Odisha FC(Odisha FC injects young blood, looks settled for ISL) on Tuesday signed young sensation Thoiba Singh Moirangthem ahead of the seventh edition of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL). The 17-year-old central midfielder has been roped in for three years by the Bhubaneshwar-based club.
The Manipur-born footballer has played for India at the age-group competitions and was with the I-League group Minerva Punjab FC(Odisha FC injects young blood, looks settled for ISL) for the last two seasons.
He had likewise become the most youthful player to score a goal in the AFC Cup(Odisha FC injects young blood, looks settled for ISL) a year ago while playing for the Punjab side against Nepal’s Manang Marshyangdi in the competition last year.
The Bhubaneswar-based club(Odisha FC injects young blood, looks settled for ISL) has been one of the most active teams of late in terms of incomings having added the likes of George D’Souza, Kamalpreet Singh, Kamaljit Singh, Hendry Antonay and Saurabh Meher at the back.
Talking about the new signing, OFC President Mr Rohan Sharma expressed, “Thoiba is a very exciting and versatile player and I am really happy we were able to bring him in the squad this year. Though he is extremely young, he is a player who has been able to get minutes in the I-League as well as in the age-group competitions for India. He will have a good mentor in Vinit who can help him mature and grow as per the club’s ideologies. He has an extremely high ceiling and hopefully, this year he finds his feet to develop into a better player for the future.”
Expressing his delight, Thoiba said, “Can’t wait to get started with Odisha FC and make my mark in the ISL and possibly get into the national team. I am excited to be a part of a strong core of young Indian players and I am sure I will be learning and improving daily at Odisha FC.”
The newly-branded outfit failed to secure playoff qualification in their debut season. Odisha FC(Odisha FC injects young blood, looks settled for ISL) came into existence before the Indian Super League 2019-20 season, in the wake of changing their base from the national capital to Bhubaneswar.
The side had a great deal of discussion and fan wrath to manage in anticipation of their first-ever campaign after they moved base inferable from the board and infrastructural troubles at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
The newcomers kept their confidence in head coach Josep Gombau, who was allowed to sign players that were exactly as he would prefer and could execute his ongoing interaction on the pitch, exhibiting the absolute best passing football in the battle.
His confidence in his strategies resulted in a late surge in performances, which almost leapfrogged the group from the bottom half to playoffs qualification.
Losing striker Aridane Santana to injury could have crashed them, yet loan signing Manuel Onwu, turned his debut season in the ISL(Odisha FC injects young blood, looks settled for ISL) on its head becoming one of the narratives of the term.
After just three triumphs in their initial 10 matches, the outfit figured out how to win four in their last eight games, in this way achieving a mid-table finish in the league standings.
The outfit currently appears to be progressively settled and should concentrate on enhancing their home form at the Kalinga Stadium. The squad additionally needs prominent domestic players, which has been a secret to progress for various other teams, as Odisha(Odisha FC injects young blood, looks settled for ISL) were vigorously dependent on overseas talents to deliver.
The group needed to play most of their games in the first half of the season away from home. Additionally, they were likewise compelled to make Pune their impermanent home for a couple of games until the Kalinga Stadium was prepared.
With the club expected to keep confidence in Gombau, the Catalan manager has players who presently have a decent comprehension of his way of thinking and they ought to show signs of improvement with time.
His style of play has been appealing and on the off chance that they figure out how to tighten out at the back, Odisha FC(Odisha FC injects young blood, looks settled for ISL) could rise as one of the title contenders next season.