I will help my team in every way possible: Jamshedpur FC's Vishal Yadav
Reigning Hero Indian Super League (ISL) Shield winners, Jamshedpur FC, have had an unsatisfactory season so far, having won just one game out of 13 games. Head coach Aidy Boothroyd hasn't yet found the right connection for his team that can win him games this season. The Red Miners, though, have found a hidden treasure in goalkeeper Vishal Yadav amidst their unsettling performances this season.
The young custodian replaced the veteran TP Rehenesh in their match against ATK Mohun Bagan in Kolkata. Despite losing the match 0-1, Yadav had a decent debut, saving eight shots on target. Since then, there is no looking back for the young colt. In the five matches he played so far, he has faced 30 shots on target and has an impressive 21 saves under his name.
Hailing from Uttar Pradesh, the shot-stopper is a product of the Tata Football Academy (TFA) in Jamshedpur. The 20-year old player graduated from the 2014 TFA batch and joined Jamshedpur FC reserve team in 2019. Following his exemplary performances, he was promoted to senior side ahead of the 2020-21 Hero ISL season.
"It's been a very nice journey. I am very happy that I am getting a chance to play and a chance to prove myself. It has been a fantastic journey. The coaches, staff and the players are very supportive to me and they are encouraging me in every aspect and I am looking forward to help my team in every possible way, being good between the sticks to help in any way possible," Yadav spoke to Jamshedpur FC.
Jamshedpur FC travel to Kolkata to face East Bengal FC, who are in contention for the playoffs spot. Yadav will be looking forward to keeping a clean sheet to strengthen his side's hopes of a higher finish in the league standings.
"The approach will be the same to keep the clean sheet and help my team in every possible way, I don't think there is any change and any other thought on this, I have to give a good result and keep a clean sheet. Doing the regular things and basic things properly in a very good way so that I can give myself a good chance to showcase," he said.
Jamshedpur FC sit 10th in the table with just six points. Despite having won just one game at home, the Jamshedpur FC supporters are behind their team and are coming in huge numbers for the home matches. Yadav thanked the fans for the support they are pouring in and wants to continue the same for the rest of the season too.
"They have been brilliant and have been supporting us from the start. I request them to keep supporting us and this is the only way (ahead), and you are also a part of this game. Please come and help us," he concluded.