I don’t consider myself as a youngster: Mumbai City FC’s Vikram Partap Singh
Vikram Partap Singh shared his thoughts on playing alongside Greg Stewart, Chhangte, and Jorge Pereyra Diaz for the team.
21-year-old prodigy Vikram Partap Singh has solidified his role within Mumbai City FC's squad since joining the club in 2020. Despite predominantly featuring off the bench during the 2021-22 season, Singh has consistently made a significant impact when called upon. Under the guidance of now-departed head coach Des Buckingham, Singh flourished, given the freedom to express himself.
Hailing from Chandigarh, Singh's father, a former footballer himself, served as a crucial inspiration and supporter throughout his remarkable journey. "I wanted to be a footballer since my younger days, as my father was a footballer too,” Singh recalled, in an interview with Football Counter.
“He (my father) couldn’t go much far in it, but he was the one who helped me get into this game. Ever since I started training, I have wanted to be a professional footballer."
Commencing his career at the Chandigarh Football Academy, Singh spent two years at I-League outfit Indian Arrows before making a move to Mumbai City FC in 2020, establishing himself as an essential squad member.
Reflecting on his growth over the past three years with the Islanders, Singh remarked, "I have improved a lot in the last 3-4 years. I have learned a lot from different players who played for the club. I hope to play more minutes, score goals, and help the team in whatever aspect they need me to.
“I don’t consider myself as a youngster looking for just experience anymore; I want to play more now."
While Mumbai City FC boasts one of the strongest squads in the ISL, Singh faces competition from more experienced players.
However, he views this as healthy competition, a chance to earn a national team call-up by showcasing his potential on the Indian football stage.
Singh said, "It’s important to have good competition. Ever since my Indian Arrows days, I have wanted to go to a club where I can have healthy competition for my position. If I start playing there, I will get into the national team quicker. If there is healthy competition, a player will improve more."
Talking about Mumbai City FC supporters, Singh urged them to continue their unwavering support and spoke about the motivational effect it has on the team.
"Last season, we had a great run and lifted the shield. This year the expectations are the same, so to my Mumbai City FC fans, please continue this support. We want your support even more because we want to win every game. You guys in the stands, cheering for us, provide extra motivation, so please come to the stadium and watch us play," he concluded.