Football Manager 2012 ultimate best player list

FM 2012 lists

written by Darren Smith


 

Welcome to the most detailed and comprehensive Football Manager 2012 ultimate best player list. The table below contains every single player FMS Scout has written a profile on. Not only can you order the table by any category (eg asking price or position) but you can also search using key words to narrow your options. Type what you’re after in the empty box next to ‘search’ but remember it will only search under words and numbers within the table. You could for instance type in 18 to see all the players that are 18 years old. Alternatively type in a position or players name to see what we’ve got. If that’s not enough, click on the players name to see their massive FM 2012 player profile and find all you need to know along with our best buy rating and a future profile from 2017 or 2019. This Football Manager 2012 ultimate best player list will grow continuously.

Please note that all profiles have been updated with details taken from patch 12.2 on the 26/03/2012.

Player Name
Position
Asking Price
(million GBP)
Age
Club
Rating
Wilshere, JackAMC/MRC/AMRL5919Arsenal
WillianAMC/CM/AMRL10.522Shakhtar
Yaisien, AbdallahAMC/CM/AMR1.017PSG
Sigurdsson, GylfiAMC9.021Hoffenheim
HulkAMRL/ST2924Porto
Hazard, EdenAMC/CM/AML3520Lille
Ongenda, HervinST2.016PSG
Moura, LucasAMC/AMRL/ML5318Sao Paulo
Marin, MarkoAML/AMRC/ST11.722Werder Bremen
Fierro, CarlosST1.216Chivas
Valencia, JoelAMR/MRC/AMC0.916Zaragoza
Badelj, MilanCM/AMC/DMC3.622Dinamo
Zouma, KurtDC1216Saint-Etienne
Vrsaljko, SimeDR/WBR/DMC1.019Dinamo
KaraDC/DMC/CM1.021Tromso
Hamsik, MarekCM/AMC2923Napoli
Gotze, MarioAML/AMRC7519B. Dortmund
Cavani, EdinsonST/AMR3024Napoli
AdryanAMC/CM0.916Flamengo
Sanogo, YayaST2.518Auxerre
Kovacic, MateoAMC/CM3.817Dinamo
Strootman, KevinCM5.521PSV
NeymarST/AMLC8419Santos
Papadopoulos, KyriakosDC/DMC38.519Schalke
Perotti, DiegoAML/AMRC1022Sevilla
Grenier, ClementAMC/CM5.520Lyon
Figueiredo, TobiasDC/DMC0.417Sporting Lisbon
Angel, JoseDL/WBL15.721Roma
Bocchetti, SalvatoreDCL/SW1424Rubin
Gaitan, NicolasAMRL/AMC14.523Benfica
Jenssen, Ruben YttergardCM1.023Tromso
Corchia, SebastienDR/WBR23.520Sochaux
RomarioDR/WBR0.617Vitoria
Doumbia, SeydouST17.523CSKA Moscow
Gutierrez, FelipeML/CM/AMC1.820U. Catolica
Anderson, FelipeCM/AMC5.218Santos
Rakitskyi, YaroslavDC/DL/DMC5.021Shakhtar
Chalobah, NathanielDC/DMC13.516Chelsea
Jali, AndileDMC/CM0.321Orlando Pirates
Rugani, DanieleDC1.516Empoli
IscoAMC/CM17.519Malaga
Lacazette, AlexandreST/AML8.720Lyon
Allen, JoeCM5.521Swansea
Asamoah, KwadwoCM/DMC/AMC1322Udinese
Poli, AndreaCM21Sampdoria
Damiao, LeandroST5721Internacional
Costa, DouglasAMR/MRC/AMLC1920Shakhtar
Kvekveskiri, NikaDR/DC/DMC/MR0.819D. Tbilisi
Ayew, AndreCM/ML/AML15.721Marseille
Torje, GabrielAMR/MR/AMC7.221Udinese
Boyata, DedryckDC1520Man City
Jones, PhilDC/DR/DMC/CM7619Man Utd
Oliveira, NelsonST4.419Benfica
Nkoulou, NicolasDC/DMC1021Marseille
Digne, LucasDL/WBL1.317Lille
Teixeira, AlexAMC/CM/AMRL4.219Shakhtar
Otamendi, NicolasDC1323Porto
Kroos, ToniCM/AMLC21FC Bayern
BressanCM/AMC1.022BATE
Kadlec, VaclavST/AML4.119Sparta Prague
Alderweireld, TobyDC4.222Ajax
Areola, AlphonseGK5.518PSG
Destro, MattiaST20Genoa
El Shaarawy, StephanAMR/AMLC4.618AC Milan
Dzagoev, AlanAMC/CM5.021CSKA Moscow
Guilherme, LuisGK0.319Botafogo
RomuloDMC/CM8.720Vasco
Fellaini, MarouaneDMC/CM1523Everton
Sandro, AlexDL/WBL18.220Porto
Isla, MauricioDR/DMC/MRC13.523Udinese
Weiss, VladimirAMR/MRLC/AMC15.521Man City
Ayew, JordanST/AMR4.919Marseille
Muniain, IkerST/AMCL2118Athletic
RafinhaAMC/CM/ST28.518Barcelona
Torres, ErickAMC/ST3.718Chivas
Prestia, GiuseppeDC1.317Palermo
Deulofeu, GerardAMRL9.517Barcelona
Rodriguez, JamesAMC/AML/ML1919Porto
Bertolacci, AndreaCM/DMC/AMC2.020Roma
M'Vila, YannDMC27.521Rennes
Yarmolenko, AndriyAML/ST8.721Dinamo Kyiv
DedeDC16.223Vasco
Kameni, CarlosGK5.227Malaga
Niang, MbayeST12.516Stade Caen
Witsel, AxelCM18.722Benfica
Branescu, LaurentiuGK0.917Juventus
Nainggolan, RadjaCM/AMC/DMC13.523Cagliari
Xhaka, GranitAMC/CM5.018Basel
Robinson, JackDL36.517Liverpool
Hernandez, AbelST4020Palermo
OscarAMC/CM/AMR35.519Internacional
Barkley, RossCM1817Everton
Sam, SidneyAMR/AML/ST6.523Leverkusan
Kakuta, GaelAMC/AMRL23.520Chelsea
Pogba, PaulCM21.518Man Utd
Vass, AdamDMC/CM0.622Brescia
Marc-Andre ter StegenGK20.519Gladbach
Demirci, MuhammedAMC/AMRL1.716Besiktas
Vadillo, AlvaroAMR/AML/ML27.516Betis
Toro, SebastianDC/DR1.121Colo Colo
ThiagoAMC/CM6320Barcelona
Toloi, RafaelDC9.220Goias
Howedes, BenediktDC17.723Schalke
Martin, MarvinCM/AMC1923Sochaux
Xulu, SiyandaDC0.219Sundowns
Pajot, VincentCM/DMC2.220Stade Rennais
Crisetig, LorenzoDMC/CM0.818Inter Milan
Tassi, LorenzoAMC11.216Inter/Brecscia
Vukusic, AnteST1.720Hajduk
Villanueva, CarlosAMC/ST1.525Al-Shabab
Rondon, SalomonST10.521Malaga
Herrera, AnderCM/AMC3021Athletic
Coulibaly, SouleymaneST2.016Tottenham
RodrigoAML/ST1320Benfica
Shaqiri, XherdanAMR/MRL/AML19Basel
Eriksen, ChristianAMC/CM2119Ajax
Stepanenko, TarasDMC3.721Shakhtar
Aurier, SergeDR/DL/WBRL1418Toulouse
Sterling, RaheemAMR/AML11.716Liverpool
Wijnaldum, GeorginioAMC/MRLC/AMRL8.520PSV
Sarabia, PabloAML/MCL/AMC3219Getafe
Bonatini, LeoST0.917Cruzeiro
Mbiwa, Mapou YangaDC/DRL/WBRL5.022Montpellier
GiulianoAMC/AMR/CM/MR1721Dnipro
Ilori, ThiagoDC0.418Sporting
Subotic, NevenDC1222Dortmund
Konoplyanka, EugeneAML/ML/ST8.521Dnipro
Miranda, RoderickDC0.820Benfica
GansoAMC/CM7121Santos
Collison, JackCM/MRL4.522West Ham
Fleck, JohnAMC/MLC2.219Rangers
Kana-Biyik, Jean-ArmelDC3.722Rennais
JanoAMC/CM/AML1318Spartak M.
Capoue, EtienneDMC/CM1122Toulouse
Garcia, JaviDMC8.724Benfica
Inkoom, SamuelDR/WBR7.722Dnipro
Nangis, LennyAMRL7.517Stade Caen
Erasmus, KermitST/AMC0.221SuperSport Utd
Ramirez, GastonAML/AMRC40.520Bologna
Moutinho, JoaoCM23.523Porto
Montoya, MartinDR/WBR6.520Barcelona
Lamela, ErikAMC/ML/AML5819Roma
Griezmann, AntoineAML/AMC2120R. Sociedad
Ekdal, AlbinCM/AMC5.621Cagliari/Juve
Dos Santos, GiovaniAMR/AMLC/ST13.522Tottenham
Lewandowski, RobertST10.522Dortmund
DuduAMC/AMR/ST8.519Dynamo Kyiv
Butland, JackGK2.818Birmingham
Alaba, DavidCM/ML2819Bayern
Ekici, MehmetCM/AMC8.521Werder Bremen
Vossen, JelleST1.923Genk
Benitez, ChristianST1125America (MEX)
Roberto, SergiCM/AMC6.019Barcelona
El-Kaoutari, AbdelDC/DL/WBL2.921Montpellier
Belhanda, YounesAMC/MRC/AMR19.521Montpellier
Wilson, DannyDC12.819Liverpool
De Jong, LuukST/AMC1020Twente
Heung-Min, SonST/AMRC37.518HSV
Brahimi, YacineAMC/CM/AMRL3.321Rennais
WilfriedST2022Vitesse
Martins, AndersonDC/SW1.923Al-Jaish
Mendy, NampalysDMC/CM1.519Monaco
Papastathopoulos, SokratisDC/DR23Genoa
LeandroST/AMRLC8.818Gremio
Sirigu, SalvatoreGK47.524PSG
Alcacer, PacoST8.817Valencia
fernandoDMC/CM6.019Gremio
Nestor, LoicDC0.822Le Havre
KleberST18.521Porto
Sakho, MamadouDC5821PSG
Lodeiro, NicolasAMC/CM4.221Ajax
Traore, LacinaST7.019Kuban
Mokojto, KamoheloDMC1020Feyenoord
Boudebouz, RyadAMR/AML26.521Sochaux
Rojo, MarcosDL/DC/WBL6.721Spartak Moscow
SammirAMC/CM3.524Dinamo
Camacho, IgnacioDMC/CM17.521Malaga
Zieler, Ron-RobertGK15.522Hannover
Kweuke, LeonardST2.223S. Prague
Boka, ArthurDL1.328Stuttgart
Green, RobertGK6.031West Ham
Vermeer, KennethGK6.525Ajax
CasemiroDMC/CM26.519Sao Paulo
Soukouna, AhmedST/AMR021Free agent
Verratti, MarcoDMC/CM/AMC2.518Pescara
Tshabalala, SiphiweAML/ML/CM/AMC0.426Kaizer Chiefs
Ostrzolek, MatthiasDL1.921Augsburg
Courtois, ThibautGK5519Chelsea
Draxler, JulianAMC/AMRL6517Schalke
Rodriguez, Ricardo*DL6318Werder Bremen
Holtby, LewisAMC/AML/MCL42.520Schalke




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  • comment avatar neil brabbs October 28, 2011

    any chance of seeing how marco verratti turns out?value of £1m, have to pay £2.5 to get him but signed on last few games and wondered how much of a bargin he will be for me this time.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith October 28, 2011

      No problem mate, I’ll do you a profile this weekend so check the home page this Saturday and Sunday. :)

      • comment avatar Harry May 6, 2012

        can you make one on phil jones because for me he is the best defender in the game he wins every tackle and header

        • comment avatar Darren Smith May 6, 2012

          He is just far too expensive unfortunately and near impossible to buy.

      • comment avatar martin May 7, 2012

        hi darren could you check up wallace from flamengo

        • comment avatar Darren Smith May 7, 2012

          He’s not very good to be honest and never progressed in any of my saves.

      • comment avatar Gary October 16, 2012

        hey mate any chance you could do one on maxym koval iv bought him in my game cost me 10mill but hes 18 and looks like he’l be the best keeper in the game by far!

        • comment avatar Darren Smith October 16, 2012

          He’s not improved enough in my saves I’m afraid.

    • comment avatar Grunf Lazial November 7, 2011

      i bought him for 2.5 mill and he is lightly said AAAAAAWWEEEESOMEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

      • comment avatar Darren Smith November 7, 2011

        Yeah he’s a good player but will never reach the level he did in FM10. :)

        • comment avatar MVB November 9, 2011

          whilst he wont reach FM10 levels Verratti is proving a great buy again.2.5@ start of season ive just passed jan window and refused bids of £7m, £8m & £9m from man utd.probs helps that my newcastle team are somehow still top of league and 5 points clear

          • comment avatar Darren Smith November 9, 2011

            Sounds great at that then…a good indicator of a players talent is when big clubs start bidding :)

          • comment avatar JEP January 14, 2012

            i buy him from pescara for barcelona 2.5….tutor by messi xavi and iniesta…after 2nd season play regularly…3rd season becoming cultured midfielder….yeahhhhh….hehehehe…although he really does not like his development at 2010 ….but still…the new xavi for me…hehehehe…avrage game…7.2+…..lol

          • comment avatar Darren Smith January 14, 2012

            Well if you get past four seasons I’d love a screenshot of his profile and career history to feature here if its better than what we already have.

          • comment avatar Harry May 6, 2012

            why cant i find verratti

          • comment avatar Darren Smith May 6, 2012

            It will be one of two things, either you don’t have the Italian league loaded or you have a small database loaded.

    • comment avatar Pete Roe March 10, 2012

      Verratti turns out very well on the game. Currently got a transfer value of about £10 million on my West Ham game 4-5 years in. Brilliant in AMC.

      • comment avatar Darren Smith March 10, 2012

        Yeah he does look good in some saves I’ve seen, just a shame he isn’t to the standard of a few years ago.

      • comment avatar TDR April 22, 2012

        Well, what about Danny Welbeck? man he is a great backup for MUFC

        And i m not seeing Cavani from Napoli, one of the best Strikers of the match

        45goals per season!

        • comment avatar Darren Smith April 22, 2012

          Welbeck has not developed in more than six of my saves so safe to say he isn’t worth a profile and as for Cavani, while he is amazing I am waiting to see a save where he hits his best before I provide a profile because of his price tag.

          • comment avatar Harry May 5, 2012

            i have cavani darren…he is pure class! ive had him for 4 seasons with man utd and everyone season he has scored 30+ and most assists can u get the profile of (vadillo he plays for betis B)

          • comment avatar Darren Smith May 6, 2012

            Both will get a profile at some point.

    • comment avatar lewis mason May 25, 2012

      GARY HOOPER FOR ENGLAND SCORES LEGEND GOALS FOR ME

  • comment avatar Chris James October 30, 2011

    hey great list darren!just wondering what do you do with young players who arnt good enough for first team, leave in squad or send on loan?when i sent sanogo out on loan he didnt improve at all!
    also could you scout felipe anderson, just signed him!

  • comment avatar tom November 1, 2011

    Valcav Kadlec?…a fav for my west ham team in FM11…will there be a profile on him soon?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 1, 2011

      There will be one on Kadlec mate, just need to get a few more defenders on the lists first. :)

  • comment avatar Sibo November 1, 2011

    If its defenders you want I can think of a few, I expect I shall be able to get some reports done this week and week-end so I’ll try and find some.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 2, 2011

      I’ve managed to include two new ones since then but you are more than welcome to have a go also….its the cheap players that are tough to find in my opinion because I only look for top quality.

