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The best wonderkid Defensive Midfielders in Football Manager 2023

Defensive Midfielders are incredibly important in Football Manager 2023, so make sure you sign your wonderkids early!

However, if you’re unsure who to sign for the position, you don’t need to worry. As always, we’ve got you covered. We won’t give you a useless table with a rudimentary numerical system that makes sense to you. No, we’ll give you two short and sweet paragraphs on each player, so you know they’re the right fit for your team.

Now, we bet you can’t guess who the best Defensive Midfielder wonderkid in Football Manager 2023 is.

Eduardo Camavinga

If you said “Eduardo Camavinga” then congratulations, you win the Jaxon Captain Obvious award! No but seriously, it was obvious that the Frenchman was still going to be the best wonderkid Defensive Midfielder in Football Manager 2023.

After bursting onto the scene for Rennes as a 16-year-old, he was a no-brainer for Real Madrid for the inevitable midfield revamp. Unfortunately for you, that also means you’ll have a hard time ever signing him. Really, he’s only on this list to remind you of the fact he’s the one that got away.

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Warren Zaire-Emery

Where else to go next but another impossible-to-sign Frenchman, PSG’s Warren Zaire-Emery? The 16-year-old has a Potential Ability range of 160-190, so there’s a chance he’s even better than Camavinga in your save.

If you can convince him o leave the best team in France, expect to spend £40M on him. Admittedly, that’s quite a large amount of money to spend on someone who won’t be ready for your first team for while. That being said, if you can afford to do so, in a few years’ time, you’ll have one of the best wonderkid Defensive Midfielders in Football Manager 2023 in your team. Good for you.

Romeo Lavia

Southampton spent the Summer signing wonderkids from Man City; so far, Romeo Lavia has been the most impressive. So impressive, in fact, that he was subject to a £50M bid from Chelsea on Deadline Day of the same window.

Technically gifted enough that he can play further up the pitch, Lavia is extremely versatile. Seeing as he’s one of the best wonderkid Defensive Midfielders in Football Manager 2023, however, that’s where you’ll get the most out of him. If Southampton gets relegated, snap him up for just £20M. Seriously, do so; you’d be a fool not to.

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Tyler Morton

The weakest player defensively on our list of the best wonderkid Defensive Midfielders in Football Manager 2023, Tyler Morton is perfect for a possession-based system. Operating best as a Deep Lying Playmaker, Morton will have a hard time breaking into the first team at Liverpool. That will play in your favor, though. You’ll be able to sign him for around £15M in your second season.

After a year on loan with Blackburn, that second-season fee will seem pretty worth it. The pass master will already be a handy squad player. It won’t be long before he pushes your current Defensive Midfielder out of the starting eleven.

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Alan Varela

We like to make sure there’s a cheaper option on the list, so for the best wonderkid Defensive Midfielders in Football Manager 2023, we’ve gone for Alan Varela. The Argentine will start out at Boca Juniors, so he’ll definitely be affordable early on in your save.

A player with a similar profile to Morton, you can expect to sign him for half the price. He’s also better defensively and potentially even better offensively. You really can’t do wrong with Varela in your team.

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Giacomo Faticanti

If you need a defensive powerhouse, Giacomo Faticanti is your man. Starting out at Roma, you might struggle to prize him away from his club, but he’ll become a star for you if you can. Available for around £10M, he’s also affordable for most clubs.

With 17 Aggression, he’s a perfect Ball Winning Midfielder. The role is very strong this year, so we couldn’t make this best wonderkid Defensive Midfielfers in Football Manager 2023 list without him.

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Sam McKenzie covers a variety of competitive first-person shooters, with an emphasis on Valorant and Counter-Strike esports. He also has a passion for football in both the real and virtual worlds, and contributes his expertise in FIFA esports.