Torturing defenders with pace, skill, and potent vision, the best young right midfielders in the world endear themselves to fans, bringing never-ending entertainment to the game.
Now, with more opportunities to create than ever before – thanks to the width given by the modern full-back – this generation of forward-thinking wide midfielders are thriving in the newfound freedom afforded to them.
In this article, we unearth the next top talents to feature in right midfield (MR) on Football Manager 21.
Choosing the best young right midfielders in FM 21
Each of the players on this FM 21 wonderkids list meets the following criteria:
- Age 21-years-old or younger;
- Have a positional rating of at least 18 in right midfield;
- Have a minimum potential ability (PA) of 140 or a negative PA rating of -8 (130-160).
To enhance the realism of Football Manager 21, a player’s potential is classed in two ways. The first is via a number between zero and 200. The second is a negative number, which represents a potential range that the player’s ability could reach, depending on your saved game. The negative PA ranges follow this pattern: -10 (170-200), -95 (160-190), -9 (150-180), down to -1.
You can find the top-five wonderkids with the highest potential below, as well as a table featuring every MR wonderkid in FM 21 at the foot of the page.
Jadon Sancho (158 CA / 178 PA)
Team: Borussia Dortmund
Best Positions: AMR, MR, AML, ML
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 158 CA / 178 PA
Value: £40.5 million
Wages: £160,272 per week
Best Attributes: 18 Agility, 18 Dribbling, 17 Acceleration
Starting his professional career with Manchester City, the skilful winger had his heart set on getting first-team action as soon as possible. A move to Germany in 2017 with Borussia Dortmund presented the perfect opportunity to kickstart his career, given their ethos of developing young talents.
It didn’t take long for Sancho to make his Bundesliga debut, coming off of the bench in a 2-2 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt. Since then, he’s gone from strength to strength, playing 118 games to date – even scoring 39 goals and providing 52 assists before his 21st birthday.
When it comes to FM 21, Sancho has almost unlimited potential to cement himself in the history books. Boasting fantastic 18 dribbling and 16 flair, he excels with the ball at his feet, striking fear into opponents as he bears down on them.
Nurturing the 12 stamina that Sancho possesses will ensure that he gets plenty of time to showcase his raw ability in your side, particularly in the busier spells of the season. Having recently signed a new contract, the Englishman isn’t interested in a move at the beginning of a save. So, bide your time, and with an increase in budget for the following season, he could be lining up for your side soon.
Achraf Hakimi (154 CA / 169 PA)
Team: Inter Milan
Best Positions: MR, WBR, DR
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 154 CA / 169 PA
Value: £26 million
Wages: £133,560 per week
Best Attributes: 19 Pace, 17 Natural Fitness, 17 Acceleration
Achraf Hakimi had just returned to Real Madrid, following an impressive two-year loan spell with Borussia Dortmund, when Italian giants Inter Milan came calling for his signature. A £36 million fee was agreed to bring the versatile Moroccan to Milan for the 2020/21 season.
Thrust straight into Antonio Conte’s first-team plans, Hakimi made his Inter debut in a 4-3 victory versus Fiorentina, in which he managed to bag himself an assist. Now 21 games into the season, he finds himself with a tally of five goals and five assists to his name, adding another level to the Nerazzurri’s attack.
Complementing Hakimi’s ability to dominate almost every position on the right side of the pitch is his 16 stamina and 17 natural fitness. Pair these with his 15 work rate, and you can see that he’s a tireless runner throughout games.
Equipped with a staggering 19 pace, he doesn’t have any problems latching onto balls down the wing – combining this and his 17 crossing attribute create a lethal option going forward. Hakimi will require a substantial fee to prise him away from Inter after his recent move, but as he’s such an appealing option, he would well be worth the money.
Samuel Chukwueze (138 CA / 165 PA)
Best Positions: MR, AMR
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 138 CA / 165 PA
Value: £11 million
Wages: £21,000 per week
Best Attributes: 17 Technique, 17 Dribbling, 16 Determination
Snapped up by Villarreal from his native Nigeria in 2017, Samuel Chukwueze entered into the Yellow Submarine’s B team just one year after his arrival. It took 20 appearances for the young winger to force his way into the senior side, where he has continued to gain international attention.
Since his debut in 2018, Chukwueze has made 101 appearances, scored 14 goals, and assisted 14 times. The skilful winger has also become an established international for Nigeria, scoring twice in 14 games for the Super Eagles.
Deployed on the right side in FM 21, this left-footed trickster finds plenty of joy using his 17 dribbling to cut inside opponents, burning past them with his 16 pace and 16 acceleration as he advances toward the goal.
Although Chukwueze is incredible with the ball at his feet, the MR wonderkid needs to develop his intelligence attributes further, primarily his nine decisions and ten vision. Polishing his 11 finishing and 13 passing can round out his game, making him potent in all aspects of his attacking play.
