FM12 best wonderkids XI

FM 2012 best players

written by Darren Smith

Hey guys and welcome to the Scouting Networks FM12 best wonderkids XI. You have been voting for your favorite wonderkids over the last few weeks and the results are now in. So I can finally reveal the best FM 2012 wonderkids, organised into a team, as voted for by YOU.

All the asking prices shown are taken from a newly started game using patch 12.2 and have been negotiated down to the lowest possible fee when using a large database with the major European leagues and Brazilian league loaded. Please remember this FM12 best wonderkid XI was voted on regardless of price, hence some of the players are very expensive but will be available cheaper later on in a save…besides, these were all your picks so I can’t take any responsibility for them :)

I will now reveal the Scouting Networks FM12 best wonderkids, you can click the players name to see his full profile.

FM12 best wonderkids XI

GK – Marc-Andre Ter Stegen aged 19, costs £20.5 million (profile in 2018345 votes, 48%

DR – Sime Vrsaljko aged 19, costs £1 million (profile in 2017364 votes, 46%

DL – Jack Robinson aged 17, costs £36.5 million (profile in 2019188 votes, 35%

DC – Kyriakos Papadopoulos aged 19, costs £38.5 million (profile in 2016246 votes, 44%

DC – Phil Jones aged 19, costs £76 million (profile in 2019185 votes, 33%

CM – Yann M’Vila aged 21, costs £27.5 million (profile in 2016305 votes, 48%

CM – Ganso aged 21, costs £71 million (profile in 2015132 votes, 18%

RW – Mario Gotze aged 19, costs £75 million (profile in 2019327 votes, 45%

LW – Eden Hazard aged 20, costs £35 million (profile in 2019294 votes, 46%

ST – Neymar aged 19, costs £84 million (profile in 2019313 votes, 42%

ST – Carlos Fierro aged 16, costs £1.2 million (profile in 2019279 votes, 38%

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  • comment avatar somim July 31, 2012

    What a teeeaammm !!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 31, 2012

      Yeah, I don’t think even Man City could afford that quality in one season.

  • comment avatar grunf lazial July 31, 2012

    hihihihi pure perversion

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 31, 2012

      Ha, I assume that means you like it. :)

      • comment avatar grunf lazial July 31, 2012

        hehhehe so much that i m thinkin taking a big club like real or city or bayern or somethin for the first time,sell all and get this wild horde

  • comment avatar Minsc July 31, 2012

    And how about the subs?

    Willian, Douglas Costa, Muniain?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 31, 2012

      There will be no subs, this was always going to be a wonderkid XI as per the title. Besides, none of them three would have made the list anyway as they didn’t have enough votes.

  • comment avatar Miles Smith July 31, 2012

    Only 445.7 million. What a steal!

  • comment avatar callamity July 31, 2012

    Amazing team, but I think personal choice would make me invest in kurt zouma and inigo martinez at the back in place of jonesy and papadopoulos

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 31, 2012

      Yeah think everyone would change certain areas from personal experience, but this team is what the community seem to prefer on the whole.

  • comment avatar bes771 July 31, 2012

    Hi Darren,

    Incredible team!!!
    The results of pools by post could be interesting to choose the subs…if it’s possible.
    Also, You voted for who Darren?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 31, 2012

      I won’t be doing a subs bench for this I’m afraid, it will remain as is. As for who I chose, I think I pretty much voted for every player in there bar CB where my second choice was Zouma and CM attack where I chose Kovacic.

  • comment avatar Louis Hall July 31, 2012

    Interesting how all the categories were won by some margin, other than the attacking centre mid role. Though I do feel that for most positions the right player was chosen :)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 31, 2012

      Yeah me too, in some areas there seemed to be one winner but a couple came very close.

  • comment avatar Benjy August 1, 2012

    Great selections so well done to everyone :)
    I love how out of place Sime and Fierro’s price tags are (not their ability though). If you swapped them for Corchia and Damiao you would probably have the priciest wonderkid XI too lol.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 1, 2012

      lol, yeah that is right and yet to not see their asking price and just future profiles alone would make them fit straight in.

  • comment avatar dzunglv August 1, 2012

    Yeah! Great squad! My squad have only Jack Robinson and Phil Jones.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 1, 2012

      You should look into the rest, they truly are brilliant players.

  • comment avatar Yoga August 1, 2012

    i thought sigurdsson who won the poll for AMC, but the winner is ganso.. despite of that, this team will surely can compete with current barcelona team, not just in FM but maybe in real life..

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 1, 2012

      Sigurdsson didn’t win the poll for AMC, he’d be in if he did…I think there was two votes in it.

  • comment avatar Nathan August 1, 2012

    I noticed you have Hazard on the left and Gotze on the right. Is Gotze better on the right? I play with Dortmund, who have surplus of AMC’s (Gundogan is good), but as of 2nd season Reus plays right wing and Gotze left wing, I get plenty of goals from Reus because he has a good finishing stat.

