There’s almost nothing more important than a quality winger when it comes to playing consistent attacking football, and FM21 represents this perfectly in the way that the role can be used to feed forward balls and interplay with various front-men.
Today, we’ll be looking at the very best left wingers – or attacking midfielder left as the game says – based on current ability and suitability to play in the AML position.
At the bottom of this article, you’ll find a full list of all the best AMLs in FM21.
Neymar Jr (CA 181 – PA 190)
Team: Paris Saint-Germain
Wage: £850,000 p/w
Value: £83 million
Best Attributes: 20 Dribbling, 20 Technique, 19 Flair
Ok, it’s not a real surprise that the Brazilian and Paris Saint-Germain superstar tops our list. Still, with a current ability of 181 at the age of 28, and the potential to see that rise to 190, it’s not hard to see why he’s at the peak.
Best employed as an attacking winger or inverted winger, Neymar makes use of a tremendous first touch (17), crossing (16), and acceleration (17) up and down the left flank, and he’s almost guaranteed to create a handful of chances in each game.
Neymar moved to the French capital for £199 million in August 2017 and has gone on to score 87 goals in 116 appearances across all competitions, going a long way towards repaying the enormous fee both on and off of the pitch.
Sadio Mané (CA 180 – PA 184)
Wage: £180,000 p/w
Value: £77 million
Best Attributes: 18 Acceleration, 17 Finishing, 17 First Touch
Pace, good control of the ball, and plenty of goals: that sums up Sadio Mané’s contributions to Liverpool from the left flank. In FM 21, he has the potential to see his current ability of 180 rise to 184, so there’s plenty of value to be had in investing in the Senegalese winger.
Mané is often used as an attacking inside forward, and while he can play as an inverted winger, the former is where you’ll get the most out of his acceleration (18), finishing (17), and overall technique (17). He can produce a handy cross or assist from the left, but he’s more comfortable driving forward and making opportunities for himself.
Having joined Liverpool from Southampton in June 2016 for £37 million, Mané has repaid that investment tenfold with 97 goals across 218 appearances for the Anfield giants. With a valuation of £77 million, however, you’re going to have to splash the cash if you wish to prise him away.
Son Heung-Min (CA 172 – PA 172)
Team: Tottenham Hotspur
Wage: £95,000 p/w
Value: £70 million
Best Attributes: 18 Finishing, 18 Off the Ball, 17 Work Rate
Capably employed as an advanced forward or poaching striker, Son Heung-Min does his best work for Tottenham Hotspur on the left edge, in tandem with Harry Kane up top. With his current ability at 172, he’s one of the best options in the game for the inverted winger role.
Son is renowned for his hard-working style, and that’s reflected admirably with good stats for work rate (17), off the ball (18) and stamina (16), which allow him to be worked hard and used as a lynchpin. Banked as a global superstar and an elite winger, you’re bound to see the benefits of bringing in Son off of the pitch as well, with shirt sales and a good presence in the dressing room being key.
The forward has 27 goals in 93 caps for South Korea, where he’s adored as a national hero, but it’s the high praise from the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson that confirms his class.
Raheem Sterling (CA 171 – PA 180)
Team: Manchester City
Wage: £200,000 p/w
Value: £69 million
Best Attributes: 20 Natural Fitness, 20 Off The Ball, 19 Agility
Playing on the left edge can be a thankless and daunting task, especially at a big club like Manchester City. So, it’s not a surprise that Raheem Sterling’s potential of 180 has him in line to be the man on the wing for the Premier League champions.
Sterling’s work rate is right up there with players like Son Heung-Min, and with great physical attributes of 18 acceleration, 19 agility, 20 natural pace, 17 stamina, and 17 pace, he’s more than capable of putting in the hard yards.
Having made the move from Liverpool to Manchester City in July 2015 for an initial fee of £44 million – which made him the most expensive English player of all-time – Sterling has bagged 114 goals and 87 assists in 292 appearances so far, playing a crucial role for Gareth Southgate’s England side at Euro 2020.
Eden Hazard (CA 175 – PA 185)
Team: Real Madrid
Wage: £400,000 p/w
Value: £67 million
Best Attributes: 20 Dribbling, 18 Flair, 18 Technique
Another legitimate superstar of world football, Eden Hazard is one of the best options on the flank that you’ll find in FM 21, with a high current ability (175) and room to improve to 185.