Ferran Torres (149 CA / 165 PA)
Team: Manchester City
Best Positions: MR, AMR
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 149 CA / 165 PA
Value: £33.5 million
Wages: £60,000 per week
Best Attributes: 17 Acceleration, 15 Agility, 15 Pace
Ferran Torres came through Valencia’s famous academy in Spain, featuring for the Mestalla at just 16-years-old. After 97 appearances, nine goals, and 12 assists, the young midfielder caught the attention of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, prompting the Citizens to spend £20.07 million to sign him in the summer of 2020.
Still early into his Premier League career, Torres has made ten appearances so far, scoring twice and setting up one more. During this time, he earned his senior debut for Spain, and has since played seven games and scored four goals for La Furia Roja – three of which came in the 6-0 thrashing of Germany.
A very all-rounded player in FM 21, Torres comes equipped with a natural eye for goal, boasting 15 finishing and 14 off the ball movement. Given his ability off of the ball, he could potentially be an effective raumdeuter, which translates to “space investigator,” exposing opponents and drawing players out of position.
An area for this right midfield wonderkid to improve upon would be his 11 work rate, so that he can make the most of his latent technical ability and provide maximum impact in those crucial games.
Alexis Saelemaekers (141 CA / 159 PA)
Team: AC Milan
Best Positions: MR, AMR
Current Ability/Potential Ability: 141 CA / 159 PA
Value: £8.5 million
Wages: £26,712 per week
Best Attributes: 16 Determination, 16 Stamina, 16 Work Rate
Alexis Saelemaekers moved on-loan from Belgian powerhouse RSC Anderlecht to AC Milan in January 2020. The Italians clearly liked what they saw, and the move was made permanent for a modest fee of £3.15 million at the end of the season.
During his time in Belgium, the young winger scored twice and assisted 11 goals in 64 appearances. Still early into his AC Milan career, Saelemaekers continues to improve his form, racking up four goals and four assists in 32 appearances so far, but more is yet to come from the wide maestro.
This FM 21 Belgian wonderkid comes well prepared to be an unrelenting nightmare for opponents down the right side, courtesy of his 16 stamina and 16 work rate. Further making this case is Saelemaekers’ 16 determination and 16 teamwork, meaning that he gels into sides, creating a fluid partnership with his teammates.
Along with an impressive work ethic and physical attributes, he also holds a natural ability with the ball at his feet, possessing 14 technique, 14 first touch, and 13 dribbling. A key area that Saelemaekers can improve, though, is his mentality ratings of nine decisions and ten composure.
All the best wonderkid right midfielders (MR) in FM 21
In the table below, you’ll find all of the best wonderkid right midfielders (MR) in FM 21. The players have been sorted by their PA, and those with a negative PA have been arranged by the lowest PA within their range.
|Name||Age||Team||CA||PA (Range)||Wage (p/w)|
|Jadon Sancho||20||Borussia Dortmund||158||178||£160,272|
|Achraf Hakimi||21||Inter Milan||154||169||£133,560|
|Ferran Torres||20||Manchester City||149||165||£60,000|
|Alexis Saelemaekers||21||AC Milan||141||159||£26,712|
|Alejandro Pozo||21||Sevilla (on-loan to SD Eibar)||127||157||£15,332|
|Jacob Bruun Larsen||21||1899 Hoffenheim||136||155||£35,027|
|Calvin Stengs||21||AZ Alkmaar||132||152||£5,250|
|Ignacio Laquintana||21||Defensor Sporting Club||116||149||£230|
|Linton Maina||21||Hannover 96||126||149||£1,816|
|Edon Zhegrova||21||Basel FC||126||149||£8,681|
|Ruben Vargas||21||FC Augsburg||129||145||£10,543|
|Petar Pusic||21||Grasshopper Zürich||114||142||£1,268|
|Yunus Musah||17||Valencia||125||-85 (140-170)||£1,400|
|Rabbi Matondo||18||FC Schalke 04||121||-85 (140-170)||£17,573|
|Juan Artola||20||Athletic Bilbao||110||-85 (140-170)||£3,400|
|Carlo Holse||21||Rosenborg BK||118||140||£2,296|
|Luis Sinisterra||21||Feyenoord||127||-8 (130-160)||£7,767|
|Noni Madueke||18||PSV Eindhoven||122||-8 (130-160)||£3,400|
|Hans Nicolussi Caviglia||20||Zebre/Juventus (on-loan at Parma)||114||-8 (130-160)||£8,000|
|Alan Rodríguez||20||Defensor Sporting Club||108||-8 (130-160)||£250|
|Carlos Alcaraz||17||Racing Club Avellaneda||107||-8 (130-160)||£1,077|
|Fran Pérez||17||Valencia||105||-8 (130-160)||£2,400|
|Gökdeniz Bayrakdar||18||Antalyaspor Kulübü||105||-8 (130-160)||£1,477|
|Fabrice Hartmann||19||RB Leipzig||100||-8 (130-160)||£1,370|
|Tibo Persyn||18||Inter Milan||97||-8 (130-160)||£1,300|
|Hugo González||17||Valencia||95||-8 (130-160)||£10,000|
|Sergio Dacal||16||Real Sporting Gijón B||80||-8 (130-160)||£450|
If you want to bring one of the most promising young wide players to your club, see if you can sign one of FM 21’s top wonderkid right midfielders, as listed above.
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