Five Dutch wonderkids you should sign on Football Manager 2022

Mitchell Fretton
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Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch looks to be one for the future
Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch looks to be one for the future

Football Manager 2022 is a fan's dream when it comes to scouting future talent across the world.

The popular game allows fanatics to overhaul any club of their choice and lead them to glory, be it in the English National League or the German third division.

The Netherlands is one nation with a fine reputation for producing excellent footballing talents who go on to thrive in their professional careers.

Names such as Dennis Bergkamp, Edwin van der Sar and Ruud Gullit all emerged from Dutch sides and went on to achieve great success throughout their career.

We take a look at the five Dutch wonderkids who could be next to take the Eredivisie by storm in the coming years.

Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax)

At just 19 years old, Ryan Gravenberch has already made a name for himself within the Ajax squad.

The central midfielder is a regular starter for de Godenzonen and has featured 14 times in the Eredivisie this season, scoring once. 

Gravenberch is highly rated within the world of FM22, too — his passing and technique are two attributes that the Dutchman excels in while the game also credits his first touch and decision making.

Valued upwards of £42million, the Netherlands international is one of the hottest prospects in world football — he will make a great addition to any ambitious manager's squad.

Ernest Poku (AZ Alkmaar)

Ernest Poku is an exciting prospect
Ernest Poku is an exciting prospect

AZ Alkmaar's most exciting talent comes in the form of young Ernest Poku.

Poku, 17, has only played three times in the Eredivisie and has featured predominantly in the reserves for AZ this season.

But the Dutch winger is as comfortable playing in the centre of the pitch as he is on the wing and his versatility is a standout attribute for managers.

With exceptional pace and dribbling, Poku looks to be a wise investment that will pay dividends for the next decade.

Kenneth Taylor (Ajax)

Kenneth Taylor featured in the Champions League win over Sporting
Kenneth Taylor featured in the Champions League win over Sporting

Kenneth Taylor is another Ajax youth product that has caught the attention of virtual managers around the globe.

The 19-year-old midfielder has played three times in the Eredivisie and twice in the Champions League this season — and his impressive performances have earned him the trust of manager Erik ten Hag.

He is valued at around £19m on FM22 and fits the versatile mould of his team-mate Gravenberch.

Operating in the centre of the park, Taylor has a determined attitude and excellent technical ability — he is certainly someone worth adding to your squad.

Naci Unuvar (Ajax)

Naci Unuvar is part of the next generation of Dutch stars
Naci Unuvar is part of the next generation of Dutch stars

Our Ajax theme continues with Naci Unuvar, who is catching the eye with his proficiency in front of goal this term.

Unuvar, 18, has been in prolific form in the reserves in 2021, netting nine times in 15 appearances.

Until now, the Zaandam-born winger has only made one senior appearance for his club — he took his chance however, scoring from the penalty spot in a 7-0 KNVB Cup victory against Spakenburg in June 2020.

The £3.5m-rated forward has wonderful technique and is capable of skipping past players thanks to his excellent close dribbling ability, which makes him an exciting prospect for forward-thinking bosses.

Devyne Rensch (Ajax)

Devyne Rensch has featured six times in the Eredivisie this season
Devyne Rensch has featured six times in the Eredivisie this season

Our final Dutch wonderkid is Ajax defender Devyne Rensch.

The 18-year-old is another hot prospect who has featured regularly under Ten Hag this season — so far racking up six appearances in the Eredivisie and three in the Champions League.

Rensch has an incredible range of passing and can fit in anywhere across the defence, making him a solid investment for bosses out to boost their backline.

With a value rising up to £15m, the determined defender rounds off an impressive list of potential superstars of the future.

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EredivisieAjaxRyan GravenberchErnest PokuAZ AlkmaarKenneth TaylorNaci UnuvarDevyne Rensch
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