Football Manager 2022 Best Young Central Midfielders: Ten passing masters to take your team to the next level

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Football Manager 2022 has arrived, which means it's time to start assembling your superstar squad for the season ahead.

We've covered wonderkids, but here are some best young MC options that are sure to become pass masters in your FM22 save.

FM22 Best Young Central Midfielders (MC)

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As opposed to looking at wonderkids, we wanted to showcase some central midfield options between the ages of 20-23 at the start of your FM22 save.

Not only will these players possess a ready-made talent that could immediately slot into your team, but we also have included players with high potential growth.

Federico Valverde (CA 160 - PA 168)

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Age: 23

Club: Real Madrid

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Value: £40 million

Already a star in Spain, Valverde has made his name as a graceful midfielder with an excellent range of passing.

Likened to some midfield greats, the Uruguayan is by far the most expensive option on this list. However, with an incredible array of technical and mental stats, he's also the best option in terms of ability.

It would take a big offer to take him away from Spain, but there's no doubt that Valverde would transform your team in FM22.

Uros Racic (CA 132 - PA 152)

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Age: 23

Club: Valencia

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Value: £4 million

Currently plying his trade in Spain, Racic is a midfielder on the minds of every top European club. With his value low, there's definitely a deal to be had with Valencia.

Another player with an excellent balance of stats on FM22, Racic is the perfect player to spread the play and aid your attackers.

He may be under the radar, but that doesn't mean Racic isn't ready to step into your team.

Youssouf Fofana (CA 131 - PA 147)

Age: 22

Club: Monaco

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Value: £4 million

Youssouf Fofana is a name that many of you may not be familiar with, but we believe the French midfielder has a huge part to play for your team in FM22.

Whilst he may not be a consistent starter for a Champions League club yet, there's no doubting that Fofana has the credentials to grow into such a star in FM22.

One of two Monaco midfielders on this list, Fofana is a reliable option with scope to develop.

Weston McKennie (CA 148 - PA 165)

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Age: 23

Club: Juventus (Zebre)

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Value: £30 million

A player whose star is consistently rising, young American midfielder Weston McKennie is destined to go far in the beautiful game.

That being said, Juventus (or Zebre) don't seem to be giving him the game time he deserves. Could you be the manager that guides this powerful midfielder to the very top?

Houssem Aouar (CA 141 - PA 164)

Age: 23

Club: Lyon

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Value: £30 million

Another French midfielder with bags of potential, it only seems like a matter of time before Aouar gets his big move.

Whilst not as physical as the other players on this list, his stats in FM22 rival the best of midfielders. The perfect creator in a midfield three, Aouar should be at the very top of your wishlist when it comes to central midfielders.

Exequiel Palacios (CA 131 - PA 155)

Age: 23

Club: Bayer Leverkusen

Value: £10 million

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Another midfielder that oozes class, Palacios is a full international with Argentina and a star in his domestic league.

Whilst going under the radar due to the dominance of Bayern, Leverkusen's Argentine passing maestro is definitely a player to keep your eye on.

Whilst the German outfit is certain to want a decent fee, investing in this rising star could lead to success in FM22.

Riqui Puig (CA 131 - PA 160)

Age: 22

Club: Barcelona

Value: £5 million

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Rising through the Barcelona academy and into the first team, Riqui Puig's development has stalled slightly in recent months. Yet to be capped by his national team, Puig needs some nurturing in order to regain his mojo.

With Barcelona knee-deep in financial woes, is now the time to step in a rescue Puig from per rotary?

Joey Veerman (CA 131 - PA 149)

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Age: 22

Club: Heerenveen

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Value: £5 million

There's something very exciting about a Dutch midfielder, and Joey Veerman definitely meets that criteria.

An excellent player with a good balance of strength and composure, Veerman is the ideal player for any club battling for a European spot. Whether he's an immediate starter, or simply adding depth, Veerman is only set to develop and we believe he'll break out in FM22.

Matheus Nunes (CA 145 - PA 159)

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Age: 23

Club: Sporting CP

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Value: £9 million

Born in Rio and now tearing it up in Portugal, Matheus Nunes has taken a well-trodden path at the start of his career.

Whilst he may not be as young as some hotshot wonderkids in FM22, Nunes still has the potential to grow into a top-class player.

When scouting Europe's top leagues, you may not find a more rounded option than Nunes.

Aurelien Tchouameni (CA 135 - PA 164)

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Age: 21

Club: Monaco

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Value: £4 million

On the cusp of being classed as a wonderkid, Tchouameni isn't short of suitors in Europe's top leagues.

A classy player with great physical strength and a high potential ceiling, the French midfield general seemed to be hidden behind Camavinga's shadow.

With Camavinga gone, can you swoop in and turn Tchouameni into a superstar?

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