It has been 11 years since an Indian player — Baichung Bhutia — first played for a foreign club. Many feel it is about time a new player represents India in the leagues abroad.
It should surprise no one that Sunil Chhetri has emerged as a successor to Bhutia. For all his hard work and patience, Chhetri is on the verge of rewriting history if his much-talked-about deal with America’s Major League Soccer team Kansas City Wizards comes through.
For the Wizards’ coaches, the first glimpse at Chhetri did the trick. The club went through numerous changes in terms of style of play in the run up to the new season. That meant they had to bring new players and after signing a midfield trio earlier this week, the club expressed its willingness to sign the diminutive Indian striker.
“Sunil trained with us for about 10 days in Phoenix and I have to say that we are really impressed with him. He had this immediate impact on all of us the moment he entered the field,” said Wizards’ assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin, who was present during Chhetri’s trials. Mihir Vasavda, Daily News & Analysis of India