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My query is can you get a player like this to a level near enough their potential over 22? I see so many high potential players go to waste at their top tier clubs and this guy is a prime example he turns 24 in a weeks time and he's made 5 professional appearances but his potential shows he could be a Serie A level player? if i signed this player would i have much chance of getting him to this level considering that he's a good 2nd division player and he's got potential that would for my club put him at a good 1st division player? I've always operated on the basis that if their over 22 and they're not within a star of their potential their unlikely to reach this potential but i'm really into trying to recover and restore this fallen youth prospects. Anyways let me know any opinions on this and if their is any insight into player development that i may be unaware of. I do understand that at 18yo age is when playing time is crucial so i really wonder what will happen if this inexperienced 23 nearly 24yo starts playing games will his development and star ability undergo a sort of boom from finally getting some games? I'm also quite tempted to sign him and then loan him to a serie B club to see if he plays well at a level that is good for him as he may reach his potential rather than playing at my club where i expect him to be average as we battle relegation but this goes back to my understanding that if they're not playing well they're not gonna make good progress at a club.

Edited by GottaBeatThemAll
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In theory players can keep improving until their late 20s, and I think in this case the low number of career appearances mean he is more likely to improve quickly when given first team football. 

Your scouts seem to think he's already good enough for your starting 11, so I'd probably play him there rather than relying on another club to develop him

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From my experience, players are pretty much done developing significantly at around 24. And I when I say "significantly", it means most of the Technical and especially Physical business is done and dusted. Coaches and scouts can be wrong about what's doable in terms of potential about a player; hen a player turns 24 or thereabouts, you start to see coaches and scouts quite significantly alter (and lower) their expectations of a player's potential. I tend to avoid buying players above 22-23 years old with a significant discrepancy between their Ability and their Potential. You need to consider you need quite a lot of time to actually develop a player, often years. You may need for them to adjust physically and technically. You also may need to mentor them to bring their Personality up to snuff, which takes a lot of time. They also need to get used to their team, the tactical setup, the country, and so on.

But mostly, those are the kind of players that have been sitting on the benches, youth squads and similar of bigger clubs with top facilities, top coaches, nice affiliates to move on loan to, very good mentors and so on. If they didn't develop there significantly for a good 6 to 7 years, since their teenage years to almost their mid-twenties (FM mostly generates youngsters at around 15-16), at an age where they'll make the most progress, there isn't much chance that they're going to play at a new level of football by the time they actually are in their mid to late twenties. Think about it: if the bigger club doesn't see a problem in releasing them, and they have better scouts and coaches than you that assess their players' potential, what makes you believe you can do a better job than them, in less time than they did, at a less favourable age for them to make progress?

TL; DR: More often than not, what you see is what you get and they don't improve by much. Sometimes you get an elusive late bloomer, but it's rare. It doesn't mean they cannot do a job for your team right now; it means I wouldn't buy them expecting them to get much better. Maybe a little bit especially Mentally since playing matches is more important above the age of 18 than "just" training hard, but that's all. Five career apps at age 23 is a huge question mark.

EDIT: Ah, and FM isn't real life. Late bloomers are way rarer in FM than IRL.

Edited by Xavier Lukhas
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A late bloomer is certainly nowhere near as rare as they used to be.

Human players will tend to sign young players and max them out as soon as possible, but actually in the wider game world there’s a lot more balance. Players attributes grow at different rates in different areas (physicals decline, where mentals grow for example) with different roles and positions having different costs for these attributes in terms of CA. 

Long story short, there’s no reason that player couldn’t become a great player.

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Thank you all for your replies, i really appreciate this. I've decided to loan him with a potential buy clause and see how he goes. Milan and other big teams have quite a few 22 yo plus players with little to no match experience it's such a shame to see this as i remember in previous years lower division Italian clubs had loads of loanees, i think it was to avoid debts which is common in the Italian football pyramid. So i'm going to try my best to unlock this potential.

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If I'm investing money I will actually look for someone that is very young like 18 or 19 yo with huge potential so that he has the time to develop properly. But that being said I have seen player progress siginficantely after 24 yo in my current save. So if a player is already in my team I will give him a chance, I have got nothing to lose. But when buying I will still go for someone younger.

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For me, I believe that getting training facilities to state of the art helped eke out that final bit of development from the 22-24 yo. Or at least I think so. In the past, it seemed like guys would always max out a little shy of their ceiling. After the training investment, I had a guy whose attributes hadn't budged in three seasons, then suddenly they started increasing at age 24. 

Also, one thing that the bustthenet guy said resonated with me. He said that younger players need time on the training ground, and that playing them all the time limits that because they are too tired to train at full capacity. I could be totally wrong about this, but I felt like having some extra squad rotation for the 22 year old with some potential remaining has made a difference for that age range.

Of course as with everything else in FM, it could just be luck of the draw, and I'm projecting it onto all the "shrewd" decisions I've made.

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