You might hear the sound of clapping on a Thursday night for the frontline workers, but throughout the rest of the week, it’s the sound of keyboards tapping away on Football Manager which can be heard for miles.
There isn’t any real football to watch, but the latest instalment of Football Manager is proving to be a godsend during lockdown.
It doesn’t matter if you’re running an old fashioned road to glory or if you’re going straight ahead and splashing the cash with one of world football’s big spenders, everyone is always on the look out for the next big thing for our new saves.
If you haven’t scouted in Serie A or the Premier League, 90min have got you covered on that front too, but we’re all here as there’s one country which produces more top talents than anyone else in Europe.
We already know the likes of Jadon Sancho and Kai Havertz, but what about those unknown stars who are playing in Germany?
Well, without further adieu, here are some of the best and mostly unknown young players in the Bundesliga who could do a job for you in your Football Manager 20 save.
Markus Schubert – He’s going to be Schalke’s number one shot-stopper next season and will eventually be playing at an international too, but why not take him of their hands and have Schubert standing in between the sticks on your next save?
Luca Plogmann – Football Manager isn’t just about signing wonderkids who can come in and do a job for you straight off the bat. Sometimes, we all need to get a bit of long-term planning out the way. In short, we all need a Plogmann.
Rick van Drongelen – Right, this one might be a bit cheeky. Van Drongelen plays for Hamburg in Germany’s second division, but the Dutchman is a must-have for anyone playing top-flight football.
Ibrahima Konaté – Wait, RB Leipzig have more than one outstanding French centre back? Well, they’ve actually got three, and even though Konaté doesn’t quite get the same attention as his teammates, he’s probably their most talented.
Edmond Tapsoba – He’s a new name in Germany, but Tapsoba will be a household name for any Football Manager 20 save.
Noah Katterbach – So, we’re all covered with centre backs, but what about out wide? Katterbach predominantly plays on the left and he’s already good enough to start for most teams on the planet.
Armel Bella-Kotchap – We might be going back to Germany’s second division, but even Bayern Munich fans will tell you how brilliant Bella-Kotchap could be in real life, let alone virtually.
Ozan Kabak – Excited Galatasaray fans dubbed him as the next Fabio Cannavaro. But, obviously, he’s not going to be as good as Italy’s World Cup winner. He might actually go on to be even better.
Exequiel Palacios – Real Madrid wanted to sign the Argentine when he was playing at River Plate, and if he keeps up his recent performances, they’ll be trying to sign him on your FM20 save too, so get in there while you still can.
Xaver Schlager – There’s something about a left-footed player that makes them better than their right-footed counterparts. Facts.
Weston McKennie – There’s plenty of wonderkids from the United States playing in the Bundesliga, but Schalke’s McKennie has been the most impressive for quite some time.
Hannes Wolf – He’s hardly played for RB Leipzig due to injury, but the fractured leg he sustained at the back end of last season won’t make an impact on his growth for your team on Football Manager.
Dennis Geiger – Ball-playing midfielders can be quite hard to come by, but Hoffenheim’s Geiger is the perfect option for the present and future.
Jan Thielmann – Versatility is always an important quality in any virtual football game, so recruiting a 17-year-old who can play in midfield or out on the wing will be a huge help when it comes to your current crop of players fading away.
Josip Brekalo – It will only take Brekalo a couple of years to earn himself a big move. Both in real life and on Football Manager. So what on earth are you waiting for?
Moussa Diaby – Most of us will be priced out of a move for the former Paris Saint-Germain winger, but if you happen to have a hefty wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket, then Diaby would be the perfect first-season signing.
Javairô Dilrosun – An ex-Manchester City forward lighting up the Bundesliga? Who would have thought that could happen…
Ruben Vargas – Augsburg aren’t a team who can flat out reject offers for their best players, so you might just be able to muscle you way into a deal for one of Switzerland’s most exciting young players.
Jonathan Burkardt – If you’re not looking to sign a striker who will go on to become the best in the world, but still might give you exactly what you need to break into the European places, then look no further.
Bradley Fink – Signing a new striker who hasn’t even taken his GCSEs yet might not seem like the smartest thing to do at the start of a Football Manager save, but a few years down the line with this Borussia Dortmund youth star, you won’t regret it.