The football season is finally upon us which means it’s time for the annual PES master League real-world scouting. This year we have a name change and a promise of greater individualisation from the players. Having spent some time with the demo it remains to be seen if this will bear fruit. Despite that, scouting young players in the real world for the master league remains one of life’s little pleasures.
Firstly, this applies best when playing the traditional PES Master League. This means default players and a brilliant option file. I always recommend http://www.pesworld.co.uk or http://www.pesuniverse.com for the attention to detail that rivals FIFA and in many cases surpasses it. But now, onto the wonderkids and best young players to look out for in eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020.
In PES 2019 the star buys changed from being scouted in South America to being plucked from the English leagues. The abundance of money in both the Premier League and Championship means that you may never need to expand your horizons. Players like Mason Mount, Harry Wilson, Tammy Abraham, Neal Maupay, Jack Grealish and Jack Clarke could be found for decent prices and allowed to develop through the course of the game. It was like a mini version of Brexit as euro scouting was abandoned for domestic power and pace.
The A.I. of their clubs makes decisions that most of us wouldn’t and you could end up having a star player to build your team around. In PES2018 I checked the transfer market and Marco Asensio from Real Madrid was available. I put in a bid, somehow afforded the wages and then had a gem of a player to evolve and build around. Young players at big clubs in PES tend to be available early in the game. With the internet and the oversaturation of football, it is easy to find big-name players, even at early ages. The perennial, Martin Ødegaard and Vinicius Junior can be joined by YouTube videos of 16-year-old Adam Hlozek, Fedor Chalov and Rodrygo from Brazil. The best bets are to look at successful U-23 teams and find the stars yourself.
Midfield in PES is where the game is won and lost. You need to balance your different types more so than in any other football game. In PES I like to play with five in midfield. Two, goal-scoring wingers, a creative to pick a pass, a destroyer to do the dirty work and a defensive midfielder who can control the game in the popular pivot position. As you can imagine it takes a few seasons to get the balance right. The most important thing is to identify any default players who can fit the bill until you can get a few wonderkids or experienced choices in there. Douglas Luiz from Aston Villa, Kalvin Phillips from Leeds and Yari Verschaeren are three players I will be looking closely at as they fill all three central positions with ease. Add Ryan Fraser from Bournemouth and Said Benrahma from Brentford and you have the possibility to develop them into the best midfield in the game over a few seasons. Wingers from Europe/Africa. Creative and destructive players from South America is usually a good way to scout youth in eFootball Pes 2020
Defenders in PES are vitally important. A good defender’s positional sense will turn your whole season around and at least mitigate the frightening ability of the A.I. when you are just starting out. You should look for tall, ball-playing centre-backs from European countries. Bjorn Engels, Ezri Konsa, Reece Oxford and Lucas Martinez from River Plate all fit the modern bill for defenders. Carry or play it out from the back and head everything that comes into the box. They will be able to carry your Master League team from cradle to grave. Looking further afield Italian, Eastern Europe and South America may give you what you are looking for. A ball-playing centre-back is rare, considering the price of Harry Maguire and others, but a quick look through the licensed South American teams usually yields great results such as the previously mentioned Martinez.
Of course, the target is AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma. The best goalkeeper in the world at his age group and the natural successor to Buffon. Unfortunately, he is hard to get so shorter-term options like Alban Lafont, Thomas Strakosha of Lazio, Sam Johnstone West Brom or the Belgian Mile Svilar have the potential to be just as good depending on minutes played. The thing about keepers in PES is no matter what they are like they are always an improvement over the default keepers and a solid one will keep you in the games and rack up the points in your push for promotion. Kepa Arrizabalaga would have been perfect last year, but now as Chelsea number one he is out of reach and that sums up the scouting. A successful young player will be out of reach the next year and so the cycle continues.
Remember there are no right or wrong answers in the Master League as your style of play dictates which kind of young players you go for. Just have fun take a few real-world notes and enjoy seeing a young player you discover hit the big time in the real world as you are controlling him in-game. For more stories like this, you should check out the excellent https://peschronicles.co.uk/ which is totally focussed on this mode and traditional style of play.