team in January 2019.
Ramos has been afforded a few first-team opportunities and certainly made the most of his first, scoring a brace on his debut earlier this year.
But he has been largely kept in the B team so far this season, scoring seven goals in five appearances.
Ramos is available to buy from the off in FM21 and could be the ideal back-up striker for a mid-table team across Europe although Benfica won’t allow one of their prized assets to leave on the cheap.
Goncalo Ramos is moving through the ranks at Benfica, scoring seven B team goals this season
Marcos Leonardo – 17, Santos (Striker)
Everybody loves a Brazilian wonderkid.
Leonardo is certainly the new star on the block and looks destined for greatness in the future.
Developed in the same Santos youth system that honed the talents of Neymar, Gabigol and Rodrygo, Leonardo has already has scored more goals for the club than any of those mentioned.
Leonardo joined the Santos ranks at 11 and is now beginning to make his mark in the first team. He made his senior debut in August and then scored the winner on his fifth appearance against Goias.
So far this season Leonardo has two goals in 13 appearances, but has played just 267 minutes of first-team football.
Still in the early stages of his development, Leonardo can be picked up in the first summer of FM21 for less than £10m. It is a no brainer to sign someone who promises so much for such a minimal fee in the modern game.
Santos starlet Leonardo is showing his potential and there looks to be a huge future ahead
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