Indy Aujla Boston United British Asian Footballer

British Asian Footballers To Look Out For In 2014

By Nadeem Badshah @nadeemnewsuk Indy Aujla, Boston United The 26 year-old midfielder has a wealth of experience behind him. He was given the chance to train with Leeds United by then manager Neil Warnock. He has played in Belgium and was a player coach during his time at Royal Racing FC Montegnée. On the issue of rookie managers like Tim Sherwood at Spurs, Aujla told Entouraaj: 'Having had experience in Belgium as a club captain and a couple of months as player/coach I can say that if a player is attached to there football club it's a good thing. 'A successful football club is many cogs in a machine. Working in tandem, it's more than just the 11 on the pitch, it's the squad, the staff, grounds people, board, and fans.  'This becomes an after hours job, so if a player had played for the club he should know more about how it ticks and should put in the extra time just like they would in their family.' Yan Dhanda, Liverpool The Reds beat Arsenal to his signature last year and he has been tipped as the next big hope – despite being just 14 years old. Dhanda, from Birmingham, joined the Liverpool Academy having had spells at four Midlands clubs in Aston Villa, Birmingham, Walsall and West Brom. Some people in the game are keen to not put too much pressure on his young shoulders. But Dhanda has earned high praise since he won the U11 category in Chelsea's 'Search for an Asian Star' competition which saw him signed by Albion. Football Association coaches called him up to attend a training camp with England U16s last year. Dhanda models his game on David Silva and Philippe Coutinho, and is a name you won’t want to forget. Danny Batth, Wolverhampton Wanderers Batth has a bright future having played in every Wolves game in League One this season and last week he signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract. The 23 year-old has been on the club's books since the age of 10. I watched the centre-half play in the 2-1 win away to Bradford this season where he gave a solid and assured performance. Fans of the Punjabi Wolves fans group even have their own song for him: 'Danny Batth’s from Brierley Hill, Brierley Hill, Brierley Hill. Danny Baath’s from Brierly Hill, f**k off Johnson'  - a reference to ex-player Roger Johnson. Netan Sansara, Stourbridge FC The 24 year-old is the only British Asian to be capped at under-18 and under-19 level for England. I have followed his career since he signed for Walsall in 2008. He has not been afraid to venture abroad having had spells at Cypriot side PAEEK and Denmark outfit FC Vestsjælland, who won the 1st division title last season. He has also played at Dundee and Corby Town following a two-year stint in the Walsall first team. Sansara is currently playing in the Calor League Premier Division in non-league football but has the experience to play at a higher level when he approaches his peak years. Adil Nabi, West Brom The 19 year-old striker is regarded as a hot prospect in the Midlands. Nabi was spotted by the Baggies aged seven and his younger brothers Samir and Rahis also made it into the club’s academy. He signed a two-year deal with the Baggies last summer and with Pepe Mel now in charge at the Hawthorns, he could get his chance. He is on the road to recovery after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last year. Nabi, who was named 'Young Player of the Year' at the Asian Football Awards, has said his inspiration is Saido Berahino who has earned rave reviews for his performances this season. Amar Purewal, Darlington 1883 The striker is known for his deadly pace and can also play on both flanks. Amar had a great 2013 with his goals helping the North East side get promoted into the Evo-Stik Division 1 North. Purewal, who began his career at Newcastle United’s academy, was the club’s top scorer last season with 24 league goals. Desiballers.com named him as one of the top five British Asian players of 2013. And he continues to be in good form with a brace and two assists in the recent 6-0 thrashing of Clithroe 6-0. Arjun Purewal, Whitby Town FC Amar’s identical twin Arjun plays in the Evo-Stick League. Arjun is known for his versatility and can operate as a full-back, defensive midfielder and centre-back. He was at Darlington with his brother before joining Whitby after a loan spell. The brothers made football history by becoming the first set of twins to score in the same game in an FA Cup match. Their goals helped Aukland progress to the next round of the Cup after beating Darlington RA.


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  1. Numan

    Now is the best time for asian players to break through in the English Premer League, with the likes of Adnan Januzaj and Mesut Ozil highly regarded by football fans. How times have changed.


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