BEST FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022 LEFT WINGERS
BRIEF PROFILES ON SOME OF THE BEST YOUNG LEFT WINGERS IN FM22
We cover youth football and we love Football Manager. We’ve combined both to compile a list of the young left wingers 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
LW, RW, ST
€46M – €137M
There are not many players in the world as electrifying as Jérémy Doku. After joining Stade Rennais from Anderlecht in 2021, Doku has quickly established himself in France, where his speed and incredible dribbling quality has continued to stand out even at a higher level.
While he will set you back in the vicinity of €50 million, at just 19 years of age he has the potential to be a 10+ year player for your team. While pace, acceleration, flair dribbling and technique are the foundational elements of his game, he is also a hard-working player.
He will need to work on his finishing to reach the highest level for you, especially if you intend to play him as an inside forward, but he has plenty of time to grow.
DATE OF BIRTH
€4.2M – €12.5M
If you are looking for a project left winger, then Khvicha Kvaratshkelia at €10 million is both a very fun and sensible option. Rubin Kazan’s Georgian dribble god combines elite level dribbling and technical attributes alongside high level flair, agility and decent pace attributes to menace full-backs relentlessly.
His player traits are; ‘tries killer balls often’, ‘tries tricks’, ‘cuts inside from both wings’, and ‘runs with ball often’, so you can begin to understand the type of player he is. He is also strong on both feet.
While he lacks as a finisher, there is plenty of time for Khvicha to develop into a quality wide option for European level teams.
DATE OF BIRTH
€13.5M – €40M
For about half the price of a player like Jérémy Doku, there is Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhaylo Mudryk. While he starts the save just below the level of the Belgian, Mudryk has very similar qualities as a high volume dribbling wide player.
Good pace, acceleration, flair, dribbling and technique are important parts of his game as are the traits ‘cuts inside from both wings’ and ‘runs with ball often’. However, he would benefit on improving his finishing to make best use of his willingness to cut inside.
Having just signed a new contract, he will be unwilling to move at the start of your save, but he is a great low cost, high-upside option to consider for the future.
DATE OF BIRTH
€26M – €83M
After suffering a serious knee injury, Pedro Neto spends most of the first season unavailable. However, he is definitely a starting level player for European level teams, so keep an eye on him as he turns for the second season.
With his speed and technical quality, Pedro Neto is comfortable playing on either wing either coming inside from the right or playing as a more natural wide man on the left. Decent finishing and passing also make him an option as a goalscoring attacking midfielder or as a striker.
Likely to set you back €55 million, consider waiting until he gets a little closer to his 2025 contract expiry date before trying to sign him.
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 LEFT WINGER IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022?
A good left winger will be a player that can impact games from wider areas. They can be more of a goalscorer, dribbler, creator, or a mix of all three.
You will need a player that certainly technically gifted, but also intelligent and athletic. Again, team style is important, but a winger that can directly contribute with shot creation and goal scoring will be worth his weight in gold.
HOW TO FIND THE BEST LEFT WINGER 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 LEFT WINGERS 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.
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Kylian Mbappé predominantly plays off the left wing, and he one of the very best players in Football Manager 2022. Neymar is still ranked highly, as are Liverpool’s Sadio Mané, Spurs’ Son Heung-min and City’s Raheem Sterling.
Vinícius Júnior has received a big upgrade since the winter break. There’s also Ansu Fati, plus Jadon Sancho and Federico Chiessa. Harvey Barnes is one that creeps under the radar a little bit too.