Football Manager Scouting Tips On How to Find the Best Wonderkids & Newgens
Since scouting have seen a major revamp in Football Manager 2018, see this scouting in Football Manager 2018 post. We take a look at ways to avoid the new scouting system whilst still giving yourself the ability to find the best wonderkids and newgens in FM18.
With the release of our massive shortlist of best Football Manager 2018 Wonderkids and talents, it’s only natural to start by handing some quick tips on how you can find the best wonderkids both immediately when loading a new save, but also for the future when the game is filled with the beloved newgens.
Our aim is to help you discover the best talents in Football Manager with highest potential that can become an eminent addition to your squad, now or in the future. By continue reading, this quick guide will give you some handy hints and tips to spot the best wonderkids and newgens in Football Manager.
We give the word to our co-writer Paul aka The Northman who will share his best scouting tips.
Loading a new save, there is always something on your mind, for me, it is how far I can take the club, what legacy I can leave behind, can I take the club to a place they have never been before. To achieve this, I need to find my regens or to use the modern term; newgens. This is a part of the game I love, the chance to organise my scouting team ready to take on the world or even just tackle your local division. Scouting does not have to entail your scout traveling to foreign lands, he could be at you local rivals watching a newgen who has just appeared in the U18’s and is scoring for fun creating the challenge for you to convince him to leave them for you! The world is literally your playground when it comes to scouting and in Football Manager, there are many ways to search for players, many ‘shortcuts’ to help you find the BEST Wonderkids and Newgens.
In this quick guide to scouting, I will run through the simple methods to make sure you have the possibility to have the next Lionel Messi or Neymar in your club in future saves.
Before we begin, we advise you to select yourself as the one to be responsible for scouting. Simply go to the scouting overview. Locate sub-tab scouting responsibility which are normally delegated to your chief scout and click it. Enable the manager to be responsible of setting up scouting assignments. It will be a bit more work for you, but the profit will multiply the cost!
Locate Best Newgens and New Promising Talents by Youth Intake | Scouting Tip 1
Step One: Selecting the world icon which can be located in the top right corner of the screen, located near the search box as well as daily using the FM option to save and load your game.
Step Two: Once selecting the world icon in step one, you now are faced with this screen, you have options for separate continent sections as well as one labeled as ‘World’. Select the World option.
Step Three: Once selecting the world option in step two, we now have this screen. Selecting transfers along the top menu will then give you a option to select the drop down menu shown in the image.
You will see the final two options; Youth Intake and Youth Departures.
These are the two options we are interested in, Youth Intake will give you a monthly list of every club in the game who has had youth prospects move from their junior sides into their junior teams that are playable in the game, be it U21, U18 or the B team to the club. Youth Departures will give you a list of every player in the game who has been released by a club from the junior teams, players who failed to secure contracts at the U21, U18 or B team level.
Here you will get a list of the nations who have had youth intakes at the specific month and dates. In order to discover the exact date of the annual youth intake for all nations in the world please see our comprehensive table of each nation’s youth intake in Football Manager. [Disclaimer: current table is written for FM17. It will be updated for FM18 if necessary if there are changes.]
Scouting Tip 1.1 | Multiple Player Scouting in Lists of Players
A side note to scouting per youth intake and youth departures is a quick guide to multiple player scouting.
When using Scouting Tip 1, you can often have lists of hundreds of players appearing. You must have a way to scout them all quickly and efficient to make sure you do not miss out on the potential wonderkid whilst also saving you time.
Using your shift key whilst selecting a players ‘tick box’ then selecting a second ‘tick box’ further down can select multiple players at one. This then gives you the ability to right click and select to scout them all instead of going through players one at a time.
Scout Youth Tournaments & Under-21 Competitions | Scouting Tip 2
Step One: In this scouting tip we will again start by going to the top right of our game and selecting the world icon.
