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FM 2011 wonderkids, best cheap striker – Kadlec

Hey folks, today I want to share a real gem I have stumbled across. If you are managing a cash strapped club in the Premier League and need a striker to make your team tick, I have the perfect solution. His name is Vaclav Kadlec and he plays best as a poacher. I have signed him in the demo with Newcastle Utd, he’s been immense considering his price tag and age. Below is his history, Kadlec has only played for Sparta Prague and is a bit green. However his talent is undoubtable, I managed to buy him for £1.5 million. This is a bargain considering his current ability and potential. I offered him a very good wage and agent fee to push the deal through as Man Utd and Chelsea were showing an interest.

Kadlec has some great starting attributes for his age, a real poacher in the making. He already has great agility, bravery etc. However his dribbling, finishing, pace etc should improve dramatically. This FM 2011 best cheap striker is not just a great value buy, but one of the games great wonderkids.

Since moving to Newcastle in my demo game, Kadlec has proven an instant hit and the main reason behind my 7th place position. Not only has he scored 11 goals in 17 starts, but also assisted 7 times as well. Kadlec has the highest pass completion rate in the Premier League and has managed 4 man of the match awards. All this has been achieved at the age of 18 in his first season with Newcastle. He’s a real FM11 best cheap wonderkid. It is also worth mentioning that this wonderkid does not shy away from big games as he scored against Manchester City, Chelsea and a double against Liverpool. Guiding my side to wins in all three matches.

His ability does not just stay limited to dribbling and out running the defence either. Below is a clip of one of his goals against Liverpool. Kadlec turns his man and shows great finishing skills.

Kadlec is not just my Football Manager 2011 best cheap striker, but also one of my favourite FM11 wonderkids. Below is my assistants opinion of the strikers ability. He dwarfs Carroll’s ability and will become one of the clubs best players. I have also provided a shot of Kadlec’s awards to date. He has made a lot of team of the weeks. He is generally in the top three for young player of the month but has also won the award twice.


This last video should sway any doubters. It is goal highlights from my home game against Blackburn. The whole side were lackluster, but Kadlec won the game with two great goals. He has low composure but does not show it on the pitch, I seriously recommend you buy him if needing to keep your cash tight.

Well that is it for today’s post, I hope this has helped you find a new cheap player. There will be many more of these posts as well as other tips to follow. So enter your email address in the sidebar and subscribe to my site. That way you’ll recieve each of my posts by email. Please feel free to ask any questions below, I look forward to reading your comments and hope your back for the next post.



  1. Sears

    October 31, 2010 at 21:04

    Hey Darren,
    I totally agree, Kadlec is an extremely rare talent. Can’t believe he only cost £1.5 mil, what a bargain with the potential he has. No surprise that all the big clubs were sniffing around. Your cautious 4-5-1 tactic seems to get the best out of his ability. Well done and great post mate.

    • Darren Smith

      October 31, 2010 at 21:22

      Hey Sears, glad you liked the post mate. After finishing my first demo game, I had to share this rare talent with everyone. He fitted into the side like a glove and I was shocked to see just how much of an impact he made. Kadlec really became my best player within a matter of weeks and he’s only 18.

  2. Birdy

    October 31, 2010 at 23:58

    Very Nice Post.

    Probable going to buy Kadlec when i start with Tottenham.
    He has great potential and great stats to start off with
    At the age of 18 he looks brilliant

    • Darren Smith

      November 1, 2010 at 12:00

      Hey Birdy, I would recommend him to anyone but think he needs first team football to succeed. However at £1.5m you cant go wrong!

  3. Calin

    November 1, 2010 at 06:47

    A really nice find with Kadlec, he’s probably going to be the Lukaku of FM 2011! I am sure that everybody will do their best to buy the fella in their game.

    Congrats on finding him and managing to sign him!

    • Darren Smith

      November 1, 2010 at 12:01

      I agree Calin, Kadlec will probably be the same potential wise as Lukaku on FM10. Very different players but similar potential. Plus hes so affordable at £1.5m. Just hope he’s the same on the full version.

  4. Sam

    November 1, 2010 at 08:41

    Hey Darren!
    Interesting post mate. Kadlec may become one of the legendary strikers in Football Manager 2011. He’s already amazing at this time of age which is great and really hard to find. I may consider whether to buy him in my FM11 story. Looking at his stats and goals makes me want to buy him even more.

