Football Manager 2021 Wonderkids: Best Young German Players to Sign

Does your team have what it takes to sign and develop one of FM 21’s German wonderkids into a world-class player?


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)

Team: Chelsea
Age: 21
Best Position: MC, AMC
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 153 CA / 180 PA
Value: £39.5 million
Wages: £150,000
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)
Age: 21
Best Position: DM, MC
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 129 CA / 161 PA
Value: £3.7 million
Wages: £17,513
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
Age: 18
Best Position: ST
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 127 CA / -9 (150-180) PA
Value: £2.7 million
Wages: £7,029
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)
Age: 21
Best Position: DM, MC
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 127 CA / 150 PA
Value: £3.1 million
Wages: £17,513
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
Age: 21
Best Position: DC
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 120CA / 150 PA
Value: £275,000
Wages: £3,066
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).

NameAgeTeamCAPA (Range)PositionWages p/w
Kai Havertz21Chelsea153180MC, AMC£150,000
Arne Maier21Hertha Berlin (on-loan to Arminia Bielefeld)129161DM, MC£17,513
Karim Adeyemi18RB Salzburg127-9 (150-180)AMR, ST£7,029
Adrian Fein21Bayern Munich (on-loan to PSV)127150DM, MC£17,513
Stephan Ambrosius21Hamburger SV120150DR, DC£3,066
Linton Maina21Hannover126149MR, AMR£1,816
Fabian Nürnberger21FC Nürnberg117149DM£2,629
Lukas Nmecha21Manchester City (on-loan to Anderlecht)122145ST£16,000
Ron Schallenberg21SC Paderborn 07122145DM£1,054
Robin Hack21FC Nürnberg121144ML, AML£4,381
Louis Beyer20Borussia Mönchengladbach  126143DR£4,112
Elias Abouchabaka20Vitória de Guimarães  110143AMC£2,755
Florian Carstens21FC St. Pauli (on-loan to Wehen Wiesbaden)101142DC£1,752
Jonathan Burkardt20FSV Mainz 05117141ST£4,112
Josha Vagnoman19Hamburger SV122-85 (140-170)DR, WBR£7,010
Noah Katterbach19FC Köln120-85 (140-170)DL£1,750
Armel Bella-Kotchap18VfL Bochum115-85 (140-170)DC£3,505
Bright Arrey-Mbi17Bayern Munich110-85 (140-170)DC£1,401
Nnamdi Collins16Borussia Dortmund93-85 (140-170)DC£6,909
Armindo Sieb17Bayern Munich92-85 (140-170)AMC£55
Ismail Jakobs20FC Köln124140MC, AMC£13,250
Manuel Wintzheimer21Hamburger SV121140ST£4,381
Lino Tempelmann21Freiburg110140MC£822
Steven Benda21Swansea105140GK£1,600

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.

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