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 FM2013, FM2012 & FM2011 to give them a fighting chance of developing into the next big thing.
As a club
There are a couple of things you can do at a club level to help you along with your youth development in FM2013/FM2012/FM2011 etc:
- Upgrade your training facilities as much as you can. If your board rejects the request wait a while and ask again. Eventually they will take the hint (or sack you) but as you’d expect better training facilities is a big help.
- Employ good coaches because as previously pointed out in ‘Don’t Underestimate the Need for Good Backroom Staff‘ coaches have a big effect in training. Remember to make sure that you hire the right staff in the right areas. For example an Attacking coaches should have good attributes in Attacking, Tactical & DDM and also be assigned to the appropriate training categories eg Attacking. Oh and it goes without saying that coaches should rate highly in working with youngsters.
As a manager
There are a few things you can do as a manager to help you along with your youth development in FM2012/FM2011 etc:
- Put your young players on an appropriate training schedule for young players. For a more detailed look at training check out the ‘Training Masterclass‘ that was produced last year.
- Loaning out players helps them develop, game time = development time. If a team comes in to loan one of your players don’t just ideally accept. Sending them somewhere to ‘act as cover for the first team‘ isn’t as useful as them being ‘a important first team player‘ somewhere so choose wisely. Also have a look at how good the clubs youth facilities are, the better they are the better the coaching will be for your player.
- Have your young players tutored by a more senior member of the squad. Tutoring is initiated in the Private Chat of the senior squad member that you wish to be the tutor by selecting Tutoring in the Development category. If you can find suitable pairings (eg similar positions & personalities) then tutoring can be a more useful way of teaching preferred moves to a player since it does not reduce the time a player spends on scheduled training.
- Game time. If you can’t loan a player out then try and give them some game time in your first team. Be careful though you need to pick your moments, 3-0 down to Man City with 20 minutes to go isn’t the best time to boost a young players confidence. 4-0 up with 20 minutes to go is the perfect time to throw him in there. League Cup & FA Cup games are another decent option although be careful a weakened time can sometimes bite you in the backside.