FM 2012 player profile – Giuseppe Prestia

FM 2012 cheap players

written by Darren Smith

Giuseppe Prestia

Age: 17

Position: DC

Club: Palermo

Nationality: Italian

Value: £575K

Price tag: £1.3 million (in patch 12.2)

Giuseppe Prestia’s profile in 2011 (after starting new game, patch 12.2)

Giuseppe Prestia’s scouting report from Cagigao of Arsenal

Giuseppe Prestia’s profile aged 24 in the year 2018

Giuseppe Prestia’s career history until 2018

This FM 2012 player profile of Giuseppe Prestia shows the Italians potential. My initial concerns would be composure, strength and Pestia’s general mental attributes. But the screenshot from 2018 demonstrates how easily this wonderkid can brush past these weakness’ to become a world class centre back. Pestia can stop any player in his tracks, pass the ball reasonably well and enjoys some excellent physical stats. With the right training and management I believe this kid could grow into one of the best…so £1.3 million seems like an absolute bargain and brings my rating out at a generous 9/10. (This profile has been redone and rated due to new research.)

Best buy rating: 9/10

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  • comment avatar Juan Pablo December 24, 2011

    What do you think about my defense of the future with Tottenham: Walker-Caulker-Prestia-Bale…???

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 24, 2011

      Very nice, Caulker can be very hot and cold but with the right management should be fine.

  • comment avatar N.Loureiro December 24, 2011

    Merry Christmas, Darren!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 24, 2011

      Merry Christmas mate, I hope you have a good one. :)

  • comment avatar tripers December 26, 2011

    Hey Darren, Thanks for this website.

    I’ve got a problem atm. I bought Prestia for my Juventus side but he can’t start because I’ve got Boccetti and Chileini as CB. I feel that his development is slowing. What should I do?

    • comment avatar Ron December 26, 2011

      Send him on loan to another club to allow him some first team experience…..

      • comment avatar Darren Smith December 26, 2011

        I agree with Ron, you need to either send him out on loan or give him game time…leave him away from first team football and he won’t reach potential.

  • comment avatar p January 2, 2012

    in my save this kid has problems with injuries .i just signed him from ac milan for 3100 m

    what do you think of my defence
    dr-flanagan, vrsaljko, sagna
    dc-otamendi, vermaellen, bartley, munoz prestia(will sent on loan)muniesa(on loan)
    dl-robinson, alex sandro

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 2, 2012

      Looks like a very good back line and one to last the ages too.

  • comment avatar Heresy January 16, 2012

    I love Prestia. For the first 2 seasons I was worried he’ll be a flop. Had decent games but also made a lot of mistakes. Even with the best coaching and tutoring, his progress didn’t seem to be fast enough. Jusy before the end of my 2nd season though the kid changed. My assistant manager (17 in judging potential, 20 in judging ability) added 1 full star to his potential just like that because Prestia’s attributes seemed to skyrocket suddenly.

    He can play with his head, he can tackle and he can pass! If you wish, you could easily coach him for a ball playing defender if you feel like there’s a hole between your defence and midfield.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 16, 2012

      Yeah it can be misleading sometimes when a player doesn’t develop straight away as they all grow differently and at different times.

  • comment avatar Thierry Reis January 17, 2012

    Darren, I play with Man. Utd. and I’m on my first season. I got 28milion euros to use. My strikers are Chicha and Berbatov, Rooney ocasionally playing. Wingers Nani and Young. Center midfielders Anderson/Carrick/Giggs. Centerbacks are Vidic and Rio, sometimes P Jones and Jonny Evans. Full backs are Evra and Rafael/Fábio. Just bought Prestia for a bargain in hopes of his potential. With my money, I was thinking of buying a playmaker like Ganso or Hazard, although Neymar, Gotze, Muniain, Hamsik and Pastore fill my eyes. My team is doing very well, with a current 12 games unbeaten, 11 victories and 1 tie with Arsenal. Should I wait for next season since I’m going well now, wait them get cheaper or buy them already. I’m afraid of misusing the money. Please help.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 17, 2012

      I would just suggest bidding for those players and if you feel the fee is too high then wait a season and repeat the process….that is what I do if time is on my side.

