Milan Singh Biography
Ognam Milan Singh is an Indian professional footballer who plays for the Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League.
He was born on 5th May 1992 and hails from the hills of Manipur, India. He is a left-footed player and is usually deployed as a central midfielder.
A traditional central midfielder he boasts considerable work-rate helping his team both in defence and attack.
A quick customer, he is not the fastest on the pitch, but stays ahead of everyone else because of his immediate reactions and is quick off the mark.
He is not afraid to take pop from outside the box, when given the chance to shoot and has scored quite a few goals in that fashion. He is also a capable penalty taker.
He started out at the Tata Football Academy in 2008 as a 16 year old. He spent two years there before moving to East Bengal, where he played in the youth team but could not break into the first team. Subsequently, he moved to Pailan Arrows to earn some valuable game-time.
Having been a regular feature in the Under-23 national side, he made his debut for the senior side on 22nd March 2017 in a friendly match. He came on as a substitute as India won the match 3-2 with goals from Sunil Chhetri, Jeje, and Sandesh Jhingan.
Rise to Glory
He came to the spotlight after the 2015 edition of the Indian Super League, where he played for the Delhi Dynamos.
Coached by the World Cup winner Gianluca Zambrotta, he helped the Dynamos reach the semi-finals.
He started 15 games in that season and scored two very important goals against Pune City FC and an absolute screamer from long distance against Atletico de Kolkata. He emerged as one of the standout Indian players from the 2015 season of ISL.
Milan Singh made his first senior appearance in football with the Pailan Arrows, while he also had his most successful stint there. He made 40 appearances for the Arrows scoring 7 goals.
He played in tournaments like the Durand Cup and the Indian Federation Cup while at the Arrows. One of his most significant match was against ONGC F.C. as he helped Arrows 4:1 with a Man of the Match performance. He scored in the 57th minute from the penalty spot.
He then joined Shillong Lajong in 2013, making his debut in the match against Dempo which Lajong won 3:0. He played 33 matches for them in a two year span from 2013-2015 scoring 3 goals. He was loaned to North East United F.C. of ISL in 2014 but only managed to play in 5 games.
Before joining the Dynamos, he played for I-League debutants DSK Shivajians. In 2017, he joined the Kerala Blasters. He has played in 12 matches for the Blasters so far, and has just recorded a single assist.