Football Manager 2011 Wonderkids & Future Stars

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Finding the wonderkids in any version of Football Manager is always one of the most popular aspects of the game and now it’s the time of the year when FM 2011 is out and we all want to grab ourselves the stars of the future so without further ado… (updated 21st January 2011)


  • Romelu Lukaku (aged 17) – Anderlect
  • Khouma Babacar (aged 17) – Fiorentina
  • Son Heung-Min (aged 18) – HSV
  • Walter (age 19) – Porto
  • Alberto Paloschi (aged 20) – Parma & Milan
  • Vaclav Kadlec (aged 18) – Juventus
  • Sercan Yildirim (aged 20) – Bursaspor
  • Bojan (aged 19) – Barcelona
  • Marko Arnautovic (aged 21) – Werder
  • Ishak Belfodil (age 18) – Lyon
  • Neymar (aged 18) – Santos
  • Abel Hernandez (aged 20) – Palermo
  • Iker Muniain (aged 17) – Athletic
  • Nassim Ben Khalifa (age 18) – Wolfsburg
  • Mario Balotelli (age 19) – Manchester City
  • Guido Marilungo (age 20) – Sampdoria
  • Tomas Necid (age 20) – CSKA Moscow
  • Andy Carroll (age 21) – Newcastle United
  • Jose Baxter (age 19) – Everton

Attacking Midfielders

  • Jack Wilshere (aged 19) – Arsenal
  • Giuliano (aged 20) – Shaktar
  • Zezinho (aged 18) – Santos
  • Gareth Bale (aged 21) – Tottenham
  • Coutinho (aged 18) – Inter
  • Stevan Jovetic (aged 21) – Fiorentina
  • Sotiris Ninis (aged 20) – Panathinaikos
  • Paulo Henrique (aged 21) – Santos
  • Sergio Canales (aged 20) – Castilla
  • Miralem Pjanic (aged 20) – Olympique Lyonnais
  • Eden Hazard (aged 19) – Lille
  • Suso (aged 16) – Liverpool
  • Ander(age 20) – Zaragoza
  • Levan Kenia (age 20) – Schalke
  • Javier Pastore (age 21) – Palermo
  • Mesut Ozil (age 21) – Real Madrid
  • Thomas Muller (age 20) – Bayern Munich

Central Midfielders

Defensive Central Midfielders

  • Nicolas Nkoulou (aged 20) – AS Monaco
  • Yann M’Vila (aged 20) – Stade Rennais
  • Andrea Poli (aged 20) – Sampdoria
  • Sandro (aged 20) – Tottenham
  • Ignacio Camacho (aged 20) – Atletico Madrid
  • Moussa Sissoko (aged 20) – Toulousse
  • Rene Krhin (aged 20) – Bologna & Inter
  • Samba Sow (aged 21) – Lens

Defenders Centre

  • Mario Fernandes (aged 20) – Grêmio
  • Simon Kjaer (aged 21) – Wolfsburg
  • Kyriakos Papadopoulos (aged 19) – Schalke
  • Danny Wilson (aged 19) – Liverpool
  • Breno (age 20) – Bayern Munich
  • Phil jones (age 18) – Blackburn Rovers
  • Chris Smalling (age 20) – Manchester United
  • Ezequiel Muñoz (age 19) – Palermo
  • Thiago Heleno (aged 21) – Corinthians
  • Mats Hummels (age 21) – Dortmund
  • Stefan Reinartz (age 21) – Leverkusen
  • Guillermo Burdisso (age 21) – Roma
  • Dedryck Boyata (age 19) – Manchester City
  • Mamadou Sakho (age 20) – PSG
  • Neven Subotic (age 21) – Dortmund

Defenders Right

  • Diego Renan (aged 21) – Cruzerio
  • Romario (aged 16) – Vitoria
  • Cesar Azpilicueta (age 20) – OM
  • Rafael (age 19) – Manchester United
  • Giulio Donati (age 20) – Inter
  • Davide Santon (age 19) – Inter
  • Kyle Walker (age 20) – Spurs
  • Serge Aurier (age 17) – Lens

Defenders Left

  • Gareth Bale (age 20) – Tottenham
  • Arman Traore (age 20) – Arsenal
  • Ismail Koybasi (age 20) – Besiktas
  • Jose Angel (age 21) – Sporting
  • Lucas Digne (age 17) – Lille