  • comment avatar tom November 2, 2011

    Man Utds back line is an enviable future defence…maybe a bit obvious

    Da Silva Twins…Phil Jones and Smalling….

    Sam Magri of pompey looks decent…dont know how he progress tho…

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 2, 2011

      Problem with Man Utd’s back line is they wouldn’t move anywhere and Fergie would demand daft cash so they’re a no go. Its just tough to find top class defenders at a low price.

  • comment avatar Harry November 2, 2011

    Hey, could you scout “Erick Torres” for me.

    Signed him a few days ago. He’s immense! Wont stop scoring.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 2, 2011

      No problem mate, I’ll have it up on Friday but know he’s incredible so you should look forward to seeing him in 2019.

  • comment avatar Stuart November 4, 2011

    love the website guys

    any chance though of seeing babacar from fiorentina??? he was a monster for me on fm11 with the arsenal

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 4, 2011

      Thanks Stuart, unfortunately Babacar isn’t on the scouting network for a reason, he’s very average this year and doesn’t get anywhere near the ability of last year. If I see any different I’ll post him up mate.

  • comment avatar Harry November 4, 2011

    Hey, I found a second guy that looks immense that you don’t have on here…Name is “Tiago Ilori”. He’s a central defender.

    He starts with Sporting. He currently is 4 stars for me and is a rock in my defence. A truly amazing player. Definitely worth looking at.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 5, 2011

      Yeah he does look pretty good but I’m not sure how far he could develop. That determination and work rate is a little worry and from my future save he doesn’t play much and falls behind as a result. I’ll keep tabs on him within my Malaga game and do a profile when I have a reasonable future profile of him. Thanks for the recommendation mate.

  • comment avatar Scott November 6, 2011

    take a look at Griezmann at Real Sociedad hes a wonderkid, helping me sit 4th in spanish premier with a team that had media place them 18th at the start of the season!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 6, 2011

      Yeah I’ve been keeping tabs on him, he’s a little pricey but well worth the fee. I’m just waiting until I’ve done the cheaper players then will move onto him. :) Cheers for the recommendation.

  • comment avatar MVB November 8, 2011

    After all the cheap players are done any chance of a profile of Gabriel Torje from udinese, branded as next Messi but just wondered if he will hit those heights to make the original outlay of c£13m worth it.

    Cheers and keep up the excellent work!!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 8, 2011

      Of course mate, I’ll get one done probably this weekend.

      • comment avatar MVB November 8, 2011

        LEGEND

  • comment avatar Sean November 11, 2011

    Lorenzo crisetig? got him for 550k from inter, could be a future midfield general! Also rafael toloi? ball-playing brazilian centre back.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 11, 2011

      Yep both very good players, I’ll try and get their profiles sorted.

  • comment avatar sivyy November 12, 2011

    darko lazovic hes a midfield wonderkid very cheap ive got him for my dormund team hes my top goal scorer he scored hat-rick againt ac milan in europe for me

  • comment avatar MVB November 14, 2011

    Probs one that you know about but Branescu, young Romanian keeper from Juventus, just finished first season and signed him for £1.3m after some good displays and scouting reports. May not grow into world beater but any chance of profile to see if he has potential to be a top keeper or if he is just an average/good keeper (then i can go home and sack my scout as i never like to trust them!haahaa

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 14, 2011

      He is a very good player mate and with first team football from the off can become world class. His rushing out is shocking and a real weakness but everything else develops excellently….don’t shoot your scout just yet lol :)

  • comment avatar Teece November 15, 2011

    May be an obvious choice for some but I signed Douglas Costa for around £12 for Napoli. Player of the season behind Cavani. Great buy

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 15, 2011

      He should be in the list already mate, unfortunately he didn’t develop well in my future save so isn’t rated too highly but I know he can get really good with the correct management.

  • comment avatar Chris Bain November 16, 2011

    Just thought i would mention a player i signed for rangers that was on a free transfer, Ahmed Soukouna, he is 21 and french. He scored 35 goals in his first season with me. He is always my first signing

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 17, 2011

      Great mention indeed, Soukouna signs for Getafe in my game and scores a boat load….I didn’t profile him because I didn’t realise he’s available for free. Good find.

      • comment avatar Chris Bain November 23, 2011

        cheers for the profile on him

  • comment avatar Dan November 18, 2011

    Could you check out Oscar from Internacional?

  • comment avatar mvb November 19, 2011

    any chance we can see how enzo zidane turns out,16 @ real madrid at start of game,does become half as good as his dad?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 19, 2011

      Sorry mate he isn’t even worth profiling….I would be surprised to see him ever get above a relegation threatened second division side. Shame really.

      • comment avatar Borah May 21, 2012

        Well in my game jese and enzo zidane have become immense . What i have realised is enzo zidane is a late bloomer. I got zidane trained by kaka and jese by ronaldo. Jese has become spains crowd favorite and enzo started showing progressing when he hit 23 . Almost all of his attributes have hit 16 and above the problem is his team work work ethic and pace acceleration all four showing 11 each but he is good as trequatarista hits 35 yard screamers with both foot. Though jese is a better player and best position is amr which you have to train him for.

        • comment avatar Darren Smith May 21, 2012

          Neither player has developed in my saves unfortunately, I’m sure they can but without good future profiles we can’t do a report.

  • comment avatar Ben Alexander November 21, 2011

    nice list,
    how about nathaniel chabolah, nathan ake, josh mceachran and romelu lukaku (chelsea). i am in 2016 and all of them are destroying the premiership

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 22, 2011

      Out of them only Lukaku could be world class to be honest and maybe McEachran with a little luck. However I don’t think Lukaku is worth a profile because the only way of getting him (cash wise) is later in the game if he fails at Chelsea, but if he fails he won’t be half the player he could be anyway.

      • comment avatar Interpeer December 13, 2011

        I have a save, where Nathaniel Chabaloah turns out world class, so you might want to revise that statement :P

        • comment avatar Darren Smith December 13, 2011

          I have three saves where Chabaloah turns out awful. I can only go off the information I have to hand. Having said that, if you want to provide me with his future profile and career stats I’d gladly make a profile around them…a lot of the time players don’t develop due to bad management or lack of first team football by the CPU.

      • comment avatar des May 17, 2012

        Lukaku actually starts whining about first team football very early on. That’s how I got him from chelsea for 16 mil with 5mil extra after 30 apps. He’s developing very well. At the begining he doesn’t score much but once he settles he starts banging in hatricks on his day. at 21 he’s already had a higher goals/game than both chicharito and rooney. I just wish his determination or aggression were a bit higher, but I guess you can’t have it all.

        • comment avatar Darren Smith May 17, 2012

          Yeah, he is a good player but I feel for the money most gamers will pay he needs an outstanding future profile which I haven’t got just yet…when I or Karl do he’ll get profiled.

  • comment avatar Mike November 23, 2011

    Iker Muniain? Javi Martinez? Jon Aurtenetxe? Perhaps Bilbao would want too much money for them?

    I’m starting a Bilbao challenge and enjoying all of this talented youth at my disposal. Keep up the good work Darren and company! This list is ace when I can sign non-Basque players!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 23, 2011

      I have Muniain ready to publish from the weekend, Martinez will follow eventually but Jon Aurtenetxe just isn’t goo enough I’m afraid. Athletic do have some nice talents though.

  • comment avatar Chris November 23, 2011

    Great list. How about Emre Can? I bought him on the cheap near the start of the game and he’s developing nicely

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 23, 2011

      Thanks Chris, not sure if you noticed but every single player in the list has an in-depth profile when you click their name. This profile includes a screenshot of the players future stats and I can’t find a single save in which Can does well so while I’ve heard some hype I just can’t include him without the proof I’m afraid….but like I said I have heard people saying they think he has talent, its just whether he misses first team action when controlled by the CPU.

  • comment avatar jude November 23, 2011

    Hi Darren
    I’m new to FM12 and was wondering if you could tell me which team would be best to start off with, as i am not sure.
    Thanks
    Jude

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 23, 2011

      It depends on which country you want to manage in really and if you want a challenge. I’d say Newcastle would be good but that could be because I am a fan.

      • comment avatar MVB November 24, 2011

        I would agree with Darren, Newcastle is a good challenge, bit of cash so need to spend wisely, but with a bit of luck you can do really well as the players are all good. I somehow managed to win the league in my first season, was greatly helped by Man U and City loosing some stupid games mind!

  • comment avatar Douglas Dobson November 26, 2011

    Hi Darren Ive read alot of your fm blogs and i must say you do your homework and everyone should be thankful of all the time and effort you put into providing the info you do so thanks mate….Could I ask a question what would be your ultimate starting lineup from all the info you have given?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 26, 2011

      Thanks mate, I appreciate the kind words. As for my favourite XI, well I’d have to think on that as it feels near impossible to pick….it would depend on a team, tactic and budget really.

  • comment avatar AVB November 27, 2011

    Great list Darren! Can you profile Ganso? This guy looks really good on my save but i havent seen him on any lists on the internet so far

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 27, 2011

      Yeah I’ll be doing Ganso….there’s so many cheap players out there I wanted to get them all first but starting to do the more expensive ones now.

  • comment avatar yoni November 27, 2011

    hey darren, the list is great and has helped me out enormously. i would just like your personal opinion on picking between two players – Milan Badelj and Yann M’Vila. Im finishing season 1 off and was wandering which one you would recommend buying for season 2. cant afford both though. cheers

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 27, 2011

      Glad to hear this has helped Yoni, I personally have a weak spot for Badelj but M’Vila. It depends on what you want, if Badelj hasn’t moved clubs he’ll be way cheaper but he is a technical player while M’Vila is like a bulldozer.

      • comment avatar yoni November 30, 2011

        thanks so much for this! was also wandering what you thought of juanmi, felipe anderson and lorenzo tassi as potential wonderkids… cheers

        • comment avatar Darren Smith November 30, 2011

          Not much to be honest Juanmi and Tassi are good wonderkids but don’t turn worldclass while Anderson is hit ‘n’ miss….he must get game time.

          • comment avatar yoni December 4, 2011

            thanks so much with helping me so far. i was also just wandering though what you thought of hervin ongenda… he is 16 and i think he turns out alright according to my scouts

          • comment avatar Darren Smith December 4, 2011

            I have checked Ongenda and there’s not much to go off as PSG left him to rot in the reserves….he could be a good player but I don’t see him been as good as the usual Niang, Fierro, Kadlec etc.

          • comment avatar Shzzl December 17, 2011

            Ongenda is killing in my R.Madrid team. :O

          • comment avatar Darren Smith December 17, 2011

            He hasn’t developed in my game due to not been played at all…like seriously I don’t think he’s been given a single senior start. :)

  • comment avatar Johann Bonnici November 28, 2011

    Hi Darren,

    Well done for this list … great job – keep updating as it’s great :)

    I am trying to buy an AM. Actually I found list very useful … I though encountered with 3 AM which definetely should consider having in your list. Refer to underneath:

    Ganso – Brazilian
    Montillo – Argentinian
    Wilshere – English

    They all seem to be awesome prospective stars! I have though still undecided yet of which to buy so the update of the above would be much appreciated.

    cheers
    Johann

    • comment avatar Darren Smith November 28, 2011

      Thanks Johann, I’ll look at all of those names soon….Ganso is actually half done by the way, just needs publishing this week.

  • comment avatar Σαμ December 1, 2011

    Heya,nice job u ‘ve done here,thanx.
    i would like to ask u if uhave discovered “Asamoah Gyan” from Al-ain

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 1, 2011

      Thanks for the the compliment, I’ve seen Gyan but won’t be doing a profile for now.

    • comment avatar Σαμ December 1, 2011

      forget him,it was my bad !!

  • comment avatar Brunzig December 2, 2011

    Darren, could you look at these two players for me?

    Vid Belec
    Rene Krhin

    Would like to know how they develop after a couple of seasons.

    Got Rene Krhin in my Bologna squad at the moment.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 2, 2011

      Both develop fairly well but don’t seem to have world class potential. I’d say they would suit as backup players for any top 4 sides at best.

  • comment avatar Jack December 4, 2011

    I know he is “The Wonderkid” but would you mind doing a profile on Neymar. Does he get better than messi for example?

    Thanks a lot!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 4, 2011

      No one on FM can touch Messi, most of the players that come close lack finishing which prevents them from hitting 30+ a season like Hazard, Gotze and Neymar. He is very good and I’ll try get a profile done but the asking price is just ridiculous….then again that is the case for many of the best players :)

      • comment avatar Jack December 4, 2011

        Thanks a lot mate. Great website by the way. What about Alex Chamberlain from Arsenal?

        • comment avatar Darren Smith December 4, 2011

          No problem, unfortunately I tried to make a bid for Chamberlain and Arsenal rejected me all the way upto £120 million so I won’t be doing his profile until a newer update and his price tag dropping.

          • comment avatar Jack December 4, 2011

            That is outrageous, when will you finish the neymar one then mate?

          • comment avatar Darren Smith December 4, 2011

            Yeah tell me about it, I got bored of making offers so just gave up :) I’ll have Neymar done within 4 days but probably sooner.

      • comment avatar gabi March 28, 2012

        hey there! first, i wanna thank you for compiling all these lists, i really needed some cheap central defenders for my team and the scouts were totally useless. second: I just wanted to say to keep an eye on messi. in one of my games (with Man City) his contract with Barca expired and agreed to come at City for the humble figure of… 0 pennies hahaha :D but the salary was 300K euros/week, aside from appeareance fees and others so you’ll need to coach a team with similar payroll budget. cheers! PS: got him in 2016 :)

        • comment avatar Darren Smith March 28, 2012

          I have done around 4 saves and Messi has never been available for free but if he was under 30 years old and available for free I’d jump at the chance for sure.

  • comment avatar Dan December 4, 2011

    Could you also do Marc-Andre ter Stegen, He’s the young German goalkeeper from Gladbach. He’s listed as a wonderkid on his profile on my save, was wondering how he turns out.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 4, 2011

      I’ve already done Stegen mate, there’s a lot of names I know but try typing Stegen in the search box just above the table and he will pop up.

  • comment avatar johny December 5, 2011

    what about azpilicueta??

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 5, 2011

      I’ll get round to him soon mate, haven’t looked for right backs since finding three of the best at such a small price.

  • comment avatar johny December 5, 2011

    i just bought him for $7 mill after loan him first and he is looked good…
    and your arsenal tactic just awesomeee for my milan game..

    Thank a lot mate…

  • comment avatar yoni December 6, 2011

    hey again :) i was just wandering about an incredibly young kid markus muller…. he is 14. but my scouts say he will become 4 star worthy. i got the best scouts following your other report on the website. i was also wandering how paco alcacer ends up (18 years old). Also shinji kagawa. cheers :)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 6, 2011

      I can’t find that kid I’m afraid mate, sounds like a regen to me. I have already profiled Alcacer and he is decent but very difficult to develop as I experienced with Malaga before selling. Kagawa is an excellent player and worth signing for the left wing as an inside forward.

      • comment avatar yoni December 7, 2011

        what about sergey zubkov. plays for cska moscow

        • comment avatar Darren Smith December 7, 2011

          Sorry another player that I can’t find.

          • comment avatar yoni December 10, 2011

            okay, i think this will be my last guy. but he is 15 years old and is meant to have potential of 4.5 stars. name is rui marques

          • comment avatar Darren Smith December 10, 2011

            Again I can’t see this guy in my game, chances are he’s a regen at that age which means he isn’t real.

