The most wonderful time of the year is back. No, not Christmas, but the return of Football Manager… obviously!

The popular football simulation game is back for a 17th time as West Ham United fans far and wide look to fill Manuel Pellegrini’s shoes in the London Stadium dug-out.

A huge aspect of Football Manager, in particular, is the ability to scout, sign and develop promising young ‘wonder-kids’ who will grow with you across the course of your career.

Here, I’ve taken a look at five starlets with high potential who you should look to bring to East London in your Football Manager save.

Many would argue areas Pellegrini should strengthen in real life are at centre-back, centre-midfield and in attack, so I’ve taken that into account whilst making my selections.

Will you be taking on the role of Hammers boss this year?

Current Ability – CA

Potential Ability – PA