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Football Manager 23 Best Scouts

A list of some of the best scouts you can sign on your FM23 saves

We cover youth football and we love Football Manager. On this page, we’ve compiled some of the best scouts in Football Manager 23 that are relatively attainable at the start of the game – from ex-Arsenal talent-spotter Francis Cagigao to former Juventus striker David Trezeguet.

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How important are scouts in Football Manager 23?

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 scout’s individual attributes below. But without further ado, here are the best options to fill out your scouting team within FM23.

What makes a good scout in Football Manager 23?

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.

What are the best countries to scout in Football Manager 2023?

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.

What are the best regions to scout in Football Manager 2023?

Central Europe, Western Europe, South Europe, South America (South), and South America (North) are the five best regions to scout in FM23.

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.

What are the best clubs to scout in Football Manager 2023?

It’s worthwhile scouting the academies of the biggest clubs: Arsenal, 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.

David Trezeguet

Former France striker David Trezeguet left Juventus in 2021 after working with the club for six years as a scout during a golden era for the Bianconeri after a similarly excellent spell for the Bianconeri as a player from 2000 to 2010.

Trezeguet’s wages are not cheap, but his stats are fantastic, and he comes with the added bonus of high-level knowledge of five very important countries: France, Italy, Belgium, Spain and Argentina.

Francis Cagigao

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.

Roberto Marta

Roberto Marta looks like he could be the go-to option for a high quality, cheap, low reputation scout for players managing lower level clubs. The big stumbling block however, will be the €475,000 compensation fee to lure him out of his contract with Atalanta.

Outside of that, his only real weakness is his lack of knowledge of countries outside Italy. However, with amazing adaptability, he should be able to broaden his horizons if you need him to.

David Mills

David Mills is almost an English version of Roberto Marta, an affordable and talented scout, although he also comes with a hefty compensation fee that needs to be paid to release him from his contract with Leicester City.

He is also limited to knowledge of just one country – England – but makes up for it with his adaptability. So, theoretically, if you can get him to your club, then yes, you can send him to scout Brazil.

Jim Lawlor

Jim Lawlor’s 17-year tenure as a scout at Manchester United came to an end earlier in 2022, and in FM23 he’s ready and looking for work. With his high reputation, he isn’t going to be accessible for everyone, but with a wage that isn’t too ridiculous, he is a great option for bigger teams looking for an English scout.

While his adaptability is good, it’s not as good as others on this list who you should consider if you are looking for scouts to work in countries other than England and Northern Ireland.

Roberto Marta

Johann Eder might be the pick of the bunch for emerging clubs. The 34-year-old has been at Red Bull Salzburg as a scout for seven years now, and can be signed for a fair wage and low-ish compensation clause, without skimping on the quality of the other scouts on this list. His 2.5 star reputation means he will come to most decent sized clubs.

His knowledge of Austria and Germany is an added bonus, with the latter obviously being one of the key countries to scout in the game.

The best scouts in FM23 are Francis Cagigao, David Trezeguet, and Roberto Marta.

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

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