Welcome to this year’s edition of Football Manager 2024 hidden wonderkids you need to know! Over the last few years, we have taken great measures to identify the best hidden gems on Football Manager so you can identify hot prospects and young talents with great potential but who lacks the reputation or the abilities to be included in our list of best FM24 wonderkids.
Here we will take a closer look at some of the many cheap gems or so-called hidden wonderkids on FM24 that could be of great value to your title ambitions both immediately or in the next few years to come.
When scouting for the best Football Manager 2024 wonderkids there are always some really great gems that pop up after hours of scouting and browsing through the nations. These hidden wonderkids on Football Manager 2024 might not immediately stand out for their abilities nor their attributes but draws my attention due to their unfulfilled potential or cheap price, as they play in one of the smaller footballing nations or lower leagues.
Eventhough there are players with a varying degree of potential, these hidden wonderkids gems can develop into useful players for some of the top clubs in Football Manager 2024 – especially if you manage a team outside the Premier League.
As a matter of fact, most of these players are young and requires better training facilities, more experience at a higher level and better teammates to develop into international stars. Despite having the potential to become wonderkids in the future, it requires a specific focus on their development to unearth their potential but once you do, they can be your new star player!
As always, we have put all the Football Manager 2024 hidden wonderkids we think you need to know of in a shortlist which you can download and import into your save by clicking the button at the bottom of the post. By downloading our shortlist of FM24 hidden wonderkids you will get access to nearly 100 under-21 players from across the world that you will NOT find in our ultimate FM24 wonderkids list!
The Hidden Wonderkids of Football Manager 2024 that could become your NEW STAR!
To give you our recommendations of hidden wonderkids and talents we have gathered a mix of totally unknown gems to hot prospects that might shine in international football in the years to come. Some might be familiar names to you but are labelled by us as ‘hidden gems‘ due to the level of league they are playing at.
We can’t hide the fact that if you’re going to find these players on Football Manager 2024, you need to take advantage of an advanced huge database with all players from top divisions within a continent or region must be applied before starting your new save. With a custom database you’ll be able to track down even more hidden wonderkids and locate even more of the best newgens on Football Manager in the future.
All together, these hidden gems gives you even more cheap wonderkids bargains on Football Manager 2024 to look at, and consider buying, for your next save.
Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the best hidden wonderkids on Football Manager 2024!
Omar Khedr / 16 / ZED (Aston Villa)
We kick off our list of hidden wonderkids on FM24 with an Egyptian winger who could easily be the next Mohamed Salah! Omar Khedr – the 16 year old winger – has already signed a contract with Aston Villa and will join the Birmingham-based side in the summer of 2024.
Even though you’re not able to sign this gifted winger in the first couple of seasons, he’s definitely one to watch and try to target if you get the chance.
Besides wonderful skills and great ball control, his Determination of 18 increases the chance of nurturing him into full potential. He’s best suited as an Inside Forward o an Inverted Winger as he got decent quickness, one-on-one abilities (dribbling, agility, balance and technique) as well as the vision, crossing and passing to create chances for his teammates. In the final third, his movement and work rate can help him come to goalscoring opportunities as he can use his quickness to make third man runs in behind the opposition’s defensive line.
Even though he might lack the maximum potential to become the next Mohamed Salah, his abilities on and off the ball draws similiarities.
Transfer value: €1.5 – €4Mill
Notable Attributes: Determination, Technique, Passing, Dribbling and Flair
Idan Toklomati / 18 / Maccabi Petach-Tikva
Idan Toklomati is an Israelic striker who can also be used as an Inside Forward or Inverted Winger. The versatile forward is very well-rounded with very few attributes below 11.
At the start of a new save, his abilities could make him a decent signing for Bundesliga 2, English League One, Eredivisie clubs or clubs at a similar standard.
Despite lacking composure and balance, Idan Toklomati has both the physic and athelticism to be a valuable asset both in aerial situations and on the counter.
