Owen Coyle’s side sit fourth on the table heading into the business end of the Indian Super League 2021-22 season.
In recent years, the Indian Super League has seen clubs spend a lot of money on players in attempts to clinch the league title and qualify for continental tournaments. Clubs have paid massive transfer fees for both foreign and Indian players – Lalengmawia’s move to Mumbai City FC being a highlight. However, Jamshedpur FC have not been among the big guns in the transfer market. They have always looked to build their team around young players since their inception in 2017.
Greg Stewart has received the limelight for Jamshedpur’s dream run this season — they are fourth after 13 rounds. But one must admit it is their youngsters, who have really flourished this term and taken charge in clutch moments. Jamshedpur FC are also one of the teams that rely on U-23 players majorly. Without further delay, let’s find out how Jamshedpur FC formed a formidable team revolving around young guns and are finally reaping the rewards.
Promotion of Academy players
Tata Football Academy (TFA), conceived in 1983 and inaugurated in 1987 has produced numerous talents. Subrata Paul, Gouramangi Singh and current Bengaluru FC winger Udanta Singh are few of its alumni. Jamshedpur FC are getting the most out of the prestigious academy, promoting quality players every year. Mobashir Rahman, Sandip Mandi and Vishal Yadav are the graduates who have earned a promotion to the senior team this season. In a recent interview, head coach Owen Coyle praised Mobashir Rahman for completing 50 appearances for the club. He spoke highly of the system at Jamshedpur FC and thinks there are many more gems to come.
Canny transfers and belief in the team
Since Owen Coyle took charge, the club made some quick-witted signings that have become assets for the club. Jamshedpur FC brought in the benched talents from other teams and have got the best out of them. Young Boris Singh came in last season and is now one of the integral members of the team. This season’s signings, Komal Thatal and Ishan Pandita, have been the solution to the erstwhile-goalscoring woes in the team. This season, the Men of Steel have the much-required depth which has helped them in controlling games till the final whistle.
The manager has installed belief in the players, which they seemed to lacked previously. Every player is giving his best in the chances they get, which has created a healthy competition within the squad. Owing to these, Jamshedpur FC now possesses one of the best teams in the league, which will surely do better going forward.
Finally a silverware?
Jamshedpur FC are currently enjoying their best season, so the biggest question is – can Jamshedpur FC win the ISL League Shield or Cup this season? Well, the answer is a bit tedious, considering the competition in the league and the ever-changing points table. But surely, the young and hungry squad of Jamshedpur can take the club to the prized top-four for the first time in their brief history.
Owen Coyle’s side are among the favourites to clinch the title this season. They are playing a high-octane, entertaining style of football and it will be interesting to see where they find themselves at the end of the season. Maiden trophy? We’ll find out together.