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FM17 Wonderkids: 15 Best Young Strikers in Football Manager 17 to Watch Out For

Updated on December 15, 2016
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As I have been saying in my previous articles (listed below), Football Manager is meant to build the team from the very root level by buying the best young talent, also known as the Wonderkids (aged 21 or less).

Although not all wonderkids fulfill their potential and become extraordinary players like Messi and Ronaldo or great players like Suarez and Lewandowski, I have brought a list of best 15 young strikers to buy on FM17 who have the highest potential:

Ousmane Dembélé (19)

Nationality: France

Club: Borrusia Dortmund

Position: RW/LW/CAM/ST

Estimated Value (In Euros): 25 mil

On 12 May 2016, Dembélé signed a five-year contract with German club Borussia Dortmund, effective 1 July. On 14 August 2016, Dembélé made his debut in 2–0 defeat against Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup. Dembélé was called up to the senior France squad to face Italy and Belarus in August 2016 after Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir withdrew through injury. He made his debut on 1 September against the former at the Stadio San Nicola, replacing Antoine Griezmann for the final 27 minutes of a 3–1 victory.

Gabriel Barbosa (20)

Nationality: Brazil

Club: Inter Milan

Position: RW/ST

Estimated Value (In Euros): 16.5 mil

Gabriel Barbosa Almeida, known as Gabigol or simply Gabriel, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Italian club Internazionale as a forward. On 5 May 2016, Gabriel was called up by manager Dunga to participate in the Copa América Centenario to be held in the United States, describing the call-up as a "dream". He made his full international debut on 29 May, replacing goalscorer Jonas and scoring the last in a 2–0 friendly win over Panama.

Due to his style of play and talent, Gabriel has been dubbed the "next Neymar" by the media.

Marcus Rashford (19)

Nationality: England

Club: Manchester United

Position: ST/RW/LW

Estimated Value (In Euros): 30 mil

Marcus Rashford is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Manchester United and the England national team. A Manchester United player from the age of seven, he scored twice in both his first-team debut (Europa League) after the warm-up injury of striker Anthony Martial and in his first Premier League game in February 2016 (against Arsenal). He also scored in his first Manchester derby game, and his first League Cup game.

Rashford scored on his England debut in May 2016, becoming the youngest English player to score in his first senior international game. He was chosen for UEFA Euro 2016.

Kelechi Iheanacho (20)

Nationality: Nigeria

Club: Manchester City

Position: ST

Estimated Value (In Euros): 25.5 mil

Kelechi Promise Iheanacho is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Manchester City and the Nigeria national team. Iheanacho was called up to the Manchester City senior squad for the 2015–16 season.

In October 2016, Iheanacho was nominated for the FIFA Golden Boy award, which was eventually won by Bayern Munich's midfielder Renato Sanches.

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Moussa Dembélé (20)

Nationality: France

Club: Celtic

Position: ST

Estimated Value (In Euros): 3.5 mil

Moussa Dembélé is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Scottish Premiership side Celtic. Formed at Paris Saint-Germain and English team Fulham, he made his professional debut for the latter in the Premier League in November 2013, and totalled 19 goals in 64 competitive games for them before joining Celtic in 2016.

He has earned over 30 caps for France at youth level, up to the under-21 team.

Breel Embolo (19)

Nationality: Switzerland

Club: Schalke

Position: ST/RW/CM/CAM

Estimated Value (In Euros): 17.25 mil

Breel Donald Embolo is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a forward for German club Schalke 04 and the Swiss national team.

UEFA.com writer, Steffen Potter, praised Embolo as a complete striker: "He is powerful, technically strong and decisive. He has explosive pace and is a composed finisher". Fabian Frei, who was a midfielder for FC Basel at the same time with Embolo, complimented him as well, for keeping his feet on the ground.

Embolo has cited Mario Balotelli as one of his inspirations. Both players like to lurk between defenders and both have great control allied to physical prowess. Embolo can also play in midfield; according to David Lemos of Radio Télévision Suisse he resembles N'Golo Kanté in this role, using his power to retrieve the ball and give it to the attackers.

André Silva (21)

Nationality: Portugal

Club: FC Porto

Position: ST

Estimated Value (In Euros): 7.5 mil

André Miguel Valente da Silva is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a striker for FC Porto and the Portugal national team. Silva began 2016–17 in good form, with goals in his first two league games against Rio Ave F.C. and G.D. Estoril Praia, while also scoring in Porto's 1–1 draw at home to A.S. Roma for the UEFA Champions League's play-off round. On 21 August 2016 he signed a new five-year contract, which included a release clause of €60 million.

