The 15 teams we can’t wait to be in Football Manager 2018

With FM 2018 just around the corner, Bradley Russell challenges you to take this mix of clubs – from fallen giants to talent-rich young squads – to glory

Tottenham (Premier League)

Mauricio Pochettino has already got Spurs playing like the real deal – but can you go one better? With £65m swelling the coffers and 150k worth of wages burning a hole in your bank balance, you can bolster your ranks – as long as you can keep hold of Harry Kane.

Failing that, you can go the Poch route and start blooding English youngsters in the Champions League as soon as possible.

Napoli (Serie A)

Napoli are currently playing some of the most scintillating football in Europe, and you can too with players like Dries Mertens, Marek Hamsik and Jose Callejon at your disposal.

If you can navigate the maze that is the Serie A loan system, you may even be able to nurture a few gems from your U20s. But the question remains: can you topple Juventus and bring the Scudetto back to Naples for the first time since 1990?

Blackburn (League One)

There are few better feelings than reviving a fallen giant on FM – and Blackburn offer the best chance to do so this year. With the board expecting you to to walk League One, your budget far exceeds your rivals – meaning you’ve got a real chance to build a dynasty at Ewood Park.

Your squad are young, hungry, and you’ve even got midfielder Joe Rankin-Costello in your youth ranks (boasting 5-star potential). Blackburn are perfect for those who want a stroll for the first couple of seasons.

Nice (Ligue 1)

What’s more difficult: attempting to tame PSG or attempting to tame Mario Balotelli? If you’re the Nice manager, you’ll be able to find out.

For the romantics, you’ve got Wesley Sneijder propping up the midfield alongside Barça and PSG target Jean Michael Seri, plus a bunch of frankly middling players and a lacklustre £5m budget. Think you’ve got what it takes to take on the Ligue 1 big boys? It doesn’t get much tougher than this.

LA FC (MLS)

You’ll be hard-pressed to find Los Angeles Football Club in your game – but that’s because they’re not active until the end of the MLS 2017 season. Once December rolls around, though, you’ll be able to fulfil your dream of building a club from scratch. After a whole host of draft days and free agency scouting, you’ll hopefully have a team to knock your neighbours LA Galaxy right off their perch.