6 Indian footballers who gave unsuccessful trials abroad
Delhi Dynamos' Lallianzuala Chhangte earned a trial from Norweigan top division club Viking FK this season. However, this is not the first time an Indian player has impressed officials from foreign clubs and bagged a trial offer. While prominent names like Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Sunil Chhetri, and Romeo Fernandes successfully penned the deal with Stabaek FC, Kansas City FC, and Atletico Paranaense, others' attempts bore no fruit.
Lallianzuala Chhangte's trial doesn't guarantee the fact that he would sign a deal with them. If the officials aren't impressed with his efforts or the negotiations break down, the 21-year-old's dream of playing in foreign land can get shattered.
On that note, here are five Indian players who gave unsuccessful trials abroad.
#6 Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem- Motherwell SC (Scotland)
Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem announced his arrival in the footballing world with his acrobatic saves and long throws while playing for his country in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. If it weren't for him, the scoreline in each of India's three matches would have become a tennis one.
Scouts from prominent and noteworthy clubs were present in those matches to scout USA, Colombia, and Ghana's talents but Dheeraj's performance made them spellbound. Then, as a 17-year-old, he made six appearances for the Indian Arrows in the I-League before boarding the plane to Scotland and giving trials with Motherwell FC.
He spent two months in the cold Scotland weather before the club officials handed him a three-year contract, which he would sign as soon as he turned 18. However, to play in the United Kingdom, one's home nation needs to be ranked 70 or less.
Motherwell FC hoped that a special exception would be made for the teenage sensation, but their hopes were shattered and, Dheeraj signed for Kerala Blasters the next season.