BEST FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022 CENTRAL MIDFIELDERS
BRIEF PROFILES ON SOME OF THE BEST YOUNG CENTRAL MIDFIELDERS IN FM22
We cover youth football and we love Football Manager. We’ve combined both to compile a list of the young central midfielders that you should start scouting on your FM22 saves. These aren’t necessarrily “best”, but they’re interesting prospects for clubs across the spectrum of football. They’re players that we like in real-life that look good in FM22.
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DATE OF BIRTH
€22M – €65M
Samuele Ricci’s loan to Torino is a disaster for Football Manager players, making one of the best young central midfielders in the game unavailable to buy in the early part of your save.
Nonetheless, it is impossible to leave him out of this list given the quality player he will develop into, and given the fact that you should be able to eventually extract him out of Torino once they most likely take up their €8.5 million option to buy on the Italian youngster.
Ricci has everything required to be a midfield general for your side all the way up to a Champions League level, combining decent physical attributes (and height) with a swathe of excellent mental and technical attributes – passing in particular.
DATE OF BIRTH
€15M – €45M
A €30 million clause makes Oihan Sancet a tantalising option to recruit to bolster your midfield stocks early in your save. The talented Athletic Club midfielder is a fantastic creator in FM22, combining vision, passing, and decision-making to conduct play from the centre of the field.
While probably not ready to carry the burden of being a regular starter, Sancet can be a solid squad player as you bide your time and wait for him to develop into a top-class midfield player.
His 1.88m frame makes him unique for a creative midfielder as well, helping to give him a pretty strong strength attribute that should aid him as he hustles through traffic in midfield.
DATE OF BIRTH
€51M – €153M
If you have a lot of money and want to splash the cash on one of the best midfield destroyers in FM22, then AS Monaco’s Aurélien Tchouaméni is a great option for you.
While you should not expect to spend any less than €100 million, what you get in return is a ball-winning machine that uses his 1.87m frame, and top line physical and defensive attributes to break up play and win possession for your team.
However, it may be worth waiting until closer to the end of Tchouameni’s contract that expires in 2024 and seeing if you can grab a bargain on the Frenchman.
DATE OF BIRTH
€16.5M – €49M
While it will set you back around €30 million to sign Vitinha from FC Porto, you will be landing yourself one of the premium young advanced playmakers in Football Manager 2022.
With a surprisingly well-rounded set of mental attributes headlined by a high vision stat, his passing, technique, dribbling and first touch attributes also underline his potential to be a high level midfield creator for your team, even at a Champions League level.
With room to grow on top of what is already a very well-developed skillset, that €30 million will look like a shrewd investment in one of Portugal’s most intriguing midfield prospects.
WHAT ARE FOOTBALL MANAGER WONDERKIDS?
Wonderkid is a cliché term that’s synonymous with Football Manager. They’re young prospects – usually aged 16 to 18 – that have elite-level potential in the game. Freddy Adu is a prominent example for older managers, while Youssoufa Moukoko is a current case. They’re the superstar youngsters that are must-buys on every save.
But it’s also subjective. A wonderkid at Accrington Stanley is completely different to a wonderkid at Manchester City. Essentially, the surroundings dictate the status.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD CENTRAL MIDFIELDER IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022?
A good central midfielder will depend on what role you want him to fulfill. If you want a box-to-box presence in midfield, you will need a player with a rounded skillset – ideally with a strong balance between attacking and defensive skills, as well as high ratings for stamina.
Conversely, if you want a more specialist player (be it a ball-winner or playmaker), then you need a certain skillset comprising of certain qualities and traits.
HOW TO FIND THE BEST CENTRAL MIDFIELDERS IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022?
You can do so by utilising the player search tool, which enables you to specify the certain variables you’re looking for in your player – from age to specific attributes.
Make the most of your scouts, too. Send them to scout nations (rather than regions/contintents) for the best young centre-backs by defining their criteria – specifying under-23, four-start potential, etc. Alternatively, just scour the Scouted Football website!
HOW TO DEVELOP YOUNG CENTRAL MIDFIELDERS IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022?
As always, pathways are paramount. You have to make sure that your youngsters have access to meaningful minutes at the appropriate levels. If you have a first-team ready talent, phase him into the team gradually, during pre-season ideally.
If your prospect needs a bit more polishing, the loan system is a valuable tool. But pathways to senior level minutes are key. Assess your youngsters on a case-by-case basis, decide what they need, and enact your decision.
The Premier League trio of Kevin de Bruyne, Thiago Alcântara and N’Golo Kanté are. Real Madrid’s Luka Modrić, Toni Kroos and Casemiro are three of the most highly-rated central midfielders also.
In terms of current and potential ability, Jude Bellingham and Eduardo Camavinga are the best young central midfielders in FM22. Both have the upside to develop into two of the greatest players in the world. At their worst, they will be elite-level players.