FM18 Wonderkids on Football Index IPO List - First 5 Days

The introduction of double Performance Buzz dividends and the expanded roster of purchasable players is just around the corner on Football Index.

With the FM18 beta released last week, we thought it would be fun to pick out a few Football Manager wonderkids who are amongst those on the initial IPO list. We'll look at where they play, the real world reputation they have and see if they might we worth adding to your shopping list once they drop onto the Index.

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Let's kick things off with Leon Bailey. Classed on Football Manager as an attacking midfielder who can play on either wing, the 19 year old Jamaican currently plays for Leverkusen in the Bundesliga.

On the Football Index IPO list, he's stated for release onto the market at 60p.

Bailey joined his current club in January 2017 for a fee of around £12m from Belgian side Genk. Last season saw him mainly feature in the Europa League for Genk, notching 4 goals in the group stages. This earned him a place in the 'Team of the Group Stage'.

This season, after a gradual build up to minutes on the pitch, he's featured in 8 Bundesliga games for Leverkusen and has already notched 3 goals and 2 assists.

Bailey possesses blistering speed and is excellent at dribbling with the ball. He's also very adept when it comes to crossing - something that often lets down similar style players.

After reportedly being courted by both Manchester United and Chelsea before Leverkusen swooped in for his signature, the early signs are very promising for Bailey. At 19, there is plenty of time for him to develop and we wouldn't be surprised to see big clubs back in for him down the line.

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Next on our FM Wonderkid list is Malcom. The 20 year old Brazilian plays in Ligue 1 for Bordeaux and is classed as an attacking midfielder who once again can play on either side.

On the Football Index IPO list, he's stated for release onto the market at 50p.

Anyone who checked the early season goalscoring charts will have spotted the name of Malcom. Notching 5 goals in his first 10 league games, Malcom has made a thrilling start to the season. He's also picked up 5 man of the match awards along with 4 assists.

One key aspect of Malcom's game is his dead ball ability. With him being rated as strong for each of long shots, direct free kicks and taking set pieces, this could be a huge bonus to his potential for Performance Buzz.

Already established as a regular for Bordeaux he has another pleasing string to his bow in regularly playing full 90 minutes. This season so far he's played the full 90 in 7 of 11 games, with 83minutes being his shortest contribution.

Having picked up Malcom for what looks a bargain £4.5m from Brazilian side Corinthians in January, his value and reputation is surely skyrocketing this season. A number of Italian sides have shown an interest in Malcom and if he continues to take the French league by storm, there are bound to plenty of others requesting scout reports.

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Our final highlighted player is Dani Ceballos. Playing for Real Madrid in La Liga, the 20 year old is a central attacking midfielder.

On the Football Index IPO list, he's stated for release onto the market at 50p.

After impressing during the European Under-21 Championships in Poland for Spain, Ceballos was named player of tournament. He was then snapped up by Madrid in the summer for £15m from La Liga rivals Real Betis, fending off interest from Barcelona.

Due to the obvious high level of competition at Madrid, especially in the attacking midfield role he enjoys most, he has only featured in small a number of games so far. Finding himself on the bench most often, he's started just two games and made late sub appearances in a further two.

There has been a sign of potential things to come though. Ceballos made his biggest impact in the league game versus Alaves in September. Starting the match he notched both Madrid goals to earn 3 points in a 2-1 victory.

As a potential buzz winner, his immediate chances are much lower than the other two wonderkids we have looked at due to a lack of playing time. However, the long term indications are that Ceballos is a superstar in the making and could become a key figure in the seasons to come.

There are also rumours that Ceballos is unhappy at Madrid, stating that he may have chosen the wrong club when Barcelona were in the mix. Could we see him switch to the other giants of Spanish football where maybe they would unleash his potential?

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