Football Manager 2023: The fastest players in FM23

Football Manager 2023: The fastest players in FM23
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In Football Manager 2023, a need for speed is essential. While pacy players are more commonly associated with the likes of FIFA, having quick players in your attack can unlock tricky defences and switch up the tempo in your game. 

Leaders are needed in the depth of the squad, while a good finisher or set-piece specialist is integral whether you're fighting at the top or the bottom. But quick players are useful too – and whether you play with attribute masking or not, we've found every player in the game with a 17/20 or higher in their in-game attributes at the start of the game. Of course, some players improve in time – see our wonderkid list – but this is what you need from the start. 

Speed is measured by two attributes in Football Manager: Acceleration and Pace. The former is how quickly a player can reach their top speed, while the latter is how fast they can actually go in full flight. 

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Using a quicker player or two alongside with slower ones can help unlock doors. If you're finding that your frontman is getting too isolated, maybe you should consider surrounding him with players to help – likewise, if you're playing with a high line, putting a defender with decent recovery pace alongside a more cumbersome centre-back is a good idea. 

It's worth noting with these stars, too, that a "Not for sale" sign might not mean that a player is unsignable. Some clubs still have a fee that would consider for a player that they have labelled as almost unsellable. 

Looking who else to sign? We've got a full list of the best players in the game for whatever you're looking for.

Acceleration

The top 37 players for acceleration in Football Manager 2023

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FM23's best accelerators
NameClubNationalityAgePositionValueAcceleration
Tyler MagloireNorthampton TownEngland23D (RC)£50k-£500k20
Tariq LampteyBrighton & Hove AlbionGhana21D/WB (RL), M (R)£69m-£81mm20
Kylian MbappePSGFrance23AM (RL), ST (C)Not for sale20
Adama TraoreWolverhampton WanderersSpain26M/AM (RL)£40m-£47m20
Kingsley ComanBayern MunichFrance26M/AM (RL)£49m-£70m19
Vinicius JuniorReal MadridBrazil21AM (RL)£200m-£244m19
Kyle WalkerManchester CityEngland32D/WB (R)Not for sale19
Daniel JamesFulhamWales24M/AM (RL)£9.8m-£14m19
Alphonso DaviesBayern MunichCanada21D/WB/M/AM (L)£60m-£95m19
Simon StehleViktoria KolnGermanyy20M (R), AM (RL)£55k-£550k18
NanuDallasGuinea-Bissau28D/WB/M (R), AM (RL)£700k-£1.4m18
Mamadou SyllaAlavesSpain28AM (R), ST (C)£85k-£850k18
Ousmane DembeleBarcelonaFrance25M/AM (RL)£45m-£65m18
Alvaro DjaloBragaSpain22M (L), AM (RLC), ST (C)£90-£900k18
Moussa DiabyBayer LeverkusenFrance22M/AM (RL)£46m-£66m18
Emannuel DennisNottingham ForestNigeria24M (R), AM (RL)£13m-£19m18
Sebastian VillaBoca JuniorsColombia26M/AM (RL)£900k-£6.4m18
Kaden RodneyCrystal PalaceEngland17D (R), DM, M (C)£240k-£2.4m18
Achraf HakimiPSGMorocco23D/WB/M (R)£126m-£181m18
Alvaro GarciaVallecanoSpain29M (L), AM (RLC), ST (C)£5.6m-£9.2m18
RafaBenficaPortugal29AM (RLC)£26m-£30m18
Ryan FredericksBournemouthEngland29D/WB/M/AM (R)£8.8m-£12.5m18
Crysencio SummervilleLeeds UnitedNetherlands21M (R), AM (RL)£5.4m-£6.6m18
Ricky-Jade JonesPeterboroughEngland19AM (L), ST (C)£600k-£5.5m18
Raheem SterlingChelseaEngland27M/AM (RL)£267m-£291m18
Karim AdeyemiBorussia DortmundGermanyy20AM (R), ST (C)£54m-£77m18
Marcus RashfordManchester UnitedEngland24AM (L), ST (C)£77m-£111m18
GalenoPortoBrazil24M (L), AM (RL)£8m-£11.5m18
CJ HamiltonBlackpoolRepublic of Ireland27M (R), AM (RL)£6k-£60k18
Timo WernerRB LeipzigGermanyy26M/AM (L), ST (C)£39m-£47m18
Frank AcheampongShenzhenGhana28D/WB/M/AM (L), ST (C)£9.6m-£11.5m18
Rabbi MatondoRangersWales21M/AM (RL)£6.5m-£8.8m18
Largie RamazaniAlmeriaBelgium21AM (RL), ST (C)£9.8m-£14m18
Anthony ElangaManchester UnitedSweden20M/AM (RL)£13m-£18.5m18
Jeremie FrimpongBayer LeverkusenNetherlands21D/WB (RL), M (R)£47m-£69m18
Mohamed SalahLiverpoolEgypt30AM (RL), ST (C)Not for sale18
Awer MabilCadizAustralia26M/AM (RL)£180k-£4.6m18