He’s adept at holding up the ball as well as using his creativity to create chances for his teammates but is probably a greater asset in the final third as he can use his finishing and movement to come to goalscoring opportunities. Out of possession, he will have the stamina and aggression to hunt relentlessly for the ball.
The current Israelic Under-21 international has already made his debut in the Israelic top division and has scored 3 goals in 5 appearances, according to Transfermarkt.
Transfer value: €500K – €1.5Mill
Notable Attributes: Finishing, Work Rate, Acceleration and Aggression
Efe Akman / 17 / Galatasaray
The Eastern Europe features more hidden wonderkids outside the Israelian striker. Türkiye has been producing technical gifted players for years. From Arda Güler to Hakan Calhanoglu, the Turkish league has fed top clubs around the world with some amazing midfielders.
The next star to breakthrough might be Efe Akman. The 17-year old central midfielder was promoted to the first team of Galatasaray this summer but is yet to make his Süper Lig debut.
The current Turkish Under-18 international stands out for his playmaking abilites and on the ball skills. Comfortable with connecting the defence with midfield by making pin-pointed passes, sublime first-touch to with-stand pressure and a great vision makes Efe Akman a potential playmaking maestro!
You’ll be able to use him in a 4-2-3-1 as a double pivot or as a single holding defensive midfielder or central midfielder in a more traditional 4-3-3 possession tactic. His abilities in possession of the ball draws similarities to Xavi or Gavi.
Frankly, Efe Akman is probably one of thegreatest gems on Football Manager 2024 that you need to take a look at for your next save!
Notable Attributes: First touch, Technique, Vision and Passing
Transfer value: €700K – €2Mill
Xavi Grande / 18 / Levante
There’s not many right back wonderkids on Football Manager 2024 that’s available to sign. When you find one like Xavi Grande it feels like finding gold in the middle of the jungle.
At the age of 18, Xavi Grande looks like a cheaper alternative to more known Iván Fresneda. With no particular weaknesses and a well-rounded profile for his position, Xavi Grande looks like a great gem!
12 in acceleration and pace is coupled with teamwork, technique and first touch at a similar level. His tackling, stamina, dribbling and crossing isn’t far behind – all valuable skills for a modern full-back who needs to be as great out of possession as on the ball. His tactical smartness and concentration makes him into a reliable fullback who can both offer width by running up and down the left flank as well as keeping control of the opposing winger.
Transfer value: €400K – 1.2Mill
Heriberto Jurado / 18 / Necaxa
Heriberto Jurado is probably a familiar name to you as he has been on our wonderkids list since entering the game at 16. The current Mexican Under-23 international is a player of significant potential and could as great star as Roony Bardghji. However, the Mexican winger has a lot of development to do before reaching the same skills despite receiving 12 appearances in the Mexican Liga MX this season.
Rated as a more traditional winger as he hugs line on the left flank, the left-footed winger has decent abilities in one-on-one situations. He still needs to improve his tactical understanding in the final third and awareness of the game but got decent quickness and mobility to be a direct threat.
Hopefully, Heriberto Jurado could be one of these ‘late bloomers’ who can significantly improve his physical, mental and technical abilities if being signed to an European top club and be given three to five years to blossom.
Heriberto Jurado can definitely become a great signing if you let him get the necessar time and experience. If reaching his maximum potential he could become a star player for any teams across the world!
Transfer value: €1 – 3Mill
Notable Attributes: Dribbling, Agility, Flair and Technique
Damián Pizarro / 18 / Colo Colo
Damián Pizarro is one of the rising ballers in Chilean football. The 18 year old striker has attracted interest from Brentford after 6 goals and 6 assists overe 31 appearances for Colo Colo over four different tournaments and competitions.
His remarkable performances in Copa Libertadores and in the Primera Division led to being called-up to the Chilean national team for the Pan-American games where Chile won silver medal.