Kasper Dolberg (19)

Nationality: Denmark

Club: Ajax

Position: RW/LW/ST

Estimated Value (In Euros): 2.8 mil

On 5 January 2015, Ajax announced that 17-year-old Dolberg would join from Silkeborg IF in the summer, signing a three-year contract valid from summer 2015 until summer 2018. He had been spotted by Danish scout John Steen Olsen, the same scout who discovered players such as Zlatan Ibrahimović, Viktor Fischer, and Christian Eriksen for the Dutch capital club. On 13 May 2016, Dolberg agreed to have his contract extended until 2021.

In November 2016, Dolberg received his first call-up to the senior Denmark squad for matches against Kazakhstan and Czech Republic. On 11 November 2016, he made his senior international debut, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 4–1 victory for Denmark over Kazakhstan.

Kylian Mbappé (17)

Nationality: France

Club: AS Monaco

Position: ST/RW/LW

Estimated Value (In Euros): 1.2 mil

Kylian Mbappé Lottin is a French footballer who plays as a striker for Ligue 1 club AS Monaco. Mbappé made his Ligue 1 debut on 2 December 2015 in a 1-1 home draw against Caen, replacing Fábio Coentrão after 88 minutes, becoming Monaco’s youngest-ever debutant aged 16 years 347 days and breaking Thierry Henry’s record set 21 years ago. On 20 February 2016, Mbappé scored his first club goal, a stoppage-time goal in a home Ligue 1 3–1 win over Troyes; at the age of 17 years and 62 days, he became the youngest goalscorer in Monaco's history — displacing Thierry Henry in the process. On 6 March 2016, Mbappé signed his first professional contract, a three-year deal, tying him Monaco until June 2019.

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Santi Mina (21)

Nationality: Spain

Club: Valencia

Position: RW/LW/ST

Estimated Value (In Euros): 5.25 mil

Santiago "Santi" Mina Lorenzo is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Valencia CF as a forward. He began his career at Celta, scoring 12 goals in 56 games across three seasons before a €10 million move to Valencia in 2015.

On 18 February 2016, in only the first 45 minutes, Mina scored twice and provided three assists in a UEFA Europa League last-32 tie against SK Rapid Wien, in an eventual 6–0 win also at the Mestalla Stadium (the half-time result was a competition record).

Bertrand Traoré (21)

Nationality: Burkina Faso

Club: Ajax (on loan from Chelsea)

Position: ST/RW/CAM

Estimated Value (In Euros): 1.5 mil

Bertrand Isidore Traoré is a Burkinabé professional footballer who plays as a forward for Eredivisie club Ajax, on loan from Premier League club Chelsea, and the Burkina Faso national team. After beginning his career at Auxerre, he finished his development at Chelsea, making his debut in a one-and-a-half-year loan at Vitesse in the Eredivisie.

A full international from the age of 15, Traoré has represented Burkina Faso at two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

Antonio Sanabria (20)

Nationality: Paraguay

Club: Real Betis

Position: ST

Estimated Value (In Euros): 7.5 mil

A Barcelona youth product, Arnaldo Antonio Sanabria Ayala, also known as Tony Sanabria, is a Paraguayan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Betis as a striker.

Sanabria was selected as part of Paraguay's Copa America Centenario roster, where he made two appearances. He came on as a substitute in the second group stage match against Colombia, as well as started in the final group stage match against the United States.

Enes Ünal (19)

Nationality: Turkey

Club: FC Twente (on loan from Manchester City)

Position: ST

Estimated Value (In Euros): 8 mil

Enes Ünal is a Turkish professional footballer who plays as a striker for FC Twente on loan from Manchester City. He scored on his Süper Lig debut on 25 August 2013 for Bursaspor against Galatasaray, making him the youngest player to net in Turkey's top division.

An international at several youth levels, he earned his first senior cap on 31 March 2015 in a friendly against Luxembourg. On 30 September 2016, Ünal was called up for 2018 World Cup qualification matches against Ukraine and Iceland. He made his first start and competitive debut for Turkey against Ukraine, on 6 October, in a 2–2 draw.

Maximiliano Romero (17)

Nationality: Argentina

Club: Vélez Sarsfield

Position: ST

Estimated Value (In Euros): 1.7 mil

Maximiliano Samuel Romero is an Argentine footballer who plays as a centre forward for Vélez Sarsfield in the Argentine Primera División.

Before making his professional debut, the Argentine forward was close to being transferred to English side Arsenal F.C., for a reported €6 million fee. However, after suffering a knee cruciate ligament injury he stayed in Vélez.

Sergio Díaz (18)

Nationality: Paraguay

Club: Real Madrid Castilla

Position: ST

Estimated Value (In Euros): 875 K

Sergio Ismael Díaz Velázquez is a Paraguayan footballer who plays as a forward for Real Madrid Castilla, as well as the Paraguay national under-20 football team and the Paraguay national under-23 football team. He is the second Paraguayan to play in Real Madrid preceding Javier Acuña.

Díaz was ranked number 1 in a list of the most expensive players in Paraguayan football for 2015 published by Diario Extra.

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