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17 Nov 2020

FM21: Top 10 Wonderkid Defenders (DR, DC, DL) - Dest, Davies, Saliba & more

Everyone loves a big win in Football Manager.

But you won't be picking up many titles if you don't find a way to scrape through the tough encounters.

These defensive wonderkids will help you to do exactly that.

Wonderkid Defenders

How do you define a wonderkid?

Well for us, it's any promising young defender who is still within their teenage years.

So this list will be comprised of the best defenders (DL, DC, DR) aged 19 or younger.

Sergino Dest

Dest FM21

Age: 19

Position: D/WB (L)

Club: Barcelona

Value: £10M

The first name in this list is a familiar one to anyone who has played recent editions of Football Manager.

The confirmed potentials for the Barcelona fullback will be revealed when the full game is released on November 24, but he's going to be up there with the very best for sure.

Nuno Mendes

Nuno Mendes FM21

Age: 18

Position: D/WB (L)

Club: Sporting

Value: £4.5M

Another left-sided defender who should be high on your list if you're after a wonderkid is Sporting's Nuno Mendes.

The Portuguese teenager has the potential to rise to the very top and comes at a fraction of the Sergino Dest asking price. A worthy cheaper alternative.

William Saliba

Saliba FM21

Age: 19

Position: DC

Club: Arsenal

Value: £12.5M

In terms of up and coming talent in the Premier League, Arsenal may well be at the forefront.

Young French centre half William Saliba is one to keep an eye on. Don't be put off by that hefty valuation, as he will pay that back tenfold should you use him right.

Eric Garcia

Garcia FM21

Age: 19

Position: DC

Club: Manchester City

Value: £19.75M

Another wonderkid PL defender to consider is Manchester City's Eric Garcia.

The Spaniard is coming to the end of his deal at the Etihad Stadium and has no intention of signing a new one, so you could shave some big numbers off that near £20M valuation.

Alphonso Davies

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Age: 19

Position: D/WB (L)

Club: Bayern Munich

Value: £6M

Now if you're at a club with a substantial budget, then Alphonso Davies is worth looking at.

The Bayern Munich man may have just a £6M value, but his £88k p/w wages makes for sorry viewing if you're on a budget. His versatility in his ability to play on either side of midfield makes him even more worthwhile.

Tomas Esteves

Esteves FM21

Age: 18

Position: DR

Club: Reading (On loan from FC Porto)

Value: £325k

If you're looking for a budget fullback, then FC Porto's Tomas Esteves is definitely worth scouting.

The Portuguese youngster is available for £325k but will be spending the first season of your save on loan at Reading. He doesn't have the immediate skill set of other names in the list, but the potential is there for sure.

Tariq Lamptey

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Age: 19

Position: D/WB (R)

Club: Brighton

Value: £16M

Now if you've watched any Premier League football this season then you're bound to know about the talent of this youngster.

Lamptey is a Regular Starter at Brighton on FM21, so prising him away from Graham Potter may prove tricky. He'd be worth it though!

Josko Gvardiol

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Age: 18

Position: DC, DL

Club: Dinamo (On loan from RB Leipzig)

Value: £950k

Another youngster worth keeping an eye on is Dinamo loanee Josko Gvardiol.

The versatile Croatian will spend the first season of your save on loan in his homeland, but he may be available come the second. That 16-rated Determination means he'll be as determined as any to make it to the very top.

Riccardo Calafiori

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Age: 18

Position: D/WB (L)

Club: AS Roma

Value: £13k

Now this is a signing for those who are really strapped for cash.

The Roma man is currently playing with the U20's and is listed as a Future Prospect at the club. For just 13k it's a no brainer really.

Ki-Jana Hoever

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Age: 18

Position: D/WB (R), DC

Club: Wolves

Value: £250k

The final name in the list is yet another Premier League youngster, Ki-Jana Hoever of Wolves.

The Dutchman has a value of just £250k and is listed as a Future Prospect at the club. You'll be able to pick him up should you offer Nuno's men the right price.