Pace

The top 42 players for pace in Football Manager 2023

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FM23's paciest players
NameClubNationalityAgePositionValuePace
Tyler MagloireNorthampton TownEngland23D (RC)£50k-£500k20
Miguel NgwaRushden & DiamondsEngland18M/AM (RL)£3k-£28k20
Kylian MbappePSGFrance23AM (RL), ST (C)Not for sale20
Adama TraoreWolverhampton WanderersSpain26M/AM (RL)£40m-£47m20
Achraf HakimiPSGMorocco23D/WB/M (R)£126m-£181m20
Erling HaalandManchester CityNorway21ST (C)Not for sale19
Victor OsimhenParthenopeNigeria23ST (C)£83m-£96m19
Daniel JamesFulhamWales24M/AM (RL)£9.8m-£14m19
Alphonso DaviesBayern MunichCanada21D/WB/M/AM (L)£60m-£95m19
Felix Afena-GyanCremoneseGhana19AM (L), ST (C)£4.2m-£6.2m18
Anthony ElangaManchester UnitedSweden20M/AM (RL)£13m-£18.5m18
Emannuel DennisNottingham ForestNigeria24M (R), AM (RL)£13m-£19m18
Theo HernandezAC MilanFrance24D/WB/M (L)£123m-£149m18
Frank AcheampongShenzhenGhana28D/WB/M/AM (L), ST (C)£9.6m-£11.5m18
Garang KuolCentral Coast MarinersAustralia17AM (R), ST (C)£190k-£1.5m18
Ousmane DembeleBarcelonaFrance25M/AM (RL)£45m-£65m18
GalenoPortoBrazil24M (L), AM (RL)£8m-£11.5m18
Ricky-Jade JonesPeterboroughEngland19AM (L), ST (C)£600k-£5.5m18
Denzel DumfriesInter MilanNetherlands26D/WB/M (R)£49m-£59m18
Moussa DiabyBayer LeverkusenFrance22M/AM (RL)£46m-£66m18
Fashion SakalaRangersZambia25AM (RL), ST (C)£500k-£6.6m18
Leroy SaneBayern MunichGermanyy26M (RL), AM (RLC)£56m-£83m18
Inaki WilliamsAthletic BilbaoSpain28M (RL), AM (RLC), ST (C)£116m-£137m18
Mislav OrsicDinamo ZagrebM/AM (L), ST (C)29M/AM (RL), ST (C)£12.5m-£15m18
Jeremie FrimpongBayer LeverkusenNetherlands21D/WB (RL), M (R)£47m-£69m18
Ismail JakobsMonacoSenegal22D/WB/M/AM (L)£4.2m-£7.4m18
Przemyslaw PlachetaBirmingham CityPoland24M/AM (L)£16k-£2.7m18
Mohamed SalahLiverpoolEgypt30AM (RL), ST (C)Not for sale18
Lukas KlostermannRB LeipzigGermanyy26D (RLC), WB (R)£9m-£13m18
Mike FeigenspainSV MeppenGermanyy26M/AM (RL), ST (C)£85k-£240k18
Bakery JattaHamburgGambia24M/AM (RL)£55k-£2.9m18
Karim AdeyemiBorussia DortmundGermanyy20AM (R), ST (C)£54m-£77m18
Kingsley EhizibueUdineseNigeria27D/WB/M (R)£1.8m-£3.5m18
DeJuan JonesNew EnglandUnited States25D/M (RL)£275k-£4.4m18
Ismaila SarrWatfordSenegal24AM (RL), ST (C)£28m18
Kyle WalkerManchester CityEngland32D/WB (R)Not for sale18
Cristian GamboaBochumCosta Rica32D/WB (R)£110k-£1.1m18
Festy EboseleUdineseRepublic of Ireland19D/WB/M/AM (R)£200k-£2.2m18
Ryan AlebiosuKilmarnockEngland20D/WB/M/AM (R)£65k-£650k18
Patrick PfeifferDarmstadtGhana22D (C)£240k-£2.4m18
Rick KarsdoropRomaNetherlands27D/WB (R)£25m-£40m18
Rabbi MatondoRangersWales21M/AM (RL)£6.5m-£8.8m18
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Specifications

Platforms: PC, Mac, Xbox, PlayStation, Android and iOS

Reasons to buy

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Licensed competitions make FM23 more realistic than ever
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The Squad Planner and experience matrixes are welcome additions
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Fans are represented via Supporter Confidence
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Tactics are more realistic now, with defending easier to coach
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Enhanced match engine

Reasons to avoid

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Set pieces need updating

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