Football Manager 2012 best cheap wonderkids XI

FM 2012 cheap players

written by Darren Smith



Updated version for patch 12.2 (11/08/12)

Hey guys and welcome to my Football Manager 2012 best cheap wonderkids XI. This post includes some of the best FM 2012 wonderkids, organised into a team that would work well and cost less than £24 million. 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. I personally rate all these players as minimum 4 star potential but most of them are 4.5 to 5 star players in my opinion. So if you want to sign a Football Manager 2012 best cheap wonderkids XI for less than £24 million then carry on reading. While all these players may not be brilliant from the start, they develop into absolute beasts, hence I have provided you with a player profile for each individual player (which you can see by clicking their names.) I have also provided each players profile image from 2019 (which you can see by clicking ‘2019 profile’ next to the players name.)

Football Manager 2012 best cheap wonderkids XI

GK – Luis Guilherme aged 19, costs£300K from Botafogo (click here to see profile in 2019)

DR – Sime Vrsaljko aged 19, costs £1 million from Dinamo (click here to see profile in 2017)

DL – Lucas Digne aged 17, costs £1.3 million from Lille (click here to see profile in 2018)

DC – Kara aged 21, costs £1.0 million from Tromso (click here to see profile in 2015)

DC – Giuseppe Prestia aged 17, costs £1.3 million from Palermo (click here to see profile in 2018)

CM – Marco Verratti aged 18, costs £2.5 million from Pescara (click here to see profile in 2015)

CM – Mateo Kovacic aged 17, costs £3.8 million from Dinamo (click here to see profile in 2018)

RW – Joel Valencia aged 16, costs £875K from Zaragoza (click here to see profile in 2016)

LW – Andriy Yarmolenko aged 21, costs £8.75 million from Dinano Kyiv (click here to see profile in 2019)

ST – Hervin Ongenda aged 16, costs £2 million from PSG (click here to see profile in 2020)

ST – Carlos Fierro aged 16, costs £1.2 million from Chivas (click here to see profile in 2019)

Total cost of FM 2012 best cheap wonderkid XI = £23.8 million (BARGAIN!)

I have selected this Football Manager 2012 best cheap wonderkids XI with variety and a nice mixture of talent, potential and current ability. You should be able to sign these players and use them in rotation with your current squad, then within three seasons these wonderkids will be ready to show their true class, some will be ready before that. Do the maths, spend less than £24 million on a starting XI that will last at least 10 years. That equals £2.4 million per season, now that is an absolute bargain and leaves you a whole lot of cash to splash on specialised players every other year.

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Johnny Karp
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Excellent stuff Darren, this is a dream-team!

Jon Gunnar Thordarson
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Jon Gunnar Thordarson

I bought Iker Munian, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Eden Hazard, Jack Rodwell, Boyata and Welbeck They are fantastic in few years, one of the best in the world.

Jamie Creek
Guest

I can’t find digne and a lot of them need work permits; it’s annoying.:(

Jamie Creek
Guest

Should i try and loan them to other prem clubs like swansea or qpr like man u and chelsea do

Jamie Creek
Guest

They need permits

Grunf Lazial
Guest

i would rather add yaya than kadlec cose u get yaya for free-1st season loan from auxerre and at half of loan u sign aproach him to sign as free transfer

Adam D
Guest

Now we just need to figure out someone to replace Willian, Sterling and Wilson and cut the £40m in half. Heck you don’t even need to find a replacement, most teams shoud be able to fill out 3 roles.

Tony
Guest

marc muniesa instead of wilson
zezinho instead of willian
torje instead of sterling
would cut that price down abit

Nemanja PFC
Guest

try markovic lazar (partizan ) ! Nastasic ( from fiorentina ), and great AML is somethning what i look for ! :D

luke SAFC
Guest

it looks to me as though you have just went on holliday untill 2019 if that isthe case then these players will have even better attributes if played properly and imagine if they had 7 star coaching then they would be world class

Pompeja
Guest

Ehmmmm.. Guilherme drops 6 positioning? 7 positioning is not good for GK. I guess this attribute is random on player. I was lucky to get him with 12 starting

Ray Byrne
Guest

top team darren but i put Khouma Babacar from Fiorentina in my team and he got 3 in his first match he is only 18 he is a top player had him on fm 11 and he woz top scorer.