  • comment avatar Scott December 6, 2011

    Darren I have a couple more players for you to checkout for the future both from my Brescia save:

    Bartosz Salamon (MC)
    Nicola Leali (GK)

    Would love to see how these two turn out after a couple of seasons

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 6, 2011

      Sorry mate they aren’t good in terms of development so wouldn’t be worth entering into the list.

  • comment avatar Davey December 6, 2011

    Great work mate! Can you do any profiles for some young english talent like Daniel Sturrdige, Danny Welbeck and Micah Richards?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 6, 2011

      I’ll only do the profiles if the players aren’t outrageously priced which most of those are in first season or if they are world class to warrant the price tag which those three aren’t.

      • comment avatar Darren Smith December 6, 2011

        Sorry mate missed a bit off this comment….if I find more time I will do profiles like these but only when others are done first. Cheers

  • comment avatar Scott December 7, 2011

    Shame really because Barca are after both these two in real life……

    Bartosz Salamon (MC)
    Nicola Leali (labeled the next Buffon) (GK)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 7, 2011

      Really, I’m not keen on Salamon at all and while Leali is pretty good he shouldn’t be compared to Buffon through the eyes of FM anyway. Having said all that this tends to happen, FM have an opinion like any pundit does I guess.

  • comment avatar Adam December 7, 2011

    NEYMAR!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 7, 2011

      Yeah I’ve just about finished Neymar’s profile.

  • comment avatar Mike December 10, 2011

    Are Sandro and Christian Eriksen worthy of being on this list? Keep up the good work mate!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 10, 2011

      I reckon so yes, will get round to them eventually.

  • comment avatar johny December 11, 2011

    what about phil jones..mate??

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 11, 2011

      He’s not on for the same reason as Chamberlain, both cost such an outrageous amount to buy from the start of a newly loaded game that I decided they’d be almost impossible to sign anyway.

      • comment avatar johny December 12, 2011

        thank mate…just bought him (2014-2015) for just $29 million..after i sold t.silva to barcelona for $55 million…

    • comment avatar johny December 12, 2011

      sorry for my bad english..hee.

  • comment avatar Jeff December 12, 2011

    Darren. First of all, thanks for the site. It really helps me a lot. I have a question, what do u think about Andrea Poli & Emre Can?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 12, 2011

      Thanks Jeff. I don’t rate Can but that’s because I’m yet to see him hit any kind of potential however Poli is a very good player, I am waiting another season in game before writing his profile.

      • comment avatar Jeff December 12, 2011

        Ok. Thanks Darren. Looking forward to Poli’s profile

  • comment avatar emre December 14, 2011

    Can you make a profile for Pablo sarabia?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 14, 2011

      I’ve already been asked that one but he’s not developed in my save I’m afraid.

  • comment avatar MVB December 14, 2011

    Any chance of a profile on Tim Krul, approaching the end of my 2nd season with Newcastle and Krul is my number one with Branescu my number 2, but as always looking to improve, im wondering if worth hanging on to Krul or cashing in and getting another keeper like Guilherme in the summer

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 14, 2011

      Yeah that is quite a good idea, Krul looks like a top prospect in real life and starts fairly well on FM too so I’ll have a look.

      • comment avatar MVB December 15, 2011

        great,look forward to it.he has done very well on my save wi almost 2 seasons as number 1 under his belt

  • comment avatar emre December 14, 2011

    and what about zakaria labyad?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 14, 2011

      I am waiting to see a good future profile mate, he has been up and down on game…I just want to do him justice, but will get there eventually.

  • comment avatar conor December 14, 2011

    Could you say who you’ve added every day or whenever you’ve updated it?

  • comment avatar Kim December 18, 2011

    can you do a profile for yohan mollo?

  • comment avatar Kim December 18, 2011

    thanks for the work btw

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 18, 2011

      Thanks Kim, I will do a profile on Mollo, I just want to find the best future profile I can first.

  • comment avatar kurukunkun December 19, 2011

    how about jelle vossen from genk?
    he’s a real bargain for me
    he scored 10 goals on first season

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 19, 2011

      Yeah he is good but the pace and acceleration can hold him back. I’ll take another look but feel he get swallowed up in this list.

  • comment avatar tom December 21, 2011

    How about Romelu Lukaku or Daniel Sturridge… can you do a profile for both of them please :)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 21, 2011

      Both good players but not worth a profile. When developed properly they are too expensive and the only reason they price would drop is when, like in my game, they haven’t developed that well.

  • comment avatar James December 21, 2011

    Hi Darren just wandering if you have a profile on Miguel Medina, he is an 18 year old striker from paraguay and my United scout has him at four star potential so just wondering if he turns out good with proper training.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 21, 2011

      Not a good one I’m afraid, he’s played a but but only in the Real reserves so I wouldn’t say he isn’t good as I’d need to see a save where he’s played proper first team football.

      • comment avatar James December 21, 2011

        alright hes not worth 10 million then is he? I’ll cancel my offer so thanks.

        • comment avatar Darren Smith December 21, 2011

          I wouldn’t say so mate, there’s a lot more options out there that are guaranteed success for the same price and less.

          • comment avatar James December 21, 2011

            can you give me a few options? I got sanogo on a free and he is doing alright, Kadlec went to Chelsea so I can’t get him either. I dont have the mexican league on so I can’t get fierro,but will he come back do you know if I activate the mexican league again or will the game make new players for every club?

          • comment avatar Darren Smith December 21, 2011

            Firstly you don’t need the Mexican league loaded to see Fierro, I don’t have it. But you may need a medium database. However loading the Mexican league will mean you can see him for sure.

  • comment avatar tom December 22, 2011

    Thats fair enough, try Mikel San Jose (Athletic, CB)Ignacio Camacho (Malaga, DM) and Christian Eriksen (Ajax, CM)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 22, 2011

      San Jose hasn’t really hit an acceptable level in my game although he should with the right training, Camacho is probably more expensive than he should be but will get a profile while Eriksen will get done but I’m afraid his future profile won’t do him credit.

  • comment avatar tom December 22, 2011

    or Kevin De Bruyne (genk) – for some reason doesn’t always appear in the game for me, which is strange as I always have a large database loaded.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 22, 2011

      He doesn’t appear on my game I’m afraid.

  • comment avatar tom December 22, 2011

    Loving this scouting network…its really taking off now your focussing on this…altho i do like your malaga seasonal updates also…

    just a quick mention of nassim ben khalifa (BSC Young Boys)…i have never signed him myself but three seasons in and hes destorying the prem for sunderland…how is he on ur save?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 22, 2011

      Thanks Tom, glad you’re enjoying this. I’ve checked Khalifa but can’t find him in my future save.

  • comment avatar conor December 22, 2011

    Yuri Mamute and Henrique Miranda are two wonderkids you can get for peanuts. Also Nkoulou and Kolbeinn Sigþórsson?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 22, 2011

      Thanks for the recommendations, I know the latter two of which I’m waiting for better future profiles to do them justice. Cheers.

      • comment avatar conor December 22, 2011

        No problem. I think it’s Yuto Mamute actually.

        • comment avatar Darren Smith December 23, 2011

          Sorry I didn’t mention the first two, while they look good and would develop faster if trained and played correctly they aren’t World Class on my game I’m afraid.

  • comment avatar Jack December 22, 2011

    Yann M’Vila
    Moussa Sissoko
    Alex Chamberlain (I know his asking price is too much but you can just reduce his star quality if he is overpriced!)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 22, 2011

      M’Vila has already been done, Sissoko hasn’t developed in any of my saves yet so although I know he’s talented I don’t think its worth a profile until I can show his potential. As for Chamberlain at the start of the game I literally can’t sign him as Arsenal won’t accept any bids. Besides he hasn’t reached his potential in any of my saves so I’m waiting for him to do that. Thanks for the tips.

      • comment avatar Jack December 22, 2011

        Oh well, keep up the good work!

        • comment avatar liam December 23, 2011

          good website darren helped me out big time. ive signed leigh griffiths from wolves on a free and he scores more goals than games every season for me. immense you should check him out. also i got marin lloris on a free at 15 yrs old and he is already in my startin line up and all the huge clubs wants him after only 6 games in. you should check him out too

  • comment avatar Jeff December 27, 2011

    Hei Darren. Thanks again for the site. quick question.
    Will Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin & Alex Chamberlain develop into worldclass players?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 27, 2011

      Coquelin is decent but not World Class while Chamberlain is a little tougher to predict. When the CPU manages him he doesn’t play much until later on when its too late to develop. My prediction is that he’ll be world class if you manage him yourself and give appropriate amount of first team football. I can’t profile him as he hasn’t developed in any of my future profiles.

      • comment avatar Jeff December 27, 2011

        Ok, thanks Darren.
        Btw, how about Wojiech Sczseny? Can he be WorldClass?

        • comment avatar Darren Smith December 27, 2011

          He could be but needs working on his throwing and composure.

  • comment avatar Gordon December 29, 2011

    darren. how about abel hernandez, junior hoilett, lucas digne, kyle walker and dede?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 29, 2011

      All ones that I’ll be taking a look at, most I already have in mind but just need to clear some off my list that have been lying around a while. :)

  • comment avatar Gordon December 30, 2011

    sure looking forward to more of your wonderful work ! :)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 30, 2011

      Thanks Gordon, I’m trying my best to average one profile every other day so hopefully that should continue.

  • comment avatar Tom December 31, 2011

    The sorting of the column with the stars in it doesn’t seem to work :D

    I haven’t really kept up with Fm12 but got it for Christmas so I will be keeping up to date now :D

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 31, 2011

      That column is an image so I can’t make it sortable. When you first enter the page it will be in order but as soon as you start changing the order of other columns you won’t be able to put it back in order by the star rating.

      • comment avatar Tom December 31, 2011

        Ok, Thanks for replying :)

  • comment avatar tom December 31, 2011

    Hi Darren,

    First of all great list and it is always a help when looking for someone. I have always wanted to sign Kara as every game i have played he is just immense. Anyway have you ever come across any of these players when playing? I have found them great additions to my Sampdoria save.

    Giulio Donati (Inter)
    Ravy Tsouka Dozi (FC Nantes)
    Xherdan Shaqiri (FC Basle)
    Kolbeinn Sigborsson (Ajax)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith December 31, 2011

      Thanks Tom, glad this has helped. As for the players mentioned, I am keeping an eye on Sigborsson, have already profiled Shaqiri in the list above, I can’t see Dozi and haven’t seen Donati improve into much.

  • comment avatar Tibi December 31, 2011

    Hi Darren, awesome list, congratz on it, has lots and lots of young talent that helped my atletico mardrid squad so far. I am curious tho, i see Alvaro Dominguez, Koke, Asenjo and Eduardo Salvio playing pretty well in my squad and growing steady in attributes. Any chance you could profile any of them. Would like to see what your opinion is of them, they seem as good talents to me.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 1, 2012

      Thanks Tibi, good to hear this has helped. As for the players mentioned, they are all very good. My problem like with many is that I don’t have an acceptable future profile to hand. Those guys can develop into world class talents but haven’t done so in my games due to the poor CPU management. If I find a good future profile for them then I will be able to do their profiles.

  • comment avatar kolol January 1, 2012

    Hi mate great stuff, what about sergio canales. Is he worth a punt on the game

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 1, 2012

      Canales is a good player and will get a profile eventually, in the mean time I can say he’s worth a bid.

      • comment avatar kolol January 1, 2012

        thanks and can you recommend a cm, all rounded to replace song?

  • comment avatar pedos January 2, 2012

    where is the download button??

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 2, 2012

      What download button are you referring too?

  • comment avatar Gg January 4, 2012

    Kevin Gameiro 2 seasons in row top goalscorer.

  • comment avatar Heresy January 6, 2012

    First of all, kudos for the ammount of effort put into the list!

    I was wondering if you have something to say about Jean-Christophe Behabeck and Mapou Yanga Mbiwa. First one seems to be attracting buyers from Premier League already in first season. Mbiwa is like a super sub for me, can go anywhere in defense and he really delivers!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 6, 2012

      Thanks for the kind words. I do like Mbwia, just a shame my future profile doesn’t show as good as it should or I’d report on him. For some reason I can’t find Behabeck though.

      • comment avatar Heresy January 6, 2012

        It’s Bahebeck, from PSG. Terribly sorry for the typo.

        Another finding from my scout: Luiz Eduardo (18 yo DC from Sao Paulo). He has him at 4 stars in potential even with average fitness stats (11-13 in atributes of that section). Work rate is 16 though which is amazing for such a young player.

        • comment avatar Darren Smith January 6, 2012

          Yeah I realized the mistake after replying to your comment, I have checked him out and he’s one of those players that is decent but over rated by the press…I personally believe there must be better options.

          As for Eduardo, I can’t find him I’m afraid so not sure.

  • comment avatar Heresy January 7, 2012

    Thanks for the comments. As for Luiz Eduardo, I can find him in a newly created game so I suppose he’s not a regen. He starts in Sao Paulo under 20s team, perhaps you neeed to set Brazil as playable to see him.

  • comment avatar Matt Skeer January 7, 2012

    Darren I’m currently West Ham top of the league but were struggling for goals and Christian Benitez doesn’t want to join me can you recommend anyone ?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 7, 2012

      Hey Matt, which league are you top of? The Championship? and what season are you in?

  • comment avatar Matt Skeer January 7, 2012

    It’s our first season, Carlton Cole injured but were still in the English League Cup final but were also in the championship :)

  • comment avatar Matt Skeer January 7, 2012

    Yes were already signing him in July as that’s just the date he would sign as I got him on a free transfer

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 7, 2012

      I would suggest doing a filtered search for strikers within your price range including the key attributes you look for.

  • comment avatar Matt Skeer January 7, 2012

    Jay Rodriguez seems to be my best bet and he has now developed 17 pace somehow :)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 7, 2012

      Rodriguez isn’t usually managed well by the CPU and doesn’t always develop well but I have seen two saves where gamers have made this guy a legend. If managed well you have a real gem so I’d certainly go for it mate.

  • comment avatar Matt Skeer January 7, 2012

    Everything about him is very good but I’m a bit concerned about his dribbling stat do you think it matters that much with Jay ?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 7, 2012

      Yakubu is rated as a bad dribbler by FM yet he scores like a beast so I wouldn’t worry. You can always train him individually on that area anyway.

  • comment avatar Heresy January 8, 2012

    Got a couple of questions to you, Darren, as I see you as a sort of a scounting/development guru..

    I like having one midfielder assigned on defence duties (ball winning midfielder is awesome) and I’m gonna get a bit of cash for my next transfer window. Which of the following would you recommend and why?
    1. M’Vila (concern – he doesn’t play as midfielder)
    2. Fellaini
    3. Moussa Sissoko

    Another one of my concerns is developping wingers. How much should I rely on my coaches in terms of advice for personal training? For example, one of my winegrs is said to be needing some training in tackles and technique, while I’d just rather concentrate on dribbling, crossing and composure. He also scores a lot of goals with his head for some reason, should I train him on that to increase chance of success in front of the goal?

    And lastly, do you think having 2 wonderkids in rivalry for the same possition good? My midfielders are very injury prone and there’s a spot for them to step in but I can only give them those 15 games/year before the’re any good. Would giving all the first team experience to just one be better or is rivalry good enough of a drive?

    Sorry for the length, hope it doesn’t cause problems. Cheers.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 8, 2012

      It is very tough finding an affordable top class balling winning midfielder this year, I remember struggling with Malaga. Having said that I would go for M’Vila as he’s a real beast…also he can create something once the ball is back at his feet and a ball winning midfielder is far more valuable when he can make a pass after winning the ball back. Don’t worry about the position issue as it has little effect on his performance. Just train him to play CM and all will work fine.

