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Football Manager 2017 Wonderkids list - hidden stats for the highest-potential best Wonderkids in FM17

Rankings and hidden stats for the very best wonderkids in FM17.

Searching for wonderkids in Football Manager has become something of a ritual for many of the game's loyal fans - yours truly included - but much of that process is made more difficult now than it ever has been, thanks to the unreliability of scouts and a relatively new manager attributes mechanic which allows you to select your own level of player knowledge.

Much of the romance is, of course, in the self-discovery of your own favourite hidden gems, but there's also a simple joy in knowing you have the best of the best in your squad, and it's down to you to get the most out of them.

Below, we'll be doing two things: first we'll quickly explain our rankings and how the hidden stats for player ability and potential work, and second we'll be ranking the best Wonderkids in FM17.

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How does player potential ability work for Wonderkids in Football Manager 2017?

A player's ability is split into two factors: their current ability, and their potential ability. These are available to view in multiple ways however, with varying degrees of effectiveness:

  • A player's attributes, rated out of 20 - depends on your in-game player knowledge and personal ability to judge players' usefulness
  • A player's star rating, rated out of 5 - depends on your scouting knowledge and scout's own Judging Play Ability and Judging Player Potential attributes. Also relative to your club's size.
  • A player's hidden ability stats, rated out of 200 - an objective rating which servesm as an unoffical 'overall' stat.

'Hidden stats' sounds awfully mysterious, but in reality they simply function as a set of raw numbers which operate under the surface in Football Manager, and are, in fact, the most accurate way to discern your players' ability and potential.

These come in two forms: Current Ability and Potential Ability, and are only possible to view in the official Football Manager Editor. Both are rated out of 200, but occasionally a range is given instead of a raw number for the Potential Ability stat, as a representation of FM's real-world scouts not wanting to commit to an exact number for a player's future potential. In those cases, a range means that a player's potential is randomised on each new save.

Finally, on top of that it's worth noting that these figures for Potential Ability are only the maximums possible, and not a guaranteed number. To reach that potential the player will need the highest possible rated training facilities, coaches, mentorship, training focuses and match time, too. So there's still plenty of challenge there for you, regardless of who you sign.

For reference, too, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Manuel Neuer are the only players with a Current Ability rating between 190 and 200 - which should give you some idea of the below players' potential calibre!

Football Manager 2017 best Wonderkids list

RankNamePositionCurrent AbilityPotential AbilityAgeClub
1 Gianluigi Donnarumma GK 139 170-200 17 AC Milan
2 Marco Asensio M/AM (RLC) 146 160-190 20 R. Madrid
3 Ousmane Dembélé M (RL), AM (RLC) 150 160-190 19 Dortmund
4 Anthony Martial M (L), AM (RL), ST 155 160-190 20 Man Utd
5 Paulo Dybala AM (C), ST 167 180 22 Juventus
6 Leroy Sané M (RL), AM (RLC) 147 176 20 Man City
7 Renato Sanches DM, M/AM (C) 148 176 18 Bayern
8 Jonathan Tah D (RC) 142 175 20 Leverkusen
9 Daniele Rugani D (C) 145 174 22 Juventus
10 Marquinhos D (RC) 149 174 22 PSG
11 Kingsley Coman M (RL), AM (RLC) 155 173 20 Juventus
12 Alessio Romagnoli D (C) 145 173 21 AC Milan
13 Leon Goretzka DM, M/AM(C) 146 173 21 Gelsenkirchen
14 Julian Brandt M (RL), AM (RLC) 145 172 20 Leverkusen
15 Aymeric Laporte D (C) 154 172 22 A. Bilbao
16 John Stones D (RC) 146 172 22 Man City
17 Mateo Kovacic M/AM (C) 149 172 22 R. Madrid
18 Adrien Rabiot DM, M (C) 142 171 20 PSG
19 José Giménez D (C) 157 171 21 A. Madrid
20 Andreas Christensen D (C), DM, M (C) 142 171 20 Chelsea
21 Bernardo Silva M/AM (RC) 152 170 21 AS Monaco
22 Domenico Berardi AM (RL), ST 150 170 22 US Sassuolo
23 Luke Shaw D/WB (L) 148 170 21 Man Utd
24 Raphaël Guerreiro D/WB (L), M (LC), AM (L 153 170 22 Dortmund
25 Predrag Rajkovic GK 128 170 20 Maccabi Tel-Aviv
26 Dele Alli M/AM (C) 147 170 20 Tottenham Hotspur
27 Kelechi Iheanacho ST 137 150-180 19 Man City
28 Divock Origi AM (L), ST 145 150-180 21 Liverpool
29 Gérson M (C), AM (RLC) 132 150-180 19 AS Roma
30 Malcom AM (RL) 137 150-180 19 Bordeaux
31 Manuel Locatelli M (C) 106 150-180 18 AC Milan
32 Filippo Melegoni M (C) 87 150-180 17 Atlanta
33 Alban Lafont GK 115 150-180 17 Tolouse
34 Zé Gomes ST 98 150-180 17 SLB B
35 Lucas D (LC), WB (L) 135 150-180 20 A. Madrid
36 Kuki AM (C), ST 101 150-180 18 Málaga B
37 Afonso Sousa M/AM (C) 82 150-180 16 FCP
38 Kurt Zouma D (RC) 149 150-180 21 Chelsea
39 Kylian Mbappé M (L), AM (RL) 114 150-180 21 AS Monaco
40 Johannes Eggestein ST 115 150-180 18 Bremen
41 Christian Früchtl GK 100 150-180 16 Bayern
42 Giovani Lo Celso M (LC), AM (C) 128 150-180 20 PSG
43 Maximiliano Romero ST 112 150-180 17 Vélez
44 Thiago Maia DM 136 150-180 19 SAN
45 Gabriel Jesus AM (RL), ST 142 150-180 19 SEP
46 Marcus Rashford AM (L), ST 142 150-180 18 Man Utd
47 Alex Meret GK 116 150-180 19 Udinese
48 Andrea Pinamonti ST 87 150-180 17 Inter
49 Gelson Martins AM (RL) 143 150-180 21 Sporting
50 André Horta M (C), AM (LC) 137 150-180 19 SLB

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