#FM15 Nathan’s Nod to the Future Part Three by @nathdavidlewis

Welcome to the season three review of our youth prospects save, where we monitor the development of some of the most exciting young footballers. In the summer transfer window preceding the third season, Martin Odegaard made his second transfer move of the save, moving to Juventus for £3.75 million. Can he force his way into contention? Let’s find out.

Great

Lucas Romero

At the beginning of this save, Romero was one of the prospects with the greatest chance of developing successfully, and this season, he continued to live up to his reputation as a great buy on Football Manager 15. Man City have a midfield packed with class and ability, but young Lucas has unseated Fernandinho from his spot next to Yaya Toure. Starting 48 games, Romero has the fourth highest appearances of the entire team and performed consistently throughout the season. Undoubtedly, he is the star of the save so far.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Hojbjerg is a player of great skill and creativity, so always stands a good chance of becoming one of the top players in the world in Football Manager 15. In this season, Pierre-Emile started 11 league games, picking up 6 goals from the heart of midfield, an impressive feat considering he is competing with the likes of Thiago, Javi Martinez and Mario Gotze. The young Danish star is sure to grow and grow in stature, and will eventually become the star of an impressive Bayern Munich side.

Niklas Sule

The past few seasons have been a bit rough on Niklas Sule, with a major injury preventing him from developing as he truly could. This last season however, saw Niklas start more regularly in central defence, and Hoffenheim improved on their league position, finishing 9th. While he won’t gain any great plaudits being a defender, this was a real improvement for the strong German defender.

Good

Martin Odegaard

As mentioned earlier, Odegaard secured a move to a true European giant in the summer, and would have hoped to make an instant impact. The creative Norwegian midfielder was made to wait for a chance in the first team, with Kevin De Bruyne performing well for Juve. Odegaard was largely used as a substitute, and showed some signs of his undoubted potential. A solid season for Martin, who is still very very young.

Salva Ruiz

It is perhaps slightly kind to characterise Salva’s season as Good, since this season was another season out on loan to a Liga Adelante side. It is however undoubtedly an improvement on previous seasons, with Ruiz featuring more regularly for Girona. It is now make or break time for the Spanish left-back, since his Valencia contract expires in the summer of 2017. If Salva can’t secure a contract at the Mestalla, what lies in store for his future? It will be interesting to see, that’s for sure.

Poor

Donis Avidjaj

At youth level, Donis is lethal. 5 goals in 8 appearances for the under 19s show his undoubted ability, but the Albanian-born striker was promoted to the senior squad this season, and was largely used as squad filler. Making just two appearances, Avdijaj will hope to break into the first team soon, or else see his development stifled.

Jack Grealish

Aston Villa sit 18th in the Championship, and despite starting all but two of their league games, Jack Grealish was unable to inspire his side to a great league performance. The excellent young winger seems destined for a great career, but is now unsettled at Villa Park and is looking elsewhere to develop his talents. Fined for ill-discipline by caretaker manager Roy Keane, Grealish will hope that he can secure a move to a side of greater ability, where he can continue his progression.

Joel Pereira

He made an appearance! For the actual, senior first-team Manchester United. An FA Cup third round match at home to Burnley provided Joel Pereira with his first senior start. He conceded three, received an average rating of 4.6, and was promptly demoted back to the Under 21s. Sad times for Joel.

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