      As for individual training, always rely on your instincts as opposed to coaches. Sometimes they are right but when they say a winger needs to concentrate on tackling and you want him attacking alone then you know he’s talking crap ;) I wouldn’t listen too much to your coaches in that area as you are the one with the big picture, whereas they see one low attribute and think it should be improved. So, concentrate on that guys composure etc…I would anyway.

      As for the drive you are mentioning it doesn’t work, first team football is all that matters and I don’t think the CPU can translate competition into improvement.

      • comment avatar Heresy January 9, 2012

        Thanks a lot for the input!

        I think that the CPU sees AM L/C/R as midfield and as such they advise to get some points into defensive attributes, as my AM just got advised tackling as the best possible training…

      • comment avatar Heresy January 10, 2012

        Turns out I got Fellaini for only 14M Euro in the end. Guy was begging me to sign him :) He’s already a well-rounded BMC and his physical abilities surpass those of my defenders!

        The reason for his low price was Everton having a lousy season, I suspect. But in the end, I do believe he’s one of the best in the world for that possition and being only 23 at the start of the game, perahaps you should consider putting him on your list?

        • comment avatar Darren Smith January 10, 2012

          Nice one, I might do a profile on him but will need some time to do so as things are hectic at the mo.

  • comment avatar JoJo January 9, 2012

    How much budget does Man City get? I need a good young winger too.

    • comment avatar Heresy January 9, 2012

      You can open the editor and check wage/transfer budgets for each team. The list on this site provides info on many wingers, you have a lot to choose from!

      Transfer budget for Man City: 42M £/ 48,3M €

      • comment avatar Darren Smith January 9, 2012

        Heresy is correct, you can look at the editor to find that info.

  • comment avatar ShahiGooner January 10, 2012

    I managed to get Leandro for 25m with ease. Crazy wages though.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 10, 2012

      Glad to hear it, I hate the thought of everyone having to pay the same price tag as shown above…I was shocked when it happened to me twice.

  • comment avatar assailetter January 11, 2012

    how can I download that shortlist and use in FM2012?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 11, 2012

      There isn’t a shortlist available to download I’m afraid as its been added to every other day.

  • comment avatar Heresy January 11, 2012

    Found another possible bargain. Guy’s name is Anderson Martins, a 23 year old Brazilian who is given a potential of 3,5 stars according to my scouts. He’s available for around 500k Euro in the winter transfer window, perhaps even less. He may not be anything special but judging from his attributes in 2012, he can be a solid target for any mid-table team!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 12, 2012

      He’s an interesting player and with such rounded attributes can really handle himself well on the ball. I am not a fan of his development and his career history in my future save isn’t great either but I think you have to forget that and judge this guy on what he is from the start. I do think he’s a bargain for the price and will look further into him.

  • comment avatar ShahiGooner January 12, 2012

    Forgot to say that this is probably the best list for FM12 players on the net, great job, Darren. I usually check this list before going ahead with a transfer or if I’m looking for a player. Does Oxlade-Chamberlain become good in the game? Don’t see him on the list but seems like he has potential.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 12, 2012

      Thanks mate, glad to hear the site is helping. As for Chamberlain he certainly has massive potential but the issue comes in fulfilling it which he hasn’t in any of my saves. I think the CPU manages him badly with little game time and poor training so maybe a human manager could get more from him.

  • comment avatar James January 12, 2012

    Hi Darren great work as always, in my third year with united and im looking for a AMR and my main target was hulk but porto are looking for 55 million for him? his attributes are improving well but i was wondering if you have any other decent players for that position, cheers in advance.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 12, 2012

      I would always recommend Vladimir Weiss of Man City, I bought him with Malaga in my second season and he was the best buy I reckon, absolute legend winning me all kinds of trophies and at a fraction of Hulk’s price tag.

      • comment avatar James January 12, 2012

        thanks for the quick reply, i’ll check him out.

  • comment avatar Andreas January 12, 2012

    what about Lacina Traore? Scores alot of goals on mye save!

    • comment avatar Andreas January 12, 2012

      and Javi Martinez?

      • comment avatar James January 12, 2012

        Javi Martinez is good enough I bought him for United in my second season for 24 million and he is doing well, He suprisingly got me 9 PL goals in his first year so he can also get goals in midfield if thats what your looking for.

      • comment avatar Darren Smith January 12, 2012

        Too much money wise considering his ability in my opinion but I also need a better future profile than the one I have now.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 12, 2012

      He’s not much good on my future save so I don’t have a good enough future profile to show.

  • comment avatar Heresy January 13, 2012

    How about making a profile on Pastore? On my 2nd season he’s got a consistent rating of around 8.50, scoring goals, assisting and dribbling past just about everyone. It’s also thanks to him that my 2 youngsters (Nyang and Fierro) are doing so well (which cannot be said about Gameiro, who’s been a benchwarmer for 4 months now). Pastore’s attributes are astonishing, if he continues developping like that, by 25 he will become a 1 man army at the front.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 13, 2012

      Pastore costs way too much and I don’t like doing profiles on players hardly anyone can buy…great player though.

      • comment avatar Heresy January 13, 2012

        You’ve done profiles on the Brazilian superstars that cost 50M or more ;) but i understand :)

        Perhaps it’s worth it if PSG keeps underachieving. If he’d want out, his price would go down a bit. Anyway, consider profiling him at some point, please.

        • comment avatar Darren Smith January 13, 2012

          While you do have a point there, I haven’t done a profile on the likes of Chamberlain because they are near impossible to buy whereas those Brazilians aren’t if you have the cash. Either way, I don’t want to fill this site with obvious players and that’s the main reason for limiting the names you may know well.

  • comment avatar Dan January 14, 2012

    How does Hervin Ongenda from PSG turn out? Also Gabriel Araujo from Cruzeiro? Cheers.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 14, 2012

      Ongenda has not developed at all in any of my games but he hasn’t really played much either so until you see a save with a human manager in charge of him its difficult to say how good he is. As for Araujo I can’t find him in my future save.

      • comment avatar Heresy January 14, 2012

        I’m playing PSG and i sold him after the first year. He wasn’t bad, could probably develop for 3,5 stars but needs a lot of work in training department. His attributes weren’t rising fast enough for my taste, and Nyang got more playing time in the end. Perhaps if he were forced to playing a lot of first time football, 20+ games (played 14 for me), things might have been different. I feel that, personally, there are better young strikers out there.

        I found Araujo in my future save but he never got enough playing time and thus is only decent. Perhaps with human managment he could achieve more but again, I feel there are better players out there.

        • comment avatar Darren Smith January 14, 2012

          Yeah I would say that sounds about right, if players like Kadlec, Niang and Fierro turn into superstars without human management then why wouldn’t Ongenda, the only explanation is he’s not good enough I guess.

  • comment avatar SC Portugal January 15, 2012

    Hello, I am wondering if you canpost a screenshot of Diego Rubio(18yrs Sporting Club Portugal)? I have a feeling he has great potential but most likely only if he is played often. Thanks in advance.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 15, 2012

      He isn’t in my game I’m afraid.

      • comment avatar SC Portugal January 15, 2012

        interesting. here is his wiki(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diego_Rubio). they speak very highly of him and was just wondering how he turns out in this fm. I would see for myself as I started with Sporting Portugal but than had an urge to start(and continue) with tottenham and was considering buying him. thanks anyway.

        • comment avatar Darren Smith January 15, 2012

          Looks like you have to have the Portuguese league loaded for him to show, which usually is an indication that FM don’t see him as a potential superstar, as the best youngsters show up even if the country isn’t loaded.

          • comment avatar SC Portugal January 15, 2012

            ahh ok good to know. Can you tell me if this is the same with other young footballers in the Sporting squad such as Tiago Ilori, Tobias Figueiredo, or Bruma? Sorry for being a pain in the butt:p and thanks.

          • comment avatar Darren Smith January 15, 2012

            Out of those young players the only worth while talent in my eyes is Tiago Ilori but that is very dependent on playing him a lot.

  • comment avatar Heresy January 16, 2012

    I was wondering if you would profile a player that isn’t available in the default database. His name is Kenneth Zohore and he’s Didier Drogba’s nephew. Plays for FC Kobenhavn and you need to read in the Danish League in order to see him. But for those with i5-i7 processors and TBs or RAM, i don’t suppose it would be a problem. And he’s worth it.

    My scout has him at a 3-star potential but i do believe that if you develop him solely for the targetman – sniper role, he can easily reach 3,5 stars at his peak.

    To start with, he’s really fast for a tall player and already has 11 in first touch and finishing at the age of 17 with very impressive physical stats. His mental attributes are what hamper him from developping into a world-class player but if you can get his composure up from 6 to a decent enough level and give him a lot of playing time, this kid might really grow into a star.

    Here’s the best thing, you can get him for 500k Euro! Not bad considering his potential and age.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 16, 2012

      Sorry I don’t profile players like that, most people visit this site after selecting their leagues and very few select Denmark. Its just one of my rules or I could profile 100’s of players.

      • comment avatar Heresy January 17, 2012

        You got a point there :) Probably got your hands full with profiling the ‘default’ players anyway. Amazing site, best of luck developing it even further!

  • comment avatar aaran January 20, 2012

    hi i am looking for someone to get me more goals not got alot money tho can u help

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 20, 2012

      Well you have come to the right place, take a look through the list above.

    • comment avatar Heresy January 20, 2012

      If you can wait 2-3 years then I’d recommend Fierro. Costs 1,5M euro in compensation at the start of the game and you’ll get him in july 2012. You can also try and snatch Yaya Sanogo on a free. If you need a striker this instant, then Cristian Benitez would probably be your best bet. He should be available for around 10M Euro, maybe less if you’re lucky.

  • comment avatar Heresy January 20, 2012

    Darren, have you heard about Greio’s young striker Leandro? Seems like a brazillian Walcott to me and should be available for around 8M Euro. He should be visible as he’s in the first team there.

    I’d love to provide a future screenshot for him but my laptop is too slow and going on holiday for even 6 months takes 45 mins… I’d have to leave the thing to oevrheat for a whole day.

    • comment avatar Heresy January 20, 2012

      I meant Gremio, not Greio.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 21, 2012

      He’s in the list above, but unfrotunately I couldn’t find a good future profile as he always goes to Real where they leave him to rot in the reserves. Looks talented though.

      • comment avatar Heresy January 21, 2012

        Indeed, the profile’s there! But I expected him much higher up, never actually opened it.

        • comment avatar Darren Smith January 21, 2012

          Yeah I’m sure he’s capable of been higher up but I haven’t seen a decent future profile yet and until I see one I’m only guessing what he is capable of.

  • comment avatar twelly January 21, 2012

    hey darren, just wondering if there’s any chance you could do a focus on young English talent i like the idea of wining the premier league with as many English or home nations players as possible if its abit too much work, i wouldnt mind you dropping a few young talent names cheers

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 21, 2012

      I will try but the best English talent is too expensive and those who are in the youth system of the bigger clubs that look capable never get enough game time to develop and therefore I can’t find good future profiles.

    • comment avatar Heresy January 21, 2012

      Ask your scouts to profile players in u18, reserves, Premier League and either the lower leagues or FA cup. You might also send a a scout to england to look for u21 players.

      I usually just open the editor, set PA on 160 and search (you might also want to add nationality there).

      • comment avatar twelly January 21, 2012

        fairenough lads cheers anyway, ill pick up the ones your have profiles for already, then ill keep an eye for game generated players, and ill use my scouts like that

        • comment avatar Heresy January 21, 2012

          Make sure your scouts have at least 18 in judging potential though. The lower it gets, the greater the mistake chance and the error severity. I always load in brazil for cheap and good scouts, coaches and physios. you can get a 20/20 scout for 500Euro/week. Crazy!

          • comment avatar twelly January 22, 2012

            woah! never knew thats all they would need to be paid ill defo check that out

  • comment avatar albert January 21, 2012

    Matt Phillips from Blackpool and Gylfi Sigurðsson from Hoffenheim are excellent players. They are vital in my teams

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 22, 2012

      Gylfi has already been profiled in the list above and is an excellent player but I haven’t seen Phillips develop enough as yet.

  • comment avatar Heresy January 22, 2012

    I’ve got a new list of potentially good players :) Some may be obvious, but then again Neymar is very obvious and is there right at the top. So, I’d love you to take a look at those:

    -Jesus Navas – need to wait 1-2 seasons to get him
    -I.Afellay – had saves where Barca offered him for 6M Euro at the start.
    -Steve Mandanda – 26 year old keeper for Lyon. I was able to get him for 12,5M Euro.
    -Mats Hummels – Crazy potential but even crazier price
    -Eyal Golasa – Never got him but he’s cheap and has bags of potential
    -Thomas Muller – another expensive German
    -Domenico Criscito – need to wait 1-2 seasons to get him from Zenit, top class fullback
    -Aly Cissokho – cost me 13M Euro and has potential similar to Sagna’s.
    -Ivan Rakitic – don’t know much about him apart from the fact that he’s cheap.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 22, 2012

      I think everyone knows they are great players and while I am doing profiles of everyone I feel like I’ve done a fair amount of obvious names recently with more to come just ready to be published. Therefore I am going to research some less obvious choices first then may return to these names at a later date. I have five profiles ready to be published and about nine that I am on with now so it may take a little while.

    • comment avatar Heresy January 22, 2012

      Forgot about Lucas Digne. For the price of just 2M Euro you can get a decent DL. Only problem with him is his stamina. Has the potential to be on rotation in the top clubs. Definitely one of the best young fullbacks available this year. But he needs to play a lot. In the first season in my PSG game he became my main DL and did exceptionally well considering his age.

  • comment avatar Benjamin January 23, 2012

    Hey Darren. Thanks for this awesome site. Im really enjoying reading all your player “reviews”… Only problem is: which should i buy now.. To many choices :)

    I think you should take a look at the young danish upcoming superstar “Lucas Andersen” only 17, playing in “Aab”… Attacking midfielder… And he is really cheap!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 23, 2012

      Thanks for the kind words, I’m glad you find this site useful. A few people have mentioned Andersen to me but in all my saves he doesn’t seem to hit the potential I expect and until I find a save in which he does I can’t get a future profile good enough.

  • comment avatar Will Henderson January 24, 2012

    Hey. Could you look at Olivier Giroud and Dalibor Stevanovic? Can you tell me if they are good buys in 2011 or wait and then purchase or leave them completely?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 24, 2012

      No their not really worth while, but it depends on who you are managing.

      • comment avatar Will Henderson January 26, 2012

        Thanks for the heads up Darren. Had these guys offered by agents, but it seems they aren’t good for the future.

  • comment avatar Heresy January 24, 2012

    Found another bargain…. at least I think it’s a bargain. Guy’s name is Omer Damari, and israeli playing for Tel-Aviv. He’s 22 at the start of the game and available for around 2M Euro (maybe less). I scouted him at the end of my first season, so he might have progressed, but 4 stats are worth mentioning:
    15 in finishing
    13 in composure
    16 in determination
    17 in flair

    and he’s also rather quick. For 2M Euro i feel he can be welcomed to a low-end/mid-table team from the best leagues. He’s got room for improvement and I’m pretty sure that, if things go well, he might gain a lot of value within 2 seasons.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 24, 2012

      I can’t see him in my save.

      • comment avatar Heresy January 24, 2012

        This is rather strange because I can find him in the editor and I only have the english and brazilian leagues loaded.

        Omer Damari, 22, born in Jerusalem, playing for Hapoel Tel-Aviv, PA 160.

        • comment avatar Darren Smith January 24, 2012

          When you look in the editor you don’t have any leagues loaded, its the editor so you are searching under everything the game has to offer, the editor isn’t the actual game, just a database to change or look at things within the game. Its completely different to searching in a game.

