Odisha FC has signed the 21-year-old defender Sahil Panwar from Hyderabad FC. Sahil originates from the Pune FC youth setup and was then Hyderabad FC. He joined Odisha on a 2-year deal with an option of extension.
Odisha have been teasing their fans with their mystery campaigns on their social media handles. Today finally Odisha have disclosed the player’s identity and it’s none other than Sahil Panwar. As per our prediction and previous articles, this move will be officially completed once the Indian transfer opens this summer.
The Juggernauts have already been working on improving their squad by signing talented youngsters from all around the Country. Now with Panwar onboard Odisha’s squad will be much more prominent. The Juggernauts have seen his talent and have decided to show their faith in him.
Sahil showed his gratitude towards the team ” Odisha FC is a club which always promotes young players. I am extremely delighted to sign here and looking forward to playing for the club. I wish to play for India and hope the club provides me an opportunity to show my potential in the upcoming season of the Indian Super League“.
Sahil Panwar’s origin story
Born in Dehradun, Sahil’s talent was spotted by Pune FC. Panwar battled his way through the ranks and then joined Hyderabad FC in his youth years. Sahil played as coach Phil Brown’s one of the trusted men. Sahil earned that spot by making 40 tackles and 61 clearances in 12 appearances in his debut season. Panwar was robust in the backline like a defender should be. He has also represented the National team on many occasions.
Sahil have not only represented India but have also captained the national team in 2017 SAFF U-18 championship.
Odisha’s obsession with the young talents
Among the 11 teams in the Indian Super League, Odisha has the lowest average age of 23.4. After signing tons of young talents in the transfer window. The club has made the statement to trust the Indian youngsters with the experience of aged foreigners. The strategy so far hasn’t turned out quite well for the Juggernauts. But this might show the results in the long run.
Proper pre-season gameplay might help Odisha to get on track for the upcoming season expected to be starting from September. With Panwar’s commanding and robust presence in the backline, Odisha’s defense would definitely perform better this campaign.
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