ISL 2017/18: Delhi Dynamos announce signing of India U17 star Shubham Sarangi
What’s the Story?
Indian Super League side Delhi Dynamos have announced the signing of Indian U-17 starlet Shubham Sarangi who was rumoured to be on the club’s radar for some time.
In Case You Didn’t Know
A local boy, who studied at the Army Public School, Noida, Sarangi is the second player to join the Lions in the current transfer window. As a mere 12-year-old, Shubham represented the country at the AFC U14 qualifiers, which were held in Iran in 2013 and had been hailed by his coaches as a leading prospect with a bright future.
Sarangi had played a crucial part in the Indian U17 team’s preparatory tours before the commencement of the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2017 and had been expected to join the team for the tournament as well.
The Heart of the Matter
Although he prefers to play in any position up front, he has also shown promise from the midfield. With the Dehli side running low on goals and scoring opportunities, Sarangi’s dexterity and guile will be welcomed by the team and supporters alike.
Sportskeeda had earlier learnt from a source close to the player that Sarangi and the Dynamos had come to an agreement on the terms and that an announcement was imminent.
With the team from the capital sitting rock bottom in the ISL standings this season, coach Miguel Angel Portugal will hope that the youngster can help bring about a change in the team’s performance by putting in some lively performances at the head of the attack or even run the games effectively from the midfield positions.
The Dynamos will take on Chennaiyin FC on Sunday, with the latter standing a chance of going top of the table with a win, although the new signing for the away side will hope to spoil their party.
Shubham’s signing for Delhi is a promising move in more ways than one. While his skills will speak for themselves on the pitch in the weeks to come, this signing also shows that the management is actively trying to bring about much-needed change to the team as they hope to climb up the table.
Additionally, a local lad joining his city’s team is an encouraging sign for other young players from the National Capital Region who would want to represent their hometown in the tournament.