          • comment avatar Heresy January 24, 2012

            I know that. I found him in the game :) He’s not a newgen ro regen or whatever and you should be able to access him regardless of the number of leagues loaded. That’s what I’m trying to say. I searched him in the database just to confirm he’s not a generated player.

          • comment avatar Darren Smith January 24, 2012

            Ahh I see, the only other thing I can think of is that you are using the large database.

          • comment avatar Heresy January 24, 2012

            Indeed I am. Too bad you don’t :( But if i don’t get bored with playing Arsenal for 5 years, I’ll let you know how he turns out :)

          • comment avatar Darren Smith January 24, 2012

            OK sounds good :)

  • comment avatar twelly January 26, 2012

    has anybody got anything to offer about cleverly, id like to keep hold of him if he amounts to a good player, ive got teams coming in for him at the start of my second season for about 7 million so just wondering if i should stick with him or sell up

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 26, 2012

      He develops into a good player but not World Class…you could keep him for the bench or as rotation I’d say but I have never seen him grow to a world class standard.

      • comment avatar twelly January 26, 2012

        managed to squeeze 6 million upfront and another 6 over a year from fulham for him so i sold him

        • comment avatar Darren Smith January 26, 2012

          Yeah sounds like a wise decision mate as I can’t see you ever getting a lot more. Best to develop a very young wonderkid regen than have a mediocre 20 year old I say.

          • comment avatar twelly January 26, 2012

            one more question, i signed fierro wanted to ship him to Huddersfield on loan, his work permit goes through but Huddersfield said no cos they got their loan targets, now i cant play him cos it says he has no work permit wtf is that about

          • comment avatar Darren Smith January 26, 2012

            I’m not sure, if you have him in your squad in the first season (which I didn’t think was possible) then he won’t have a work permit. However if you are in the second season or beyond then that is a little weird but you should try and loan him out to a foreign club.

  • comment avatar Heresy January 26, 2012

    Darren, I’m a bit confused about match experience. Do cup and Champion’s Cup matches count toward it? Because the history only reveals league matches and I have so many youngsters I can’t give each 15+ league appearences. I can squeze them into the squad for cup and easy ECC meetings, no problem there, but I don’t want to slow down their development if it does no good.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 26, 2012

      Match experience is any and every match. Ignore the career history thats just how FM show stats, they don’t show anything bar the league but those games count for development just as much. A player gains more from playing well against a mediocre team than badly against a great one.

      • comment avatar Heresy January 26, 2012

        Wow, thanks a lot for this explanation!

  • comment avatar twelly January 26, 2012

    wont let me reply to your last comment, i approached to sign him at the start of my first season, so he joined on 26th July i think it was, and now theres the problem with the work permit, im worried that if i dont sort it, his development will stall

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 26, 2012

      I think all you can do is try to offer him to clubs on loan, if you can get him somewhere that will offer game time he’ll be fine.

      • comment avatar twelly January 26, 2012

        cheers mate

        • comment avatar Heresy January 26, 2012

          I think that it’s a database glitch. I have the same problems with players in need of work permit who returned from loan spells. Needed to offer them a new contract to be able to play them.

          • comment avatar Darren Smith January 27, 2012

            Could well be.

          • comment avatar twelly January 27, 2012

            ill try the new contract actually never thought about that

  • comment avatar Heresy January 29, 2012

    Darren, ever thought about profiling Fernando (FCP player)? His mental attributes are through the roof it seems and although he’s already 23 at the start of the game, so not the youngest out there, I feel he would make a nice addition to your list.

    Not entirely certain if he joins HSV already at the start of the game or they only bid for him. But he only cost 3M then and 2 seasons later PSG bought him for 15M Euro.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith January 29, 2012

      Yeah he is good and if available for the price mentioned would be a great signing but my list of profiles has grown too long, so I’ll have to revisit him later.

    • comment avatar Heresy January 29, 2012

      Oh yes, and what about profiling Alphonse Areola? It may be a name familiar for those who played the previous FM versions but who is to say this site’s guests all have that experience? ;) Anyway, available for around 4M at the start of the game. In 18 months he became my no.1 keeper in Arsenal. Only weakness I see is his rushing out stat.

      • comment avatar Darren Smith January 29, 2012

        While I do agree with that I am still waiting to find a suitable future profile for him as I feel the ones I have don’t do him justice.

  • comment avatar marc shanks January 31, 2012

    firstly, this is definately the best list ive ever seen for fm, it doesnt just cover kids. the future profiles you do are fantastic, so thanks loads for the hard work.
    i bought yann mvila, i play as marseille pretty much all the time. i bought him on the last fm. i was always get great scout reports but he doesn’t seem to play well, gets very mediocre ratings, i use him as a cdm (alou diarra isnt getting any younger), any advice on how to get the best from him? ive got around this in the past but with m’vila im kind of at a loss. also any other cm’s you would recommend in a 4-2-2-1 formation to go with m vila?

    • comment avatar Heresy January 31, 2012

      If I may reply, M’Vila works best sa a ball winning midfielder. They don’t normally get high rating because they do the dirty job without any fireworks. Also, If you tend to use an advanced playmaker with attack duty as your second (and third?) midfielder, the effort to control the midfield relies solely on the BWM.

      If you get ‘M’Vila isn’t having the best game of his career’ or something message from your ass.mgr., it could indicate that M’Vila is just short on form and you should rest him for a few games, perhaps even risk sending him to the reserves.

      Also, try the ‘retain possession’ shout and if M’Vila loses the ball often, start preferred moves training to decrease his playmaking efforts (no dribbling, simple passing game, no going forward).

      With a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-2-1 (I assume it’s either of those and you’re not playing a 10-man team ;) ), you could get a player suitable for ‘Deep Lying Plamaker’ support/defend or ‘Box to Box’ midfielder since they help a lot on efforts to control the midfield.

      My 2 cents. Hope it helps.

      • comment avatar marc shanks February 1, 2012

        yea sorry i meant 4-3-2-1 on fifa its a
        4-5-1 formation, cdm/cm/cm/ram/lam/st
        cheers your point about ballwinning makes sense its just that on the profile it show him as having very decent season averages. on my save moussa sissokho has become an absolute power house, man u just picked him up. im kind of regretting not taking him over m’vila but i not giving up on him i still want to get the best out of him.

        • comment avatar Darren Smith February 1, 2012

          It depends on how you use him though, any midfielder can be used as the focal point of attacks and because those players get assists and noticed more they get better ratings…however if you have a tactic and his role set for donkey work then you’ll get very average ratings, though its not a bad thing. The best manages I know, know the importance of players that look great but rarely go above 6.8 match rating…its deceiving.

          • comment avatar marc shanks February 1, 2012

            cheers, that helps a lot. hopefully he can maybe reach the record in the profile.

  • comment avatar Matt February 1, 2012

    Great list, does anyone know how Jack Rodwell turns out? And where best to play him?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 1, 2012

      Thanks Matt, Rodwell develops into a top player and would suit central midfielder role with support duty or even ball winning midfielder. Don’t expect ridiculous ratings for matches though as he does a lot of unseen work which every CM and BWM needs to.

  • comment avatar john February 1, 2012

    Best football manager list I’ve even seen nice work Darren, been through the list countless times but still not sure who to partner Van Persie with, was thinking a target man – attack like leandro damiao or cavani.. but maybe he would be better pared with a poacher but not sure who, any help anyone?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 1, 2012

      Thanks for the kind works John. I personally would love to see Cavani as poacher and RVP as deep lying forward or even complete forward.

  • comment avatar Tibi February 2, 2012

    I bought Prestia a year after i started the game with atletico madrid, now after the second season, during witch he was injured for ~ 3 months, and played only 20 or so matches in the first team, he has actually become worse then progressing. Can you please tell me if his chances of becoming a great player are gone? I was planning on moving Kara up to play defensive midfielder and using Prestia with Dominguez, but it looks like prestia isnt progressing nearly enough for keeping a regular first team spot at my team atm.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 2, 2012

      Just because he had a 3 month injury doesn’t mean he’ll be effected development wise. You just need to make sure you’re training him correctly and offering at least 15 games a season, then he’ll develop.

    • comment avatar Heresy February 3, 2012

      For me, Prestia never progresses much during the first 2 years. He builds up some physical skills and the stats I coach him individually on (usually tackling), but the rest falls behind. In the 3rd season however, I’m not sure why, he stops developping his strength as much and begins training his mental and technical skills more.

      Patience is the key with him I feel.

      • comment avatar Darren Smith February 3, 2012

        Agreed, that can be the case with many players. Each one develops differently, just because one players attributes rise from the off doesn’t mean another won’t reach their potential when they seem to be stalling at the start.

  • comment avatar David91 February 3, 2012

    Hi Darren, playing a save with arsenal using your 4-5-1 formation, going great at the moment, teams a bit short of ball winning midfielders so looking to buy one who maybe can jump above song into the first team. Any recommendations? I was thinking possibly Javi Martinez but not sure!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 3, 2012

      Unfortunately there’s a major lack of great BWM’s in this game, but I’d say try and sign Kara…may fail work permit but worth a try.

  • comment avatar twelly February 3, 2012

    hey darren, just wondering if there’s much point in setting up a chase for jack rodwell im after a replacement for carrick, and id like him to be English or home nations hes 22 in my save at the moment, is there much more development chance with him being this age

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 3, 2012

      Rodwell is a solid MC that tends to really improve from the age of 22. Because Rodwell has a brain for Football, those mental and passing attribute keep improving, I’d say go for it if he’s reasonably priced.

  • comment avatar Heresy February 4, 2012

    About two of my findings which I’ve recommended sometime earlier:

    Omer Damari – not possible to sign or even loan him in the first transfer window.

    Fernando (DMC from FCP) – the 3M deal signing to HSV had to be a part-exchange because I’ve tried signing him in the first transfer window in a new game and a deal worth of 10M got rejected. Haven’t tried further bids as I see no particular point, thought he’d be a great cheap signing which he hasn’t turned out to be.

    Cheers.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 4, 2012

      I’ve tried looking at Damari in my future save but can’t find him.

      • comment avatar Heresy February 4, 2012

        We’ve agreed that you need a large database to see him. He’s a good buy for 2M Euro nonetheless.

  • comment avatar dhu February 5, 2012

    First of all great compilation, very nice work.

    Have you looked at Stefan Bell, Mainz 05 (start of the game 19 loaned at Frankfurt)?

    He has fixed potential, very good mentals, good defending stats, allways develops into an international star.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 5, 2012

      Not in my future save I’m afraid, whether you need a large database loaded or the German leagues to see him I’m not sure…but all the profiles we do are and will be based on medium database with very few leagues loaded (ie Italy, Spain, England, and 2 more as view only) This is because the average gamers computer will run slow with anymore loaded.

  • comment avatar MrWright February 5, 2012

    find christopher drazan.bought him in second half of season from SK Rapid Wien for my team,Liverpool.really good player with average 7.2+ per game.scores 2 goals and 1 assists in his debut agains wolves at anfield.Plus,suarez scores more goals with drazan behind him :)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 5, 2012

      He seems like a good all round player without any outstanding skills but good general ones. I’ll take a deeper look later to see of he’s worth a profile.

  • comment avatar Shen February 5, 2012

    Decent list. Though as you’ve addressed in your comments, someone like Digne really needs a profile. Costs peanuts and becomes nearly as good as in FM2011. How does Dudu (Eduardo Pereira Rodrigues) develop? Don’t know if he starts at Cruzeiro or if Dynamo Kyiv have bought him. Just bought him and he looks excellent and versatile, but he got a nasty injury at the start of the season. Are Aït Fana, Bocaly and Sidney Sam too old to figure on this list? All were exceptionally cheap at the end of the first season and they’ve been top players for me.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 5, 2012

      Yeah Digne is quality and he will get a profile, he’s developing nicely in my current save so I’m waiting a few more seasons then I’ll profile him. Dudu does look good too but his future profiles aren’t good enough so that is why I haven’t been able to report on him yet. I’m not keen on Bocaly and Fana but Sam does look worth a profile, again I’m waiting to get a better profile of him before committing though.

      • comment avatar Shen February 6, 2012

        I can understand Fana when comparing them to some on that list, but Bocaly really compares equally or even favourably to most DR’s in your list. He’s at least as good as Romario in his mental stats, about the same in his technical ones, and what he lacks in speed he makes up for in jumping. To top it off, he’s more versatile and he’s no more expensive. Just my tuppence ;)

  • comment avatar twelly February 5, 2012

    does anybody have any tips on maybe being able to train a player to increase his acceleration or pace, or does this have to develop on its own, any help would be nice cheers

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 5, 2012

      The best thing to do is make the players individual training intensity high and train them individually on quickness.

  • comment avatar liam douglas February 5, 2012

    Hi Darren i am Leeds and i cant seem to get them promoted, is there any players you recommend?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 6, 2012

      Afraid not mate as I only scout for the top teams but you could try looking here http://www.footballmanagerstory.com/2011/10/the-very-best-free-players-in-football-manager-2012/

    • comment avatar Heresy February 6, 2012

      Try loaning young players from the top clubs. Their form may not be reliable but they’re capable of magic if it hits. Also, scout the reserves and look for 30-something players. They may be a bit slow but overall, as long as they play, they should provide the quality. And there should be a lot of them available for free.

      When I played Nimes Olympiqye in FM 11, I used an attacking tactic (4-2-3-1/4-2-2-2) with overlap shout. No, my goalie wasn’t happy. But I usually scored more than my opponent ;)

  • comment avatar Heresy February 6, 2012

    Darren, has anyone recommended Samuel Inkoom from Dnipro to you yet? He’s not a bargain exactly and in the first season he’d probably cost around 8-9M Euro. But with time the fee should drop and if he’d be available for 5-6M, i think he’d be a worthwhile signing.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 6, 2012

      No they haven’t, I’ll take a look later. Cheers.

  • comment avatar Heresy February 7, 2012

    I’ve got NEWS. Remember Fernando, the DM? Well, in the second season I did get him for 3M. Best bargain ever! He wasn’t unsettled or anything. It’s a must buy.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 8, 2012

      Yes but we go off the starting price at beginning of a new game as things change for every single game. Either way, we’ll be taking a look at new players in the future but for now there are too many to profile to take more on.

      • comment avatar Heresy February 8, 2012

        I’ve seen the 3M bid happen twice, once it was even in the first season, though I now suspect he went to HSV then in the winter transfer window. The first transfer window bid is ridiculous (something like 28M, due to recent arrival at the club) but you usually give tips if the price drops with time.

        Anyway, he’s worth taking a look, so whenever you have time… ;)

        • comment avatar Darren Smith February 8, 2012

          Fair enough, I will take a look but as mentioned things are hectic at the mo so he’s on the back burner for now mate.

  • comment avatar Heresy February 8, 2012

    Two ‘new’ findings:

    Sven Bender – decent Ball Winning Midfielder, becomes cheaper in 1-2 seasons (15,5M bid got accepted in summer 2012 window). Lacks a bit of strength but can be coached individually on that

    Pajtim Kasimi – he’s been performing rather well for my Fulham team. A nice box-to-box midfielder, pops up unexpected around the pitch, quite often overlapping my striker and scoring the winning goal in 88th minute :) Not sure about the price, I suspect something in order of 8M, definitely under 10M.

    Time to get some sleep :P

    • comment avatar Heresy February 8, 2012

      I meant Pajtim Kasami*… was late so I’ve got an excuse :P

      • comment avatar Darren Smith February 8, 2012

        While Kasami doesn’t develop much in my games Bender is very talented…but he’ll have to go into the waiting list with the rest for now I’m afraid.

  • comment avatar luke allum February 8, 2012

    can u do me a report on manuel heidel i signed him for my fulham team as cover but he seems to be a good prospect

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 8, 2012

      Sorry I can’t find him in my game to check.

