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FM17 Wonderkids: 10 Best Young Wingers in Football Manager 17 to Watch Out For

Updated on January 15, 2017
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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 (born after 01-01-1996).

Although not all wonderkids fulfill their potential and become extraordinary players like Neymar and Bale or great players like Hazard and Sanchez, I have brought a list of best 10 young wingers to buy on FM17 who have the highest potential:

Kingsley Coman (20)

Nationality: France

Club: Bayern Muniich (on loan from Juventus)

Position: RW/LW/CAM/ST

Estimated Value (In Euros): 21 mil

Trained at Paris Saint-Germain's academy, Coman moved to Juventus in 2014 on the expiration of his contract, winning the Serie A and Coppa Italia in his first season in Italy. In August 2015, he transferred on loan to Bayern Munich, winning another double in his first season.

Coman earned 39 caps and scored 11 goals in France's youth teams, from under-16 to under-21 levels. He made his debut for the senior team in November 2015 and represented the nation at UEFA Euro 2016, in which they reached the final.

Christian Pulisic (18)

Nationality: United States

Club: Borrusia Dortmund

Position: LW/CAM

Estimated Value (In Euros): 19.5 mil

Pulisic is considered by many to be the top American soccer prospect, and is the youngest player to represent the senior national team in a FIFA World Cup qualifier. His rapid rise with the U.S. youth national teams has been mirrored by his rapid rise through the Borussia Dortmund academy, where he played just 15 games before being brought into the first team during the 2015–16 winter break.

In April 2016, he became the youngest foreigner to score a goal in the Bundesliga. Later that month, he became the youngest player to ever score two goals in the Bundesliga. On May 28, 2016, he scored in an international friendly against Bolivia to become the youngest player in the modern era to score a goal for the United States at 17 years 253 days old. On September 2, 2016, he became the youngest American player to score a goal in World Cup Qualifying history at 17 years, 349 days.

Leroy Sané (21)

Nationality: Germany

Club: Manchester City

Position: RW/LW/CAM

Estimated Value (In Euros): 29 mil

On 2 August 2016, Sané joined Manchester City, signing a five-year deal for a reported £37 million, with performance-related add-ons potentially making the fee £46.5 million.

Sané received his first senior call up to the German national team on 6 November 2015 in a friendly against France. On 13 November 2015, Sané was substituted in the 61st-minute for Julian Draxler in said friendly match against France in Saint-Denis, in what would be a 2–0 defeat for the Germans. Sané was selected by Germany boss Joachim Löw to represent the country at Euro 2016.

Emre Mor (19)

Nationality: Turkey

Club: Borrusia Dortmund

Position: RW/LW

Estimated Value (In Euros): 18 mil

Mor made his senior debut for Turkey against Montenegro in Antalya in May 2016. He was included in the Turkey senior team's squad for UEFA Euro 2016, making him the third-youngest player at the tournament., and came off the bench to replace Cenk Tosun in Turkey's opening Euro 2016 game against Croatia. He was also part of the starting 11 in the last match Turkey played in the 2016 European Championship against the Czech Republic and made an assist to Burak Yılmaz for the opening goal.

Alex Iwobi (20)

Nationality: Nigeria

Club: Arsenal

Position: RW/LW/CAM/ST

Estimated Value (In Euros): 19.25 mil

On 27 October 2015, Iwobi made his first-team debut for the club, starting in a 3–0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the Round of 16 of the League Cup. Iwobi has been a regular starter for Arsenal in 2016/17 season.

After playing youth football for England, Iwobi elected to play for Nigeria and made his senior debut on 8 October 2015, replacing Ahmed Musa in the 57th minute of a 2–0 friendly defeat to DR Congo in Visé, Belgium.

Julian Brandt (20)

Nationality: Germany

Club: Bayer Leverkusen

Position: RW/LW

Estimated Value (In Euros): 21.5 mil

Brandt made his professional debut on 15 February 2014 in the Bundesliga against Schalke 04. He replaced Son Heung-Min after 82 minutes in a 1–2 home defeat. Three days later he made his debut in the European Cup when he came on in the first knockout round first leg against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League. On 4 April 2014, he scored his first goal for Bayer Leverkusen, as he made it 1–1 in the 1–2 defeat against Hamburger SV.

Between 20 March and 30 April 2016, he scored in six consecutive Bundesliga matches, becoming the youngest player since Gerd Müller to achieve this. On 30 September 2016, Julian was nominated for the Golden Boy Award along with 39 other bright young under-21 talents.

Zakaria Bakkali (20)

Nationality: Belgium

Club: Valencia

Position: RW/LW

Estimated Value (In Euros): 3.5 mil

On 6 July 2015, Bakkali moved to La Liga club Valencia CF, after agreeing to a five-year deal. He made his unofficial debut against Werder Bremen in the 2015 Audi quattro Cup final on 11 July 2015. He scored his first goal for Valencia on 31 October 2015 in a 3–0 home win over local rivals Levante.

With his dual nationality he had the choice to play for the Morocco national football team, but on 7 October 2013, he formally opted for the Red Devils. Bakkali is most famous for becoming the youngest Eredivisie player of all-time to score a hat-trick, at the age of 17 years and 196 days.

Gonçalo Guedes (20)

Nationality: Portugal

Club: Benfica

Position: RW/LW

Estimated Value (In Euros): 4.75 mil

On 18 October 2014, Guedes debuted for Benfica's first team at Sporting da Covilhã in the third round of Taça de Portugal. On 4 January 2015, he debuted in Primeira Liga at Penafiel, as an added-time substitute for Lima in a 3–0 victory. On 4 July, he won the 2014–15 Segunda Liga's Breakthrough Player of the Year award.

Guedes was first called up by Portugal manager Fernando Santos on 6 November 2015, ahead of international friendlies against Russia and Luxembourg. He made his debut against the former, starting in a 0–1 loss in Krasnodar.

Václav Černý (19)

Nationality: Czech Republic

Club: Ajax

Position: RW/LW/ST

Estimated Value (In Euros): 725K

On 15 August 2015 Cerny made his first appearance in the Ajax first team against Willem II. He scored his first goal on 26 November 2015 in the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League against Celtic, in which Ajax won 2-1.

Černý was called up to the Czech Republic under-21 team in August 2015, at the age of 17. This call-up drew media attention as he would become the youngest player to represent the team, if he played in the matches against Malta or Latvia in early September. He made his U21 debut on 4 September 2015, starting in the 4–1 win against Malta.

Gil Bastião Dias (20)

Nationality: Portugal

Club: Rio Ave (on loan from AS Monaco)

Position: LW/CAM

Estimated Value (In Euros): 1.7 mil

Born in Gafanha da Nazaré, Aveiro District, Dias played youth football with four clubs, including A.D. Sanjoanense from ages 12–17. He finished his formation with S.C. Braga and, on 9 August 2014, played his first game as a professional, coming on as a late substitute in a 0–1 away loss against C.D. Tondela for the Segunda Liga championship.

Dias signed with AS Monaco FC in January 2015, going on to appear mostly for the reserve team during his tenure. On 6 January 2016 he was loaned out to Segunda Liga side Varzim SC, until the end of the season.

Which of these young wingers will you sign on FM17?

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