      • comment avatar Thierry Reis January 17, 2012

        Thanks for the fast answer. If you could clarify on one more thing: If I get one of those wonderkids, I should make a specific schedule for them right?

        • comment avatar Darren Smith January 17, 2012

          No you don’t need to do specific training, just make some position specific training schedules and stick them in the most relative schedule.

          • comment avatar Heresy January 18, 2012

            I myself sometimes use a schedule dedicated to a specific player. Prestia is one of them. I don’t train his aerobic as much because he develops those stats well on his own. I focus on strength wit him and insofar, I didn’t have to employ individual training for this stat. And as we can well see, Prestia is lacking strength at the start but his speed is very good. I only need to individually coach him on possitioning, tackling and so forth.

            I’ve read that individual scheduling doesn’t do much and it’s much better to just individually train him in one aspect. However, some say to the contrary, that one should develop individual schedules for specific players so that you can get maximum coaching on the attributes you’re interested in. This has one flaw though, you won’t get good all-round attributes with this approach. While strikers and defenders might be able to specialise in something and sticking to it, I don’t think a good midfielder can be this one-dimentional.

            Bottom line, ultimately it’s up to you. Try both approaches and see which fits your managerial style better :)

  • comment avatar D. Jacobson February 19, 2012

    I think Prestia may be a flop for me. I bought him second second for my United team. Now I’m in my fourth season and his stats have barely improved. I play him in about 20-25 games a season and his average ratings for the last two years have been 7.5+. He’s solid, but he just doesn’t improve. Hopefully he’ll make a significant jump here soon.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 19, 2012

      It does seem as though he’s lacking development in your game but I heard a few gamers say he was slow to develop and then seemed to boost his attributes all of a sudden…if he’s playing well ~I’d keep going mate and see.

  • comment avatar Heresy February 27, 2012

    Darren, this player changes from game to game. And the changes aren’t subtle. I’ve started more than 20 games to see just how much the profiles vary and it’s just depressing.

    In one game he can have 3 aggressiveness, and in the next it jumps to 12. Teamwork and workrate are usually around 6-8, in my 20 starting games I’ve gotten just 5 where both of those values rose above 10, in 2 of them both of them were 14+ .

    Sometimes his technical stats such as crossing, first touch and passing are 9-13, which could suggest he could play a DR as a secondary possition. His natural fitness comes between 11 and 17.

    Bottom line, all attributes are totally random with only a set CA. And with such random attributes, this player may never reach greatness (especially with 3 aggression, 7 decisions and 6 team work/work rate).

    Wanna have a go? Load Italy, play at Palermo with medium or even small DB so that loading doesn’t take forever. And take a look just how random this player is.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 27, 2012

      Well I have three saves and he’s reached a brilliant level in all of them, I can’t allow for random attributes as he can be developed to suit what you want, I find the talent and post it, then its up to the gamer to decide whether the player is going to be as good in his/her game.

      • comment avatar Heresy February 27, 2012

        I’m not saying he isn’t tallented. And no mater which attributes he starts with, he will build on them. However, with poor mental attributes at the start, he won’t reach the potential shown in your save.

        And you yourself dismissed the idea that players’ attributes may change drastically from game to game (somewhere.. can’t find a quote right now). This one’s stats are very variable and perhaps your readers should be made aware of that? I don’t know, in my previous games I bought him without looking at his stats, only really loooking at your future profile screenshot and now I know why only in my Fulham game he really shone :)

        • comment avatar Darren Smith February 27, 2012

          All I can do is look at what I have and all three saves show him growing very well and reaching a similar level…that is what I went off and I can do no more, you mention sharing stuff with the readers, well I share everything I have and know. If that isn’t enough then I have no problem with readers finding a similar site elsewhere that can provide what they’re after as I cannot do more than I am already providing. I can’t do more than I am unless I quit my job and do this full time. Can you imagine how long it would take to start four different saves plus, check every single player before hand for differing starting attributes and then put the findings into words along with everything else I already do, it may seem simple when you’re reading but it isn’t. I didn’t see what you are mentioning to do with the differing attributes, that doesn’t mean I am denying it, just that I cannot spot everything as not everything shows up in my game…I can’t cover every single base, sometimes the reader has to use some common sense too.