    About the team, not too convinced about Phil Jones (he isn’t the best in the air) and Fierro (yes he’s cheap, and everyone has him, but I’m sure Leandro is far more deadly). Robinson I got for 6 million after a year. Glad Sigurdsson didn’t get voted though, he’s a bit of a 1 trick pony.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 1, 2012

      Yeah he plays well on the right, as for which side is better will depend on which is his natural side in your save and on your tactic also.

      As for the players in the team, each poll was voted on by a minimum of 500 readers, so I think its a very fair reflection of who is best.

      • comment avatar Nathan August 2, 2012

        I understand that it was picked by a poll…and therefore these kids do become great players, it’s just this team has 1 weakness :)

        If against a team with good wingers and a target man (Cavani/Leandro) they’ll concede goals to headers, the defence lacks height. Although defending against this team is pretty much impossible.

        • comment avatar Darren Smith August 2, 2012

          You are right but this wasn’t voted on as an actual team, just the best players in each position, if I’d asked every bodies favorite XI the answers may have benn different again.

  • comment avatar kickass August 1, 2012

    your selection is excellent,except I would really like to see kovačić in this XI but it’s near perfect like this too.I play with dinamo zagreb,I don’t really know how known dinamo is outside croatia but I know for sure they have the greatest set of youngsters in fm12,there’s of course vrsaljko,kovačić and badelj,but they also have greath youth team and in my third season with them I easily won against Milan and Ajax for example,I lost badelj in a stupid way but I’ll get over it,but I still have kovačić and vrsaljko who are the heart of my team and I hope I could keep them for years to come

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 1, 2012

      This side was picked by the readers through a poll as opposed to myself, I just hosted the polls and posted the team. I am fan of Kovacic though.

  • comment avatar RhuizZ August 2, 2012

    In my save with MAN UTD i have Neymar , Gotze , Jones , Yann M’Vila , Papadopoulos and Vrsaljko , they are amazing . also have muniain that is a beast , is finishing is 18 :D

    • comment avatar Nathan August 2, 2012

      That’s why I voted Muniain in the poll :) Haven’t played a game with him for long enough to see him at his best, nice to see you confirm it.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 2, 2012

      Thats one hell of a lineup.

  • comment avatar Niclas August 2, 2012

    It actuslly is possible to create a team like this, in the first transfer window! I tried it myself, using real madrid, a club I normally hate, but they have a lot of players to sell resulting in a lot of money.
    I sold a total of 13 players, giving me 138 million to spend on players! I brought players in for, hold on, 271 millions!!! All players bought over 48 weeks, giving me the chance to buy the players i would.
    I bought: Neymar, Gotze, Lucas Moura, Hazard, Granit Xhaka, Kurt Zouma, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Sime Vrsaljko, Yann M’vila, Jack Robinson, Marco Verratti and Luis Guilherme who will arrive when his current loan ends.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 2, 2012

      Player the game like that ends with short lived saves though, fun for a season but boring very quickly.

      • comment avatar Niclas August 2, 2012

        Correct! It wasn’t meant to be a long save, just wanted to see if it was possible to make a team like that.

  • comment avatar TommyTomster123 August 2, 2012

    Yup, that is a pretty nice side :)

  • comment avatar Niclas August 2, 2012

    Just dosen’t play that well together yet :) haha

  • comment avatar Niclas August 2, 2012

    Thougt it was ment to me

  • comment avatar Gaurav Chaddah August 2, 2012

    Some team that is, dont think anyone could afford that but just shows the talent of young footballers! :)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 3, 2012

      Yeah I agree, that XI is not affordable in one go but that is what I was hoping for.

  • comment avatar Alexander Ceol August 3, 2012

    what a shame that zouma didn’t take one of the cb positions, at the age of 20 he is a starter at my barcelona, a real monster.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 4, 2012

      He is a great player and I honestly thought he may make the team, but the readers seem to have gone for more experienced CB’s from the start of the game.

  • comment avatar Imp August 5, 2012

    hey you were right about gotze ,but i will talk about him next time , now i have problem wiht yan m vila,did you ever play him on cm position as bwm and how much time you need to retain him from dm to cm ?i read some tutorials it say that it could last from 2-6 years and i retain gotze to cm in 2 games

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 5, 2012

      I have never used MVila so couldn’t comment…but what I can say is it doesn’t matter if a player is natural in a position, what matters the most is that he has the ability to play it. Just use MVila in CM and retrain for CM while you play him there.

      • comment avatar Alexander Ceol August 5, 2012

        I use Mvila as a CM for my Barcelona, didnt take long to retrain him and he is doing well

  • comment avatar Rafie August 5, 2012

    U guys better check Cihan Kok (DR) from Turkey. This wonderkid is a real deal. Price only for 300k but have potential to be greater than any premier league DR in the world.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 6, 2012

      He’s not visible in any of my saves so won’t get profiled…I think he’s a regen maybe.

  • comment avatar MVB August 6, 2012

    Very good team, although I still wouldn’t swap Niang for Neymar and I have Fierro in my save haahaa.

    Would be good to see a team with a transfer budget, say best youngsters with £50m or something for example. As you say, don’t think Man City could afford the £466,200,000 to buy this lot haahaa

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 6, 2012

      There is a cheap winderkid XI coming soon so stay tuned.

