In these dire times, football fans need something to keep them going. FIFA scratches an itch but it doesn’t fill the void. But you can always rely on Football Manager.

For the past week and a bit, the 2020 iteration of the game has been free to play. Many will have taken full advantage of this but, despite the global lockdown, not all people have the time to unearth the gems in the game. 

Fortunately, however, we do. And we’ve put together a list of wonderkids you’re going to want to look at. Next up are wide forwards.

There was a time not so long ago that the term wide forward wasn’t in the footballing dictionary. Now, though, are you even a football team in 2020 if you don’t use a wide forward? They’re an integral part of most systems. 

Samuel Chukwueze

Villarreal winger Samu Chukwueze on Football Manager 2020.

Already a Liverpool transfer target in real life, according to the Daily Mirror, fans of LaLiga will know all about the Villarreal youngster. Fleet-footed and explosively quick, Chukwueze ticks a number of boxes for a modern-day wide forward. 

In our simulated Football Manager career, Paris Saint-Germain make a move for the Nigeria international after selling Kylian Mbappé to Barcelona. He was chosen to fill the void left by arguably the best player in the game, and that says a lot.

The now 25-year-old is a talented dribbler who combines technique with agility, balance and acceleration to cause chaos in wide areas. If you want an old-school winger in your starting XI then sign him up – whatever the cost.

Rayan Cherki

Lyon winger Rayan Cherki on Football Manager 2020.

At the start of the game, Lyon prospect Cherki is just 15. His age and ability make him one of the more intriguing players on the game and he could be one of the best projects to take on if you’re looking to develop an attacker.

The OL man isn’t going to be cheap but he’s by no means would he be what you would describe as expensive. 

Resist the temptation to loan him out and instead micromanage his development. He’ll soon be turning out for your first-team and it won’t be long before he’s the difference-maker you’re relying on to create something out of nothing. 

Ansu Fati

Barcelona winger Ansu Fati on Football Manager 2020.

In our save, Barcelona spent huge amounts of money on Mbappé and Kai Havertz but Fati could eclipse both of those if his development continues.

Still only 21 when your Football Manager season starts, his stats show he’s an extraordinary talent, and he’s only going to improve. If you can somehow pry him away from the clutches of the Catalan club, Fati has the potential to be the poster boy for any dynasty you’re looking to build on the game.

We won't go as far as saying he’s a cheat code but having him in your team increases the likelihood of you winning everything. 

Yari Verschaeren

Anderlecht winger Yari Verschaeren on Football Manager 2020.

Dubbed the new Eden Hazard, Anderlecht whiz-kid Verschaeren is available for a bargain £5million during your first season on the game. Manage his game time and his training and you have an elite playmaker on your hands.

Vershaeren is versatile enough to play anywhere behind the striker and his skillset even suggests he can be developed into a centre-midfielder if that idea takes your fancy.

Even without extra attention, the Belgian develops into a solid enough squad player. Verschaeren is a no-brainer of a signing in Football Manager 2020.