Germany are infamous for developing well-drilled, disciplined teams for the big stage. Winning the World Cup four times in their history, Germany truly are one of the all-time great footballing nations.
In this article, you will discover the best young German players in Football Manager 2021, with each of them having the potential to make it into the prestigious national team. You may even find the next Franz Beckenbauer, Lothar Matthäus, or Gerd Müler in this bunch.
Check out these German wonderkids and see if you can develop the next wunderkind for your FM 21 team.
Choosing the best German wonderkids of FM 21
To make the cut for this list, the young players were primarily judged by potential ability (PA), with the lowest PA on his list being 140. You will also find players with a negative PA ranges here. What this means is that, with every new save that you make, the wonderkid’s PA will be different. The ranges that you will find on this list are -9 (150-180) and -85 (140-170).
The players then have to meet two further criteria of not being older than 21-years-old and, of course, have Germany as their chosen nation to represent. The wonderkids in the table below are listed by their highest PA. When it comes to those with PA ranges, they have been placed based on the lowest number of their range.
Check out the featured German wonderkids of FM 21 that have the highest PA below, with the table of all of the best young German players found at the foot of the page.
Kai Havertz (153 CA / 180 PA)
Best Position: MC, AMC
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 153 CA / 180 PA
Value: £39.5 million
Best Attributes: 17 Technique, 17 Vision, 17 First Touch
We start the list with Chelsea’s latest marquee signing. Joining from Bayer Leverkusen for a fee of £72 million, this technically gifted German midfielder has already established himself as a mainstay in the Blues’ starting XI. Making 150 appearances for Leverkusen, the Aachen-native has appeared in a Chelsea shirt 15 times since arriving at Stamford Bridge, scoring four and assisting as many.
Havertz has already made ten appearances for the national team, being given his debut by Joachim Löw in 2018. In that span, the young German has gone on to score two goals and assist six more. It doesn’t come as a surprise that this German is being tipped as the next superstar to don the famous white and black shirt.
Possessing 17 technique, 17 first touch, 17 composure, 17 vision, 17 pace, 16 off the ball, and 16 natural fitness, Havertz is ready to make an impact at any of the top teams in Europe. Capable of being the main creative output in your team, this maestro likes to attempt one-two passes with his teammates and will be one of the highest-rated players in FM 21 when he reaches his PA of 180.
Alas, the German wonderkid has only just joined Frank Lampard’s Chelsea. So, he’ll be unavailable for a transfer during the first window. With wages currently at £150,000 per week and a recent transfer fee of £72 million, it is highly likely that acquiring this top young German will prove to be very costly.
Arne Maier (129 CA / 161 PA)
Team: Hertha Berlin (on-loan to Arminia Bielefeld)
Best Position: DM, MC
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 129 CA / 161 PA
Value: £3.7 million
Best Attributes: 16 Composure, 15 Teamwork, 15 Technique
Born in Ludwigsfelde, Arne Maier is a hot prospect in German football. He played 772 minutes last season for Hertha Berlin, before Bruno Labbadia decided that it was best for him to get more game time on-loan. Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out that way yet, with him only making four appearances for Uwe Neuhaus’ Bundesliga side.
Capped 12 times at the international under-21s level, Maier has scored one goal and provided an assist so far. The young German will hope to repay Stefan Kuntz’s faith in him by continuing his consistent play, knowing that a senior call-up will be rewarded if he manages to establish a good run of form.
With 16 composure, 15 teamwork, 15 technique, and 14 stamina, this German wonderkid, who likes to dictate the tempo of the game, has the potential to become one of the first names on the team-sheet for the national side. With a 161 PA, Maier can grow into an important player for any club in the top divisions of world football.
Truly deserving of the billing as one of the best German wonderkids in FM 21, he will be unavailable during the first season as he’s out on-loan. However, in the second season, if you decide that Maier is right for your team, you’ll have to convince a reluctant-to-sell Hertha Berlin with a substantial transfer fee.
Karim Adeyemi (127 CA / 150-180 PA)
Team: Red Bull Salzburg
Best Position: ST
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 127 CA / -9 (150-180) PA
Value: £2.7 million
Best Attributes: 16 Pace, 16 Acceleration, 16 Determination
At just 18 years of age, Karim Adeyemi already has two medals in his collection: winning the Austrian Cup and the Austrian Bundesliga. Spending last season on-loan to feeder club FC Liefering, Adeyemi scored 13 goals and 19 assists in just 35 appearances.
Unsurprisingly, when his loan finished, Jesse Marsch decided to give the young German a chance in Salzburg’s first-team. Internationally speaking, Adeyemi is still inexperienced. Only capped at the under-17s level seven times, this pacey forward has much to prove.
Possessing 16 pace, 16 acceleration, 14 agility, and 15 off the ball skills at the start of the game, you will be purchasing a player capable of breaching defences and often finding himself at the right place at the right time. Also capable of playing as an inside forward on the right, Adeyemi has nothing but time to develop into either your first-choice AMR or ST.
With a potential ability range of -9 (150-180), you could well be getting a German wonderkid who has the potential to be one of the best in the world. Available for transfer at the start of your save, Adeyemi would want wages of £16,000 per week. With RB Salzburg wanting to keep hold of one of their top-rated prospects, a bid of around £40 million could be needed to secure the forward.