      • comment avatar Alexander Ceol August 6, 2012

        oh nice, looking forward to it ;)

  • comment avatar step August 8, 2012

    can some tell me how to use fierro? because he is a treq. but i just use one st and i don´t know how to get the best of fierro. because of the comments made to him saying he his a score machine but he isnt scoring for me if some one can help me

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 8, 2012

      Use him as poacher, but if you just signed him you are expecting way too much.

  • comment avatar step August 8, 2012

    he is on my second in slb save first season he maid 11 games in the league and score 3 goals.
    in this season i will see how it will go with him.

  • comment avatar TheOneAndOnlyØ August 9, 2012

    A little fail because you can not have Papadopoulos, Neymar, Ganso, Fierro and Vrsaljko, on the same team. They are not european players ;-)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 9, 2012

      Yes you can, have you not played in England…smart ass ;)

    • comment avatar Pete August 9, 2012

      also, since when are greece and croatia not in eurpe, last time i checked in the euros they were both in it? and greece won it in ’04

      • comment avatar Darren Smith August 9, 2012

        lol, he probably manages in Spain where you have restrictions maybe and I know some Croatians can’t be registered if you already have ‘x’ amount of foreign players, but you can still play them in Europe and in the cup matches not to mention they get citizenship after two seasons anyway (not sure where the Greece thing came from though)…makes me laugh when people don’t do their research before trying to make smart ass remarks :)

  • comment avatar Dave August 20, 2012

    thought id see Yaya Sanogo on here. He’s just a bit cheaper than neymar

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 20, 2012

      He is certainly a great option for the future, can play like a beast if developed well.

  • comment avatar kegan betery August 22, 2012

    i dont know what to do my two left backs are rubbish[fabio and Vrsaljko] what should i do

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 22, 2012

      Just click the ‘wonderkid list’ tab at the top of the site and search for other left backs there.

  • comment avatar paul herbert August 27, 2012

    Hi Darren,

    I normally go with one up top so who would you suggest and what kind of striker would it be,cheers

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 27, 2012

      Well my ‘one up top’ tactic evolves around short, fast passing and requires a poacher like Fierro, Ongenda players like that…but it will vary on your tactic really.

  • comment avatar Darren August 29, 2012

    what do you think of januzaj of man utd i think with some training he’d be a good playmaker?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 29, 2012

      I don’t rate him, he doesn’t look good enough to me and hasn’t ever made it in my saves I’m afraid.

  • comment avatar Feath September 14, 2012

    isnt sandro or sven bender best than m’vila ?
    i mean someone gotta defend on the midfield

    • comment avatar Darren Smith September 14, 2012

      As mentioned in the post these were all selected by the readers in a poll where thousands voted, so I guess they aren’t better no. Defensively they are, but this position was up as supporting or defending midfielders and M’Vila won it by a landslide. Besides Bender is 22, the cut off for this list is 21 so he wouldn’t make it anyway.

  • comment avatar cagdas September 26, 2012

    Hej Darren. I see M’vilas name all the time when i look for great cm. But everytime i have bought him in fm12 he is so average with a average score of 6.9. I don’t understand it. I use him as a def. midfielder, the same role a my coaches advises me to do.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith September 26, 2012

      The problem is not every player can have a high rating and the BWM role is one that will very rarely get the recognition it deserves in terms of ratings. I would ignore it and watch him in the match engine, the match ratings can be deceiving. You’ll have at least four players in a more attacking role that him and they will always get better ratings on the whole as they are the ones getting constant goals, assists and creating key chances…a player doing the grunt work won’t get great ratings, but it doesn’t mean he’s not playing well.

  • comment avatar Adil September 27, 2012

    wahat about jetro willems ? do u think he could develop better ?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith September 27, 2012

      He is not visible in any of my saves so I wouldn’t know I’m afraid.

    • comment avatar Adil September 27, 2012

      sorry i’m out of topic lol :D

  • comment avatar Adil September 27, 2012

    i also want to know your opinion about what role is the best paired with a targetman , glad if u could help mate , :)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith September 27, 2012

      Well it completely depends on the tactic and a number of settings within the formation. I personally only use one man upfront but would say poacher may be the best role to go alongside a target man.

  • comment avatar Colin December 22, 2012

    Kranjcar is awesome, I play him as an inside forward and as made 13 assists, scoring 5 goals with a average rating off 7.49.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 22, 2012

      He is certainly a good option, but he’s too old to be a wonderkid.

  • comment avatar Fitzy February 26, 2013

    To think I managed to get Padopolous for free via a free transfer! :D

  • comment avatar obiora June 7, 2013

    why is no one talkin about vaclav 22 he has scored 109goals in jst three seasons wit me at manchester and by d way sven bender is a beast..way better than m’vila..rafeal toloi has also surprised me

    • comment avatar Darren Smith June 8, 2013

      This was all down to a public vote and this XI is what the readers voted for, so you’d have to ask them on that…but TBH I agree with the public that M’Vila is the best potentially and Fierro/Neymar the same.

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