I-League 2017-18: The top Indian performers so far

The date for the start of the I-League is yet to be decided. File Pic

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Internet Desk: The I-League 2018 has been a sublimely contested competition so far where a few Indian lads have shown glimpses of a startling future. Here go the top talents of the league as per the choices of www.xtratime.in

Nongdamba Naorem, Indian Arrows

Nongdamba Naorem has been the biggest wonder of this league so far. His magical goal by dribbling passed as many as five players against Shillong Lajong at the Ambedkar Stadium a few days back, made headlines on almost all the newspapers. Tremendous ball control, speed and dribbling abilities of this Manipuri lad is showing glimpses of a golden future.

Subhas Singh, Neroca FC

Subhash Singh has been a livewire for the Imphal-based club and scored the winner recently against Shillong Lajong. He has been given the license to swap flanks and has been the linchpin in creating attacks. He has also ably supported Felix Chidi upfront whenever required. The former India international has been playing a consistent role for the Highlanders and as the league progresses, Subhas and his experience are going to a big role for Neroca.

Samuel Lalmuanpuia, Shillong Lajong

This Mizo lad is a special talent, at just 19 years of age, he is already of the most important players in the team. He has been a regular feature in Lajong’s campaign in the I-League this season, appearing in 14 games and scoring 3 times. He once held the envious distinction of being the youngest player ever to score in the I-League, when he did so against Aizawl FC in the 2015-16 season at just 17 years and 9 months, his record has since been broken by Baoringdao Bodo last season.

Dheeraj Singh, Indian Arrows

The poster-boy from India’s adventure at the recently concluded U-17 FIFA World Cup, India’s find of the tournament, the “Manipuri Saviour” Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem has been the best part of the Indian Arrows side, the team comprising of the players from India’s U-17 and U-19 sides. AIFF’s decision to put these youngsters against the big boys of the I-League is to ensure that team stays together and that they get regular playing time, something that can’t be guaranteed in the cash-heavy ISL. Though he is reportedly on his way for his probable stint with Scottish Premier League side Motherwell and on his way to make his country proud again.

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