The 9 best Asian Football Confederation teenagers in Football Manager 2018

Best Asian teenagers Football Manager 2018

Last week we counted down the planet's 100 top teenagers – and for scouting inspiration in FM 2018, we're splitting each confederation's most promising youngsters. Here are the top-rated youngsters from the Asian region...

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9. Aiden O’Neill (Australia)

Need to know: Brisbane-born O’Neill signed for Burnley in July 2016, and made his debut a month later as a late substitute in the Clarets’ 2-0 win over Liverpool at Turf Moor.

After only six months and five appearances at the club, the midfielder was sent out on loan in the January transfer window to struggling League One side Oldham Athletic. By the end of the season O'Neill had clocked in 15 games for the Latics, and helped them avoid relegation from the third tier of English football.

Highlight so far: Upon his return to Burnley in the summer, O'Neill was again sent out on loan to another League One side in Fleetwood Town. He has since appeared for the Cod Army 16 times and scored once. 

8. Anthony Kalik (Australia)

Need to know: Kalik was handed a professional contract by A-League side Central Coast Mariners when he was just 15, and became the league's youngest ever professional.

Last February, after 13 games for the Mariners, Croatian outfit Hajduk Split first signed Kalik on loan and then bought him for €32,000 – the first time Hadjuk had paid a transfer fee since 2012. But he failed to get any first-team action and instead played for their reserves, scoring five goals in 21 games for Hajduk II last season.

Highlight so far: The Australia U20 international has since made the move back Down Under, sent out on loan to Sydney FC as the Sky Blues look to add depth to their squad in time for the Asian Champions League. 

7. Kim Geon-woong (South Korea)

Need to know: The towering defensive midfielder plies his trade at Ulsan Hyundai in the K League, having signed for them last year.

Highlight so far: While he has only made 14 appearances for Horang-i so far, Kim has been a regular for the South Korea U20s, playing for them in the 2016 Asian Championships in Bahrain.