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Lalengmawia is pleased with his progression this season after becoming the youngest captain in ISL history …
Former NorthEast United head coach Robert Jarni had said that 20-year-old midfielder Lalengmawia, part of the India U17 team that participated in the 2017 U17 World Cup, was one of the top three Indian midfielders.
The defensive midfield talent, who impressed the Croatian last season, has also continued to develop this season. He recently became the youngest player to be named a league captain and Highlanders boss Gerard Nus also praised the youngster recently, saying he expects a lot of good from the player.
“It has been a good progression. All the hard work is paying off and I look forward to continuing to do well for myself and for the team,” Lalengmawia said. Objective.
He has started six of the seven games NorthEast has played and has become a key player for Nus alongside Khassa Camara in the center of midfield.
“For any player, playing time is always important. It increases your confidence and there are so many things you can learn from playing and being in the middle of things.
“Gerard Nus has been fantastic and is always motivating us. This helps us on the field. My role in midfield is similar to what I did last season,” explained the former Indian Arrows midfielder.
It is difficult for footballers to play in the middle of a pandemic while remaining in a bio-bubble for several months. For a 20-year-old, it might be a monumental task, but Lalengmawia is spending time playing on his Play station. NorthEast United have struggled to compete for the playoffs in recent seasons and the youngest ISL captain is hopeful things will soon fall into place.
“I don’t want to dwell on the past, but we want to go game by game and do our best. Everything else will fit.
“Staying inside a biobubble is difficult for sure, but we have to adapt to the circumstances. At least playing football makes us smile. Most of the time I spend my time playing on PlayStation,” he said.
The Highlanders rank fourth in the league table with 10 points from seven games.