Having already welcomed Manchester United youth academy graduate Tom Thorpe to their ranks last week, the teams of the Indian Super League are raptly signing more and more foreign names to feature in their competition.
Now, another of its teams has made such a signing, displaying their intent to make a mark on the global audience of football and increase the popularity of the game in the cricket-crazed nation.
Jeroen Lumu, who was once under the radar of Premier League clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal, and Manchester City, has now been signed by Delhi Dynamos. He is the 7th foreign player to be secured by the side.
The Dutch winger showed much promise from an early age. As a 16-year-old, he became the youngest player to score a goal for his club Willem II in the Eredivisie. Trials with Premier League sides Hull City and Derby brought the attacker much prominence.
On the signing of the 22-year old, Miguel Angel Portugal, Head Coach of Delhi Dynamos, said: “I am absolutely delighted to have Lumu in the side. He is quick, skillful and has an eye for goal, everything that you need in a quality attacker. We have tracked him closely for some time now and I am confident that he can light up the ISL.”
— Delhi Dynamos FC (@DelhiDynamos) September 12, 2017
Elsewhere in his career, Lumu had a stint with Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad, which saw him secure the Bulgarian League, the Bulgarian Cup, and the Bulgarian Super Cup altogether in a single season.
Rohan Sharma, the Director of the Dynamos, described the signing by stating: “I can’t express my excitement enough to have Jeroen Lumu be a part of our club this year.
“He is someone we deeply coveted for a long time and I’m glad we managed to sign him. Lumu has so much potential and has played at a high level in the past. He is going to fit in well with the pace of the team and can be a crucial cog for our side this year.”
It will be interesting to see how well the pacey Dutchman will be able to function with the side, and whether or not he’ll shine in the Indian Super League.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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