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Josef Yarney signs RoundGlass Punjab FC. Would he be a good fit?

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Newcastle United academy product Josef Yarney will compete in the I-League for RoundGlass Punjab FC in the upcoming season. The English defender has played for a number of clubs in the youth level of the English Leagues. Josef plans to kickstart his senior career in the I-League after struggling for the past 2 years.

Usually a centre-back, Josep can operate at right-back as well. His physic might have been his biggest enemy in England but lucky for him Indian Football is a lot different. Spanish coaches and players have found a lot of success in India and a lot of that has to do with the pace of the game. The passes are neat yet slow and the game is not too physical.

While RoundGlass Punjab FC might sound unfamiliar, they are none other than Minerva Punjab. The former I-League champions who started off as Minerva Academy FC became Punjab FC in 2019. They became RoundGlass Punjab FC after RoundGlass Sports took over the club in 2020.

Josef Yarney completes move to I-League side RoundGlass Punjab FC

Josef Yarney in RoundGlass Punjab FC

While RoundGlass Punjab FC’s takeover may be nothing compared to the Newcastle United FC takeover, Josep is excited to join the I-League team. Born in Liverpool, he came up through the Everton Academy and later joined Newcastle United. From there, he moved on loan to Morecambe and Chesterfield. Chesterfield signed him after his loan spell and he made a total of 60 appearances for the club between 2019 and 2021.

After gathering a sole appearance for Weymouth this season, he decided to move to RoundGlass Punjab on a free transfer. He will have Ashley Westwood, former Bengaluru FC coach, as his head coach. During the Westwood era, Bengaluru FC won their maiden I-League trophy and reached the finals of the AFC Inter-Zonal qualifiers. Josef can surely have an impact on the team this season.

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