Nick Marsden
Guest

Darren, I can’t find matthias ostrzolek anywhere got any tips where to look?

Shane
Guest

Amazing team, how do you make the players develop like get the ratings better ? do you just have to play them in your first team or can you loan them out and they still develop?

Johnay
Guest

Anyone tried Alvaro from Betis B
3 and a half star potential from a Barcelona scout

Johnay
Guest

Álvaro Vadillo that is

Ben
Guest

Hey, just got offered the Chelsea job and plan to play with 3 strikers, who would you have as a tall, strong target man? And how good does Lukaku get? Thanks

Tom
Guest

I’ve watched a kid called Joel Valencia a few times, Zaragoza he plays for I believe. Any chance of a profile in 2016 onwards? Thanks

adam catlin
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Have you tried leandro damiao striker first season in england hit 55 in all competitions

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sel
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kovacic from dinamo zagreb

Matt Skeer
Guest

Could you please post a team which you believe to be the absolute best players in a formation which suits them.

Or is that a little too much :)

Simon
Guest

How do you find out what coaching level (stars) your team is?

Studgeon
Guest
Hi Darren, I’m in my first season with Liverpool, and you seem like an expert on Wonderkids… so I was wondering whether if I wait 2 or 3 seasons to sign these Wonderkids will they become worse if left to their ‘natural progression’? Should I buy as many as I can as quick as poss, or is it OK to wait a few years? (obviously if I wait they become more expensive, just want to know if they will still have the same ability and potential). I only ask because some players don’t show up yet(like Kara, I added Norwegian… Read more »
Studgeon
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OK thanks for the swift reply! Sorry, I have one more question, I’ve restarted my season and I’m trying to do it ‘properly’ this time. I bought Kara and Fierro but their work permits were turned down! Also bought Bertolacci and Ostrzolek but for some reason they won’t be joining my club until NEXT year (July 2012), even though my I’m in July 2011 and the transfer window is open. Do you know if I have just got unlucky? Is it random, or is this normal and I have to wait until they become available. Don’t mind waiting a year… Read more »
Studgeon
Guest

Righto, thanks for the help man, much appreciated.

daninho
Guest

Hello!

I have one question, how can you get all these signings for that bargain since most likely all clubs wants loads of money for a future star. I find it hard to get them for bargain, currently restarted with Everton. Thanks!!

Mow
Guest

Hello Darren, I would say: why don’t you have choosed Neymar(the player who teams as Real Madrid wants to contract)?

I think (and more people) that Neymar is a superior wonderkid.

kris
Guest

hi darren, just wondered if you could help me out mate… im trying to find the best possible tactics to play with kadlec… im arsenal and dont have signed a few players that are from other sites lists of kids…. obviously arsenal have great young players anyway but i wanted to know what system best suits him also signed soukouhna and am using him mainly as a sub is this also a better idea to do with kadlec? cheers mate!

Charlie
Guest

Hey Darren, Just want to know if you reccomend Spas Delev as a future prospect, i’ve been interested in him for about a season.

Ronaldinho Did What?
Guest

What about Y.Sanogo from AJ Auxerre

Bradders92
Guest

Hey Darren,

Im trying to buy luis guilherme for my tottenham side first season but his work permit keeps getting turned down? Do you know why? or am i just unlucky..

Thanks

Brad

Jamie
Guest

May I suggest Marco Verratti, the kid is incredible and if you continue to play him either in midfield or behind the striker his stats increase on a monthly basis. What’s more he only costs 1million from the start. Also check sime vrsaljko (2-3million) and steven caulker. thoughts anyone???

Bradders92
Guest

Hey Darren,

Thanks for the fast reply, i will try to buy guilherme next season then and one more question? Ive bought Fierro but can he play as a lone striker or is it best to partner him up with someone?

Thanks

Brad

Dean
Guest

Hi, looks like a great team!
but from the first season if all these came into 1 team how good would they be (i.e. same standard as wigan? or a good championship shide like southampton?) – and also what reputation side would you have to be to get all of these players?

Jonny Gibbons
Guest

do u have to get a work permit for fierro or can u play him straight away

Jonny Gibbons
Guest

Hi fellow fm2012 fans. can anyone find any 5 or 4.5 star potentails as manager of manchester united i cant find any…

Francis
Guest

Carlos Fierro, Muniain

adam
Guest

Money is not an issue now i know how to get £999,999,999. But your selection is fantastic!

