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FIFA U17 World Cup: Ligue 1 agent monitoring Indian football players

Soumo Ghosh
4.11K   //    12 Oct 2017, 13:52 IST

Despite losing both their matches, India have managed to impress in the FIFA U17 World Cup.
Despite losing both their matches, India have managed to impress in the FIFA U17 World Cup.

The impressive performance dished out by some of the Indian players during the FIFA U17 World Cup is said to have impressed a few agents, who are in contact with a few foreign clubs.

Sportskeeda has already reported that a number of scouts have been present in the stadiums during the matches at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, to witness India’s second Group A match against Colombia, which the latter won 2-1.

Despite the 2-1 loss against Colombia in their second Group A match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, however, India won the hearts of their fans with a fighting performance, in which midfielder Jeakson Singh created history by scoring India’s first goal in a World Cup.

Now, it has also come to light that a player agent from France has shown some interest in a few of the Indian players who have played promising football during their two Group A matches, according to our sources.

The agent, who is of Indian origin, is said to be on good terms with India U17 football team coach Luis Norton de Matos.

India have come up with a number of players who have looked impressive in their respective roles for the side in the last two matches. Goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh has drawn praise from all quarters with his brilliant saves, while the likes of midfielder and captain Amarjit Singh Kiyam, winger Komal Thatal, Jeakson Singh, and striker Aniket Jadhav have been one everyone’s radar so far.

However, the player who seems to have impressed the most with is performance is centreback Anwar Ali. Not only has he had to bear the brunt of wave after wave of attacks on the goal by the opposition side, he has also marshaled the back four, keeping the composure of the team in pressure situations. He has even been singled out by Colombia U17 coach Orlando Restrepo.

As many as 14 scouts have already been in certain venues of the FIFA U17 World Cup, monitoring different players. A number of them are from clubs in the top European leagues, we can confirm. Premier League giants Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United have all sent their scouts to India for the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Bundesliga club Frieburg, Serie A side Sampdoria, Turkish giants Galatasaray, and the US football fedderataion have also sent their scouts to the country.