FIFA U17 World Cup: 5 Indian players who might just have caught Man Utd scouts' attention after Colombia game
Last week, reports had emerged that scouts from Premier League giants Manchester United were keeping tabs on Indian U17 sensation Komal Thatal. While there proved to be little no backing to that claim, it was confirmed that scouts from the 20-time English champions were indeed present at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium yesterday to watch India take on Colombia.
India did go on to lose 1-2 to the South American team but they won hearts with their brave display. They enjoyed only 30 percent of the possession and yet gave Colombia a hard time on the field. Many football pundits around the world acknowledged India’s performance and took notes.
Given the way the youngsters performed, it wouldn’t be too farfetched to wonder that some of them caught the eye of the scouts present during the game.
Here, we list five players who might just have done enough to impress the scouts.
#5 Rahul Kannoly
One of the few players who impressed in the first game, Rahul Kannoly was sure to retain his place in the starting XI. However, he was asked to play in a different position by coach Luis de Matos against Colombia.
The Kerala boy, though, was unfazed by this change and went on to produce a solid performance that trouble the opposition time and again. He strived to keep possession for his team, went forward with menace and even managed to give his defenders more cover.
He was unfortunate enough to see his superb left-footed volley hit the crossbar and come out in the first half. But surely, the youngster did enough during the course of the 90 minutes to impress any scout watching the game.