FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022 BEST SCOUTS

SOME OF THE BEST SCOUTS TO APPOINT IN FM22

We cover youth football and we love Football Manager. On this page, we’ve compiled some of the best scouts in FM22 that are relatively attainable at the start of the game – from ex-Arsenal talent-spotter Francis Cagigao to legendary South American scout Antonio Mur.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF SCOUTS IN FM22

There aren’t many things in Football Manager more important than finding the best scouts. Everyone wants to fill their squad up with the best wonderkids from all over the planet, whether they be Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia, or Oceania. Finding new players is perhaps even more crucial to your team’s progression than perfecting the best tactic or finding the best coaches, allowing you to improve the current ability of your squad, or prepare it for the future by bringing in young players to develop over time.

Before we tuck in to this list, please bear in mind staff stats can be highly variable across save, so we have not listed each scouts individual attributes below. But without further ado, here are the best options to fill out your scouting team with in FM22. 

LAST UPDATED: MARCH 9, 2022

WOLFGANG GROBE

CURRENT JOB

UNEMPLOYED

KEY KNOWLEDGE

AUT, GER, SUI, POL

EXPECTED WAGES

€12,500 p/w

REPUTATION

2.5/5

Bad scouts don’t spend 20 years working for Bayern Munich. But after leaving the Bavarian giants in 2020, Grobe is now a free agent ready to get to work at your club. He won’t come cheap, but he is worth every penny if you can afford him.

FRANCIS CAGIGAO

CURRENT JOB

CHILE

KEY KNOWLEDGE

ENG, ESP

EXPECTED WAGES

€4,000 p/w

REPUTATION

3.5/5

Credited with finding Cesc Fàbregas, Francis Cagigao became a high profile name after an acrimonious departure from Arsenal in 2020, after a near 20 year association with the Gunners. Now working as a technical director with Chile’s national team, he can be lured back into the scouting world with a neat little pay rise. He has great knowledge across South America, which is always useful.

MAXIME SORIN (DAVID TREZEGUET)

CURRENT JOB

UNEMPLOYED

KEY KNOWLEDGE

FRA, ITA, ARG

EXPECTED WAGES

€9,500 p/w

REPUTATION

4/5

Known in the game as Maxime Sorin, unless you’ve downloaded a file that fixes the name changes, David Trezeguet left Juventus in 2021 after a working with the club for six years during a golden era for the Bianconeri. Trezeguet’s wages are not cheap, but his stats are fantastic, and he comes with the added bonus of high-level knowledge of three very important countries: France, Italy and Argentina.

BOJAN KRKIC

CURRENT JOB

UNEMPLOYED

KEY KNOWLEDGE

ESP, SRB, BIH

EXPECTED WAGES

€9,500 p/w

REPUTATION

4/5

No, it’s not *that* Bojan Krkić. It’s his dad. Not many people know this, but Bojan Krkić Snr. was a scout at Barcelona for 23 years in two separate spells between 1997 and 2020, as well as a 3 year stint with Manchester City from 2012-2015. He is another scout that comes with a hefty price tag, but he does come with knowledge of some very important countries.

JANNIK NIELSEN

CURRENT JOB

FC UTRECHT

KEY KNOWLEDGE

NED, DEN, SWE, NOR

 

EXPECTED WAGES

€5,000 p/w

REPUTATION

2.5/5

If you want to cover the key scouting region of Scandinavia (at least if you are starting at a club with less financial resources than the big Premier League clubs), then Jannik Nielsen is a must-sign scout. His 2.5 star reputation makes him fairly attainable for smaller clubs.

PAUL MONTGOMERY

CURRENT JOB

CRYSTAL PALACE

KEY KNOWLEDGE

ENG, SCO

EXPECTED WAGES

€1,400 p/w

REPUTATION

2/5

Paul Montgomery has spent decades bouncing around English football, from Hartlepool to Newcastle, to Portsmouth, Derby, West Ham, Birmingham, and Aston Villa (plus a stint at Rangers in Scotland). Now with Palace, it is time to pay the €50,000 compensation fee and bring him to your club.

RADU BAICU

CURRENT JOB

UNEMPLOYED

KEY KNOWLEDGE

ROM, BUL, FRA

EXPECTED WAGES

€4,800 p/w

REPUTATION

3.5/5

Radu Baicu is a chief scout candidate, with good people management skills. His main issue is that outside of France, the countries he has knowledge in are not high priortity, though they could be a good fit for you depending on the size of your scouting team.

DULIO MIRANDA

CURRENT JOB

ATLÉTICO JÚNIOR

KEY KNOWLEDGE

COLOMBIA

EXPECTED WAGES

€750 p/w

REPUTATION

1.5/5

Dulio Miranda is one of the best value scouts available in the game. While his scouting range is limited to only Colombia, it could provide a good talent pathway to a club with no/few non-EU player restrictions. Most importantly, his wage is miniscule compared to some of the other scouts on this page, making him an affordable option even for second division clubs.

GÉRARD BONNEAU

CURRENT JOB

DIJON FCO

KEY KNOWLEDGE

FRA, SUI, BEL, CIV, SEN

EXPECTED WAGES

€6,000 p/w

REPUTATION

3/5

He is the chief scout at Dijon, and you should consider Gérard Bonneau as the chief scout at your club, with his combination of good scouting and people management attributes, as well as the holy grail Model Citizen personality type. 18 years of work for Olympique Lyonnais show he has a pretty good track record for being able to identify high-level prospects.

ANTONIO MUR

CURRENT JOB

ESTUDIANTES

KEY KNOWLEDGE

ARG, COL, PAR, URU

EXPECTED WAGES

€2,000 p/w

REPUTATION

2.5/5

The man, the myth, the legend. One of the best scouts in the game, hiding away in the second division in Argentina: Antonio Mur. If you don’t have this league loaded up, you won’t see Mur show up in your save. But if you do, Mur is a no-brainer. Simple as that. You will not be able to sign him straight away, as he has just joined Estdudiantes, but bide your time and get him in.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD SCOUT IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022?

Judging player ability, judging player potential, and adaptability are the three important attributes for scouts in Football Manager. The first two is the quality of their assessments, and adaptability dictates how flexible your scout is in his assignments.

To have an instant impact, you must consider what countries your scouts are familiar with in and try to find scouts that can expand your world knowledge.

BEST COUNTRIES TO SCOUT IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022?

Brazil, Argentina, England, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Serbia, Croatia, Colombia, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Denmark, and Sweden are just a collection of some of the best nations to scout.

There will be good players to find (depending on your team’s level) in pretty much every country, though.

BEST RREGIONS TO SCOUT IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022?

Central Europe, Western Europe, South Europe, South America (South), and South America (North) are the five best regions to scout in FM22.

That said, there are plenty more. Scandinavia will produce a number of high-level talents at affordable prices, as will various different regions of Africa. Spread your scouts far and wide.

BEST CLUBS TO SCOUT IN FOOTBALL MANAGER 2022?

It’s worthwhile scouting the academies of the biggest clubs: Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Lyon, Real Madrid. Sometimes there are bargains to be had, and some good release clauses at the Spanish clubs.

There are a lot of good deals on offer scouting other clubs with great academies: Palmeiras, Boca Juniors, Dinamo Zagreb, Independiente del Valle, Le Havre, Slavia Prague, Benfica, and so on.

There are a number of exceptional scouts in Football Manager 2022, many of whom will already be employed by clubs across the world, Europe and South America specifically.

Make the most of the staff search tool, where you can specify your searches to suits your specific needs. Set the minimum judigning ability/potential attributes to 17 tio find some of the best scouts in the game.