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5 Key Attributes of A Football Manager 2015 Wonderkid


Best Attributes for a Football Manager 2015 Wonderkid

5 key attributes of a football manager 2015 wonderkid
5 key attributes of a football manager 2015 wonderkid
When playing football manager 2015, it is every managers dream to have a team full of wonderkids. These wonderkids, ideally would have generated from your own youth academy, in some cases you will need to, with the help of your scouts, search for wonderkids. There are several key attributes to look out for when trying to look for wonderkids or key signs that your scouts will tell you about, when they produce a scout report. We will review these here. It is worth noting that not all players with the below will turn into wonderkids, a bit of luck along the way always helps, but for me, when I am searching for wonderkids on FM 2015, if a players does not have the below then I really do have to think twice before signing them.

Natural Fitness

I have recently written an article on why natural fitness is one of the key attributes on football manager 2015. With the natural fitness attribute, players will recover quicker from matches, they will be able to play more matches and they will be able to play more of the match. I have had a number of good players for my team, but I find I can only get about 75 mins of game time out of them before they are too tired to continue. For the next match also, this player is not always fully fit and you cant expect a player to perform to their best if they are tired. You only have to look at the amount of games Ronaldo plays a season, this is what makes him the great player he is. He is able to play lots of games and play 90 mins for most games also. Great for development, the more match time you can provide your youth player with.

Work Rate

This might just be me, but I always look for this as a key attribute, no matter the position (central defenders might be the only exception). Work rate for me will decide how hard a player will work in training, how much effort they will put on the pitch also. There are many footballers who could have been great players, but their work rate really does let them down. We hear lots of stories about players who will put in the extra time at training, the players who are working hard to maintain their fitness and develop their attributes as much as possible. It is no great surprise that players who have higher work rate will generally stay at the top of their game for longer and will develop quicker. We could give the example of ex Manchester United player Nani, in theory he could have been a great player, he has the skill, pace etc to have gone on and done much more with his career than he has. A player like Frank Lampard, he is not known for skill and pace etc, but the extra hours in training and the high work rate mean he has stayed at the top of his game and has had a much better career than a player like Nani, who on paper, could or should have had a much better career.


This attribute is generally linked to the personality of a player, usually the higher the determination of a player the better his personality is. Lets give two examples, your team is 1 nil down with 20 mins of a match to go, you have two players who are just as good as each other, except one has a determination attribute of 18 and the other an attribute of 5. The difference between these two players is the guy with 18 will want to pull a goal back, he will want to do well and he will be determined to see your team get a goal back and hopefully push on for a win. When I am building a team, I always look for good determination attributes. Not only does good determination help you to win games, but you will also be able to have ready made tutors for your younger players. Depending on personality of course.


Much like the description of the above attribute, the better the personality the better. When Brendan Rodgers signed Mario Balotelli, lots of people were shocked with this transfer, the temperamental Italian is a good player technically but he personality will probably ruin his career. Just yesterday there was this article from the Liverpool Echo Mark Lawrenson describes Mario Balotelli as 'absolute waste of time' after Liverpool's draw against Blackburn. I think personality is a massive attribute in developing a wonderkid, make sure you have a player who is professional or spirited, or at least make sure you have players in your team who can tutor youth players to make sure they can have a good personality.

Good attributes for position

So this is a given, but to create or train a wonderkid, the player will need to have some good potential for the position they play. Even if they did have all the above mentioned attributes, if you have a striker with 2 finishing, you would need to go a long way to making him a wonderkid. I tend to look for key attributes for the position, so if we are looking for a wonderkid central defender, then strength, positioning, tackling, marking and heading are all my first point of call. Then attributes like anticipation and decision making will need to be high, after this all of the attributes previously mentioned will come into play as to whether or not I would sign the player. Over many years of playing Football manager, you can decide if a player is good enough within seconds, a quick look at their attributes, then a glance at their info to check their personality is usually enough for me to decide if a player is worth a second look.

If you do focus on the above, very quickly you will learn the types of players that will develop quickly and the players who you should be buying. Even if playing as a team in the lower leagues, its still a good idea to review and adapt the same rules when searching for wonderkids.