  • comment avatar Pep Guardiola February 9, 2012

    No need for their own player profiles if you don’t want to, but I’d add Ravel Morrison, Paul Pogba and Danny Welbeck onto this list. All at United and have excellent training facilities to help them develop.

    Ravel, sadly, forced himself out of United in real life and was sold but obviously still with United in the game. He goes on to be good enough to start for them. Danny Welbeck becomes the complete forward who’ll easily get 30+ goals a season. Pogba turns into a wonderful player, perhaps a luxury player, but would be a star player for most top flight clubs. Of course they are costly + not exactly desperate to leave but so worth the money.

    Also, Sanogo and Fierro are ridiculously good.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 9, 2012

      I am in the process of doing Pogba’s profile as I found a suitable future profile to match but the other two have just never progressed any of my saves. I’m sure it could be a different story with someone actually managing them but without a future profile I can’t add them, that is what makes this site different to all the other endless lists, we have proof of the players talent. If you have the screenshots I may need then by all means put them in a comment and I’ll take a look but without those neither player can go on the list I’m afraid.

  • comment avatar Samuel February 9, 2012

    What do you think about Chalobah and Deulofeu?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 9, 2012

      I am yet to see Deulofeu grow into the player most say he is, and Chalobah looks very talented but again I haven’t seen a good enough future profile of him yet.

  • comment avatar Heresy February 9, 2012

    Viewing international u19/21 squads, I got reminded about two wonderkids I always swooped up in FM 10 or 11: Stephan el Shaarawy and Khouma Babacar. Both ridiculously expensive now of course. But I just love tormenting you with new names to scout so… :)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 9, 2012

      : ) Shaarawy isn’t really good enough this year while Babacar has dropped in standard from last year too, though the striker will be a worth a profile as soon as I find a suitable future profile.

  • comment avatar chris hepple February 12, 2012

    bought cammy barr from scotland he,s 15 an cost 10k after 2 years he a under 21 international striker an scoring 2 or 3 every game but carnt seem to get him scoring for my exeter team any thoughts mat

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 12, 2012

      Never heard of or seen him, are you sure he’s not a regen? (player made up by the computer.)

      In fact he is definitely a regen if bought two years in at that age, he is unique to your game so no one can see him I’m afraid.

  • comment avatar Heresy February 13, 2012

    Hmm.. is 35 too old to be featured on your list? I just bought Morgan de Sanctis, a 35-y-o goalie, for 3M and he made me win against Barca. Rating of 9.3 or something, still has 3-5 years left in him. The rating isn’t a fluke, He’s been getting 8.0+ on a regular basis. A real bargain :)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 13, 2012

      I’m afraid it is too old yes, but sounds like a great keeper.

      • comment avatar Heresy February 13, 2012

        Yeah, thought so. He’s starting to decline and his physical stats are rubbish. But the rest is amazing. My 40 year old keeper was retiring and I needed someone for the big games as Areola doesn’t have the skills yet and needs a year, maybe a bit more to develop his skills enough not to keep me biting my nails everytime there’s goal action in my own half :P

        Pitty about goalkeepers – most of the skills needed for good goalkeeping comes from experience and can’t be taught through individual focus. Areola’s handling is amazing, positioning is getting better and better, he has godly physical stats… but the rest isn’t good enough.. yet :)

        • comment avatar Darren Smith February 14, 2012

          There are a few exceptions though, I always find Stegen and Kameni very reliable.

  • comment avatar Toby Moore February 13, 2012

    Alright Darren? Fantastic site mate, I signed two young(ish) players on my Newcastle save, Toby Alderweireld from Ajax, he’s 22 and has some pretty fantastic stats from the off and another called James McArthur, a Scot, he’s 23 and plays for Wigan and he has all the making of a very decent midfielder. Could you do a report on them and see how they turn out?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 13, 2012

      Thanks Toby, I will do a profile on Alderweireld eventually but you’ll need to bare with me as there’s a lot to do first. However McArthur isn’t quite the right player for the list I’m afraid, he hasn’t improved enough in any of my saves.

      • comment avatar Toby Moore February 14, 2012

        That’s a shame, his passing looked amazing, keep up the good work though, really appreciate the work you put in.

  • comment avatar Martin K February 13, 2012

    Darren i feel that one player missing on this list is Andrea Poli. He can easily be bought for 2 mill at the start of the gam,e and he have tremendous potential.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 13, 2012

      Already on it, he’s next up and been ready to go for about a week. I actually think its impossible to sign him from the off due to his loan deal but provided he doesn’t sign for Inter at the end of the first season he can be cheap.

  • comment avatar James February 16, 2012

    Alan Dzagoev and Tomas Necid from CSKA Moscow

    Taufic Guarch from Mexican league

    Luuk De Jong and Nacer Chadli from Twente

    Khume from Kaizer Chiefs

    Botia from Sporting in Spain

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 16, 2012

      We’ve already profiled Dzagoev but will certainly check out the rest so cheers.

  • comment avatar Chip Thompson February 16, 2012

    Hi Darren,

    I’ve just taken over Man United in 2014 and was wondering if Danny Wellbeck and Ashley Young are worth sticking with? Wellbeck seems decent enough but at 29, Young might end up on the transfer list.

    On your recommendation I’ve picked up Jack Rodwell for 14.5m and am also using your Arsenal tactic. You’re like my assistant manager haha.

    Cheers mate,

    Chip

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 16, 2012

      I’d personally have rid of them both, some gamers say Welbeck is good but none of them have provided a profile to prove it yet and what I have seen in years to come doesn’t look promising. But Young should definitely go at that age IMO.

      Nice to know this and the main FMS site can help mate, we like to be used as a real life assistant of sorts so thanks for the kind words.

  • comment avatar Heresy February 17, 2012

    Alright, time for a new batch of eastern platers :)

    Pavel Mamaev from CSKA Moscow

    Henrik Mkhitaryan from Metalurg or Shakhtar (not sure where he starts)

    from Dnipro:
    Diego Suarez (may require large DB)
    Eugene Konoplyanka
    Giuliano (may cost a lot)

    Ante Vukusic from Hajduk

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 18, 2012

      Thanks I will take a look at them, a couple I can’t find and the rest do look like they may develop well under proper management but as is the case so many times their future profiles aren’t good enough from lack of development.

      • comment avatar Heresy February 18, 2012

        In my game, Man U just bought the 24 year old Henrik Mkhitaryan for 18,5M, he’s very versatile, can play nearly anywhere and can be molded into anything you want. I like players like that :) Will be a signing for me for sure when I start a new game.

        Giuliano cost Inter 22M in the end.

        I got Suarez for my right wing (sold Ruiz for 28M to Athletic). 6M isn’t a lot and if he doesn’t perform, I’ll sell him for twice that in 2 years :) wanna see how he performs and if he’d be worth signing (for 2-3M at the start of the game) for a new game.

      • comment avatar Heresy February 20, 2012

        If you can see Diego Suarez (he’s in the Dnipro reserves at the start ofthe game), then he definitely deserves a profile. In 2 seasons I will personally get one for you if you’d like. If he’s good after spending 3 years playing for Dnipro and going on loan to Cyprus, he’s definitely one to watch out for!

        • comment avatar Darren Smith February 21, 2012

          Sorry I can’t see him as mentioned so he won’t be profiled. I have a feeling the actual league needs to be loaded unfortunately.

          • comment avatar Heresy February 21, 2012

            I don’t have the Croatian league loaded :) Just a large DB :) I prefer that to loading 5 different leagues ;)

          • comment avatar Heresy February 22, 2012

            Ah, I’ve made a mistake in the list. Diego Suarez plays for Dynamo Kyiv. Both Dnipro and Dynamo have roughly the same logo and are ofc from Ukraine -.- anyway, would appreciate it if you looked for the Bolivian again although I suspect you won’t be able to find him anyway as he plays for the reserves.

          • comment avatar Darren Smith February 22, 2012

            Still isn’t in my saves I’m afraid.

  • comment avatar harry blaydes February 23, 2012

    young striker at chivas carlos fierra hes 17 when u start in 2nd season 30goals plus every year on u gt him for free when start to

    • comment avatar Darren Smith February 23, 2012

      He’s already on the list.

  • comment avatar dragan February 23, 2012

    Kara is a beast of a player.

  • comment avatar Benjamin February 28, 2012

    Must say Yarmolenko is a beast… Bought him for Man utd – a real goalmachine!

    Badelj is also a nice buy i must say!

  • comment avatar Heresy March 3, 2012

    Update on the transfer market (ever considered those 2 players?):

    Hosny – Egyptian DM available for around 2M euro. Isn’t a pro in any category but I suspect that with his stats, he could make a decent box to box midfielder

    Bryan Rabello – Chilean youngster natural in AM position but he’d probably work better as a winger. Has potential and is incredibly cheap. Very similar in nature and stats to Yaisien.

    • comment avatar Heresy March 3, 2012

      Also, Aly Cissokho is a must buy, and even if many know him (possibly), I’m not sure they know he’s available for as little as 10M (up to 13M). And for that you get an amazing package ready to play for any team in the world.

      Also, even after 4 years, my scouts are nagging me about Emre Can and Ilkay Gundogan. While the first hasn’t played much and is lacking in mental stats due to that, Gundogan seemed to push himself through to the first team and would be a good signing even for the top teams.

      Sven Bender has been my best signing in my new PSG team, and I’ve signed Willian and D.Costa as well. He’s been making assists, scoring goals and generally been a rock in the midfield. Nothing gets past him when he plays as a DM, he’s glued to the opposition. When in midfield, he does get passed, but only with long balls and good through balls. He isn’t very agressive, which I like for that role. He just sticks to his man and doesn’t let him cross or shoot. Doesn’t tackle too often and rarely gets cards.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 3, 2012

      Hosny just isn’t the sort of player that would make the list and while Rabello looks interesting I don’t have a screenshot of him developed enough to profile.

  • comment avatar harry blaydes March 5, 2012

    matias suarez anderlecht pure class

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 5, 2012

      While he looks good for mid-table sides I worry he may not cut it with the better clubs but I can’t say for sure as haven’t signed him.

  • comment avatar twelly March 5, 2012

    can anybody offer a name as replacement for billy sharp? im playing as donny, and ive got about 2.5million to spend id like abit of pace if possible, rating 14 or 15 in acceleration and pace ill look at any names people can provide cheers!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 5, 2012

      Without knowing who will join your club it may be a wasted exercise so I’d suggest searching under strikers aged under 25 with the attributes you like and go from there.

  • comment avatar Qassim Ahmed Yakubu March 8, 2012

    i want to manage 3 teams( is that advisable?), have chosen malaga, santos and for the final team am still contemplating. any advice on a team from premier league that is outside the top 6… ttthat is very good,with wonderful bank account?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 9, 2012

      I wouldn’t advice that as I find investing in one save means you’ll put all your energy into it, whereas doing three would see your thoughts spread out too much and probably end with all three saves been incomplete. But Newcastle would be a good team to start with.

      • comment avatar Qassim Ahmed Yakubu March 9, 2012

        what if i used 3 teams under one save, you know by adding 2 managers in the same save? so between sunderland/aston villa and newcastle, which is more advisable?

        • comment avatar Darren Smith March 9, 2012

          I don’t understand why you would want to do that and certainly would not advise it because those games never last, I’ve already offered my opinion on the team.

  • comment avatar harry blaydes March 9, 2012

    im west ham in played 2 seasons promoted 1st then avoided relagation i need a new left bk for the prem in my 3rd season any cheap ones??

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 9, 2012

      Sorry I would have no idea who is cheap and developed three seasons into your game…try doing filtered searches for specific attributes maybe.

  • comment avatar Heresy March 10, 2012

    It surprises me that you haven’t profiled Rondon yet. Had signed Sanogo before and I’ve got to say he’s just as good as the Frenchman aged 21. For me he plays best as a TM lone striker with mixed delivery. But he needs some crosses so he probably isnt well suited for a dual IF tactics (I personally played IF on the left and AP on the right wing swapping players on those positions, and this has worked amazingly). Sold him for 20M after 1 season!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 10, 2012

      He is a good player but not got a profile of him improving enough to warrant the report especially as I personally found very inconsistent and not as dangerous as many other ST’s.

      • comment avatar Heresy March 10, 2012

        Shame that. He bagged 36 goals in all competitions for me in season 1. Guess you need a tactic for him to work well. If it weren’t for the 20M income, I’d keep him. Now I only have teenagers for that position (Niang, Fierro, Kadlec) and am quite fearful ahead of season 2.

  • comment avatar Alex March 11, 2012

    Where’s all the English talent?!

    Also, how has Romelu Lukaku done on your game?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 11, 2012

      English talent comes at a premium and since almost everyone knows who they are we get through the less known players first then come back to the English players after updating all the profiles. Lukaku has turned out not so good in one save and to a good standard in another…I think he requires first team football and attention to reach his potential thats for sure.

    • comment avatar Heresy March 12, 2012

      Darren, what do you think about Cesar Azpilicueta? Is a little expensive, but is he worth the outlay?

      • comment avatar Darren Smith March 12, 2012

        He is a quality player but the asking price is far too high for a right back IMO.

  • comment avatar Heresy March 13, 2012

    I suppose that with all the work you have now, you’re not keen on adding more names to your list. Was wondering if Beram Kayal is suitable to be featured here. He’s nowhere near the standard of M’Vila or Fellaini, but with scarsity of good Ball Winning Midfielders available, he’s the next best thing. He’s also ready to go, no need to wait years before he gets any good. One thing I’m worried about is his potential. He plays in the scottish league, which isn’t really top flight tbh, and left there, he won’t improve much, so a future profile might not do him justice :(

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 13, 2012

      Afraid there will be no profiles a while and we won’t be considering any until everything is updated. Sorry.

  • comment avatar dhu March 13, 2012

    Some hints for watchable players after updating:
    Moritz Leitner
    Julian Draxler
    Bernd Leno
    all got raised in CA and PA (all of them -9)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 14, 2012

      Will take a look once we have updated the profiles.

      • comment avatar Nicolai Bisgaard March 14, 2012

        Hey Darren. One thing i’m abit intrigued by.
        What if i am only interested in getting the best possible players for the best possible team, what should i go after? As i understand your rating system is based on value for money, so i could guess that with players as Hazard, Neymar, Gøtze, Moura who has 5 stars, even though they are pricy, can be assumed to become absolute world class.
        But what about players like Fierro, Kara, Badelj and Vrsaljko? Does their 5 stars mean that they will become the best in the world at their position, or just that they are extremely good, their value considered?

        • comment avatar Darren Smith March 14, 2012

          It is a mixture but any player rated 5 star can be world class…why not click on the players names to see their actual profile, that way you can see how they may turn out for yourself.

          • comment avatar Nicolai Bisgaard March 15, 2012

            Thanks, i’ll try that.

  • comment avatar kevster March 14, 2012

    Arturo Vidal
    Danilo da silva
    Adam maher
    ZNka jorgensen
    Marvin martin
    Jackson martinez
    Alvaro morata
    Igor lichnovsky
    Ali ahamada
    Etienne capoue
    Josip ilicic
    Luciano narsingh

    There you go fellas all great buys

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 14, 2012

      We aren’t looking at new players for now but will come back to the list once the schedule calms down so thanks.

  • comment avatar jimmy March 16, 2012

    read alot about adam vass , but never loads in any of my games !!!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 16, 2012

      Yeah he is a little hit and miss to be honest but that’s what you get with some cheap signings.

  • comment avatar FootballManagerTony March 17, 2012

    You don’t get near enough credit for all this mate. You should be bloody knighted, no joke! You’ve helped so many with these kind of lists.

    All the best mate!

