AUGUSTO RODRIGUES | NT
Maina, Curtorim: Jessel Carneiro from Goa made his debut in Indian Super League this season and has in the thirteen games he has played for Kerala Blasters shown that talent in Goa has not dried but is waiting to be nurtured. He is not the best but set to be amongst one of the best and that explains why the offers from other clubs are pouring in.
“My agent has informed me that I have offers from my team, from Bengaluru FC, ATK, FC Goa, Mumbai FC and many other teams. At this point of time, I am enjoying my football. I will decide on the offers later,” Jessel told The Navhind Times.
Jessel impressed on his debut and has been a constant in coach Eelco Schattorie’s plans. “Coach Eelco has been constantly teaching me a lot of things but the most important thing is the confidence that he instills in me. His words push me to give the little more extra and I feel easy to play with him,” admits Jessel when asked to detail the force that is bringing the best out of him.
As a left back, Jessel has three assists to his name; just three fouls and one yellow card – a record that many players will be proud of.
“The Goa Professional League of today is not similar to what it was before. The absence of foreign players has dried the excitement from the GPL. I find the standard in the ISL of a much higher level because of the array of talent. In ISL, we are meeting and playing with players from many other countries and the style is different,” says Jessel as he looks back at his days in Goa and now In Kerala.
“The foreigners in ISL are of a higher level than what we had in GPL many years back. I have now realised that professional football is something different. Here, one cannot take any game easy because every match is different and every team is different. But the level of all teams is the same. One can never say which team will win when,” thinks Jessel.
“The ISL has also taken me through an emotional ride. I am happy the way I am playing but it hurts me because of the results of our matches. Sometimes, I find this very contradicting and hard to digest. We are there, high in performance and not there in terms of results. This hurts. Fortunately, I have a coach who pulls me and all of us along,” avers Jessel.
Jessel has excelled on the left flank with his runs forwards; crosses to his colleagues – few which have ended in goals; and his efforts in halting his opponent’s attacks in his own territory. And, this is why he is wanted by many teams much before his one year contract with Kerala Blasters can end.
Jessel feels comfortable with coach Eeclo’s style of play – dominate with ball possession – and believes that his confidence in scoring will improve in days to come. “Scoring goals is a dream of any player and I want to get back into that groove of scoring. Scoring was fun with my former club,” said the former Dempo SC player.
“I am very eager to play against FC Goa on Saturday. Personally, it is going to be a chance for me to see the number of my fans in Goa who will come out to support me and my team. I know FC Goa has a fan following and I know how they react. I want to see the reaction of our fans now,” says Jessel whilst describing his preparations for his match against FC Goa on Saturday.
“Kerala has been very good to me. I have been made to feel at home right from the day I reached there. I first thought I would miss home. But they did not allow that to happen. I think, that is part of professional football that I learnt,” concluded Jessel.