Gaming

The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016

Tonton Zola Moukoko. Cherno Samba. Freddy Adu.

While these footballers didn't lived up to the hype in the real world (even former USA international Adu has been resigned to flogging vaccums on Twitter), to those who've spent the better part of a decade playing football management sims, they will go down as legends.

But just where are the new batch coming from? Which exciting youngsters will lead your side, no matter how small, to titles on Football Manager 2016?

A few quid at the beginning of the game will reap its rewards down the line with relatively little risk, which is why we got our chief scout - ITV Football writer and Football Manager enthusiast Will Unwin - to pick out following players that will rocket you to glory.

  • The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016

    Lincoln AM (C) – Gremio

    A whizz kid of player, aged just 16, who will open up defences at will, scoring and assisting like a young Cherno Samba on heat.

  • The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016 1

    Emmanuel Mammana, D (C) – River

    The 19-year-old Argentine defender is comfortable on the ball and given time will be a pivotal mainstay once his concentration improves.

  • The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016 2

    Cristian Pavon, AM (L) – Boca

    You can snap up this young striker for less than £1m. Nurture him through a couple of years and he will reward with goals galore in any top league.

  • The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016 3

    Malcom AM (L) – Corinthians

    Capable of speeding beyond most right-backs from the tender age of 18, the Brazilian can be tempted to Europe from the off. Get him in before the season even begins.

  • The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016 4

    Sergio Diaz ST – Cerro Porteno

    The recently created Football Manager role of ‘Poacher’ was made for this Paraguayan, a snip at the price you can poach him for.

  • The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016 5

    Youri Tielemans MC – Anderlecht

    Nowadays, the Belgian midfielder’s ability is not a secret but he’s well worth acquiring for the long-term as any player at the helm of a Champions League club.

     

  • The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016 6

    Andrija Zivkovic – Partizan

    A touch of flair and intrigue is what the Serbian offers on the flank and can improve your strength in depth for just a few million quid. A wing wizard.

  • The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016 7

    Matheus Pereira AM (RLC) – Sporting

    A versatile attacker who can get in his current club’s side at a very early age and, like a fine wine, he gets better with it.

  • The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016 8

    Aymeric Laporte D ( C) – Athletic Bilbao

    Break the bank for the Basque centre-back as he will become your captain, leader and legend for a higher echelon club.

  • The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016 9

    Renato Sanches M ( C)– Benfica

    Oooof is this lad good. Get him in the centre of the park pronto - he’s strong enough to cope with the rigours of weekly starts.

  • The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016 10

    Rodrigo Bentancur M (RC) – Boca

    Runs the game for your team, will only set you back about £5m at the start and settles in quickly. Bentancur is a gem.

  • The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016 11

    Predrag Rajkovic GK - Maccabi

    There’s plenty of goalkeepers worth keeping an eye on but this lad is the sort to be steady from the beginning and only get better.

  • The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016 12

    Timothy Fosu Mensah D/DM ( C) – Manchester United

    Worth snapping up on loan for any League One outfit, where he's sure to flourish, developing into a capable speedy centre-back and leaving you to head back to Old Trafford. Who knows, maybe you'll join him.

  • The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016 13

    Thiago Maia DM (C ) – Santos

    Chuck £10m at Brazilian giants Santos and he’ll be your defensive midfield linchpin for a decade or more. A worthy investment.

  • The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016 14

    Bernardo Silva AM (RC) – Monaco

    An assist-king and willing to head to the top-flight of any of the big four countries. He’ll excel in them all.

  • The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016 15

    Jose Mauri M (C ) – Milan

    One for loan, Milan's newest recruit is as steady on the ball as he is winning it, and a must for Football Manager players who favour teams with three in the middle of midfield.

     

  • The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016 16

    Jorge D (L) – Flamengo

    Finding a top quality left-back can be a tricky ask, but this young chap is a player with stats set to burst through the roof. Get your scouts on him, monitor his progress and ideally sign him up for under £10m.

  • The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016 17

    Breel Embolo AM (RC)/ST – Basel

    The Swiss international is just a goal machine, throwing his weight around and heading many a cross with first-rate accuracy.

  • The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016 18

    Tin Jedvaj D (RC) – Bayer Leverkusen

    A lofty defender who will dominate in the air, this Croatian talent will only improve with games in your first-team... if you get hold of him.

  • The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016 19

    Ante Coric AM (C) – Dinamo

    No-nonsense in the tackle and extremely silky on the ball, Coric's limitless energy in attacking midfield will result in an insane amount of chances for your forward men.

  • The 20 wonderkids you need to buy on Football Manager 2016 20

    Gerson AM (RLC) – Fluminese

    The versatile attacking midfielder is at home anywhere in the final third and can make a full-back's Saturday afternoon a nightmare.