FM17 - Young Scottish Recommendations
Most of my Football Manager saves have a developing youngsters theme and as I Scot I do a number of saves which involve Scottish clubs, players or the national team so I have compiled a list of young Scottish players (16-18 years old) that could be worth signing. I used this age group because these players can still be signed and count towards one of your Home Grown players.
How I Picked The Squad
To put this list together I have looked ahead on a number of saves as far as 2020 to see how well players developed, I compared players ability ratings and potential ratings using the FM17 editor to see the actual numbers the game works with and I attempted to sign around 20-25 players on numerous occasions to get an estimate of how much they will cost to sign. I then selected a team of XI using this information and included a 1-3 star recommendation (*) to try and prioritise my suggestions.
GK - Robby McCrorie, 18 **
£225,000-350,000 from Rangers.
Could become a top goalkeeper in Scotland. Doesn’t seem to reach the heights he should when managed by AI but has the potential to be in the EPL. Always becomes a regular international.
LB - Tony Gallacher, 17 **
£125,000-200,000 from Falkirk
A very good investment for any side and could be a Premiership left back within 12-18 months. Attacking FB/WB who puts in solid performances whenever I’ve played him.
CB - Harry Souttar, 17 *
£650,000-700,000 from Stoke
He won’t join you initially as he’s only just joined Stoke but he has the best ability and potential of all Scottish centre backs (excluding his brother). His stats don’t look great but he does often become an international player.
CB - Lewis Bell, 17 *
£35,000-50,000 from Celtic
Centre back doesn't have a great pool of players to pick from at this age range but Bell is the second best option. Low price tag and might do a decent job in Scotland but wouldn't expect much more.
RB - Tony Ralston, 17 **
£400,000-£450,000 (once £1.5m) from Celtic
Another good attacking fullback with impressive physical attributes. Highly thought of at Celtic but will sign for you depending on your clubs stature.
CM - Jack Paterson, 16 ***
£150,000-250,000 from Kilmarnock
An absolute bargain for £250,000. Could be a Scottish Premiership star, and at the top end of his potential possibly an EPL player at his peak. Joins EPL sides in many saves I tried but always signed for me if I bid in June.
CM - Adam Frizzell, 18 **
£1 million-1.2m from Kilmarnock
The most expensive player in my starting XI but you are signing a player with the guaranteed potential to become an EPL quality player. Already good enough to cut it in the Premiership at 18. Naturally an AMR but can also play AMC. I often play him at CM as he is a good playmaker wherever he fits in.
AML - Jai Quitongo, 18 ***
£225,000-275,000 from Morton
A great investment who can re-sold for an instant (small) profit, or a big profit in 12-18 months. A pacey and skillful striker who can play on either wing and is already a youth international that can do a good job in the Scottish Premiership despite coming from a lower league side.
AMC - Liam Burt, 17 *
£95,000-125,000 from Rangers
A versatile attacking midfielder best used as a playmaker. Can be signed very cheaply but his wage demands are high compared to some others on the list.
AMR - Jack Aitchison, 16 ***
£350,00-400,000 from Celtic
A right winger or striker that is tied as the best 16 year old Scot in FM in terms of ability, and also has one of the highest potential ranges which guarantees he could at least be a top player in Scotland, and potentially a quality EPL player.
ST - Matthew Knox, 16 ***
£40,000-70,000 from Livingston
More likely to be signed as a youth or reserve player depending on how strong your team is but for £40,000 there is no gamble. I always try to sign him because it's great value and you're guaranteed to make a profit if you sell him.
Some Subs / Alternates
Greg Taylor, an 18 year old left back from Kilmarnock would be a good alternate if all you're looking at is a players ability and potential. He is actually slightly better and has the higher potential level but will cost around £1.7 million and is 16 months older than Gallacher.
Kieran Freeman, the 16 year old Southampton right back can be signed for £650,000. Offer £650,000, instead of compensation. His stats don't look impressive which is why he wasn't in the main XI but he has bags of potential.
Ethan Hamilton, an extremely versatile play-making CM from Man United of similar ability and potential as Paterson. United will accept £950,000 for him but he may not sign for you depending on your clubs stature. His contract expires after 1 season so you may be able to wait and pick him up for free because he often gets released.
Zak Rudden, a 16 year old striker at Rangers. Compared to Knox he has the same potential range but starts slightly better. He costs marginally more (around £50,000-£75,000) and his wage demands are a little higher but there is no competition from other teams to sign him.