With the future Neymer, Xavi and Totti up for display in the ongoing U17 World Cup, scouts from all around the world are making their way to India – The Host Country.
In order to find the best of the best footballers, top European clubs have sent their scouts to target the talents. Clubs like Manchester United, Everton, Atletico Madrid, Villarreal, Sevilla are some of the few ones who have sent scouts in all the six venues.
With the tournament being just 4 days old, scouts have already shown interest in two players from the Niger National Team and will seat with them for negotiations only after the end of the World Cup. In fact, in the opening match in Goa, more than 14 scouts were present.
Besides the above mentioned clubs, there are also scouts from Manchester City and Arsenal from England, from Germany – Borrusia Monchengladbach and SC Freiburg, Galatasaray (Turkey), UC Sampodria (Italy) present. Apparently, scouts affiliated to US Soccer Federation and Chinese Football Association are also present in India.
As far as India is concerned, reports claim that scouts present at the Delhi Stadium during the opening game were highly impressed with Dheeraj Singh, who pulled off some great saves during the initial 20 minutes of the match. Now with another stellar performance from him against Colombia, he is sure to find himself in the good books of the scouts.
Dheeraj is not the only one who has impressed the scouts. Sanjeev Stalin, who last night took the corner that led to India’s first ever FIFA goal has also attracted the attentions of some Football scouts – French Scout: Joseph being one of them. A day before the Columbia game, Joseph tweeted this:
Though the way our U17 boys are playing, we shouldn’t be surprised if we find them in any foreign leagues in years to come. Let’s hope for the best and cheer for India in the next match against Ghana.