The attacking midfielder played an influential role in Army Green’s progress to the knockout rounds of the Durand Cup.
The 2021 Durand Cup has given a platform to many young starlets to shine. Not just the Indian Super League (ISL) or I-League clubs, but even the Army sides possess players with high potential. For Army Green (Bengaluru), Dip Majumder has proven to be a breakout star.
The attacking midfielder played an influential role to help them overcome the odds and make it to the quarterfinals. A creative, hard-working player with a sense of unpredictability to his game, Majumder is one to watch for the future.
Name: Dip Majumder
Date of Birth: October 7, 2001
Born in Kolkata, West Bengal, Majumder had a passion for football from a young age. Just like many children in the football-crazy state, he started playing from his pre-teens and excelled at the school level. In 2015, he joined Boys Sports Company (ASC) in Bengaluru, a facility that continued his education while also training him to become a footballer.
Majumder’s impressive performances at the U-17 level found him a place in the Army Boys team at the 2016 Subroto Cup. He helped them get all the way to the final, where they lost to Brazilian side Atletico Paranaense.
Dip Majumder also participated in the 2017 Oorja Cup, a tournament that helped to give a platform for younger players in the same year India hosted the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Majumder then participated in the All India Football Tournament in 2018, even being part of the championship-winning Bengaluru team in Aluva.
His confidence began to rise after that, as he also took part in the Santosh Trophy and U-18 I-League in the 2018/19 season. He started to excel just as he reached adulthood and was the top scorer in the 2019 Santosh Trophy South Zone Qualifiers.
After some time off because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Majumder joined the Army Green side in August to partake in the Durand Cup.
Durand Cup Performance
In their three games so far, Dip Majumder has only started one. Irrespective of that, the midfielder has been one of their most creative outlets. He looked very bright in his short cameo against FC Goa, troubling defenders with his clever movement.
That granted Dip a start in their second game against Jamshedpur FC. The Army Green No. 10 turned up his magic on that day, tormenting the Jamshedpur defenders. He created two goals on the day, showcasing impressive IQ in the final third to help Army Green to a big win.
Majumder again came from the bench against Sudeva Delhi in the third match. With the game poised at 0-0, he again made the difference – sneaking past a few defenders before laying a goal on the plate for Deepak Singh. Going by that performance, it’s safe to say he’ll probably feature in the remainder of Army Green’s Durand Cup campaign.
Majumder is a very smart attacking midfielder who tends to believe more on the final product than finesse. The Army Green No. 10 knows how to find the perfect passes in the box and doesn’t panic in such situations. His final product is really efficient, with his passes into the box often finding their target.
The attacking midfielder isn’t the quickest, but possess the dribbling ability to skip past players. Majumder is also very composed and level-headed in the final third, often watching what’s ahead of him before picking out teammates with clutch passes. His passing and link-up play is quite refined as well, meaning teammates like to pick him out in key areas, knowing the midfielder can create things in and around the penalty area.
Aspects to improve
Dip Majumder might be extremely composed in the final third, but his finishing has to improve. The midfielder missed a few big chances in the group stage for Army Green.
Majumder also has to get bulkier physically to rise up the Indian football ladder. He has occasionally been bullied in the Durand Cup matches so far and has to be stronger when in possession of the ball.
This one is definitely difficult to decipher. Perhaps he’s similar to Sahal Abdul Samad in terms of creating space for himself in the final third and threading through clever passes in tight areas. Majumder can’t dribble with the ball as well as the Kerala Blasters midfielder, but there are certain shades of Sahal in him.
After the Durand Cup, Majumder probably won’t get to feature in many prominent tournaments with Army Green. However, his performances must’ve impressed scouts following the games. This means the 20-year-old could potentially get a place in an I-League club looking for young talent.
Majumder has high potential and could play in the ISL soon – but he must work hard and keep performing consistently to do so.