    Tony

  • comment avatar Nicolai Bisgaard March 17, 2012

    Thanks alot for the reponse Darren. Think i allmost have my ideal first 11 ready now. Just got a question regarding my defence and Goalkeeper.
    Currently thinking Alex Sandro in LB, Sahko+Papad in Centre and Corchia at RB. GK is Ter-Stegen.
    Hows your take on that lineup?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 17, 2012

      I’d say that is certainly the ideal back four and I always say the your defense is the foundation to success. All I’ll recommend is patience because they my not develop and settle in the first season…but give them time and they’ll be irreplaceable.

      • comment avatar Nicolai Bisgaard March 18, 2012

        Hehe i was planning to. Papad and Alex Sandro has actually been outstanding allmost from the beginning. The rest will surely be thereabouts soon aswell.
        Only problem with Alex sandro, at least for me, is that if you dont buy him at the start he gets sold to another club, which will demand 40+ £.
        Thanks for the help.

        • comment avatar Heresy March 21, 2012

          Whenever I’m interested in a player but don’t have the money to buy him, I add him to my shortlist and monitor transfer offers. I’ll be ready to sign him in the next transfer window or next season but I don’t want anyone to beat me to it ;) And Sando usually leaves FCP after the 2nd season in my saves, so that’s plenty of time to get those 10M for him.

  • comment avatar Seamus March 21, 2012

    Great site mate!

    Am chelsea and struggling to get a commanding CM to boss the midfield whist still being creative. Looking to replace lampard, so need someone who will come in and perform week in week out straight away.

    Any suggestions mate?

    Much apreciated

  • comment avatar Seamus March 21, 2012

    Thanks for the reply.

    Man city just signed him unfortunetly, any other suggestions? How do you rate nevas for right mid and llorente to partner torres, only in start of second season.

    Many thanks again :)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 21, 2012

      Both those players would be good investments but as for another suggestion I’d recommend looking through the list above as there are plenty of good options there.

  • comment avatar Bristol City 2012 March 23, 2012

    Amazing job, Darren, such dedication and so well received! I have learnt the hard way to get these players in year 1, as they quickly become unattainable (or won’t sign for low rep clubs)
    Two questions: If a player won’t sign for you, is the only way to get him around by winning trophies etc, or is there another sneaky way?
    Second, any thoughts on Jordan Spence and Grant Hanley? They are working out quite well for me in my save, were cheap and tho not world class, have solid, consistent performance?

    Thanks again for all your hard work!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 23, 2012

      The only way to get a player to sign for you if he sin’t interested is by getting his interest, that won’t happen until you gain more reputation, ie cup wins higher league standings etc. As for those two players, I don’t rate them alongside other defenders at a similar price to be honest.

    • comment avatar Heresy March 23, 2012

      I also found out that training facilities have something to do with it. So even if you don’t get many trophies, if you upgrade your training facilities to the best possible standard, players are more likely to join you. At least the younger ones.

  • comment avatar Tomas March 26, 2012

    Had yarmolenko and rakitskyi in my Dortmund team and they turned out to become icons. Ruben rochina can also be developed into a goal machine with the right guidance. Players like salvatore Bocchetti I would like to see scouted more. Raheem sterling also turns out quality after a few years

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 26, 2012

      I will take a look at Bocchetti once the site is updated, we’ve already done Sterling though.

  • comment avatar omid Homayoon March 27, 2012

    Hi Darren,Fantastic Site.. My ShortList For Man Utd in 2014 :

    Nicolas Gaitan, Iker Munian, James Rodrigues Andry Yarmolenko.. (AM/RL)

    Jack Rodwell, Yann M’villa, Javi Martinez, Javi Garcia.. (CM/DCM)

    What do you things..??

    • comment avatar Darren Smith March 28, 2012

      Very good players there and especially if they hit their potential.

  • comment avatar jimmy March 30, 2012

    bochetti is a beast !!!

  • comment avatar Tijmen Stronks April 1, 2012

    Markus Henriksen and Darwin Quintero are good players as well, very cheap (1.5 and 1.9 million) so if you need more players for your cheap players list…

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 1, 2012

      They aren’t visible in most of my future saves and the ones they are visible in they haven’t developed so can’t get a profile I’m afraid.

      • comment avatar Tijmen Stronks April 1, 2012

        Aw, that’s a shame, especially Henriksen will be a great player! Always ends up at Liverpool in my saves :)

        Take a look at Ivan Bandalovski and Pablo Mouche! ;)

        • comment avatar Darren Smith April 1, 2012

          Same as with the last two I’m afraid…its not just the price that we look for in cheap players, the quality comes first then they are assigned to the cheap list if the value is right.

  • comment avatar Adam Gray April 2, 2012

    Hey Darren im starting over with Malaga, i was wondering if you could help me out with some signings that would help me out and maybe a formation(i have 2 i always use but a 3rd would be good) Ive never really done any management in Spain before so any help would be amazing :)

  • comment avatar Josh April 4, 2012

    Hey Darren. Is Kenneth Zohore worth in your list? Got him with £1.5M from Kobenhavn with add league Denmark in game. Score in his debut in league, and cup. Man Utd, Chelsea, Juventus and Real Madrid is already interest in him even i’m very rarely play him. He is a goal-machine target man with a very good physical attributes. His 17 pace is reason that make him dangerous Target Man and i’m already touted him next Hulk.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 4, 2012

      Sorry we don’t profile players unless they are visible with major European leagues loaded only.

  • comment avatar twelly April 4, 2012

    hey, just wondering if anyone can chip in with some names for a deep laying playmaker for my newcastle save, id like someone who would put a tackle in but can play killer passes, if not then someone to win the ball will do, ive got 5 million im afraid :/ any help with be welcome cheers!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 4, 2012

      I’d recommend Andile Jali as a cheap option and Badelj.

    • comment avatar Heresy April 4, 2012

      I would also add Ruben Yttergard Jenssen to the lineup :) And if you’re more advanced in the game and those 3 are either more expensive or just changed clubs, try Andrea Poli.

  • comment avatar Adam Gray April 4, 2012

    hey Darren, i was wondering if you could recommend wingers that would work well in a flat 4-4-2, ive tried in the past with people like james rodriguez, he was amazing as a left wing(30 assists) but very poor as a left mid, 4-4-2 has been more successful for my style of play and i was just wondering if you would have any suggestions, thanks

    • comment avatar Heresy April 4, 2012

      Pajtim Kasami is perfect for the MR position. Needs a season or two to develop but when I coached Fulham, I remember reaching this conclusion based on his attributes. I was using him as either a box to box midfielder or AMR, never utilising his full potential though. He has good defensive stats, deveops well in the physical aspect, his dribbling and crossing can reach an outstanding level. One thing he lacks is technique but gets better in that department when coached individually on it.

      For ML I’d try Andre Ayew. Never played him so I can’t tell you how he’d perform. Try browsing through the existing profiles on this site as well as doing a filtered search ingame for players with stats that interest you.

      • comment avatar Adam Gray April 4, 2012

        thanks, definatly looking into kasami, sorting out a ML hopefully, ayew is a wee bit expensive unfortunatly, he’s what im looking for which is a bit of a kick in the teeth

        • comment avatar Heresy April 5, 2012

          No problem. Perhaps Felipe Gutierrez would be more of the price range you’re interested in. From the profile Darren has kindly compiled, the player looks very promising.

          Also, if you, by any chance, have a large database loaded, scout Henrik Mkhitaryan. He has a number of positions he can play at and is relatively cheap, providing that he hasn’t joined Shakhtar yet. Otherwise you’d need to wait a season or two before his price goes down again,

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 5, 2012

      Sorry I can’t recommend from experience as I find that role far too limited…I’d just suggest looking through the better wingers and assessing yourself…I struggle to make RM and LM’s work so can’t offer any advice in this area.

      • comment avatar Heresy April 5, 2012

        Too limited? If anything, it’s more complex than the role of a winger IMO. You need an all-round player for this, very much like a box-to-box midfielder, only much quicker ;)

        • comment avatar Darren Smith April 5, 2012

          Sorry I didn’t make myself clear. When I said its too limited I meant the attacking aspects it adds to my tactics. I find that an AMR or AML can attack far better than an MR and ML and the attacking positions suit a lot more players as opposed to the MR/ML positions, so when I said its limited I meant the amount of players that can perform int he role and also what the role offers for me in my tactics.

          • comment avatar Heresy April 5, 2012

            I’ve been tempted by this tactic for a long time but I like my inside forwards too much :) But I do see the possible pros of this tactic – most of the goals come from the strikers. So you have a clear picture who to build your team around :) And the wingers also help in defence. I usually lose goals from actions on the wings and curse my defenders when I really should blame my tactic.

  • comment avatar nathan April 5, 2012

    wat about bruma portugese and emre can from bayern munich …………. they turn out good

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 5, 2012

      While they look fairly talented neither has ever grown to anything in any of my saves and that is why they have never been profiled.

  • comment avatar Heresy April 6, 2012

    Darren, have you ever considered doing a profile on Delev? This Bulgarian is on fire in Granada! In the top 3 in La Liga striker classification, completely destroyed my Malaga team with a hattrick in the first 30 minutes. Granada finished 4th, beating everyone but me and the usual 2 teams. Even gave Real Madrid a run for their money for the 3rd place. All thanks to Delev.

    • comment avatar Heresy April 6, 2012

      Oh yeah, forgot about Sergio Romero, a GK from either Sampdoria or AZ (not sure where he starts). Looks decent a couple of years into the game and a bargain as well.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 6, 2012

      No he has never progressed in any of my saves and doesn’t look that great at the start either so not good enough for a report. I’m not saying he can’t improve, but not enough IMO and as usual without the profile I can’t do a report.

  • comment avatar Adam April 8, 2012

    Sorry to be a pain but could you suggest any players that would help, basically unlimited funds due to my success last year
    Gk-Reina/Courtois
    Rb-Azpilicueta/Romario
    Cb-Agger/Papadopolous/Wilson/Coates
    Lb-Enrique/Robinson
    Rm-Marin/Weiss/Sterling
    Lm-J.Rodriguez/Weiss/Marin
    Cm-Eriksen/Canales/Kovacic/Bertolacci/Gerrard
    St-Damiao/Erik Torres/Suarez/Fierro

    should i buy/sell any of these? Soryy again if im a bit of a pain

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 8, 2012

      As long as you can offer them all a decent amount of game time I’d say hang onto them all, but get rid of Wilson and maybe sign Sakho or Kara.

      • comment avatar Adam April 10, 2012

        due to unfortunate circumstances i have to start a new save, im going to start with liverpool again and due to me having a better budget in 12.2 could you a suggest a striker who would complement carroll AND suarez? just as backup, prospect for the future and all, if you could please give me some ideas

        • comment avatar Darren Smith April 10, 2012

          Any from the list above that are five star, Sanogo, Fierro, Torres etc etc.

          • comment avatar Adam April 11, 2012

            thanks going to try sanogo, wish me luck :)

          • comment avatar Darren Smith April 11, 2012

            Good luck.

  • comment avatar Adam April 12, 2012

    have you seen Patrick Herrman? AMR German Ajax, has he developed any. im going to take a punt on hime but I want to know if it will be worth it

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 12, 2012

      Sorry he is not visible in any of my saves to check.

      • comment avatar Adam April 12, 2012

        ah its ok, ill give him a try, never seen him in any other saves mself, strange one :/

  • comment avatar jude April 19, 2012

    Could yo possibly tell me some good centre midfielders before the new patch – I am in an old game and my centre mids have left – cheers

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 19, 2012

      I’d recommend the likes of Kovacic, Badelj, Sigurdsson and M’Vila…ow also Crisetig as long as you can develop him.

  • comment avatar harry blaydes April 20, 2012

    top of league with wigan after 11 games only signed 4 average players! fm GOD

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 20, 2012

      Well done mate, glad your save is going well.

  • comment avatar harry blaydes April 20, 2012

    just found a GEM!! FELIPE ANDERSON

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 20, 2012

      We have already profiled him but Anderson never seems to develop well enough in game…while that is maybe due to the CPU’s bad management we can’t include a player without the future screenshot.

  • comment avatar Adam April 21, 2012

    hey, whats your opinion on Kyle Walker? I picked him up for 3.3 mill which im pretty sure is more than worth it but ive never really seen much of him.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 21, 2012

      He’s one of my favorite right backs, just never profiled him due to the daft asking price I assumed he’d have…but an absolute bargain at £3.3 mill.

      • comment avatar Adam April 21, 2012

        good stuff :D! he was only that price as he didnt get registered for some random reason and he handed in a request as he didnt get ANY football. ive seen my scouts price him at ridiculous fees but im glad i snatched him up now, got rid of glen johnson and got walker with a fraction of the wages too. as you said, bargain :)

      • comment avatar Adam April 23, 2012

        im having troubles in the defence, i need a solid centre back, a friend told me about salvatore bochetti and dede, dede isnt an option anymore, there are a few profiles on here but i wanted to know the options, bout £30million budget?

        • comment avatar Darren Smith April 23, 2012

          Bar the players in this list you could also try alderweireld and Shawcross.

  • comment avatar dim April 29, 2012

    how does mbaye niang become in the future? becoz his stats at the start of the game when he is 17 are amazing!!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith April 29, 2012

      We have profiled him in the list above, just click his name to see how he develops.

  • comment avatar Matt May 1, 2012

    Jordi Alba left back, any good?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 1, 2012

      Yeah he does develop into a good player, certainly worth signing as he hasn’t hit his peak in my future save…but I can’t profile him due to that future profile been under par.

  • comment avatar Josh May 3, 2012

    Pierre-Michel Lasogga from Hertha BSC?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 3, 2012

      Average in my future save I’m afraid.

  • comment avatar Adam May 3, 2012

    hey Darren, ever thought about a profile on Seydou Doumbia? just a though as he has been my best buy ever, an absoloute goal machine

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 3, 2012

      We actually have one prepared that will be published in the future.

      • comment avatar Adam May 3, 2012

        ah brilliant, good stuff :)

  • comment avatar Heresy May 4, 2012

    Was wondering if you were interested in profiling Mohamed Yahaya. He’s a free agent at the start of the game and still young enough to progress. Looked at a few 3 season old saves and his attributes seem to be rather random, just like Prestia’s, but he’s still worth a look. I don’t think you can do better than him on the free transfer market :)

    Another defenter who caught my eye – Eric Mathoho. Not great in mental attributes but has amazing strength and is still young. I bet he could be a very good capture for a mid-table team and for a fraction of what he’ll be worth after a few years.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 4, 2012

      Yahaya isn’t visible in my future save to profile unfortunately and Eric Mathoho just isn’t of the standard we’re looking for I’m afraid.

  • comment avatar Simon May 6, 2012

    Jan Vertonghen should be in your list, maybe he is and i missed his namn.
    Great ballplaying centreback for any team that wants to play possession and control matches. He has also got decent set pieces and is great in the air.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 6, 2012

      He has been profiled but we haven’t published it yet as there’s a backlog of profiles to get out there.

  • comment avatar Dave May 7, 2012

    Hi,
    Think Aaron Ramsey needs to be on this list, He’s class in my Arsenal account averages 7+ ratings and led the Prem in assists.
    My buddy bought him with United and he did the same. Correct me if I’m wrong and he wasn’t good for anyone else

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 7, 2012

      Ramsey is one of if not the best CM on this years FM…but he is virtually unbuyable and that is why we’ve not profiled him.

      • comment avatar Dave May 9, 2012

        Ah makes sense, will you be doing a profile of Jack Rodwell anytime soon? I’ve heard good reviews on him but have yet to see anything of his future stats

        • comment avatar Darren Smith May 9, 2012

          We won’t be profiling Jack anytime soon no, but Karl might do a report if he sees fit in the future.