    • Darren Smith

      November 1, 2010 at 12:03

      Hey Sam, thats why I posted so many videos and stats…its tough to know how someone will play in such a league and at a vulnerable age. Now we all know his talent and he should be a real gem.

  5. Stuart Watson

    November 1, 2010 at 18:34

    Fantastic signing, very much a must buy on this game. Fantastic on FM09, a decent buy on FM10, and again, a terrific one on FM11.

    • Darren Smith

      November 1, 2010 at 19:24

      Hey Stuart, thanks for visiting and commenting. I became a big fan of Kadlec after just three games…when I start the proper story on FM11 I just hope I can still buy him with Newcastle.

  6. Laxeyman

    November 3, 2010 at 21:07

    Hi Darren, Kadlec looks fantastic, what a find! I’m sure to keep my eye on him, I’ll certianly try and sign him if I can. Thanks for the info.

    • Darren Smith

      November 3, 2010 at 21:21

      Hey Laxeyman, Kadlec is one of FM 2011’s true wonderkids. He played fantastic for me in the demo and I am hoping to re-sign him on the full version.

  7. GS Fan

    November 4, 2010 at 19:53


    That’s a great find! Can’t wait to buy him for Galatasaray and partner him with Baros. I’m sure Baros can teach him a thing or two! :)

    On a side note I also played with Newcastle in the demo (as they are my second favourite team on the planet) and was able to pick up Julio Cruz and Roberto Carlos, old farts but still have a kick or two left in them. In fact Carlos has scored more goals than Xisco and Carroll combined!

    • Darren Smith

      November 4, 2010 at 20:33

      Hey GS Fan, Kadlec and Baros upfront in Turkey would be deadly :) Glad to hear you like Newcastle as Im a lifelong fan, can’t wait to start my story with them! I noticed Roberto Carlos as a great cheap buy when an agent offered him, such a shame he would only last one or two seasons. Not surprised he scored so many as Carlos can really hit the ball! Thanks for commenting mate and I hope your back for my first Newcastle post.

  8. GS Fan

    November 4, 2010 at 20:48

    I’m really excited to start a new full game as well.

    I’ll definitely come back!

    I was actually thinking of running a simultaneous Newcastle game as well. We’ll compare notes.

    • Darren Smith

      November 5, 2010 at 12:29

      Hey GS Fan, great to here you’ll be back and Im definitely up for sharing notes!!!! Look forward to it mate. However my copy of fm11 hasnt arrived yet :( Will be gutted if it doesnt turn up!

  9. GS Fan

    November 5, 2010 at 15:11

    I downloaded my copy via Steam last night! I think I forgot to sleep !!! Oh well……

    So, I started a new season as Galatasaray. 2.4M transfer budget and 450K salary allowance. BTW, all the figures are in British Pounds. Sold some “older” players as well to add to my transfer budget.

    The team was demoralized beyond belief before any kind of kick off (Thanks Rijkard!).

    Lost a pre-season friendly against Feyenoord 6-1 (ouch!).

    I’ve got a very decent team with the likes of Kadlec (yes I did sign him for 5M, a lot of interest in him, it was a good battle, but I won! :) ), Baros, Arda Turan, Harry Kewell, Misimovic, Elano, Cana, Lucas Neill and the rest of the gang.

    Played a couple of lower leauge teams (won those games) and that seems to help with the morale issue.

    Now that I’ve got that under way, I can start another game with Newcastle and go through the preseason aches with them. I’ll be posting that experience on here as well.

    I hope you get your copy soon! Once you do get it, don’t forget to sleep, eat, hydrate and of course use the bathroom.

    • Darren Smith

      November 5, 2010 at 17:41

      Hey GS Fan, good start to life in Turkey…your side look very strong and as you know Im a big Kadlec fan. With Turan, Elano and co you’ll win the league with ease. Ill be starting my Newcastle game soon and will post tomorrow I think.

  10. GS Fan

    November 5, 2010 at 17:52

    Hey Darren,

    How do you feel about opening up a Newcastle thread for those of us who are/will be managing Newcastle in FM 2011 to congregate and exchange notes and experiences?

    • Darren Smith

      November 5, 2010 at 18:49

      I wish I could GS Fan, but this site is more of a blog not a forum. Therefore I can’t open threads like you see on FM-Base etc. However I will see if I can find some sort of alternative and let you know.

  11. tjo

    December 5, 2010 at 05:32

    romelu lukaku

    • Darren Smith

      December 5, 2010 at 11:34

      Hi tjo, you are definitely right about Lukaku, he is brilliant.

