Will Hughes (17), Derby County (England)
A part of our football guide to amazing wonderkids; Top 10 Young Football Talents of 2013.
Date of birth: 7 April 1995 (17)
Place of birth: Weybridge
Club: Derby County
National level: England U19
Position: Attacking Midfielder (Right, Central)
Preferred Foot: Left
Height / Weight: 185, 73kg
Finally an English player on the list! This young wonder kid have already established himself in the nPower Championship, and is the next starlet coming through the ranks of Derby.
Image is provided by Matlock-Photo from Derbyshire, England [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
William James Hughes can almost be considered to be an local Derby player, as he moved with his family to Derby when he was just two years old. He started his youth career at Mickleover Jubilee and joined Derby County Under-18 squad in early 2011. He got quickly noted as a gifted player and amazed both coaches and players with his performances for Derby U18. After impressing for both Derby Under-18 and reserve team, he earned his professional debut in November 2011, at the age of just 16(!). Hughes scored his first ever goal, as a professional player against Watford on September the 1st 2012.
Will Hughes has recorded 31 caps for Derby County and have been a regular face in the Derby line-up this season (2012-2013 season), which makes it to 28 of 28 caps, as we speak. He has proved his talent by scoring two goals and serve two assists.
Despite his short professional career he has already been promoted from England Under-17 to the England Under-21 squad, but has only been trusted with 7 appearances, scoring one goal, for England U17 (6) and England U21 (1). The debut in November 2012, made him the second youngest debutant for England Under-21.
The left footed attacking midfielder has amazed football fans and scouts with intelligent moves, good technique and nice passes. As an admirer of Spanish football (read Barcelona), he has developed his skills to include good technique, impressive dribbling and great work rate. Will Hughes is regarded as an mature and professional player with good vision and creativity, and is excellent on creating spaces for his teammates (both with and without the ball). He could be described as an natural box to box midfielder, but also have the tackling strength to win the ball all over the pitch because of his stamina.
The future of this young starlet looks bright, as he is targeted by Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City and Barcelona. Perhaps he will make a surprise move already this summer, after good display in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship...?
- second youngest England under-21 debutant (November 2012)
- voted "Young player of the month" in the nPower Championship for November 2012.
Will Hughes in Football Manager 2013
Will Hughes - Player Profile:
We have previously taken a look at his basic information and statistics in his real life football career, and now it is time to take a closer look at his player profile in Football Manager 2013.
Will Hughes have the potential to become one of the Football Manager 2013 wonderkids.
Squad Personality: Ambitious
Main Strength: Intelligence
Main Weaknesses: Team Player
Best player attributes: Passing, Creativity, Pace
Worst player attributes: long shot, Decisions
Preferred foot: Left Only
Natural Player role: Advanced Playmaker
Secondary Player role: Attacking midfielder
Third player role: Deep-Lying Playmaker
Will Hughes is a very versatile player. You have the possibility to position him deep in the midfield as a deep-lying playmaker or a central midfielder, but can also play behind the strikers as an attacking midfielder. Depending on your Football Manager tactic you have also the ability to position him on the wing as an inside forward as he has good passing and quickness.
By scouting we can learn that his hidden attributes strength is important matches, which will make him useful in important matches as he tends to perform better.
Will Hughes is unavailable for purchase the first season, but you could be lucky to buy him if you unsettles him. I would imagine that you need to spend around €5-12Mill to get him. He might demand around €3500-5000 in wages per week.
Player Development and Training scheduling in FM13:
Will Hughes is a fairly good player on Football manager 2013 with good attributes in the most important attributes for his player role.
To improve his attributes further I would assign the player to individual training; attacking midfielder, to improve his first touch, flair and creativity.
Then I would assign him to either individual training central midfield, to improve marking, tackling, decision and positioning, or individual training inside forward, to improve dribbling, off the ball and acceleration.
You can read more about individual training in this article