  • comment avatar Stuart May 9, 2012

    Hi I wonder if you know how good Kwando Asamoah from Udinese becomes? Cheers

    • comment avatar Heresy May 9, 2012

      This is strange as I was sure Darren has already done a profile on this lad. I’ve never signed him personally but from what I’ve seen, he’s very similar to Alex Song and has bags of potential to develop. The price is, imo, on the steep side, but you will get a solid midfielder for many years to come.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 9, 2012

      He develops very nicely into a strong and rounded CM, but not had time to profile him as other players are a priority due to Asamoah been reasonably well known.

  • comment avatar Yoga May 10, 2012

    Hi Darren, nice profile addition with kevin strootman, and the others new profile. What about tomas necid and bernd leno? Have you noticed them? or they do not develop well enough?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 10, 2012

      Leno can develop well and will get a profile but not for a while as we have a backlog of them, while Necid isn’t good enough in our future saves.

  • comment avatar Jordan May 11, 2012

    You should have a look at quintero for championship sides… at the start of the season he was 10 goals off 5 games. ;)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 11, 2012

      I couldn’t agree more and while I’d usually say we don’t profile for that level of football I am adding such a category and list in the near future of which Darwin will be included. He is a little pricey for that level though making him out of reach for most clubs.

  • comment avatar Stuart May 11, 2012

    Thanks for the replies. I have had my eye on Asamoah for quite some time (I am in the 2013-14 season as Man Utd). I have signed a lot of attacking talent in midfield and this has sacrificed somewhat on the defensive side of my midfield (with only Fletcher and Jones who would come into this category). However Jones is practically my first choice centre back so I cannot afford to use him in midfield. Can you recommend anyone who would be equally as good as Asamoah but on the cheaper side?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 11, 2012

      To be honest if you are in 2013/14 then we couldn’t recommend a player as most of the ‘cheap’ players aren’t available anymore. But maybe look towards Kara.

  • comment avatar Adam May 12, 2012

    hey darren who would you say would be the best striker for 7.5 million for liverpool first season, im looking to have them play quite a bit, they dont have to be world class from the off, but have some sort of impact. any help would be fantastic.

    ive never really used any of the strikers on this list, except doumbia, and he’s a bit out of my reach, tried for J.Ayew but he doesnt want to join.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 12, 2012

      I’d check the players that are rated 5 star in the list above, but the best ones for the price you want won’t make an instant impact I’m afraid…not at the top clubs anyway. My recommendations are Fierro, Torres and Sanogo from the list above.

  • comment avatar harry blaydes May 12, 2012

    i started a season with port vale in league 2 signed few good players but need a striker any ideas? ps how about alexander kwiek he seems to be quite good not bad for lower div teams

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 12, 2012

      Sorry mate but we’re not specializing that low down the league ladder yet, but hope to one day. I searched for Kwiek but can’t find him unfortunately.

  • comment avatar Michael Hui May 16, 2012

    Hey Darren, have you checked out Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim? He seems to be a potential superstar in the AMC position.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 16, 2012

      He has developed well in my save but not quite enough, I’ll see if Karl has a better future screenshot and if he wants to profile Roberto.

  • comment avatar Adam May 16, 2012

    What about Isaac Cuenca? got him for £2 mill and was wondering how he turns out, hope he’ll be a great player :)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 16, 2012

      He’s not improved in my saves unfortunately but that could be poor CPU management.

  • comment avatar Heresy May 18, 2012

    Got a question about tactics. Has anyone found a working tactic which revolves around a trequartista as the lone striker? I’ve only experience the role working in a two striker setup where the T is the assistant most of the time. Was wondering because some of the best striekrs ingame has trequartista listed as best position/role and I can’t believe the likes of Neymar, Cavani and developped Fierro are only good for assists.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 18, 2012

      I haven’t found the need to use such a role for a lone striker so can’t help there but hopefully someone else may have experimented with it.

      • comment avatar Heresy May 18, 2012

        I suspect it could work with a counter tactic or a slow tempo Barcelona style but I can’t be quite sure. You need 6-12 months for all the players to settle and get used to a tactic and frankly, I really dont feel like starting a new game and waiting that long just to see if my thoughts on it are correct :P

        I’m interested in getting Neymar as my main striker and I don’t see him working in a poacher tactic, that’s why I’m asking :)

  • comment avatar Heresy May 19, 2012

    Sorry for double posting but this is a different issue. I think you should reconsider making a profile on Jose Angel. He is or can be one of the best left backs in the game and with the lack of quality on that position, Angel is a viable option, even if the price is steep under normal circumstances (mind you, it’s about the same as Alex Sandro’s ;) )

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 19, 2012

      Well new profiles for this level are down to Karl now so its up to him.

  • comment avatar Jungle Bhoy May 21, 2012

    What about Lorenzo Crisetig (DMC) from Inter Milan – got him on a free after second season, he is immense, plays ahead of De Rossi for Italy.
    And Baba Diawara (STR) came to my Celtic team in January 2012 (already arranged in game), every year scores more goals than the last, in season 2017 and he has won European golden boot two years running, scores well more goals than games he plays.
    These two players are the stars of my Celtic team that won the Champions League in 2017.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 21, 2012

      We’ve already profiled Crisetig who should be in the list above. I’ve checked Diawara but he’s not improved enough in any of my saves, in patch 12.2 he has no pre-arranged transfer so he may have changed for the latest patch from the one you are using maybe.

  • comment avatar bes771 May 23, 2012

    Why Dedé is not in the player index? thx

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 23, 2012

      He is in the list above.

      • comment avatar karl deighton May 29, 2012

        just did smoe research on him,hes from bolivia and plays for dynamo kyiv

  • comment avatar michael May 24, 2012

    hey man i was recommended a player called diego orlando suarez but cant seem to find him could you help

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 24, 2012

      I can’t see him either so would suggest whatever league he plays in must be loaded in order for him to be visible.

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  • comment avatar rrevan May 31, 2012

    nice work Darren…i am following your updates and coments

    but still cant decide..what would your perfect team look like? i mean, leaving money aside

    • comment avatar Darren Smith May 31, 2012

      I really don’t have a favorite XI to be honest, I don’t play with top flight teams so haven’t managed the best players to know.

  • comment avatar Heresy June 2, 2012

    Hi, I came across the name of Serdar Gurler. He may not be ready for a starting eleven at the start of the game, btu scouts say he has potential and is pretty versatile, so perhaps he wouldn’t be a bad signing for a mid-table team.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith June 3, 2012

      Unfortunately he’s not improved in any of my saves to provide a good enough future profile.

  • comment avatar themanhimself June 3, 2012

    How about andy polo, plays for universitario in peru. I hear he can turn into one of the best wingers in the game.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith June 3, 2012

      Never improved in my saves I’m afraid.

  • comment avatar Adam June 4, 2012

    hey Darren, ive started a youtube channel with friends and im doing a tips series on FM 12, i was thinking of doing a best buy section and was wondering if you would mind me using your future profiles for some players, i would obviously give all credit to you and post a link to here, if you dont want me to then thats completely fine :)

    • comment avatar Darren Smith June 4, 2012

      That would be OK but I’d like to see the channel first and the link back to the site would need to be within the video too.

  • comment avatar Jimmy June 5, 2012

    Hi Darren

    Was wondering if you was going to do a profile on Fatos Beqiraj.
    At the moment, in 2013, he’s a machine for me!

  • comment avatar Michael Hui June 6, 2012

    Hey Darren, I’m currently in need of a young, future world class DL, and I was wondering if there are any alternatives to Alex Sandro and Robinson that you would recommend. Georgy Schennikov seems to have some nice stats, though his natural position is WBL rather than DL – have you looked at him before?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith June 6, 2012

      Maybe try him or Rakitskyi.

    • comment avatar Heresy June 14, 2012

      In the first season its hard to sign any world class DLs. I’d recommend either waiting for regens or getting a less gifted Dl that can still do the trick and waiting for Manchester Itd’s Fabio (his price gets lower after 2-3 seasons)

      And about natural positions – if the player is young enough, you can always retrain him. Takes one or two seasons, depends realy on him mentality, but he’ll get there.

  • comment avatar gooner June 6, 2012

    sigruson is the best 2 apps 6 goals!!! 15 mill

    4 and a half stars

    • comment avatar Darren Smith June 6, 2012

      That’s an excellent start, bound to get goals and assists with his set piece ability.

  • comment avatar michae June 14, 2012

    where is the list if your not on the newest patch

    • comment avatar Darren Smith June 14, 2012

      The players potential and general ability isn’t that different from the old patch, its just the asking prices that vary slightly in areas. There is no other list as this one was updated only, but is still relevant for all patches.

  • comment avatar Sam June 26, 2012

    Can you create a shortlist?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith June 27, 2012

      No as this list is updated and changed every few days…besides this list isn’t here for the names its here for the links to the players profiles.

  • comment avatar Nico July 4, 2012

    itumeleng khune
    hosny
    adam vass
    guido pizarro
    felipe gutierrez
    cedrick
    sebastian rode
    rilwan hassan
    deniz naki
    bertolacci
    carlos villanueva
    kermit erasmus
    darwin quintero
    leonard kweuke

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 4, 2012

      We have already profiled half the names on that list, some are in different areas of the site but will look at the others, thanks.

  • comment avatar Adam July 6, 2012

    My current Tottenham team (based largely on your recommendations Darren and my experiences with them):

    ———Leandro Damiao———
    ——————————–
    —Lucas Moura—G. Dos Santos–
    ——————————–
    ——-Khedira—-Modric——–
    ————Sandro————–
    -Bale——————–Walker-
    ——-Bassong—Nkoulou——–
    ——————————–
    ————Kameni————–

    Subs:
    Luis Guilherme
    J. Robinson
    Caulker
    Vrsaljko
    Sigurdsson
    Kovacic
    Lennon
    Fierro

    They just don’t lose…

    Keep up the good work!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 6, 2012

      Now that’s a quality side, very nice indeed. Glad we could help mate, that’s what we are here for.

  • comment avatar jude July 10, 2012

    Ongenda or Niang???

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 10, 2012

      I would say Ongenda int he latest patch and Niang in the older ones.

  • comment avatar Tony Bunney July 11, 2012

    Take a look at Jan Chramosta from Mlada Boleslav – Czech Rep club. He is a great striker. Young and cheap.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 11, 2012

      He’s not visible in my save unfortunately which suggests you need that specific nation loaded to see him.

  • comment avatar ash July 13, 2012

    darren. do u have liverpool’s flanagan? is he will be as good as romario or otherwise?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 13, 2012

      He hasn’t improved enough to warrant a profile in my saves. With the right management and first team football he could come close to Romario’s potential ability but I don’t think he’s at that level to be honest.

  • comment avatar Felix July 16, 2012

    I need some help coz I want to revamp my man utd team. I am almost starting my 3rd season and in the 1st season I finished 3rd despite going unbeaten and finished the second season 2nd again unbeaten..my defence is perfect but the problem is from the mid to striking..I have been thinking of this all midfieldes, strikers+ young and valecia then bring in
    neymar, m’villa, weiss, hazard, moura, rodriguez, marin, witsel and nika the switch to 4-5-1 to improve on my attack..currently using 4-4-2..please let me know if wat I want to do is right

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 16, 2012

      It should be, those players seem like the right fit for that formation I’d say.

  • comment avatar Adam Gray July 22, 2012

    hey Darren, have you noticed anything about Sime Vrsalijko? both my friend and i had 1 mill rejected and they only accepted over 3 million, just foind this to be a bit odd…

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 23, 2012

      I have not seen that, depends how far into the game you’re though and who else may be interested in him.

      • comment avatar Adam Gray July 23, 2012

        it was pre season in the first season and nobody else had a bid at all

        • comment avatar Darren Smith July 23, 2012

          Now that you mentioned it I experienced something similar in a recently started save where Jali and Jenssen were way more expensive than usual…maybe its because the new patch (12.2.3) is different to 12.2…I assumed they’d be the same in terms of player data and asking prices as they usually are, either that or SI upgraded the game play slightly and asking prices were effected because of it.

          • comment avatar Adam Gray July 23, 2012

            yea i noticed alvaro has shot up from £5million ish to about 20, but for me Jali was cheaper, 100k or there abouts

  • comment avatar Adam Gray July 24, 2012

    Hey Darren Big change in asking price! Leandro Damiao is about £20-22 million

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 24, 2012

      To be fair that may be because you don’t have the Brazilian leagues loaded which I did and that can sometimes effect the prices, or it could be the patch thing again.

      • comment avatar Adam Gray July 24, 2012

        i dont have brazil loaded, england and russia :/

  • comment avatar Lawal olabolaji July 25, 2012

    Please can i get player report on Andrea lombardo i feel he is a good championship player.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith July 26, 2012

      We will check him later and see if he’s worth a profile.

  • comment avatar matt August 2, 2012

    how come theres not a profile on sandro from tottenham? think he could turn out great even though hes already decent just feeling jubious about buying him

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 2, 2012

      We just never got round to him like many of the obvious options, he’s worth buying though.

  • comment avatar Alex Ashley August 4, 2012

    on my save i have seen yassine benzia sign for man city early on, then grows into one of the best strikers on the game at the age of 23! would be good to see what he’s like further on down the line

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 4, 2012

      He has never progressed in any of my saves unfortunately.

  • comment avatar Alex Ashley August 4, 2012

    Josep Ilicic (Palermo 2011) and Pajtim Kasami (Fulham 2011) also get big moves in my save and look very decent players!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 4, 2012

      They are decent players but until I have screenshots to show their development as it could be I won’t be profiling them.

  • comment avatar Alex Ashley August 4, 2012

    i’ll wait one more season then ill upload a screenshot of both of them

  • comment avatar tom August 10, 2012

    Hey Darren I have found a centre back in my French save I wonder if you have ever come across? He plays for St Eteinne and is called Kurt Zouma, I was Toulouse manager and my scouts raved about him and now I have moved to Marseille my scouts are still keen. Do you know much about him, has he developed into much on your saves.

    Also what about

    Samuel Umtiti (starts at Lyon)

    • comment avatar tom August 10, 2012

      apologies just seen your updated list and he is at the top.

  • comment avatar naed August 19, 2012

    Thank you for all the player lists, great work. Since for the team registration we need 8 home grown players, it will be great if you could compile a list for best homegrown players. Sigurdsson has great potential and is home grown for example.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 19, 2012

      We already cover home grown players and making such a list is getting into too smaller a detail TBH, anyone looking for home grown players can always look through the list and pick them out.

      • comment avatar naed August 19, 2012

        Thanks anyways mate!

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 21, 2012

      He is a regen, this site is for real players only.

  • comment avatar kazza August 25, 2012

    which striker do u think will be best if i have pacey wingers (walcott and hoilett) somebody to be in the right position to recieve the ball and finish of as well ?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 25, 2012

      Just have a look through the players in the list above, all I’d do is recommend from that and you haven’t given me any information to go off there.

  • comment avatar gracias August 26, 2012

    hey, do you know is there any way to change the background color of the team?? i am nottalking about the skin, just the background color that every team has already set by default. i am so irritated by real madrids yellow-golden-brown color

    • comment avatar Darren Smith August 26, 2012

      You probably can in the editor, try looking there.

  • comment avatar P. Rubio September 2, 2012

    Do you know if jordi alba turns out to be any good?

    • comment avatar Darren Smith September 2, 2012

      He does yes, we just don’t have a good enough future profile of him to report with.

  • comment avatar Miles B September 8, 2012

    Hi Darren,
    Any views or information on Fabian Himchinschi? He seems very promising and a reasonable price at the start.

    • comment avatar Darren Smith September 8, 2012

      There is no player by that name in my saves I’m afraid, seems like you may need a specific league loaded to view him.

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