Adrian Fein (127 CA / 150 PA)
Team: Bayern Munich (on-loan to PSV Eindhoven)
Best Position: DM, MC
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 127 CA / 150 PA
Value: £3.1 million
Best Attributes: 17 Composure, 17 Balance, 16 Vision
Being born in Munich, Adrian Fein was bound to join the dominant Bayern Munich at the first opportunity. Finding success at his loan club Hamburger SV last season, the German midfielder made 33 appearances for Der Dino, scoring once and assisting four times. Fein finds himself out on-loan again this season, with PSV Eindhoven having a clause in the loan deal that allows them to purchase Fein for a cut-price of £5.48 million.
The German wonderkid has amassed five appearances at international under-21s level. Fein will be hoping to put his mark down as one of the better options available to Germany head coach Joachim Löw, so he’ll strive for regular game time this season to showcase his ability.
On FM 21, at the start of the game, you will find Fein with ratings of 17 composure, 17 balance, 16 vision, 15 passing, and 15 technique, making this German wonderkid unshakable in the middle of the pitch. He’s also capable of being a more defensive option for your team.
Given that he’s out on-loan with an optional future fee, it will be hard to recruit the 150 PA Fein for at least the first season. If PSV decide to make Fein’s stay permanent, you will be unable to sign him for another transfer window.
Stephan Ambrosius (120 CA / 150 PA)
Team: Hamburger SV
Best Position: DC
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 120CA / 150 PA
Best Attributes: 16 Balance, 16 Determination, 16 Bravery
The final German wonderkid to be highlighted here is Stephan Ambrosius. Currently playing his football in the second tier of German football with Hamburger SV, the 21-year-old has been a first-team regular for Die Rothosen. With his team hoping to make it back into the top division of German football, Ambrosius is set to be an essential player for the club.
Receiving his first under-21s cap in November, Ambrosius will be hoping to make a name for himself in order to progress his international career. Despite playing in 2. Bundesliga, the central defender will be hoping to add more under-21 caps and perhaps a senior team call-up in the coming years.
Ambrosius has surprisingly impressive ratings for a player in the second tier. With 16 balance, 16 determination, 16 bravery, 15 pace, and 15 marking, attacking players don’t like to see this German wonderkid on the opposing side of the pitch. With a 150 PA, the Hamburg-native will see his 120 CA improve drastically over the next few campaigns.
With minuscule wages of just £3,066 per week and being valued at just £275,000, the top young German is accessible to almost any team in the game. Even though Hamburger are reluctant to see the local lad leave, a fee of £8 million will be more than enough to secure his signature.
All the best German wonderkids in FM 21
Below, you will find a table filled with of all of the best young Germans in FM 21, ordered by their potential ability (highest rating at the top).
|Name||Age||Team||CA||PA (Range)||Position||Wages p/w|
|Kai Havertz||21||Chelsea||153||180||MC, AMC||£150,000|
|Arne Maier||21||Hertha Berlin (on-loan to Arminia Bielefeld)||129||161||DM, MC||£17,513|
|Karim Adeyemi||18||RB Salzburg||127||-9 (150-180)||AMR, ST||£7,029|
|Adrian Fein||21||Bayern Munich (on-loan to PSV)||127||150||DM, MC||£17,513|
|Stephan Ambrosius||21||Hamburger SV||120||150||DR, DC||£3,066|
|Linton Maina||21||Hannover||126||149||MR, AMR||£1,816|
|Fabian Nürnberger||21||FC Nürnberg||117||149||DM||£2,629|
|Lukas Nmecha||21||Manchester City (on-loan to Anderlecht)||122||145||ST||£16,000|
|Ron Schallenberg||21||SC Paderborn 07||122||145||DM||£1,054|
|Robin Hack||21||FC Nürnberg||121||144||ML, AML||£4,381|
|Louis Beyer||20||Borussia Mönchengladbach||126||143||DR||£4,112|
|Elias Abouchabaka||20||Vitória de Guimarães||110||143||AMC||£2,755|
|Florian Carstens||21||FC St. Pauli (on-loan to Wehen Wiesbaden)||101||142||DC||£1,752|
|Jonathan Burkardt||20||FSV Mainz 05||117||141||ST||£4,112|
|Josha Vagnoman||19||Hamburger SV||122||-85 (140-170)||DR, WBR||£7,010|
|Noah Katterbach||19||FC Köln||120||-85 (140-170)||DL||£1,750|
|Armel Bella-Kotchap||18||VfL Bochum||115||-85 (140-170)||DC||£3,505|
|Bright Arrey-Mbi||17||Bayern Munich||110||-85 (140-170)||DC||£1,401|
|Nnamdi Collins||16||Borussia Dortmund||93||-85 (140-170)||DC||£6,909|
|Armindo Sieb||17||Bayern Munich||92||-85 (140-170)||AMC||£55|
|Ismail Jakobs||20||FC Köln||124||140||MC, AMC||£13,250|
|Manuel Wintzheimer||21||Hamburger SV||121||140||ST||£4,381|
So if you’re up for the challenge of unearthing the next star player for Die Mannschaft in FM 21, use the table above to choose one of the best German wonderkids to add to your squad.