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I am sure the training in Blackburn Rovers' Academy will help Aniket Jadhav- Tony Mowbray

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray hopes Aniket Jadhav’s time with the club will have provided him with the ‘building blocks’ for a future career.

The 18-year-old, who plays for Jamshedpur FC, is the first professional Indian player to train in England, having arrived at Rovers’ Academy for a three-month spell in early March.

To aid his development, Aniket was invited to join in with a first team training session ahead of the season finale against Swansea and Mowbray believes the talented teenager will have benefited greatly from the experience.

“He came up and trained one afternoon and I think that would benefit him – playing with experienced professional footballers at Championship level,” said the manager.

“He’s only a young boy, but he showed that he had good basics to his game and he was able to join in with the session. He was enthusiastic, he worked hard with the group and hopefully he enjoyed it.

“I’m sure the daily training at the Academy will have helped him. When he came up to train with us, I’m sure the messages I was giving him was something he was getting every day down at the Academy.

“I would hope that the professional level of coaching he got at an elite level Academy will stand him in good stead for the future and create habits that will hopefully become rooted and become part of the foundation of his career.

“The fine detail of football is what matters. The ability to receive the ball on the half-turn or the weight of your pass. I call them the building blocks of your career. Basic football skills that the best players you don’t even notice they do it, but they all do it naturally.


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“Those basics, you have to repetitively drill into young players. You have to embed them in and so the period of time he spent training in a professional environment will help him cement some of those habits into his natural game. That’s the real benefit for him.”

Mowbray also praised the club’s Owners, who facilitated the training spell, for trying to help develop young Indian talent and progress the game in South Asia.

“It’s such a huge continent with such a huge population, I think the potential is huge,” added the Rovers boss.

“The Owners obviously have a vested interest in football. It’s not a process that’s going to happen overnight, but at some stage you have to try and begin the process.

“I think that’s what’s happening. The bigger Premier League football becomes worldwide, the bigger the Asian nations will impact world football, and I’m sure there will be generations to come of hopefully Indian and Asian players playing in the Premier League.”

Published: Sat May 18, 2019 03:01 PM IST

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