Vikram Partap Singh ( Mumbai City FC )
Vikram Partap Singh is one of the most popular young players in India currently and the hype around the 18 year old forward is understandable. He was a standout performer for the Indian Arrows in the last season and is ready for a bigger challenge in the ISL with Mumbai City FC. Vikram rose to fame after his performances with the U16 national team. In the 2017 SAFF U15 Championship, he was selected as the best player of the tournament in which India won the title. He finished the tournament with 5 goals. In the qualifiers of the 2018 AFC U16 Championship, India was placed in a relatively tough group with Palestine, Nepal and the defending champions Iraq. India finished second in the group unbeaten after 1 win and 2 draws. Vikram was influential in the campaign and scored in the 3-0 victory over Palestine. India qualified for the final tournament as the best second placed team.
Vikram donned the captain’s armband for India in the 2018 AFC U16 Championship. In the first match against Vietnam, he made a wonderful solo run which lead to a penalty and scored. That was the only goal India scored in the entire tournament though they progressed to the quarterfinals. India came agonizingly close to qualify for their first FIFA U17 World Cup on merit. They were knocked out by South Korea by a solitary goal which was the only goal that India conceded in that tournament. Vikram was named in the Indian Arrows squad for the 2018-19 season. After a modest first season, Vikram burst onto the scene in the next season. Although Indian Arrows finished at the bottom of the table, Vikram was talismanic in leading the frontline. He finished with 4 goals which was the highest in the team. A player with immense work rate and tactical awareness, Vikram brings in youth and energy to the Mumbai squad. Playing in the ISL will be a new challenge for him. This season can help the teenager to grow further as a player and gain valuable experience.
These are the top 5 teenagers who can impress this season though other teenagers like Sumit Rathi, Narendar Gahlot, Jitendra Singh and Jeakson Singh have already made a name for themselves in the past ISL seasons . Other notable mentions to watch out for this season are Lalbiakhlua Jongte, Phrangki Buam and Niraj Kumar.