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Which Attributes Influence Player Development In Football Manager

Which Attributes Influence Player Development In Football Manager
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SIGames Stance

Fast forward a decade and things have changed. Two years ago an SI bod claimed Determination does impact player development and stimulate growth. However, when questioned he claimed this to always be the case which is clearly wrong going against all the data.

Onto 16th May 2020 and a tweet from Seb Wassell, SIGames Features Designer:

We replied to Seb’s tweet requesting clarity on Determination. I referenced the numerous experiments but we’re yet to recieve a reply, I am sure he has more pressing issues right now in fairness.

Determination must be coded to influence growth, Sports Interactive state as much, but does that actually happen? We all know other parts of the game – like the match engine – do not always perform in the creators vision. Until someone within the community can create an ironclad, undisputed experiment we may never know.


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Which attributes Influence Player Development In Football Manager?

Lets assume Determination has changed to influence player development; On this basis four attributes affect growth but not all are required in tandem:

Does professonalism influence player development FM20

Professionalism – The only guaranteed accelerator of development in Football Manager according to all sources, professional players work harder. I favour Professionalism over Ambition and Determination.

Does ambition influence player development FM20

Ambition – Naturally ambitious players develop faster in the pursuit of their goals but also lack loyalty and could grow restless.

Does determination influence player development FM20

Determination – As above determination can aid development but I would always prioritise Professionalism. Determination is the only ‘visible’ attribute to influence player development in Football Manager.

Injury proneness – Very obvious, if you’re injured you can’t play and train to develop.

In summary; Favour Professionalism but Ambition and Determination aid growth also. Injury prone players will rely on luck as a lengthy setback will prove costly.


Now you know which attributes aid development, find the best player personalities for development by reading this guide


Ambition, Determination, Professionalism and Injury Proneness, the four pillars of player developement in Football Manager. But how can you tell which players are well endowed in each?

I am currently writing a personalities guide; Personality and media handling descriptions are key to understanding which players have the best mix of Ambition, Determination and Professionalism so be sure to check back.

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