          • comment avatar Darren Smith February 27, 2012

            P.S. Heresy, would you want to join the team and do some scouting? It would require training, a knowledge of how to take screenshots etc but once you get the hang of things its just repetition. You obviously have a passion for players and spend a lot of time on the site so if you are willing to commit I will train you up on using WordPress etc.

          • comment avatar Heresy February 27, 2012

            I don’t accuse you of withholding information :) I just wanted to make a point that Prestia is a variable player. And please trust my word on that. As I trust your world that you have only seen greatness form him :)

            I did not intend to offend you and I’m sorry if I did. It was just something you said somewhere somewhen that stuck in my head and I felt like spending some time researching :)

            PS. I’d love to give it a go! However, I’m not confident about my commitment to the game as I do get bored (or frustrated) easily, which is why I haven’t been able to finish more than 4 seasons in any of the FM incarnations. I believe you should know that.

          • comment avatar Darren Smith February 28, 2012

            I do trust your word about Prestia but what I was trying to explain is that I can’t spot everything and in my save that information mentioned was apparent and I couldn’t possibly share something with the readers if its not there. Anyway, its all very difficult communicating over comments as words have much more meaning with expression and tone of which we both can’t see or hear, so don’t worry I am not offended, just a little trying to explain my side so to speak.

            P.S. I have sent an email to the one shown when you comment, if that is fake please reply using a real email so I can send a message with regards to the above subject…otherwise just check your inbox. Thanks.

          • comment avatar Heresy February 27, 2012

            PSS. I do respond to challenges and obligations so being a member would give me a great incentive into playing more :) And I’d really be honoured to join.

    • comment avatar Nick Jones March 16, 2012

      These random changes of stats are more than likely because his stat in the editor is 0, which makes it random depending on how much Potential ability he has per file that you load.

  • comment avatar Arsenal Manager February 28, 2012

    Are you familiar with Benedikt Howedes? I’d recommend him to anyone who wants a no nonsense center back who can also bang in 15-20 goals a season just from corners.Sick Sick defender.He’s bad-ass!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 28, 2012

      He really is a no nonsense defender and is in the process of been profiled.

      • comment avatar Arsenal Manager February 29, 2012

        Yes Sir! And he hits AT LEAST 15 goals a season for me.And I mean consistently!Every corner is literally a goal.Waiting patiently on your rating.Thanks.

        • comment avatar Darren Smith February 29, 2012

          Yep I have the images just need to get other profiles out the way and then I can write it up.

  • comment avatar Harry Ross March 15, 2012

    hey darren, im in my second season and its the january transfer window, i was concerned about prestias potential as i hadn’t played him yet and my scout only said his potential was 2 and a half star, therefore i started playing him and put him on the loan list, a number of clubs went for him but he refused because he said he was ‘ too good ‘ for loan. he’s not my favoured centre back so i’m not sure what to do, thanks

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 15, 2012

      You have three options, either rotate him to get at least 15 games a season, sell him or stick him in the reserves and hope for the best. Only the first option will offer a chance to see if he develops though.

    • comment avatar Heresy March 16, 2012

      Player’s star rating ingame will drop if he doesn’t get enough minutes on the field. Give him time in those easy cup and league matches, pair him up with an otherwise strong defence (should have the fullback next to him and the other centreback near him to correct his mistakes). I’ve always signed this kid no matter who I play and gave him at least some games during the first season. In the second season I needen’t have worried about him at all, he held his own very well. He’s always been the best developping youngster in my team. Have a little faith in him. Or sell him with 40% future sale fee, because if he starts playing, he will get good and his value will increase.

