Yan Dhanda signed a professional contract with Liverpool on ThursdayWith 16-year-old Birmingham-born youngster, Yan Dhanda becoming the first Indian-origin player to sign a professional contract with Liverpool and Bengaluru boy Ishan Pandita on the verge of signing a contract with Spanish club UD Almeria, we take a look at the Indian-born players and the Indian-origin players who are playing or have played previously in leagues outside India.With Stephen Constantine making a push for Indian origin players to be eligible to play for the Indian National Team, perhaps these youngsters may take the pitch for the Blue Tigers in the years to come.
#1 Yan Dhanda (Liverpool)
The 16-year-old Birmingham-born youngster, who will turn 17 this week was first spotted at Chelsea’s ‘Search for an Asian Star’ in 2010 and was with the West Brom academy since the age of nine after spending time at Walsall, Aston Villa and Birmingham City previously.
After being chased by Arsenal & Liverpool, Dhanda joined the Merseysider’s academy set up from West Bromwich Albion for a fee of 200,000 pounds. Dhanda became the first player of Indian descent to sign a professional contract with Premier League powerhouse Liverpool on Thursday.
He featured heavily for Liverpool’s U-18 side this season and played a couple of matches for the U-21 side as well. The midfielder also got the chance to train with the Liverpool first team at Melwood on several occasions, with hopes high that he can make it to the first team.