  • David De Gea (aged 19) – Ath Madrid
  • Matej Delac (aged 17) – Chelsea
  • Sinan Bolat (aged 22) – Standard
  • Luis Guilherme (aged 18) – Botafogo
  • Vincenzo Fiorillo (aged 20) – Sampdoria

Download the List

Here is this little lot in a list form you can upload into FM 2011. Remember this will be updated regularly over the coming weeks/months so keep an eye out for updates. (updated 21st January 2011)

Wonderkids Shortlist (73956)

How do I add a list to Football Manager?

On a PC hit F6 and click import ( FN F6 on Mac) or from your shortlist screen click Shortlists > Import Shortlists and browse to the file.

How to Develop Young Players – FM2012 & FM2011

We’ve all been there, you sign what you think is going to be the next ‘wonderkid‘ and it doesn’t pan out. I’ll go through a number of things you can do to help develop young players in FM2011 & FM2012 to give them a fighting chance of developing into the next big thing. Read More…


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  3. Zakaria Labyad, AM C, 17, PSV, £170K. Won world player of the year by the time he was 19. Unreal.

  4. Get sime vrsaljko
    Amazing right back
    Got him for 4 mill on 1st season

  5. Sebastian Corchia is good. Right back. 18 or 19 i guess. Very cheap too. One of the best buys

  6. get dale jennings, develop him and hes unreal! also if your a lower league team get jason walker off luton decent player. lukaku when developed is unstoppable! phil jones is an amazing buy, also get Genk (beligian league) thibaut courtais (goalkeeper) very good backup keeper and becomes a great keeper when older

  7. Pastore and Kwadoh Asamoah best midfield combo. Hamsik is also a cool buy. Striking, highly recommend Neymar especially when playing 4-5-1 and counter attacking styles. Mario Fernandes is a good buy but he becomes hot he’s trained as a right back, causes costly mistakes and lots of penalties when played in centre back. Tavares is also someone highly promising. Rafael Toloi’s cool for centre back but you’ve gotta train him harder till his mental attributes are mostly blue. Mesut Ozil’s flaming hot, difficult to get but easier to sign at 15million pounds from Madrid when he’s got problems and he wants to leave the club. When bidding for Ozil, praise him to make him accept your bid.

  8. Lorenzo Crisetig
    Bought him in 2016 (22yrs old), average rating of 7.5. Good support for your back 4.

  9. I have finally build my squad mostly of young up and coming talent and have been dominating with LFC. watch out for Suso unbelivable, have had to do alot of wheeling and dealing and haggling with the board to get there but worth it


  10. the one i have found to be a wonderkid so far is….Leigh Griffiths… awsome just don’t stop scoring for me..

    let me know what you all think

  11. best central defender is Simon Kjaer !!!!! Rafael Toloi and Mats Hummels are very good too… and the best target man is Khouma Babacar ….

  12. Juan Mata just has to be mentioned here! Yeah he is 22yo but he is a powerhouse on the left as insideforward

  13. I can not find this guy “Moses Diallo”. Baloteli was start poor, i expected more from Mario. I needed fast striker with very high composure.

  14. Name: Peniel Mlapa
    Club: Hoffenheim
    D.O.B: 20/02/1991
    Nationality: German/Togolese
    Position: Striker
    ……………………………….. wonderkid !!!

  15. My team (without generated youngsters):
    matej delac (GK)
    Phil jones (DC)
    Zargo touré (M-DM)
    Toni Kroos (M)
    Neymar (AML)
    Alex Teixeira (AMR)
    Paulo Henrique (AMC)
    Moses Diallo (S) / yaya Sanogo (S)

    How about Moses Diallo?? great goal scorer, lots of speed.