  • comment avatar Harry Ross March 16, 2012

    thanks darren and heresy, with psg and the french ligue isn’t too challenging therefore im giving him a lot of game time and his potential has moved up to 3 star, one last question. Willian and hazard have been absolutely unbelievable for me, willian with 22 goals and 25 assists in 25, hazard 18 goals and 31 assists in 25, but pastore has got about a measly 6 goals and 7 assists in 25, should i stick with him? i have an unbelievable transfer budget and im thinking about gotze..

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 16, 2012

      If you have Willian and Hazard doing so well then you have two players getting all the plaudits, you can’t expect to have more than that. If you didn’t have them then Pastore would have more to do and probably take the lime light.

      • comment avatar Harry Ross March 16, 2012

        thanks man

        • comment avatar Heresy March 17, 2012

          One thing about the star rating potential – you need an assistant with at least 16 in judging potential to even begin trusting his judgement. Last time I managed PSG, Prestia has caused some concerns as well. Not develpping much even through I’ve been playing him. At the end of 2nd season his rating, value and progress increased significantly (well, not the value, only by like 1M). His potential may be fixed, but his starting attributes are flexible so you may not get a good ground to build from the beginning, but he should come around nonetheless.

          In the same game, Pastore and Niang have ruled the entire 2nd season, with Nene and Willian only helping. The Argentinian hasn’t been much of an influence in the majority of the 1st season however. My guess is he needs a lot of time to adapt, and then he needs someone who will convert his passes into goals. When Niang’s form sky rocketed, so did Pastore’s. Those were my best goal scoring machines. I’ve set my wingers on assisting instead of scoring as well, because I didn’t need them to shoot themselves.

  • comment avatar darsnider March 27, 2012

    my biggest problem with this player is that he seems very injury prone and not from my training he got injure three times at internationals really disrupted his growth its come to a level that sorrensen in my save is outshining him that how bad it is to injury prone id say rate him an 8 while he does have amazing potential that trait will have you pulling out your hair though if eh gets over that i can see him being key with him and sorrenson dominating the middle and romario and didgne/ake(great player) owning the sides

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 27, 2012

      I haven’t used him for more than the first season so couldn’t comment on injuries but if he is naturally injury prone then that is a major issue to development.

      • comment avatar Heresy April 6, 2012

        I think I’ve only had 1 long term injury when managing him. At the club I mean. On international duty ge does get injured sometimes. Never for more than 2 weeks through. And that’s poor management for you. You take a player off when his condition reaches below 60% because you fear he’d get injured. CPU doesn’t really care.

  • comment avatar daniel April 6, 2012

    Why isn’t he a 5 star recommendation anymore?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 6, 2012

      Because his development can vary from game to game and so can his starting attributes as made clear by a few readers. Obviously this info wasn’t available when the profile was made.

  • comment avatar chris breezy April 25, 2012

    i sign him in my man utd save for free and my board and fans were angry with me..i dont get?? is is dat bad??

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 25, 2012

      I wouldn’t worry too much, basically the fans think he was a waste of time signing but they’re not always right, it just depends how well you develop him.

  • comment avatar boring1 June 3, 2012

    I’ve had bids accepted for him for 3 seasons now but he’s just not interested in Southampton! I thought Europa league may of swayed him but No! Does Tobias Figueiredo turn into a good player in any of your saves? Just bought him on the cheap and going to try and train him up.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith June 3, 2012

      Tobias has never made much of himself in my saves but that may be due to CPU management and lack of football, I’ve heard his name around so he could be good with the right approach.

      • comment avatar boring1 June 3, 2012

        Cheers, ill try train him up and hopefully may have myself a half decent player. Or atleast until Prestia wishes to join!

  • comment avatar peter lu July 3, 2012

    Hey darren i bought this kid for 2.6 mill and i have sent him out on loan but his attributes have not changed even when he is playing regualrly also what do you think ofmy team because i am struggling to score goals lately

    Luis Guhirleme
    Rafeal Musacchio Kjiar Jose Angel

    De Rossi

    Di Maria Lamela


    Paloschi Nelson Oliveira

    Davide Santon

    what forward do you think will suit the 442 diamond formation

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 3, 2012

      He does develop but not straight away, sending him on loan to a club with bad facilities could also be a problem, but he does take a few years before he starts to show signs of development.