In FM24, Damián Pizarro is a physical imposing Target forward. Standing out for his work rate, team work and off the ball movement, he is capable of scoring goals both from aerial situations and through combination play. His abilities inside the box could be better as he lacks the composure in the most crucial moments, but his heading, bravery and strength can help his teammates to get the necessary space to get clean on goal.
His overall abilities as a complete forward makes him into a valueable striker partner – especially if combining him with a more creative and pacy poacher.
His maximum potential is on the lower end of the scale compared to some of the others, but could make a great bargain for Italian, Belgian or Dutch sides.
Transfer value: €500K – 1.5Mill
Brayan Mateo Caicedo / 16 / Leones
Mateo Caicedo came to our attention when Guardian looked at the best young talents of the 2006 generation earlier in October. Here he was mentioned in the same breath as wonderkids like Julian Duranville, Kauã Elias, Endrick and Noah Darvich. However, for many he will probably be an unknown name despite already having signed a pre-contract with FC Porto.
The Colombian winger could be described as a rough diamond in the making. In FM24, he needs to improve his mental abilities but for a 16-year-old he got great physic and technical abilities – especially in terms of close control and finishing.
He stands out for his decision-making and creativity with the ball, something that makes him able to create chances for his teammates and being that unpredictable player the team needs to unlock the opposition’s defensive block.
Add 2-3 attribute points to his current profile and you’ll have a wonderful player at the age of 20! Make sure to follow his progress and take the chance of signing him at the first opportunity!
Transfer value: €0*
*Future Transfer Agreed with Porto
Notable Attributes: Finishing, First Touch, Flair, Vision and Passing
Peio Huestamendia / 16 / Athletic Bilbao
Peio Huestamendia was one of many young talents you got acquinted to when downloading the Passion4FM NextGen wonderkids database for FM23. In some ways, he’s probably not the most hidden wonderkid on FM24 but is definitely a great cheap gem you need to be aware of!
The Spanish winger is yet to get his break through but are one of the more interesting players within the Spanish Under-17 national team. 2 days ago, he received 10 minutes at the FIFA U-17 World Cup match against Canada.
Able to play at both flanks, the Basque-born player stands out for his quickness and unpreditability – both necessary skills for modern wingers. However, he can also play as an attacking midfielder or a central midfielder if required as his ball control and passing is good.
Even though his price tag is on the higher scale, his skills can be worth more than 5x as much a few years into the future.
Transfer value: €2 – 6Mill*
* Minimum Fee Release Clause: €10Million
Notable Attributes: Acceleration, Flair, Crossing and Dribbling
Daniel Daga / 16 / Enyimba
Daniel Daga is one of the wonderkids we included in our NextGen wonderkids database. Expectations were high to find out how Sports Interactive would rate Daniel Daga on FM24.
As you would prpbably tell by now, but I’m a sucker for talents with great close control, vision and passing. Daniel Daga is no exception. On top of it, he got great work rate, tackling and aggression – all important traits for the modern central midfielders who needs to be as great on the ball as hunting for possession.
Don’t be fooled by his FM24 player profile, as he can develop massively both in terms of mental and technical abilities in the years to come! He’s definitely one of the more interesting talents on FM24 – such as Karim Konate was in FM22.
Transfer value: €40K-110K
Elio Rufener / 16 / Young Boys
Elio Rufener is a Swiss defensive midfielder that ticks off the boxes to become a wonderful playmaker in the future! Elio Rufener is one of many exciting prospects erupting in Switzerland these days. Along with Barcelona’s new wonderkid Eman Kospo and Basel’s Marvin Akahomen, Elio Rufener has provided the defensive security for Switzerland Under-17 national team.
This season, Rufener has made 4 goals in 5 appearances in the U19 Elite League as well as ranking up 238 minutes over four appearances in the UEFA Youth League.
In FM24, Elio Rufener stands out for his ball control and playmaking abilities. A typical player that’s best suited in a double pivot with a more aggressive ball-winning midfielder alongside him, or as a more traditional number 8, who can neatly progress the ball with combination play.