  16. I just play with Bayern Munchen, 3 season is gone. I won 3 title+ 1 German cup. Not bad, but i won CL, but so hard to beat european grands ;/
    My players right now are:
    Areola – GK
    Vrsaljko / Lahm – DR
    Contento / Coulibaly – DL
    Munoz / Demichelis – DC
    Badstuber / Sakho – DC
    Schweinsteiger / Mauro / Alaba – MC
    Kroos / Badelj – MC
    Neymar / Kakuta – AML (inside frd role)
    Robben / Muller – AMR (inside frd role)
    Pastore / Prado(not famous but hot prospect in the future) – AMC (playmaker role)
    Babacar(target man) / Baloteli( still dont know what is his best rolethis is my last transfer). Debut -1 goal against R.Madrid (friendly)
    I play with 4-2-3-1
    My strikers have no sense 🙁 Neymar, Pastore and Kroos have more goals from Babacar and Drogba until this season.
    What can i do? Buy more strikers? I wanna won Champions League. Defenders are excelent 🙂 Midfielders are brilliant, i love Pastore & Neymar – together are unstopable, until….Arsenal beat me, until … Man Utd beat me. Strikers… i request more from them. I saw Abel Hernandez will be great on my team, but one of the other Baloteli and Baba should me unusable.

  17. Yeah Bressan is good, theres also that Pavel Niakhaichyk from BATE aswell, he turns out to be a good player too.

  18. Ones that seem to be missing are
    Fraser Fyvie from Aberdeen at 17
    Mats Rits from Germinal Beerschot also 17

    Theres a lad from Belarus called Bressan only can usually be signed for less than £200k hes 21 but is a regular signing for Liverpool on my game

  19. I am sunderland in 2015 my current team is;

    Romario Jones Shawcross Digne
    Hazard Douglas Costa
    A.Hernandez/Paloschi Lukaku

    Bench: GK Regen- Plays for Spain
    Munoz – Plays for Spain

    I have just finished the 2014/2015 season and i finished 4th and runners up in Champs League. I am reading all the forums and all i can see is sign this player blah blah all the players i read are in my team. My strike force is absolutly immense. Romario is being chased by Ream Madrid for 20m, Jones and Shawcross play at 7.40+ every season and guarantee me 15 goals between the pair of them, Munoz is being chased by Barcelona but he still cannot get into my team 15m+. Digne is being chased by Chelsea for 15m. My midfield is awesome, Veloso maybe being the weak point out of them. Canales literally was undroppable last season, he kept Pastore on the bench for most of it. I have been given 51m to spend this season to be title challengers. Please could someone help me with this team to win the league!!

  20. For me personally, i have try this player in 7 team and in 7 different countries as i moved every season to a new club and he got 7 times best player in the league i was and we are champions 7 times and 4 times champions league and believe me I recommend only TOM CAIRNEY!!!from Manchester city reserve!!!!!!!

  21. Babacar ST
    Václav Kadlec ST
    Christian Ericsson AMC
    Lucas AMC
    Junior Hoilet AMR/ST
    Steven Caulker CB
    Kyle Walker RB
    Xherdan Shaqiri MLC
    Jack Robinson DLC
    M’Vila DMC
    Sandro DMC
    Douglas Costa AMC

  22. Paulo Henrique is a must-buy, cost me around 25m for Newcastle, literally dribbles past defence as if they werent there, helped me secure a league cup victory and fa cup win in the first season! Bangs in the goals and has deadly amounts of assists too. Recently sold him for 45m to Man City because my shitty chairman decided to take care of the deal :S
    A cheaper option is Milan Badelj from Dinamo, hes not that much to buy, but is a boss in the midfield, i recommend him highly!

  23. cb-varane
    lb- souare
    dm- souquet
    mc- rafinha
    mc- thiago
    dc- fontas
    gk- areola
    ac- derflinger

  24. D.Boyata is amazing, Balloteli is the nuts from day 1. lucas from sao paulo 18 incredible………

  25. yous are all talking about forien players now yous are all right but look up scotland down england even ireland british player jack cork (chealsea) david goodwillie(dundee utd) ben amos(man utd) nemanja matic (chealsea) chris magurire(aberdeen) will buckley (brighton) conor wickham(ipswich)danny rose(totenham)andros townsend(totenham)valdimar wiess(manchester city) gary hooper (celtic)

  26. Edin Dzeko is the best player in the game.
    Better than Messi and Ronaldo

  27. Author’s writing is wery bad
    not Shaktar!Shakhtar!
    what you will say about Vitaliy Balashov and Jonathan Cristaldo?
    Steven Defour?