      As for your team I suggest changing tactic as that formation never worked for me, maybe look around for a different tactic.

  • comment avatar Joe July 14, 2012

    Darren I started a brand new 12.2 patch save and Prestia has 9 pace to begin with? In the screen shot he says he starts with 12?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 14, 2012

      Prestia has flexible CA, which means his stats vary in some games…there are many players like that in the game, its common knowledge.

  • comment avatar Joe July 14, 2012

    Also I offered £1.2 Million and they attempted to negotiate to £3.7?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 14, 2012

      You can’t just go straight in and offer the amount shown here, you must start lower and build the bids up or they’ll just rip you off (the only reason the price would be different is if his CA is higher in your save than in the one I made bids in, or if you don’t have the Italian league loaded or if other clubs are showing interest in the player also)…not sure if you’re questioning the information here or asking for advice?

  • comment avatar Joe July 15, 2012

    I just wasn’t aware players stats such as pace could change so much.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 15, 2012

      They do but only for really young wonderkids like Joel Valencia and Prestia.

  • comment avatar Clodoaldo August 9, 2012

    I didn’t go through all of the comments, so sorry if somebody already asked this – I’d like to know how many games a year are needed for a young player like Prestia to ensure proper development? I would imagine the number needed would progressively increase with age (as he turns 18, 19, 20). I am at a mid-level club in much debt and am hoping to overcome the tiny transfer budget by utilising the top level training facilites to train (cheap) young talents…but if I can’t give them enough playing time, I don’t think buying them just to loan them out to a second-tier club with lousy training facilities and coaches will do much good.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 9, 2012

      There is no set amount but you should use him in games where you think he won’t damage your chances of winning ie the cup matches…usually between 15-20 until he’s 21 then up it.

    • comment avatar Han August 16, 2012

      I’ve had two experience with Prestia.

      In my Napoli save (2016), Prestia wasn’t developing as much even though I’ve made attempts to give him 15-20 games a season.
      One thing to note thou, on that save, Prestia was pretty much injury prone from season 12-15 (He was scouted “injury prone” from the start). Spending at least 2 months each year on the injury table, tried giving him light training schedules but it wasn’t fruitful.

      However, it was completely different in my current liverpool save (season 2013). Similarly, I gave him at least 15 games each season. After 2 season, Prestia is on his way to become my future first team player. I reckon his potential attributes would be as good as the screenshot above! I must say the different in his development is prolly due to injuries. He still gets injured occasionally, but not one you would consider injury prone. He was only injured 5 times in two season (total time spent on sideline – approx 45 days) I had him on medium-heavy workload as well.

      As for your question,
      Give this kid at least 15 games each season when he’s 18-19, let him start in easy games (home fixtures etc). Try to increase it to 20 games and above once he starts turning 20+, you can offer him some games off the bench as well (depending on his injury situation). To maximise his potential, you have to find a tutor to boost his mental attributes as early as possible.

      • comment avatar Clodoaldo August 31, 2012

        Thanks for the detailed reply. It seems Prestia, like some other wonderkids, has fluctuating personality-related points, which affects his injury proneness, consistency, quality of play in big games, etc. According to my scout he is not notably injury prone in my save, so hopefuly it turns out ok. I will try tutoring him with a player that has high professionalism & solid mental stats, although he could be one of those players that struggles to adopt a tutor’s stats / personality traits / preferred moves. Also, a follow up question: is there a big difference between giving a player playing time as a starter and off the bench? I.e., if a player gets one 90 minute game as a starter, vs. getting 3 games of 30 minutes as a substitute (supposing he gets the same “grade” at the end of each of those games), the effect on development will be the same…or not? Of course it would be ideal to be able to start young players, but if you are at an average team in a strong league, it is much better result-wise to give youngsters playing time in the latter part of games in which you are up 2-0 or more than it is to start them and hope for the best. Not sure how it affects development though…hence the question. Thanks.

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