Hazard is equally adept as an inverted winger, inside forward, or an advanced playmaker on the left edge, and can be shifted centrally to play as an attacking midfielder or shadow striker – granting you a great deal of tactical flexibility. With great stats for stamina (16), acceleration (16), and balance (17), he represents a good engine up and down the touchline with the quality to mix it in the middle of the park if needed.
Having moved to Real Madrid in the summer of 2019 for a handy £103.5 million, Hazard has only managed five goals and eight assists in 43 appearances. Rumours suggest that Hazard could be allowed to leave Los Blancos, and a move might just reinvigorate the Belgium international’s career.
Leroy Sané (CA 169 – PA 177)
Team: Bayern Munich
Wage: £300,000 p/w
Value: £59 million
Best Attributes: 19 Pace, 18 Dribbling, 17 Acceleration
Another pacey winger capable of slipping up and down the left touchline, Leroy Sané offers a good current ability (169) and plenty of room the grow, with a potential ability of 177.
The 24-year-old makes use of his 19 pace, 17 acceleration, 16 first touch, and tremendous 18 dribbling skill to take on defenders. Sané’s also able to run down the left in possession comfortably, making him a handy creator of chances as much as a goalscorer in his own right.
The former Manchester City and Schalke star has carved out a niche for himself in Munich and has become one of the best out-and-out wingers in world football. He made the move to the Allianz Arena in July 2020 after a lengthy pursuit by the German champions, scoring on his debut for Bayern against Schalke.
The Essen-native bagged ten goals and 12 assists in just 44 appearances for Die Roten and looks set to offer them plenty of attacking flair for a long time to come.
Serge Gnabry (CA 165 – PA 170)
Team: Bayern Munich
Wage: £125,000 p/w
Value: £57 million
Best Attributes: 17 Pace, 17 Acceleration, 17 Balance
Despite a lower current ability (165) and potential ability (170) ability than Leroy Sané, there is a school of thought that Serge Gnabry has surpassed the former City man and is the best left winger for Bayern Munich.
There isn’t any doubt that the Bavarian club has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to attacking talent, and Gnabry offers plenty as another attacking outlet, particularly when it comes to acceleration (17), balance (17), and pace (17). Also, in Gnabry’s favour is his ability to drop deeper and play as a supporting inverted winger, or even switch over to the right wing and play as an inverted forward.
Since moving to Munich, Gnabry has bagged 47 goals and chipped in with 30 assists across 126 appearances. It’s evident that he offers plenty going forward, so if you’re after an attacking winger with versatility, look to Germany when the transfer market opens in FM 21.
All of the best left wingers (AML) in FM 21
Here’s the full list of the best players for the attacking midfield left position in Football Manager 2021, ranked by their current ability.
|Name||Age||CA||PA||Wage (p/w)||Value||Best Attributes||Team|
|Neymar Jr||28||181||190||£850,000 p/w||£83 million||20 Dribbling, 20 Technique, 19 Flair||Paris Saint-Germain|
|Sadio Mané||28||180||184||£180,000 p/w||£77 million||18 Acceleration, 17 Finishing, 17 First Touch||Liverpool|
|Son Heung-Min||28||172||172||£95,000 p/w||£70 million||18 Finishing, 18 Off the Ball, 17 Work Rate||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Raheem Sterling||25||171||180||£200,000 p/w||£69 million||20 Natural Fitness, 20 Off The Ball, 19 Agility||Manchester City|
|Eden Hazard||29||175||180||£400,000 p/w||£67 million||20 Dribbling, 18 Flair, 18 Technique||Real Madrid|
|Leroy Sané||24||169||177||£300,000 p/w||£59 million||19 Pace, 18 Dribbling, 17 Acceleration||Bayern Munich|
|Serge Gnabry||25||165||170||£125,000 p/w||£57 million||17 Pace, 17 Acceleration, 17 Balance||Bayern Munich|
|Jack Grealish||24||163||170||£120,000 p/w||£54 million||17 Dribbling, 17 Flair, 16 Technique||Aston Villa|
|Marcus Rashford||22||157||172||£180,000 p/w||£52 million||18 Flair, 18 Acceleration, 17 Pace||Manchester United|
If you need a superstar down the left flank, look to one of these players to fill the void.
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