Getting value from the transfer market is the key to strengthening most squads on the game, and the expanded scouting system in FM18 makes that more hassle-free than ever, but if you happen to be managing a footballing superpower like Barcelona, your priority is to compete for the world's most elite players.
But no matter the size of the club, it's vital to keep an eye out for wonderkids, because striking a balance between youth and experience is the key to sustainable success at any level.
Some of the best youngsters on FM18 are AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele, Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus and Paris Saint-Germain starlet Kylian Mbappe.
Your chances of landing one of them are slim to none, but there are wonderkids at all ends of the budget spectrum waiting to be snapped up on the game. For more affordable gems, check out Ruben Neves of Wolves, Kuki from Cartagena and Velez midfield ace Thiago Almada.