Football Manager 2024 is here. Turning newly-minted Newcastle United into a European powerhouse is one of the game’s most interesting challenges.
You’ll have considerable funds in the transfer market, but you may want to take inspiration from real life by investing in youth and looking to bring through some of the academy’s talented youngsters.
We’ve taken a look through the Football Manager 2024 database (via FMScout) to pick out Newcastle’s seven wonderkids on FM24.
The signing of the Scotland youth international from Kilmarnock went under the radar a little in comparison to some of their glitzier, post-takeover first-team signings.
McArthur, 18, looks like a promising defender. He spent most of his debut season on Tyneside sidelined through injury but has since returned and is continuing his development in the Under-21s in the Premier League 2 this season.
“Even though I’ve been injured for the majority of the season, I’ve really enjoyed my first season with Newcastle,” McArthur told The Chronicle.
“When I first joined, I got some games for the under-18s and thought I was doing well up until that.
“Despite taking a turn for the worse with an injury, I’ve still never taken a day for granted and have been working to get back as quickly as possible.”
Some have questioned Newcastle’s summer strategy of prioritising strength in depth over strengthening Eddie Howe’s best XI, but there was a logic there as they look to navigate their way through four competitions.
Kieran Trippier is one of the Magpies’ best and most important players and will continue to start if available in the Premier League and Champions League, but in Livramento they possess an exceptional understudy.
The 20-year-old has been named Newcastle’s man of the match in his two starts so far – sensational League Cup victories over Manchester City and Manchester United.
A serious injury reduced Livramento just 26 minutes for Southampton last season but he’s put that behind him and looks set to kick on back to the top.
Tino’s run. 😮💨
Miggy’s finish. 😎
Getting the ball rolling in fine fashion last night! 👊 pic.twitter.com/OM8Drwevuu
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) November 2, 2023
Livramento isn’t the only talented young right-back on Newcastle’s books.
Shahar, who has won silverware at Under-16 level with England, was snapped up from Wolves in the summer.
It might be a few years yet before the 16-year-old starts pushing for senior contention, but he’s one worth keeping an eye out for. A real prospect.
“Every time I watch him playing for England he looks comfortable within the environment,” Wolves head of player development Darren Ryan told the club’s official website back in March.
“We know how good he is technically and yes there are things he needs to improve on, but the more camps he’s on and the more call-ups he’s getting, the more comfortable he’s looking.”
Those who keep tabs on the youth ranks at Newcastle have talked up Miley as one of the standout players that has the potential to make it into Howe’s team.
The midfielder, who hails from County Durham, only turned 17 in May and became the Magpies’ youngest-ever Premier League debutant when he came off the bench for his boyhood club on the final day of the 2022-23 season in a 1-1 draw away to Chelsea.
He’s since started in the League Cup win over Man City and been named on the bench for the Champions League clashes with AC Milan and PSG, all the while featuring regularly for the Under-21s in the Premier League 2.
The left-back may have been born and raised in Berkshire, but he’s a Newcastle supporter thanks to his Geordie dad.
Rated as one of the best young players in Chelsea’s Cobham academy, Hall jumped ship to join Newcastle in the summer. He’s only on loan for now but there’s an obligation to make the deal permanent for £28million next summer.
Like Livramento, the 19-year-old was brought in to add more depth to Howe’s squad. Like Livramento, he’s more than made the most of his few opportunities so far.
First senior goal? ✅
At Old Trafford? ✅
Just 19 years old? ✅
— Carabao Cup (@Carabao_Cup) November 2, 2023
Newcastle signed the 16-year-old left winger from Birmingham City in September.
Sanusi is a serious talent, and it was something of a coup for technical director Dan Ashworth to secure his signature amid reported competition from Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City.
He’s made five appearances in the Under-18 Premier League since moving from St. Andrew’s.
Howe has decided to further integrate the homegrown midfielder into the senior set-up this season. He featured regularly before suffering a back injury in October – and could well be extra important on his return, given Sandro Tonali’s season-long suspension.
Anderson was called up to represent Scotland in the September international break but he withdrew due to injury – prompting speculation he might break rank and bide his time to try play for England, who he’s represented at Under-19 level.
“Elliot is a young man making his way in the game,” said Scotland manager Steve Clarke. “He has a big decision to make international-wise. Let’s just give the boy a little time and space to make that decision.”
“We liked him and we do like him. He’s a player that’s doing really well,” says Gareth Southgate.
Watch this space.