Football Manager 2020: Best Young Goalkeepers (GK) to sign – Ederson, Kepa & more
These are the best young shot stoppers to be found who provide a solid base in your save.
Football Manager 2020 was released last month to rave reviews from the critics and the approval of Sports Interactive’s die-hard fanbase.
Goalkeepers tend to be overlooked in highlight reels and footballing awards, as the blockbuster names that play outfield often dominate both of those fields. A strong shot-stopper is key to a successful side, though, if you don’t concede, the opposition can’t win.
In the modern game, ‘keepers don’t just need to be able to block shots, but also instigate attacks from the back line with their ball-playing ability. Therefore, finding the perfect fit is crucial.
How to choose the best Young Goalkeepers on Football Manager 2020
To qualify for this list, these players are aged 25 and under, and have a Potential Ability (PA) range of at least 160.
This means they can progress into the best players in their position on the planet in 5-10 years. However, some of the players on this list are already first-choice for a top tier club and their country.
Any players with a PA range of 140-170 or higher have also been included, as long as their Current Ability (CA) is high enough to defeat the competition. CA and PA are hidden when in-game, and can only be viewed by using the Football Manager Editor tool or In-Game Editor.
Star ratings only reflect how good a player is in relation to your first-team squad, so if you want pure accuracy you must follow the CA & PA.
For reference, all CA & PA values are out of 200 and highest-rated goalkeeper in the game currently is Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer with 176.
Ederson (CA 169 – PA 180)
Club: Manchester City
Best Attributes: 20 Kicking, 18 Bravery, 17 Passing
Value: £52 million
Wage: £100,000 a week
It’s incredible to think that Ederson isn’t first choice for Brazil, but the form of Liverpool’s Alisson has largely kept the Manchester City player out of goal for the Selecao.
You’ll do very well to pry Ederson away from Manchester, as his transfer valuation is over £50m, meaning you’ll have to pay well above that to get the former Benfica man in your team.
Kepa Arrizabalaga (CA 158 – PA 167)
Best Attributes: 17 Reflexes, 16 Handling, 16 Communication
Value: £35 million
Wage: £145,000 a week
A lot of eyebrows were raised when Chelsea bought Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for over £70m last season, but the Spanish international has established himself a solid goalkeeper for the Blues.
Kepa’s future promise has been reflected in his PA value of 167, he’s still got plenty of room to improve and at 24, has potentially 15 more years at the top.
Gianluigi Donnraumma (CA 155 – PA 160-190)
Club: AC Milan
Best Attributes: 18 jumping reach, 18 reflexes, 16 anticipation
Value: £29 million
Wage: £184,000 a week
Gianluigi Donnarumma topped our Wonderkid goalkeeper list and the Italian finds himself on the podium on this list. After the international retirement of the legendary Gianluigi Buffon, Donnarumma is now the undisputed #1 for the Italian national team.
Stats of 18 jumping reach, 18 reflexes and 16 anticipation take him to a CA of 155, making him the 14th best goalkeeper on FM20. His potential between 160 and 190 gives him the second-highest ceiling behind Manuel Neuer and Donnarumma will most likely become the best in the world once the German retires.
Jordan Pickford (CA 148 – PA 168)
Best Attributes: 18 Kicking, 16 Communication, 16 Reflexes
Value: £36.5 million
Wage: £120,000 a week
Jordan Pickford must have been fearing the worst for his career when he was relegated from the Premier League with Sunderland in 2017. However, Everton took a gamble on the youngster with a £30 million transfer fee and he’s currently one of the few players keeping the Toffees afloat in the top-tier of English football.
Like Kepa, Pickford plays for a club that isn’t in the form of their life, although Everton seems to perform better in FM20. That being said, though, £50m could be enough to pick him up, with the promise of European football being a strong motivator for the 25-year-old.
Andre Onana (CA 147 – PA 160)
Best Attributes: 16 jumping reach, 16 natural fitness, 16 Kicking
Value: £16.5 million
Wage: £16,250 a week
There are some bargains on this list and Andre Onana is the first of them. The Cameroon international goalkeeper has over 100 appearances for Ajax already at the age of 23 and the sky’s the limit for him.
