The best wonderkids in Football Manager 2021

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As a manager of a football club, you need to find and acquire the best talent available to you within your budget. Finding a good balance of youth and experience is often what can help to provide that equilibrium in any good squad and give you the best possible chance to push for success. 

However, it should be noted that experienced players are not always good in the long term, but wonderkids, reserved for 20-year-olds and younger, represent a prospect that is showing signs of becoming a world-class player while also being a useful player in your team, even at a young age.

Not every wonderkid looks great when they start in a save on Football Manager. But you can always guarantee that any player you pick up on this list will be a wonderkid for your team.

Here are the best wonderkids in Football Manager 2021, with a mix of value and experience:

Goalkeepers

Maarten Vandevoordt

  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: Belgian
  • Club: KRC Genk
  • Value: £925k
  • Wage: £4.1k p/w
Maarten Vandevoordt

Illan Meslier

  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: French
  • Club: Leeds United
  • Value: £18.5m
  • Wage: £25k p/w
Illan Meslier

Defenders – Center Back

Matthijs De Ligt

  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Club: Zebre (Juventus)
  • Value: £38.5m
  • Wage: £215k p/w
Matthijs De Ligt

Zinho Vanheusden

  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: Belgian
  • Club: Standard
  • Value: £9.5m
  • Wage: £24k p/w
Zinho Vanheusden

Josko Gvardiol

  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: Croatian
  • Club: Dinamo (on loan from RB Leipzig)
  • Value: £2.2m
  • Wage: £13.75k p/w
Josko Gvardiol

Defenders – Left Full-back

Nuno Mendes

  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: Portugese
  • Club: Sporting Lisbon
  • Value: £6m
  • Wage: £4.1k p/w
Nuno Mendes

Rayan Aït-Nouri

  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: French
  • Club: Wolves (on loan from Angers SCO)
  • Value: £3m
  • Wage: £9.75k p/w
Rayan Aït-Nouri

Defenders – Right Full-back

Reece James

  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: English
  • Club: Chelsea
  • Value: £25.5m
  • Wage: £60k p/w
Reece James

Tomás Esteves

  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: Portugese
  • Club: Reading (on loan from FC Porto)
  • Value: £500k
  • Wage: £3.4k p/w
Tomás Esteves

Defensive Midfielders

Sandro Tonali

  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Club: Milan (on loan from Brescia)
  • Value: £10.5m
  • Wage: £35k p/w (£65k p/w while at Milan)
Sandro Tonali

Florentino Luís

  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: Portugese
  • Club: Monaco (on loan from Benfica)
  • Value: £9m
  • Wage: £16.75k p/w 
Florentino Luís

Central Midfielders

Eduardo Camavinga

  • Age: 17
  • Nationality: French
  • Club: Stade Rennes
  • Value: £20m
  • Wage: £19k p/w 
Eduardo Camavinga

Vítor Ferreira

  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: Portugese
  • Club: Wolves (on loan from FC Porto)
  • Value: £1.7m
  • Wage: £2k p/w
Vítor Ferreira

Pipi

  • Age: 16
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Club: Real Madrid
  • Value: £120k
  • Wage: £1.3k p/w
Pipi

Central Attacking Midfielders

Phil Foden

  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: English
  • Club: Manchester City
  • Value: £34.5m
  • Wage: £30k p/w
Phil Foden

Naci Ünüvar

  • Age: 17
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Club: Ajax
  • Value: £325k
  • Wage: £950 p/w
Naci Ünüvar

Left Midfielder/Winger

Curtis Jones

  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: English
  • Club: Liverpool
  • Value: £7.5m
  • Wage: £20k p/w
Curtis Jones

Ansu Fati

  • Age: 17
  • Nationality: Spanish
  • Club: Barcelona
  • Value: £54m
  • Wage: £70k p/w
Ansu Fati

Right Midfielder/Winger

Emanuel Vignato

  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Club: Bologna
  • Value: £1.4m
  • Wage: £9.75k p/w
Emanuel Vignato

Dejan Kulusevski

  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: Swedish
  • Club: Zebre (Juventus)
  • Value: £23.5m
  • Wage: £81k p/w
Dejan Kulusevski

Center Forward/Strikers

Sebastiano Esposito

  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Club: SPAL (on loan from Inter)
  • Value: £4.8m
  • Wage: £3.3k p/w
Sebastiano Esposito

Alexander Isak

  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: Swedish
  • Club: Real San Sebastian (Real Sociedad)
  • Value: £8m
  • Wage: £16k p/w
Alexander Isak

Evanilson

  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: Brazilian
  • Club: FC Porto
  • Value: £7.5m
  • Wage: £18.25k p/w
Evanilson

Wilfried Gnonto

  • Age: 16
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Club: Zurich
  • Value: £34k
  • Wage: £210 p/w
Wilfried Gnonto