With the change in rule of foreign players policy, the upcoming season of the Indian Super League will see a lot of Indians getting more game time. The A-game of many young talents was revealed in the season gone by as for their respective teams, they were the x-factors.
Today, Football Monk takes a look at the top five young players who could be up to make their mark in India’s top division.
5. Rohit Danu (Hyderabad FC)
The Uttarakhand-born forward is regarded as one of the top youngsters with a huge potential. In the few minutes he managed to get on pitch, Danu showed a glimpse of what he is capable of.He became the youngest ever goalscorer in the I-League when he notched up four goals for the Indian Arrows. Hyderabad FC is the perfect place for Rohit Danu to develop as a player under the guidance of Spanish tactician Manolo Marquez.
4. Prabhsukhan Singh Gill (Kerala Blasters)
The 6 feet tall shotstopper’s heroics were up on display when he turned up for the junior national teams as well as the Indian Arrows. He was also part of Bengaluru FC’s squad in the 2019-20 season but made just one appearance in their final league match against ATK.
Thereafter, he joined Kerala Blasters on a two-year deal. However, it was a season to forget for the Blasters and a major role in their downfall was played by their poor backline. Gill will be pushing for a starting place at Kerala Blasters given the qualities he possesses.
3. Givson Singh (Kerala Blasters)
Another member of the Yellow Army who couldn’t manage enough game time last season, but will be looking to turn the tables around this time. The Manipur-born teenager is also a product of the All India Football Federation’s developmental side the Indian Arrows.
Givson is a midfielder who’s known for his attacking intent and also his ability to score goals from range. Although he couldn’t make the cut for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, he has been an integral member of the youth national teams over the years. With the Blasters undergoing a revamp, one can expect Givson to make an instant impact if given a chance.
2. Vikram Partap Singh (Mumbai City FC)
The Indian Arrows has been a platform for young talents, producing a lot of high quality players. One such name is Vikram Partap Singh. Vikram was handed the captain’s armband during his time with the developmental side. The junior Indian international is a pacy dribbler and boasts a good goalscoring record for all age groups of the national team.
He can be the game-changer on his day as he possesses the ability and some natural goalscoring instincts. The 19-year-old managed to get 98 minutes of game time across 11 fixtures for Mumbai City FC and will be looking to make his mark in the upcoming season.
1. Ninthoinganba Meetei (NorthEast United)
The No. 1 in our list is none other than NorthEast United FC’s winger Ninthoinganba Meetei. The youngster clocked a total of 698 minutes across 13 matches, but hardly made it to the starting XI following Gerard Nus’ departure.
Ninthoi rose to prominence following his selection in the FIFA U-17 World Cup and was also one of the most valuable players at the 2019 SAFF U-18 Cup. The former Arrows winger has good pace and skill-set to break down defences and an add-on to his above-mentioned qualities is his pinpoint crossing.