Jordan
Guest

How did you manage that?

Bebis
Guest

Great team Darren. I had already purchased Romario. I would suggest some players that I had also tried in FM 2011 and turned out to be superb until 2018(no holiday). Fabian Monzon, Ezequiel Schellotto, Lorenzo Crisetig, Kevin Mirallas and of course Ganso (although in FM 2012 he is expensive).

Ewan Wood
Guest

Hey man this looks like a good team. I’m in my third season with Lille and left back is a slight problem. I’ve had a look at Ostrzolek but the scouts give him 2 stars potential ability. Should I still get him for the future or leave it? He is still at Bochum at the moment and I could get him for cheap.

Jai
Guest

hey.. i was wondering.. what should i put for team shouts, strategy and philosophy.. thankz

Jai
Guest

ohh… would you suggest me a good tatic than.. thankz

Jai
Guest

oh ok
thankz alot buddy

Studgeon
Guest
Been having some strange results with my players. Signed Sanogo on a free transfer and he went nuts in his first season, scoring like 36 goals in all competitions. Then in his second season he went down from a Potential 4 star to a Potential 3.5 star even though I had been playing him nearly every game and following the “Individual Training Regime” suggestions. Same thing happened with Mbaye Niang, I’ve signed him this season (2015) and currently he’s scored 26 goals in 24 games in the Premiership, around 32 goals in all competitions and it’s only March. I’ve just… Read more »
Studgeon
Guest

Scratch what I said about Niang earlier, he’s actually currently on 43 goals in 41 appearances, and it’s March 19th (2015). He just scored 4 goals in one match, never seen that before. And apparently he’s still only 3.5 star, whatever he is I’m keeping him! Surprised he didn’t make the Cheap Wonderkid XI considering he’s a free transfer and has low wages, maybe I’m just getting lucky with him.

Studgeon
Guest

Ok thanks for the info, didn’t know Srar Ratings worked like that. I’ll pay less attention to them in future.

John
Guest

I think sanogo is the best striker o the game in Fm 11 ive signed him to arsenal and in the fourth season he and lukaku score more than 35 goals each

Tom
Guest
Hi guys, I am Genk in season 2018, and have missed out on these players but can confirm they are mostly amazing in 2018! couple of players for you… Karim Ghazi – ST – Poacher paid 3.5mill from Sochaux in 2011, he now has 19 finishing, 18 pace and 18 acceleration, and 20 penalties. only 23 now. Rogier Van Der Sleen – WB (L) – Signed from Heracles in 2012 for 825k, now Dutch first choice WB and worth 7million Moussa Babacar – GK – signed 2011 from Lille for 1.5m, now 24 and 6million, France Squad. kicking, anticipation, command… Read more »
Evan
Guest

Andile Jali? Aiden Peake from Walsall also

jimmy
Guest

brssan is 21 i think and he is only 1 million he plays for BATE you have most likely heard of him , he is really good to start with

jimmy
Guest

gaston ramirez signed him for my west brom team for 9 million first season and hes is really impressive

jimmy
Guest

isaac vorsah turns out pretty good and starts pretty good

Studgeon
Guest
Had amazing results with Neymar as a Trequartista and Mbaye Niang as a Poacher on my Liverpool save. Guess these two strike types work well together, Trequartista set up all the goals and Poacher stuck them in the net(Neymar 35 assists a season, Niang 70 goals+ in all competitions) Decided to do the same with my Ipswich save, bought Fierro as Trequartista, I guess he’s kinda the poor man’s Neymar. My question is this: Niang or Sanogo as the poacher? I’ve got Sanogo on a free and he’s already bagged 35 goals in my first season in the Premier League,… Read more »
jimmy
Guest

what about firmino from hoffenhiem

jimmy
Guest

if you give karim ait fana first team he can turn into a real talent (17 dribbling 15 crossing 15passing 18 acceleration)

Matt P
Guest

Any tips to actually sign all of these players? Everytime I try 50% are cancelled due to work permits and then another 20-30% move to different unknown clubs!

Tried as Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City so far and only been able to get around 3 on average!

Shorty
Guest

Maybe it’s just me, but most of these players turn out to be way more expensive than listed. They even start out with higher values than listed. That’s the first day of a new career. Any idea what’s going on?

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