Young players are the crux of an established team, developing their potentials in FIFA 17 Career Mode through their academies and eventually either selling them to make profit, or playing them in their first teams to have a quality homegrown player for years to come. Occasionally, you find a star who becomes one of the worlds best, and if it is in fact you who finds them , the titles, and wealth that can come on the back of a young player are what many strive for. The question is, within the realm of FIFA 17, just how do you develop the young players in your team to become what I have mentioned above? In our other articles, we have identified for you the FIFA 17 young players with high potential, but within this we will detail exactly how to ensure your players achieve maximum progression.
Just a little caveat before we begin properly , I would just like to put in here just how to acquire youth players who will develop, in oppose to ones which will only stay stagnant? Well , my first advice would be to check out the articles on this website which have in depth tables that detail the best wonderkids. This, however, isn’t for everyone. Maybe you want to find them yourself, or maybe you are multiple seasons in and these players are unavailable, so here are some FIFA 17 tips on finding players, and then we will get into how to develop them.
Good old, manual scouting. This can take a few forms, but mostly comes with sending your scouting team out with instructions to find players who are “promising” (This is done by going from the main hub to Transfers > Global Transfer Network > Instructions > Atrributes > Promising). Couple this with “First team Quality” and you will find many players who are good enough for your team already, but have a promising career ahead of them. Be warned however, many of these players come with a hefty price tag, so it can be worth monitoring their contract in an attempt to sign them when it ends.
Second to this, is to keep an eye on top goal scorers, assists and clean sheets. Often times, especially in lower divisions, youth players who top these charts within their respective leagues are either very good for their age (hinting at the possibility of high development) or simply on a hot streak. My advice would be to monitor players under the age of 21 who top these charts. It may not come up with anything , but you will kick yourself if you don’t bag the next Jamie Vardy from league 2!
The second, and probably most effective way to have a stream of youth players coming through, is to develop your youth academy. Early on in your managers career, you can choose to put your focus into transfers, but leaving your transfer budget to make signings, or you can put the money towards hiring Youth Staff, and developing an academy. This is done by heading to the office section, and then choosing hire Youth Staff. From here, you can assign them to a country , and start identifying youth players. Be careful however, as many of the players will simply not be good enough (like in real life) so pay close attention to their growth in the academy, and let go or sell on the ones who aren’t developing as you wish.
Developing youth players
Easy enough to start with, but something which can go unnoticed as it seems so obvious. Give the youth players game time. This is by far the most effective method of developing a youth player organically, and if the player has a high end game stat (as in , their overall rating after growth is high) you will see pretty much instant return on your first season. This is the first step to developing youth. If you can find a slot in your team for them (as in the starting 11) that is the absolute best outcome. You will find this most often in the lower leagues, or perhaps lower end of the top leagues. The main issue with doing this is that youth players will start off at a lower level (The majority I have picked up so far, for example, have been between 57-64 rated). This is due to their growth, and thus finding them a place in your starting team can be difficult.
What I would advise is if a player is showing great signs of improvement, and is within 5-8 points of your main team, play him in your main team He will develop, and eventually take over the rating of your current strikers, and if you have identified the right player, surpass him . If you simply cannot find space for the player, consider using them as a backup player (Either substitute) or rotation player when your main players become tired. Although it won’t be as fruitful as playing week in week out, this will be the start. Once he has a season or two under his belt, his Overall should have gone up, and maybe he can challenge for a place in your main squad.
Below are some quick tips on getting them game time consistently within your squad)
- Create a “youth” team in squads for unimportant games
- Consider your cup run a chance to play Youth players
- Identify early on who is the understudy of your main players (as in , the second best player)
- Don’t see injuries as a hindrance, see them as an opportunity for youth
- Use your bench as a chance to give youth players 20-30 minutes in a won game
Loan them out
A second strategy to developing youth is one which many of the largest clubs employ on a crazy scale, and that is the loan system. Especially when you start to contend in the highest leagues, you simply will not be able to play youth players consistently without taking a huge hit to your teams overall, and therefore your chances of winning games. So, this is where the loan system comes in handy. It allows bigger clubs to develop lower rated players in the initial stage, and the utilize them when they are appropriately leveled. However, the loaning system has to be considered carefully, as sometimes players can just end up on the bench on the team you loaned them to.
- Identify the team you are loaning to
If their players are much better than the player you aim to loan out, he will not get that all important game time and will simply sit, stagnant and not developing as you want. Do a scouting report on the team that have moved for your player, and understand why they are loaning him.
- Consider the length of loan
If a player is 16-17, consider loaning them out for a long period of time (especially if they are lower overall rated than your substitutes and reserves). Not only does this give them a long time to develop at one club, but it also means they are off the wage bill for that amount of time, meaning they are a development egg waiting to hatch. You don’t have to worry about anything once you identify the right club, but it is always good to keep an eye on them, just in case.
- Identify your number 2
Mentioned above, but it can’t be stressed enough, If your player is the second best player at a particular position (example, you have Danny Rose at RB, and your youth player is your next best RB) do not loan them out. They will get game time when your main player is tired, or injured, and having them as a backup will be key to your career.