  28. Lucas Digne is fantastic player he is left defender…also Paulo Henrique…Neymar…Bebe…Stefan Savis from Partizan and Adem Ljajic are the perfect players for your team…:)::)

  29. Can someone tell me which player is the best as Hazard? Thanks

  30. i cant believe MARIO GOTZE is not mentioned. he is the best youngster in the world. hes got 16 assists and 6 goals in real forget the game. hes better than all these little wonderkids. plays for borussia dortmund, 17/ 18 yrs old. cant mess with him.

  31. Hazard is crazy dude. He will assist AT LEAST 1 goal if he plays.

  32. i have bought most of players mentioned above but no one is superb as Hazard. Can someone tell me which player is the best as Hazard? Thanks

  33. hey, checkout Ton Schaken, he is amazing. And how about Paulo Cesar he is also very good.

  34. Eden Hazard is a machine, about 2 seasons in he is world class. About 25-30 assists and between 15 and 20 goals per year. He has come 3rd in World player of the year behind Messi and Ronaldo for the last 3 seasons. Awesome.

    • Eden Hazard is probably my favorite signing. Have him in my current game and he is an absolute beast.

  35. Players from Partizan:Matija Nastasic dc for 1.3 m +10% of next transfer, Stefan Savic dc for about 2, 2.5 m and Cleo st… Cleo scored for 46 ap 41 goal… It s a really good player, you buy Cleo for 9 M Just 3 m and for 48 months 6 M 🙂 Trust me… Good player is Traore from CFR Cluj, Kouyate from Andrlecht…

  36. mats hummels (dc, dm)
    stevan jovetic (am lc)
    paulo henrique (am c)
    mateo kovacic (am c)
    coutinho (am f c)
    miguel medina (st) <– this guy really has potential!!

  37. Douglas costa maybe?
    Andy carroll played poorly on my FM. .he only scores twice in the league. .i bought him for around 18M euros

  38. Also buy Vladyslav Kostyuk, from shakhtar, has great potential only 16 ends up scoring lost of goals

  39. Onur Kivrak from Trabzonspor he is an really talented good keeper .

  40. Moussa Sissoko, a strong central midfielder and an incredible long range shooter. Scores 20-30 goals/season from outside the box.

  41. if u need a left back sign dodo p.s matthew hillier loves rimming blake clarke

  42. Looking for a good LB now, Herta Illunga is 32 now & probably gonna be his last season, is Digne any good.

  43. Chris Woods good striker in premier League signed him from Barca for 750,00 in my 1st year in premier in jan window, got Amir zaki as well for free & Didier Drogba for free as well 35 decent hasn’t got as many goals for me as I thought he would, Baldock was in my team from start good young player. Daniel Sturridge is lethal got him for free in my 2nd season in Premier League he has 25 goals in 25 games at the moment. AlHabsi is a good keeper, Michael Woods got him for free in Championship still have him, Eikrem got him for 250,000, team have put bids in for them 4 & 5m turned them down, James McCarthy is good as well got him for a steal 2.7m. Bikey signed him for 1.3m & then he wanted to leave went for 8m, bought Gary Cahill 6.5m to replace him. Luigi vitale got him 450,000, again wanted to leave for bigger club got 10m for him. Alex Chamberlain is good as well got him in my 1st season with MK from Southampton for 750,000, City & United are after him have a 10m value on him. David Weather signed him for 5m in my 1st season in Premier League very good defender, & Seamus Coleman got him for 1m Everton had him on the list, most of the players I signed were on transfer list. I know a lot of them aren’t wonder kids but there very good young players & obviously some older players as well, the best of the lot is probably Sturridge, Bikey is a brilliant defender in it for me anyway it was shame he wanted to move, he missed out on a League Cup medal, LOL. Bought that Bolton player Lee Chung-Yong for 7m very good RW,.

  44. Antar ( sudan )
    Farre ( spain )
    Bira ( brazil )
    Russell Douglas about 20 years in .

  45. Paulo Henrique
    cant reccomend him any more highly, got offered the madrid job in 2017 and he was 4 stars and had a value of 32.5 million, also adam hlousek’s another star who was in the squad and has been onfire with assists and goals i think he starts the game with slavia prague

  46. Hugo Lloris – GK
    Abel Hernandes – ST
    Edison Cavani – ST
    Pjanic – AM
    If you desperate for a goal buy Subotic (DC) place him to attack corners from the far post, he scored 16 – 20 goals per season.