Ajax are no strangers to producing the best young talent around and Barcelona will be kicking themselves after they let Onana go as a youth player. He’s not as talented as the previous entries on this list, but can be bought for around half of their price.
Alex Meret (CA 146 – PA 169)
Best Attributes: 18 agility, 17 reflexes, 16 handling
Value: £14.75 million
Wage: £30,000 a week
Alex Meret has had to fight off the competition from David Ospina since the Italian’s £30m move from Udinese but has made that number 1 jersey his own. Despite only being 22, Meret’s playing regular Champions League football, something not even Donnarumma can say.
A similar value and likely a similar cost to purchase as Onana, Meret represents excellent value for money. If Napoli drop out of the Champions League spaces, he could go for a cut-price as well, so be on the lookout.
Pau Lopez (CA 145 – PA 160)
Best Attributes: 15 Handling, 15 Reflexes, 15 Bravery
Value: £13.57 million
Wage: £67,000 a week
Roma had struggled to fill the void left by Alisson’s record-breaking departure a couple of seasons ago, but Pau Lopez is looking like the man to do it.
Lopez is solid across the board, not having many stand-out attribute ratings but not possessing many lower ones either. If you’re managing a top club and looking for a player that can replace your ageing stopper, Lopez is a very good option.
Dominik Livakovic (CA 144 – PA 160)
Best Attributes: 17 One on Ones, 17 Reflexes, 16 Rushing Out
Value: £7.75 million
Wage: £10,000 a week
Croatia isn’t a nation that springs to mind when you think of top-class goalkeepers, but Dominik Livakovic could be about to change that. Livakovic plays for Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia’s top tier and would fit in perfectly in one of Europe’s top 5 leagues.
With nine caps for his national side already, he has experience of playing in the Nation’s League in their top group. As he’s valued under £10m as well, he represents excellent value for money.
Unai Simon (CA 139 – PA 163)
Club: Athletic Bilbao
Best Attributes: 16 Aerial Reach, 15 Handling, 15 Reflexes
Value: £10.5 million
Wage: £22,500 a week
Kepa’s move to Chelsea created a vacuum in goal for the Basque club but Unai Simon has done a sterling job of filling it. Athletic Club is well-known for an incredible academy and are notoriously hard negotiators, with players only selected from the Basque region.
It’s potentially worth waiting a bit to see how Simon develops, his career could go either way, but if Bilbao give him regular first team football, he’s got every chance of making it to a Champions League club in a few seasons.
Wuilker Farinez (CA 136 – PA 140-170)
Best Attributes: 16 reflexes, 15 decisions, 15 natural fitness
Wage: £9,750 a week
Wuilker Farinez isn’t a name that European readers of this article will be familiar with, but he has a glowing reputation in South America. Aged just 21, the Venezuelan already as 22 caps for his country, seeing him linked with a move to Barcelona.
When trawling through the depths of the FM editor, you’ll discover that the ‘keeper has a CA of 136, rising to a PA between 140 and 170. For his 16 reflexes, 15 divisions and 15 natural fitness you will only need around £2 million, a true FM steal.
All of the Best Young FM20 Goalkeepers
|G. Donnarumma||20||AC Milan||Italy||155||<190||£29m||184k|
|A. Lunin||20||R. Madrid*||Ukraine||120||<170||£600k||£6k|
|A. Plizzari||19||AC Milan*||Italy||110||<170||£600k||£9k|
|M. Dewhurst||18||Shef. Utd*||England||80||<170||£100k||£300|
|D. Martin||21||R. Hispalis||Spain||120||152||£600k|
|A. Semper||21||GNK Dinamo||Croatia||116||152||£700k||£2k|
|A. Muric||20||Man City*||Kosovo||125||<160||£8m||£24k|
|I. Pena||20||Barcelona B||Spain||120||<160||£600k||£3k|