Football Manager 2024 offers managers the all-important task of unearthing the next generation of talent. But with the vast scouting network available, where are the best regions to focus on for finding wonderkids?
We break down the top nations and continents to scout for high-potential young stars in FM24.
- South America and Brazil specifically is the #1 region
- France, Spain, and Portugal in Europe produce great prospects
- England has wonderkids but very expensive prices
- Central Europe offers wide range of talent
- Look for bargain prospects in Eastern Europe
Building a successful team starts with smart scouting and recruitment. Discovering those hidden wonderkids early can save money that can be reinvested into other areas. FM24 offers players the most extensive scouting network ever, but it helps to narrow the focus on proven hotspots for youth talent.
We delved into the many regions and identified the standout nations to target in search of the next superstars. From South America to Europe, here are the best places to allocate your scouts in Football Manager 2024.
1. South America
It’s no surprise that the top region for finding wonderkids is South America. Nations like Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay are legendary producers of talent. Even smaller countries like Chile and Paraguay churn out promising prospects.
Brazil specifically stands above the rest, boasting endless young stars. Top talents here include Endrick, Andrey Santos, and Angelo Gabriel. South America provides very high quality but also affordable prices.
2. Western Europe
Western Europe can’t match South America’s volume, but Spain, Portugal, and France are essential scouting locations in FM24. Spain’s La Liga features gems like Gavi, Pedri and Yeremy Pino. Portugal offers huge talents like Nuno Mendes and Goncalo Esteves.
France churns out prospects annually, with El Chadaille Bitshiabu, Cherki, and Edan Diop on the watchlist. You’ll pay higher prices than South America but reasonable for European stars.
3. Central Europe
The range of talent across Central Europe makes it a must-scout region. Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, and more each produce superb prospects annually. Some highlights are Jamal Musiala, Wirtz, Youssoufa Moukoko, and Karim Adeyemi.
You get the added benefit of more affordable pricing than Western Europe. The volume and variety here are exceptional.
4. South Europe
South Europe can lack some of the prestige but makes up for it with the quality and value found in nations like Italy, Croatia, Serbia, and Slovenia. Italian winger Wilfried Gnonto is a top current wonderkid example.
The Balkan countries are great places to uncover hidden gems for cheap. Not quite the turnover of Central Europe but outstanding bang for buck.
5. UK and Ireland
The UK and Ireland are a reliable and steady producer of talent each intake. England is the obvious headliner, boasting current stars like Marc Guehi, Jude Bellingham, Rico Lewis and Harvey Elliot. Scotland, Wales, and Ireland also pitch in prospects.
The only downside is the UK’s inflated transfer prices, especially for English talent. But the consistency makes it a worthwhile scouting location regardless.
Avoid Expensive Low Yield Areas
Some regions have inflated prices despite more mediocre youth output. Nations to generally avoid include the Netherlands, Greece, Turkey, and Australia/New Zealand. The high prices don’t match the talent levels.
Tips for Maximising Scouting
- Prioritise scouting packages in South America, France, Germany, and Portugal
- Sort scouting by age 15-19 to identify prospects before competition
- Check contract expiration dates to find affordable expiring deals
- Don’t spend over 5 mil on unproven prospects unless world-class
Wonderkids Drive Club Success
Signing those elite wonderkids early pays dividends. Not only do they improve first team quality fast, but good tutoring sees them reach world-class levels in a few years. And buying them young saves tons of money.
With shrewd scouting and recruitment, unearthing and signing the next generation’s superstars provides a huge edge. Follow the above regions and Football Manager 2024 to build dynasties around the best wonderkids in the game.
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