His abilities with the ball and especially in one-on-one situations makes him into a decent press-resistant midfielder. With his maximum potential to become as good as Martin Zubimendi, this wonderkid from SWitzerland is one to definitely keep tabs on.
Transfer value: €1.5-4.5Mill’
Notable Attributes: Vision, Teamwork, Anticipation, Passing
Emmanuel Michel / 17 / Simoiben
This Nigerian wonderkid is the archtype of Football Manager 2024’s cheap hidden gems! For less than €200K you’ll be able to sign one of the best African-based wonderkids on Football Manager 2024. In fact, he’s so unknown that he’s not even listed on Transfermarkt!
Emmanuel Michel is a 17 year old fullback playing for Simoiben FC.
His FM24 player profile describes a defensive solid fullback with the necessary pace and decision-making to keep control of pacy wingers and forwards. With a well-rounded player profile with 10 in most of the essential attributes for a fullback, this Nigerian fullback could be wonderful gem in the future!
Transfer value: €60K-190K
Notable Attributes: Acceleration, Pace, Tackling, Decisions and Crossing
Callan McKenna / 16 / Queen’s Park
From the club that introduced the possession game with an early version of Tiki-Taka Queen’s Park is fortunate to have one of the best goalkeeping wonderkids in UK within their ranks.
Callan McKenna is a Scottish goalkeeper that has already debuted for Queen’s Park’s first team, something that has attracted the attention from Man City, Arsenal and Man Utd, amongst others. After his promising debut in July 2023, he has received seven appearances for Queen’s Park resulting in 15 conceded goals and one clean sheet.
The sweeper keeper has many years to develop into a regular Scottish international but right from the start his FM24 player profile describes a wonderful player with really few weaknesses to his game.
Standing out for his ability to sweep-up through balls and become that extra defender if playing with a high defensive line due to his great one-on-one abilities, bravery to close down and limit space and time for the opposing forward who are through to the goal, as well as his aniticipation.
For the moment, Callan McKenna is better in possession of the ball rather than orchestrating his defense. Lacking some aerial reach and communication are worthy areas to improve, but when it comes to Kicking and Passing, his skills at distributing the ball draws similarities to Ederson or Manuel Neuer.
Remember he’s only 16 despite his current profile might not look like it!
Sky’s the limit for one of the best hidden wonderkids on Football Manager 2024! You just need to sign him up as fast as possible!
Transfer value: €250K-2.5Mill
Notable Attributes: Composure, One on Ones, Kicking and Anticipation
- Nathaniel Nwosu / 17 / Water FC – Goalkeeper – €0
- Adiele Eriugo / 16 / Enyimba – Striker – €140-425K
- Kyriani Sabbe / 18 / Club Brugge – Right Back – €700K-2Mill
- Emre Gökay / 17 / Sivasspor – Winger Right/Left – €700K-2.2Mill
- Jano Monserrate / 17 / Real Zaragoza – Attacking Midfielder – €450K-1.5Mill
- Divine Nwachukwu / 20 / Bendel Insurance – Striker – €180K-550K
- Siyabonga Mabene / 16 / Sundowns – Shadow Striker – €60-190K
- Tommaso Barbieri / 20 / Pisa (Juventus) – Fullback Right – €1-3Mill
- Alan Morinigo / 17 / Defensa y Justicia – Fullback Left – €1.5-4.5Mill
- Tugra Turhan / 15 / Grasshoppers – Striker – €500K-1.5Mill
- Michel Bermudez / 17 / Liga de Quito – Striker – €550K
- Luis Hasa / 19 / Juventus – Central Midfielder / Winger – €7-8.5Mill
Download Shortlist of FM24 Hidden Wonderkids
Locate more hidden wonderkids on FM24 by downloading this shortlist of hidden gems across the world.
Have you come across any hidden wonderkids in FM24 you want to recommend to our readers? Feel free to share your recommendations in the comments section below!