Using both feet helped me get out of tricky situations: Naorem Roshan Singh

Bengaluru FC side-back Roshan Naorem Singh threw light on the advantages of being an ambi-footed player and how it helped him during the Hero ISL 2021-22. The footballer had been sensational throughout last season and was awarded with the Emerging Player of the Season trophy.

Despite a poor start, Bengaluru FC picked up momentum midway through the season and enjoyed a nine-match unbeaten streak, which almost propelled them to a top-four finish. Naorem, who played a pivotal role in the comeback, provided seven assists in 17 matches, the most by an Indian player in Hero ISL 2021-22 and the third most overall.

Known for his pinpoint crosses, the full-back uses both his feet with equal efficiency for his trade, which makes him a rare breed. In fact, the footballer has started to use both his feet from a young age, and improved the skill over the years.

“It is good to be able to use both of your feet to get you out of the tricky situations or deliver things but still a lot I have to improve. From a young age, I use to work with both feet to make my shooting and passing better,” said Roshan Naorem Singh during an interview with footballmonk.com.

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It was due to his exploits that the footballer got a national call-up, having made his debut on March 23, against Bahrain and provided the assist for India’s only goal in a 1-2 loss. The experience with the Blue Tigers has opened his eyes wide open, and made him realise the gap between club football and international football.

“It was a massive learning for me and a proud moment to be part of the national team. There are so many things to learn here as it’s a completely different experience than club football,” added the footballer.

After coming on as a substitute in the first game, the side-back played the entire match against Belarus, a couple of days later. For the time being, Naorem is training with the national camp ahead of India’s 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, which begins on June 8.

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