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Football Manager 2022 wonderkids: The best young players and wonderkids in FM22

The 50 highest potential wonderkids in Football Manager 2022.

Wonderkids remain one of the best aspects in the Football Manager series, and it's no different in the 2022 entry.

Tracking down the best talents before they're widely known in the real game makes you feel like a sneaky insider.

In Football Manager, the only way you'll ever win any of your matches (let alone trophies and championship glory!) is through talented players and the scouting system.

We've done the hard work of sifting through the huge database and collected 50 of the best young players in FM22.

If you're looking for more help, we have pages on installing kits and mods in Football Manager 2022 and the best bargains and free agents.

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Football Manager 2022 wonderkids: The best young players and wonderkids in FM22

You might be wondering why there are two sets of numbers for these players - this is because every player begins the season with a set ability they're able to deliver in games based on their technical (such as their tackling and passing) and mental (like leadership) skills. These are known as player attributes.

However, the game also has a hidden ability ratings system out of a score of 200. And these ratings aren't set in stone, as they can increase dramatically, particularly for younger players with the highest potential.

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Mbappe continues to be the best wonderkid in Football Manager 2022.

To get the best out of them will depend on a range of factors, such as overall squad quality, training schedules and your own management.

We've set an age limit of 23 to ensure you'll be able to pick up a good (or perhaps already-great, with the likes of Kylian Mbappe) player that can turn into a great one for your team. Some new entrants to the list, like Jude Bellingham or 16-year-old Gavi, show potential increases of up to 50 points. And although PSG's Gianluigi Donnarumma is the only goalie in this year's wonderkids list, there are several defenders who could help shape a powerful yet balanced squad.

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FM22 wonderkids and best young players

Rank Name Position Current ability Potential ability Age Club
1 Kylian Mbappe AM (RL), ST (C) 184 196 22 Paris Saint-Germain
2 Erling Haaland ST (C) 177 190 21 Borussia Dortmund
3 Lautaro Martinez ST (C) 167 176 23 Inter Milan
4 Achraf Hakimi D/WB/M (R) 160 173 22 Paris Saint-Germain
5 Gianluigi Donnarumma GK 161 189 22 Paris Saint-Germain
6 Matthijs de Ligt D (C) 159 185 21 Zebre
7 Martin Odegaard M (RC), AM (C) 155 178 22 Arsenal
8 Phil Foden M (C), AM (RLC) 155 175 21 Manchester City
9 Joao Felix AM (RLC), ST (C) 159 177 21 Atletico Madrid
10 Theo Hernandez D/WB/M (L) 159 175 23 AC Milan
11 Alphonso Davies D/WB/M/AM (L) 160 178 20 Bayern Munich
12 Dayot Upamecano D (C) 153 173 22 Bayern Munich
13 Jude Bellingham DM/M (C) 143 160-190 18 Borussia Dortmund
14 Marcus Rashford AM (L), ST (C) 159 173 23 Manchester United
15 Alessandro Bastoni D (C) 156 173 22 Inter Milan
16 Ansu Fati AM (RL), ST (C) 149 160-190 18 Barcelona
17 Federico Chiesa M/AM (RL) 161 176 23 ACF Fiorentina
18 Junior Vinicius AM (RL), ST (C) 156 172 21 Real Madrid
19 Jamal Musiala M (C), AM (RLC) 147 160-190 18 Bayern Munich
20 Jadon Sancho M/AM (RL) 162 177 21 Manchester United
21 Trent Alexander-Arnold D/WB (R), M (C) 159 174 22 Liverpool
22 Kai Havertz AM (C), ST (C) 159 180 22 Chelsea
23 Pedri M (C), AM (RLC) 155 175 18 Barcelona
24 Dusan Vlahovic ST (C) 148 173 21 ACF Fiorentina
25 Sandro Tonali DM/M (C) 147 173 21 AC Milan
26 Ronald Araujo D (C) 155 173 22 Barcelona
27 Domink Szoboszlai M/AM (LC) 143 150-180 20 RB Leipzig
28 Mason Greenwood AM (R), ST (C) 148 178 19 Manchester United
29 Florian Wirtz M/AM (C) 142 150-180 18 Bayer Leverkusen
30 Myron Boadu AM (RL), ST (C) 141 150-180 20 AS Monaco
31 Wesley Fofana D (C) 148 175 20 Leicester City
32 Nuno Mendes D/WB (L) 149 150-180 19 Sporting
33 Giovanni Reyna M/AM (LC) 140 150-180 18 Borussia Dortmund
34 Ryan Gravenberch DM, M/AM (C) 137 150-180 19 AFC Ajax
35 Tanguy Nianzou D (C), DM/M (C) 128 150-180 19 Bayern Munich
36 Josko Gvardiol D (LC) 135 150-180 19 RB Leipzig
37 Nicolo Rovella DM/M (C) 129 150-180 19 Zebre
38 Gavi DM, M/AM (C) 130 150-180 16 Barcelona
39 Karim Adeyemi AM (R), ST (C) 134 160-190 19 Salzburg
40 Noni Madueke M (RL), AM (RLC) 139 150-180 19 PSV Eindhoven
41 Jurrien Timber D (RLC), WB (R), DM 138 150-180 20 AFC Ajax
42 Harvey Elliott M (C), AM (RLC) 131 150-180 18 Liverpool
43 Fabio Silva ST (C) 120 150-180 19 Wolves
44 Tino Livramento D/WB (R) 128 150-180 18 Southampton
45 Francisco Trincao AM (RL) 136 150-180 21 Barcelona
46 Reinier AM (C) 125 150-180 19 Real Madrid B
47 Nico Williams M/AM (RL) 120 150-180 19 Athletic Bilbao B
48 Jeremy Doku AM (RL), ST (C) 129 150-180 19 Stade Rennais
50 Benjamin Sesko ST (C) 123 150-180 18 Salzburg

Best of luck in your search for the best young talent!

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