New signings give FC Goa a real spark

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Derrick Pereira

By all accounts, FC Goa had an animated and arguably extremely productive transfer window. While no transfer at any time or any cost is an iron-clad sure thing, the quality of the players bought into the team in this window promises of success not only in the recent future but also is shaped to take care of the club for the long run as well.

 These additions certainly should give the FC Goa faithful plenty of reasons to be optimistic going into the last stretch of the ISL season and the upcoming AFC Champions League campaign. 

 These moves do not indicate ‘splashing the cash’. Instead, immaculate calculations and jumping into deals at the right time to bring the right players in has further bolstered an already
talented squad. 

The beginning of the season threw at us both a challenge and an opportunity. With a number of departures from the club, it was an opportunity not just to fine-tune but overhaul the squad, keeping in mind our philosophy of attacking play, possession and the vision of the new head coach. 

Even though the season is not over, FC Goa has been able to keep themselves amongst the top four after a slow start. And thus, one can say that the enormous transition has been smooth and garlanded with success on the pitch. 

A player-by-player look

Adil Khan’s signing brings additional quality, depth and flexibility to the squad. Already an Indian international, he also possesses the versatility to play both in defence and midfield. In addition to this, he has leadership qualities. Those are intangibles you can’t teach. I’m sure he’ll be an asset for the team going into the second half of the season and in our maiden adventure into Asia.

With the future of Nawaz now lying away from FC Goa, the Club also had to act in order to fortify that position. Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem is a player I have already worked with and is one we are all eager to see reach his full potential.  

I have seen him through the years and there was no doubt in my mind that he was the standout player in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup a few years back. And now, I believe with the right coaching and more confidence instilled, he will develop and flourish in FC Goa colours. 

He’s one of the brightest prospects in the country and despite being only 20 years old, he has already shown his readiness to compete at the highest level. He’ll be exposed to a different style of football here and we’re confident that he will adapt to it and thrive while doing so. His arrival once again reiterates our commitment to giving youth a chance and providing them with a platform to shine upon.

With Lenny leaving last month, we also had to be proactive to strengthen not only the midfield but also the Indian core. With the additions of Glan Martins and Amarjit Singh, I feel we have been able to do exactly what we had set out to. 

The moves bring in two names we have long looked at bringing in and sprinkles even more energy into the side with both players set to have their best days ahead of them. 

Amarjit is one of the best young talents in the country and has a bright future. A gifted midfielder who is comfortable on the ball, he is a real hard worker and is technically gifted. We’re confident he will gel in and will play a key role for FC Goa not just for the remainder of the Hero Indian Super League but also in the AFC Champions League.

Glan is another Goan who has shone brightly in the I-League and ATK Mohun Bagan were quick to snap him up at the beginning of the season. He is a very exciting and talented player whose gameplay completely suits the kind of football we look to play. Circumstances were ripe to get him on board till the end of the season and we were quick to act upon the same. 

The new signings bring a sense of renewed excitement into the squad and each signing adds a new dynamic to an already talented team. I am excited about the future of the club and I hope you share the same with me.