    Sergio Aguero – ST (Good investment but it will cost you 30 – 40 million)

  47. hedenstad..he improves a lot.. and real madrid and arsenal allways want to buy him.

  48. Need good goal keeper, any tips? Signed Smithies who was class, but hes now out of contract and wont renew it!!

    • Peixe from Fluminense only 14 years old (2nd choice keeper) Peixe is really young and can improve
      David De Gea from At.Madrid 20 years old
      Alphonse Areola from PSG 18 years old
      Matej Delac from Chelsea 18 years old (my 1 choice keeper)
      Renan Ribeiro from Atletico Mineiro 21 years old
      Neto from Atletico Paranaense 21 years old
      Rafael from Santos 20 years old
      Sergio Asenjo from At Madrid 21 years old

  49. suso (liverpool) scored 3 goals on his debut against united and ended up scoring 23 in 25 in my first season for liverpool

  50. jonathan cristaldo, leonel galeano, alexis sanchez, antoine griezmann, andrea poli, toni kroos, sergio canales, alan patrick… a few players who turn out really good 🙂

  51. Paulo magalhaes is by far the best forward in the game…..a must buy….scores at least 2 goals a game…..I got him for a free transfer in my 2 season…..

  52. This is a poorly constructed list of wonderkids. Chris smalling for instead, although a player with a decent potiental ablity, he would rank extremely low on targets i would sign for any club. Please research more before creating such a list.

    • It has helped me lots this list. Not every player goes on to be great in every game.

  53. what about aguero?? he’s the best young striker in the game!! and another good player is eden hazard from lille

  54. What about Yaya Sanogo, young French striker? He’s got a fair bit of potential. Also:-
    Javier Pastore M/AMC
    Mario Balotelli ST (Already at Man City)
    Mesut Ozil M/AMLC (Already at Real Madrid)
    Alexis Sanchez AMRLC/ST
    Gareth Bale D/WB/M/AML (Currently tearing up the Prem and Europe)
    Thomas Muller AMRC/ST (Can’t believe I was the first to say this guy (correct me if i’m wrong)
    Sebastian Toro? SW/DRC (? Haven’t got scout report yet he just looks like he’ll be good)
    Toni Kroos M/AMLC (Another one that shoudnt have taken so long to be mentioned)

  55. Mateo Kovacic, Sime Vrsaljko, Matej Delac are the best croatian young players, but the problem is if you are playing with english clubs is work permit

  56. You ought to put Barcelona’s young Centre Midfielder Thiago on the ist. I signed him on the first day, and his value and attributes improved drastically!
    In just his 5th match, his value had increased around 1.5m and his attributes became amazing and he had scored 12 goals. 2 hat-tricks in 2 matches and 1 goal for the other 3 matches!

  57. gk fiorillo
    dl dodo
    dr isla
    dc papadopulos
    dc otamendi
    dm haruna
    cm sissoko
    cm poli
    am jovetic
    am neymar
    st kadlec
    for 3 years you win any league and champion league 100%
    sub. donati dr
    sub breno dc
    sub zucillani
    sub badelj
    sub munion
    sub babacar
    sub areola
    sub pacheco
    sub canales

  58. Here is a list from the most talented and most skillfull players of Holland. What about christean eriksen from ajax 18yr attacking midfielder absolut wonderkid, a real playmaker. And funso ojo a 17yr old central defender from psv with a lot of technic skill. But if you have the money go for luis suarez the proud of ajax its a striker but he’s evenly dangerous on the left or right flank. Or go for affelay best playmaker in holland and if thats not good enough there is balasz dzsudzsak left winger with incredeble free kick and distance shooting skill. And the last tip out holland is bryan ruiz left winger and playmaker from fc twente.

  59. What about Kevin from Zaragosa. He is a great young talent and he is only 19

  60. Havard Nordviet – Norway u21’s defensive midfielder is a great young talent! Got him as Norway first team captain in my game and he’s winning youngster the month awards! 800k I think he was originally? Now 3.5m in 3/4? Of first season!

  61. fetfatzidis from olympiakos is a good player!!! 19 years old and has got awesome stats on drippling acceleration etc

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