Another Wednesday, another signing. Kerala Blasters Football Club did not disappoint their fans as they announced the signing of Rohit Kumar from Hyderabad FC on a two-year deal. At a below par Hyderabad FC last year, Rohit Kumar had a decent outing. Though an injury kept him out for half the season, in the nine games he played, he has a goal and an assist to his name with a passing accuracy of 72%.
A product of the DSK Shivajians academy, Rohit started his footballing career at the Bhaichung Bhutia Football School. At 16, Rohit donned the captain's arm band for Delhi in the B.C. Roy Trophy and then later went on to play for India U19 in 2015. He was also a part of the Indian U23 team.
In the 2019, Rohit Kumar played both as defensive midfielder and a central midfielder for the Nizams under the guidance of Englishman Phil Brown. The 23-year-old will now have to compete against the likes of Jeakson Singh to cement his place in the final eleven. This, however will be a headache that any coach would love to have. A workhorse who can contribute efficiently in both attack and defence, Rohit is one of the few Indian talents who can last 90 mins with vigor. With quality Indian signings this year, Blasters have reinforced their midfield that came under scrutiny last year.
Like the Sporting Director rightly mentioned, Rohit is a quality addition to the already competent Indian midfield at KBFC. Let us hope he fulfills his potential and plays a major role in taking the club to greater heights.
– Ashwin R