Football Manager 2016 -10 Potential Wonderkids, An Alternative List

Understand how Potential Ability works in FM database terminology and discover the 8 wonderkids in Football Manager 2016.

Do you want to find the best wonderkids in FM 16?

If you arrived here searching for Football Manager 2016 -10, I have to tell you something: There isn’t any player with a -10 potential on FM16.

But the good news is that a -95 range value was introduced!

The new Potential Ability range

Each player can have either a fixed or variable Potential Ability. The fixed range can have values between 1 and 200, whilst the variable comes in numbers starting from -1 and can go up to -10.

Inbetween 8 and 9 for example, we have 8.5, which translates to -85 in Football Manager database terminology.

Potential AbilityPotential Range

Now, every time you create a new game on Football Manager 2016, all the players that have a variable Potential Ability will get randomly generated values within the respective range.

To give you an idea about what these numbers can represent if the wonderkids reach their potential, I can tell you that Messi has a Current Ability of 198, Cristiano Ronaldo 192, while Gareth Bale comes short at just 170. (Neymar and Luis Suarez both have 183; Hazard is at 179; knew you’d ask!)

The true FM16 wonderkids list

NatPlayerAgePositionClubPot. AbilityRange
frAnthony Martial19AML, STCMan Utd.-95160-190
beYouri Tielemans18MCAnderlecht-95160-190
noMartin Ødegaard16AMCR. Madrid-95160-190
frPaul Pogba22MC, DMJuventus192N/A
brNeymar23AMLC, STCBarcelona192N/A
beThibaut Curtois23GKChelsea183N/A
esIsco23AMCR. Madrid181N/A
deMarc-André ter Stegen23GKBarcelona180N/A

These are all the U23 Players that could reach at least 180 Ability in Football Manager 2016.

There will be no one like Messi


Sorry guys, but there’s nobody with that Potential Ability in Football Manager 2016. Fortunately, we have a couple of players in the FM16 database that could become as good as Ronaldo: Pogba and Neymar.

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  1. In my database,

    Odegaard and Martial only have 166 potential.
    I guess that’s the wonderkids for me.
    Is it possible for the PA’s to develop as well? for instance if we have developed
    the aforementioned wonderkids to their max potentials.

    Odegaard’s 166 PA to 190? Or it’s fixed by the time we generate the new database (new game)?

  2. @Anonymous, I’m not sure if I understand.

    Were you trying to say that the low rep teams had grey players with incredible attributes and as a result you were losing most friendly matches?

    Could be a bug if that’s the case. Greyed out player shouldn’t be anywhere as good as you described. Report it on the SI forums.

    However, if you’ve made many transfers in a single window you should expect you team to perform awkward in the next few months. Also, take into account that some teams have already made several transfers in real life, so when you start a game you also have to consider those.

    Hope it helps!

  3. i have gone through the attribute for underdog team to be my sparring partner before leage start.. but almost of them got a outstanding attribute.. almost 18 shooting, 18 tackling etc.. how to solve this matter.. i frequent lost.. (i bough your tactic already)..

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