  12. oli

    January 6, 2011 at 14:34

    i can’t seem to find kadlec nor lukaku in my game ( searched by name) …
    it’s because i did not cheked all the countries at the beginning of my career ?!

    • Darren Smith

      January 6, 2011 at 18:48

      Hi Oli, When I play FM I usually load up England, Spain and Italy. However, Kadlec and Lukaku should definitely be on their. Try searching for them at their clubs Anderlect and Sparta Prague. If you have no joy maybe you’ve loaded too smaller a database, I always use a medium or large one. Let me know how you get on mate.

  13. oli

    January 6, 2011 at 23:36

    hi, thx for reply man. yea, i found lukaku .. he is at arsenal ( and i have england in my career) ..
    kadlec is not to be found at sparta, so i guess i lost him.
    my database is small i’ve seen.. that sux. although it says database changes = 0 .. i don’t think i can change it now, can i?!

    also, i gotto know something: at the beginning of a career, that countries you select really have a point. i mean, i’m able to buy and sale players only in that countries?! cause it’s like.. i don’t know.

    sorry for this questions man, i’ve got like 2 weeks since i’ve start playing fm and it’s kinda addictive. playing all day long and reading forums all night :))

    • Darren Smith

      January 7, 2011 at 11:48

      Hi Oli, you can’t change your database or countries loaded when a game has started, only when starting a new save. Its really wierd that Kadlec is not there…hes one of the best wonderkids.

      The database is basically the amount of staff and players the game will load. All the countries are is where you can manage. You can still buy and sell from every country although there may not be as many players visible as if you’d loaded the country. Don’t worry about all the questions I’m happy help. Just remember that you can still buy and sell between countries you haven’t loaded but you cannot manage in those countries. I hope that makes sense and enjoy the game mate.

  14. Glenn_Horman1

    January 8, 2011 at 12:46

    best buy for sure how ever Andy Carrol is having a terrific season for me best player so Kadlec cant get in the side much. However great prospect for future and I only bought him 975K aswell.


    • Darren Smith

      January 8, 2011 at 13:21

      Hey Glenn, Carroll seems to be playing well for you. I personally think there is only so far he can go and European Football is a bridge too far for him. However, Kadlec has the potential to play against and score against anyone in Europe. Those two would make an excellent partnership actually.

      Sounds like you have a deadly frontline mate. Let me know how you do.

  15. TT15

    February 20, 2011 at 15:45

    i agree with Glenn

    But i gained Kadlec 875k by barca, but with Newcastle for 1.5 mil, and before my comp. crashed he was 7.5 mil. The Second one (1.5 mil) i only needed to sell nile ranger.

  16. Darren Smith

    February 20, 2011 at 15:56

    Yeh, he is certainly a great buy for the price. Just a shame his value has gone up slightly with the latest updates. :(

  17. Josh Hayes

    February 25, 2011 at 21:31

    hey guys, i have to totally 100% agree with you. I had Kadlec also on last years when i bought him for leeds and he was still playing for me and scoring week in week out in the premier league.
    Bought him this year for QPR so far this season he has 14 in 17 starts, only thing i would advice is having a huge lump next to him as a target man, I would have to advice Marlon Harewood as hes also been epic for me.

    • Darren Smith

      February 25, 2011 at 23:48

      You gotta love Kadlec, young, cheap and full of talent :) Using a big man alongside him does work best too. When I had him with AC, Kadlec preferred this to my more successful 4-5-1

  18. Joshua

    October 20, 2011 at 20:12

    I bought Kadlec for £2 million woth Newcastle Utd (proud newcastle utd fan!) but I had heavy competion from Man Utd and AC Milan…

    Debut against Lyon and he battered them scoring a hattrick with Shaqiri ( BUY HIM, BASEL FROM SWITZERLAND £5-7 million)….

    For an 18 year old, he’s got alot of potential.

    Can’t wait for FM12! 1 more day!

    • Darren Smith

      October 20, 2011 at 20:52

      He’s certainly a wonderful player mate and I reckon he’ll develop in similar fashion on FM12. Shaqiri is also a great player, just one day to go! :)

  19. Ross Butler

    November 25, 2011 at 15:34

    hello, i bought kadlec for nufc on fmh11(proud supporter) in my first season he scored an amazing 31 goals in 42 starts and finished 5th then in the second season he scored 42 in 50 starts then i accepted the role as madrid manager and bought him for 45 milllion as he was worth 27.5 million he’s an unreal player!:D

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