Step Two: The far left option is titled ‘Browser’, within this you can navigate to international Competitions and then you have options like the World Cup, the Olympics and the French Youth Invitational, also known as the Toulon Tournament, or the Torneo di Viareggio (a cup with mostly Italian youth clubs). Enable it by downloading the Football Manager 2018 real names fix files created by Passion4FM.
The French Youth Invitational is the perfect place for scouting, the other competitions also offer a great opportunity to find talents also, but I find you can collect some great bargains at the Toulon tournament in specific.
The French Youth Invitational takes place yearly with next one upon loading FM18 due to take place in June 2018. With previous winners including England, France, Brazil and Mexico, you have a great hotbed of International pedigree talent to scout and monitor.
Some tips I suggest is having a scout at the competition, to do this you first need to go into scouting on the left hand menu.
Once you are in your scouting section, the third option along the menu at the top is Assignments, this is where you select assignments for your scouting team.
Once you have selected to create an assignment, you are faced with this screen.
I can see why it will be daunting to many but it is harmless… almost. To scout competitions you must select ‘Scouting Range’ which you can see is the top tight option, within this you have the competitions option which when the competition is available it will be there.
Once selected, you can then add extra details from the same screen from selecting a specific attribute to adding the additional condition of only picking someone who can speak English.
Utilize the Screen Flow Interface Option | Scouting Tip 2.1
The screen flow interface option is one awesome tool to get information about a specific tournament or competition that’s taking place, perhaps outside any of the selected playable leagues. The screen flow option can be found by heading to ‘preferences‘ under the FM drop down menu, select ‘Interface‘ and select the sub-tab ‘Screen Flow‘.
From here, you can ask Football Manager to provide you with both basic and more detailed information about a specific tournament of your choice, delivered straight to your news inbox as soon as the tournament is taking place, either you want the news to appear on match days or at the end of the competition.
Below we’ve provided with just an example of major competitions and youth tournaments that may be proficient to scout.
While most of them looks at youth national teams, there are a range of other under-21 or under-18 tournaments and competitions that may be proficient depending on the nation of origin and their likeliness to produce the best talents.
Once setup, you can get stats and information about players or teams, simply get an overview of the competition before it begins or who are the award winners at completion. Then you can simply scout the players that looks the most intriguing to get more knowledge of the player.
Scout Specific Clubs Famous For Their Youth Academy | Scouting Tip 3
The most simple and short tip possible; Clubs. Sometimes you don’t need to be a genius to find players, sometimes you just need to know where to look, clubs with the ability to develop young players year after year, season after season.
A range of clubs with a famous youth academy can be mentioned in this department, but mostly the clubs with best youth academy in Football Manager are dependant on the scouting regions and nations youth rating.
These clubs may involve both current and future clubs with excellent youth facilities and state of the art training facilities, or a well-established youth recruitment which increases the pool of newgens in the annual youth intake.
For a closer look at the clubs we recommend to visit, please check out our ranking of the best youth academy clubs in Football Manager. Whilst it’s written for FM17, the historical feats and the facilities of the club has not changed too much, as they are all great at producing excellent newgens for the future.
Scouting Nations | Scouting Tip 3.1
As detailed in our guide to scouting regions and nations youth rating, there are specific nations that are more proficient to scout for wonderkids and talents compared to others. Mostly it’s because of the amount of football players in the country, the economic stature and the probability to generate more newgens with a certain current and potential ability level compared to another.
The top 10 nations includes;
Simply select a scout (or ten) to assign them to the specific nation. It’s important that the scout has knowledge of the nation, or that he has superb rating of ‘adaptability‘ to generate scout reports immediately, due to him being accustomed to the language and the cultural difference in the nation. The scouting assignment may look like this:
If you tick ‘Hot Prospects‘ instead of the conditions I’ve enabled, the scout will look for players under the age of 24 (normally players will not develop as much after turning 23) and scouted potential ability at least good. Since it’s an uncertainty factor in the scouts’ opinion of the player, it may be favorable to lower the scouted potential ability to fairly good as more likely targets will be found, but at a younger age.