The attack on a football team is one of the most important areas of focus for any football manager. A strong group of forwards is essential to any tactic, after all, it’s scoring goals that win games. The best young attackers in Soccer Manager 22 (SM22) will bring well-needed creativity, finishing ability, and technical quality to the line-up. Their young age and high potential allow for the perfect set-up which should stand for many years to come. These are the top-level marquee signings essential to the top-tier clubs.
We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best attackers all aged under 24. These guys will play anywhere from the Attacking midfield line to the main forward line and are all future stars. At the end of the page, there will also be a list of honorable mentions, since there are simply so many potential options available.
Best Young Attackers in Soccer Manager 2022
It’s always good to have a promising youth player with huge potential. Finding and adding them to the squad is a sign of a great manager apart from that these future stars will serve the club for a longer time than other players.
1. Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
Whatever your opinion may be of the youngster, Mbappe is still one of the best players in the world and that is reflected with his incredibly high rating of 94. A World Cup winner and 4 time Ligue 1 champion all at 22 years old, the Frenchman is reportedly looking for a new challenge in real-world football, and so it would make sense for him to move away to another European giant. It will not be easy to sign him though, with the asking price expected to tread well into the 100 million mark. The wage won’t be easy to agree to either, but after all, this is one of the best players in the game we’re talking about, and he will probably stay at that for the long run too.
2. Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)
One of the top football talents in the world, Erling Haaland is shaping up to be a deadly striker for years to come. At just 20 years old, the Norweigan had a fantastic 2020/21 season, netting 41 times in 41 games. There’s no doubt about it, tons of the top European clubs will be involved in the race for Haaland’s signature, and it’s highly unlikely that he’ll see him in a Dortmund shirt next season. In fact, things are already moving fast in Soccer Manager 22 as well. Like, from the beginning of any save, Haaland will be sought after by all the top clubs like here in the above save, he was picked up by Dortmund’s arch-rivals Munich
3. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Manchester United is able to boast a huge range of talent in Soccer Manager 2022. Alongside the popular stars at the club, there lie some long-serving names associated with Manchester United for many years. Marcus Rashford has been with Manchester United since 2015, reaching almost 200 appearances with the Red Devils. What’s more, Rashford has only ever played for one club in his entire senior career. He’s a quality player and can bring pace and creativity to a team, though his hefty price tag may cause some issues.
4. Jadon Sancho (Manchester United)
Highly-rated English youngster, Jadon Sancho, made a big-money move to Manchester United this Summer, for a price reaching almost 80 million pounds. He is starting to fit into the team better in recent weeks, and may well turn into a success for the club. Since it’s his first season at the club, SM22 managers will have to wait until the next virtual season, to have a chance at signing Sancho. However, he is definitely one to keep an eye on for the future.
5. Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)
The highly sought-after striker in Lautaro Martinez was being chased by top clubs in Europe, including Arsenal and Spurs. The move fell through, however, and Inter Milan managed to keep hold of the 23-year-old. His partnership with Romelu Lukaku last season was deadly, to say the least, as Lautaro scored 17 goals and notched 10 assists, helping his side to their first Serie A title in almost a decade. His efforts also helped his country to lift the Copa America as well. Signing Lautaro will guarantee a consistent source of goals for years to come.
6. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)
Arguably one of the more underrated stars in an already stacked Manchester City side, Gabriel Jesus has tons of talent at just 24 years of age. Although he’s now shifting towards the wing, Jesus is shown to prefer the striker position in SM22. With the ability to use both feet at an equal level, and an incredibly high overall rating of 87, Jesus could do wonders. A decent bit of cash will buy you a skillful and quick forward, potentially great in a Strike partnership.
7. Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad)
Oyarzabal‘s stellar performances have earned him praise not just in Spain, but all over Europe. His 11 goals and 8 assists last season proved pivotal to Real Sociedad and drew interest from all the top European clubs. It’s likely the race will be on for the Spaniard’s signature, with Manchester City, Barcelona, Real Madrid a few among the many. SM22 has awarded Oyarzabal a very respectable rating of 87 this season, and he could make a brilliant singing, bringing both quality and versatility to the team.
8. Federico Chiesa (Juventus)
Chiesa lit up the International stage last Summer, after playing a key part in Italy’s Road to the Euros Final. The 24-year-old has attracted strong interest from a range of the top European clubs, with a big transfer fee involved. It won’t be easy getting a hold of Chiesa’s signature, however, it could prove to be a realistic transfer in SM22. The Juventus man only has 12 months left on his current contract, and so will either have a cheap transfer price or will move for free at the end of the season. Act fast though, as there would be a lot of competition involved.
9. Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)
Atletico Madrid took the world of football by surprise, after they beat Real Madrid and Barcelona to the La Liga title, for the first time in 7 years. One of the key starters in the side was the Portuguese youngster, Joao Felix, who recorded 17 goals and assists for his club during the 2020/21 season. His £114 million move to Atletico back in 2019/20 was a statement of his high potential ability, and he is still regarded as one of the most popular wonderkids on the planet. In SM22, his playing role is quite unique, as there aren’t many top-level Deep-Lying Forwards available on the market. Felix could be a real game-changer, if that role is applicable to your tactic, and will likely dominate the position for years to come.
10. Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)
Christopher Nkunku is having a wild 21/22 season and has shown his quality on the big stage on multiple occasions. With 7 goals in just 5 Champions League games, Nkunku ranks 3rd in the running for the prestigious UCL Golden Boot. That includes his hattrick in the thriller of a game against Manchester City. Who knows how the Frenchman will end the campaign, as he has already tallied 26 goal contributions in just 21 games in all competitions. Many of the top European clubs are in the running to sign Nkunku, and it is looking increasingly unlikely that he stays at RB Leipzig if this form continues.
Other Best Young Attackers in Soccer Manager 2022
What you see above is merely just the tip of the iceberg. SM22 has a huge database of quality youth attackers, and a list of the top 10 would not do the rest justice. Below is a table of yet more under 24s that are all talented editions to any squad, and have a high potential to build towards in the future.
|Kai Havertz||Chelsea||85||39.5 million|
|Mason Mount||Chelsea||85||41.0 million|
|Christian Pulisic||Chelsea||85||41.0 million|
|Diogo Jota||Liverpool||84||36.5 million|
|Dani Olmo||RB Leipzig||83||35.0 million|
|Phil Foden||Manchester City||83||37.0 million|
|Bukayo Saka||Arsenal||81||35.0 million|
|Ferran Torres||Manchester City||83||39.0 million|
|Ousmane Dembele||Barcelona||84||36.0 million|
|Vinicius Junior||Real Madrid||81||32.5 million|
|Ansu Fati||Barcelona||79||32.0 million|
|Mason Greenwood||Manchester United||79||30.0 million|
|James Maddison||Leicester||84||33.5 million|
Note: All values and data were taken close to the release of the game, and are subject to change throughout the season. The numbers in the table may not match exactly with those in the game.
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