Football Manager 2022: 10 Arsenal Wonderkids to Target

Football Manager 2022 has reached its long-awaited release date and avid fans of the game will be keen to delve in and start their new saves.

As always, the key to success in FM2022 will be long-term planning, and recruiting players with a lot of promise will be the fastest way to long-term success. We looked at several lesser-known talents who might emerge as actual future stars, despite the fact that Erling Haaland, Pedri, and Jude Bellingham are already household names.

Following the release of Football Manager2022, we’ve identified eleven wonderkids that managers should consider signing, ranging from future shot-stoppers to future goalscoring greats.



Here are ten Football Manager 2022 wonderkids to base your roster on.


Vandevoordt, Maarten


Goalkeeper: Positon


Genk is a club in Belgium.


19 years old


Vandevoordt has been a Football Manager wonderkid in recent editions, and the goalkeeper is still one of the greatest buys for any manager searching for a long-term number one option.


The Genk goalkeeper has strong figures all around, including 15 for reflexes and kicking, but those skills will improve with consistent first-team exposure and experience.


Vandervoordt has no evident flaws and is one of the greatest goalkeeping prospects in FM 2022, although Diogo Costa of Porto and Andre Gomes of Benfica are excellent options.






Back-to-center position


Santos is a club in Brazil.


17 years old


Brazil is notorious for producing Football Manager wonderkids, and Kaiky of Santos is one of the best value defenders in the game in 2022.


The 17-year-old will take some time to develop, but he has the potential to develop into a solid ball-playing defender for teams, with strong passing, vision, and heading stats.




His initial transfer value is estimated to be between 350K and £3.5m, making him a potential bargain for those willing to wait for success.




Tanguy Nianzou is a character in the film Tanguy Nianzou


Back-to-center position


Club: Bayern Munich


Age: 18


Prising wonderkids from Europe’s elite can prove notoriously difficult, but with the wealth of competition for places at Bayern Munich, signing Tanguy Nianzou can be achieved for sides possessing significant funds to spend.




The teenager’s 66k p/w wages could prove problematic for sides outside the financial elite, though any who can persuade Bayern to part with Nianzou will be signing a player who can form the bedrock of their team for seasons to come.




The Frenchman’s speed, strength and jumping reach make Nianzou a physical beast, whilst he has the technical attributes to thrive in a possession-dominant side.




Luca Netz


Position: Left-back


Club: Borussia Monchengladbach


Age: 18


Very much the modern full-back, Netz is a defender who will charge up and down the left flank for his side, possessing strong starting stats for acceleration(15), pace(15), stamina(14) and determination (18). (18).




His technical abilities can be improved to make him a well-rounded defensive asset capable of impacting play from both ends of the field.




Netz’s starting value of £13m-£19.5m will rise as he progresses during your savings, and with full-backs as important as they have ever been in contemporary football, he might be a long-term investment.



For those looking for a more affordable option, Hamburg’s Joshua Vagnoman(20) plays in Germany’s second division and can play in either full-back position.




Rensch, Devyne


Right-back, center-back, and left-back


Ajax is a football club in the Netherlands.


18 years old


Ajax has a long history of developing excellent and cerebral players, with Devyne Rensch emerging as one of Football Manager 2022’s top wonderkids.




Rensch can play everywhere along the backline, as well as further forward into midfield, and his flexibility is likely to appeal to managers seeking for variety in their teams.




Rensch’s work-rate (14), teamwork (15), determination (16), and passing (14), as well as his multi-functional character, make him an interesting project for managers who want to develop young people.




Ili, Ivan


Defensive midfield, central midfield, and attacking midfield are the three types of midfielders.


Verona is a club in Italy.


20 years old


Looking for a versatile midfielder? Ivan Ili of Verona may be the ideal option, as the midfielder is capable of playing a number of positions in the engine room, whether in front of the backline or behind the strikers.




The 20-year-old has high beginning figures for key traits and is well-suited to a playmaking position, with Ili’s passing (14), technique (15), vision (14) and teamwork (16) stats indicating that he will be ready to impact a top-flight side on a regular basis.




He’s worth between £13.5 million and £20 million and may be the lynchpin of your midfield for the next decade.




Verschaeren, Yari


Position: Attacking midfielder, central midfielder (Left, right, centre)


Anderlecht is a Belgian football club.


20 years old


As your save starts, Yari Verschaeren should be on your manager’s mind. The midfielder is nearing the end of his contract with Anderlecht and will soon be available as a budget Bosman buy.




With the correct growth and exposure to first-team football, he can develop into a big figure. He is already skilled enough to make an impact at top-flight clubs.



With numbers in excess of 14 for passing, technique, vision, work rate, flair, and agility, is a player to keep an eye on, and you’ll need to act fast to capture his autograph.




Karim Adeyemi is a Nigerian businessman.


Striker’s position


Red Bull Salzburg is the name of the club.


19 years old


Sadio Mane, Naby Keita, Erling Haaland, and Dominik Szoboszlai have all starred at Red Bull Salzburg in recent seasons, with Sadio Mane, Naby Keita, Erling Haaland, and Dominik Szoboszlai among those who have excelled at the serial Austrian winners.




In the early stages of your FM22 save, scouting Salzburg is worthwhile, since the Austrians have a plethora of quality youth, led by striker Karim Adeyemi.




The 19-year-old has had a major impact in this season’s Champions League and can be picked up for a very low price at the start of your savings, with a starting value of between £11.5m and £17m good value for a striker with lightning speed (17 speed, 16 acceleration) and enormous potential.




Other Salzburg prospects to keep an eye on include holding midfielder Nicolas Seiwald(20) and center-back Oumar Solet (21).




Lucca, Lorenzo


Striker’s position


Pisa Football Club


20 years old


Pisa’s tall target-man Lorenzo Lucca should be high on your transfer wish-list if you’re looking for a more muscular presence to lead your line.




As your save starts, the 6ft 7in forward has a leaping reach of(17) and a heading of(17), while his finishing(15) and composure(13) stats may potentially improve to exceptional levels.






Whether he’s your team’s main point or a dangerous plan B off the bench, getting his signature (starting worth £240K-£5.6m) will scare opponents.




Moukoko, Youssoufa


Striker’s position


Borussia Dortmund is a German football club.


16 years old


Youssoufa Moukoko is the most likely wonderkid to sign on Football Manager 2022.




The 16-year-old was included to last year’s game after his debut at Borussia Dortmund, and he starts this year’s version with alarming numbers for such a young attacker.




Moukoko is already rated 15+ in dribbling, finishing, technique, speed, acceleration, and agility, indicating that the adolescent has the potential to make an early impact and grow into the finest centre-forward in the world.




Moukoko is not cheap, as he begins your save valued at a minimum of £42 million, but he is clearly the player to seek for any top team in need of firepower.

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