Birmingham City: Brandon Khela becomes first British South Asian to sign pro deal at club | Football News


Punjabi teenager Brandon Khela has develop into the primary British South Asian footballer ever to signal skilled phrases at Sky Wager Championship aspect Birmingham Metropolis.

The technically-gifted midfielder performed for Birmingham’s U18s final season, earlier than firmly establishing himself at U23 degree in Premier League 2, and turns skilled after finishing his first season as a scholar.

His progress and performances had been rewarded by first-team supervisor Lee Bowyer, who handed Khela a spot on the bench in a 2-2 draw away at Stoke last season, only one month after his seventeenth birthday.

Former Arden Academy pupil Khela also received his first England youth call-up, with the Indian-heritage teenager enjoying in each of England’s current U17 pleasant matches in opposition to Norway and USA, respectively.

Khela, 17, began enjoying soccer aged three and will have joined hometown membership Coventry Metropolis, however opted for a transfer to Birmingham after he was scouted by the membership. He has since performed in each age-group aspect.

Khela is snug enjoying wherever throughout the center of the pitch and is at present coaching with the first-team squad, who depart on pre-season tour subsequent week.

The Punjabi teenager lately featured within the membership’s equipment launch, with Khela appearing alongside highly-rated girls’ academy graduate Layla Banaras as Birmingham City embraced its rich cultural diversity for the launch of their new strip.

Earlier this week, Birmingham rewarded six second-year students for his or her progress with Alfie Brooks, Rico Browne, Tommy Fogarty, Rico Patterson, Callum Sullivan and Kieran Wakefield all signing skilled offers.

Singh: That is big

Bik (L) and Micky Singh Blues 4 All (credit: Roy Smiljanic)
Blues 4 All chair Micky Singh (proper) and son Bik (credit score: Roy Smiljanic)

Chair of Official Birmingham Metropolis Supporters’ Group Blues 4 All Micky Singh to Sky Sports activities Information:

“That is big. It is a landmark second for all Birmingham Metropolis followers, significantly these from a South Asian heritage background.

“I’ve supported Blues for over 60 years and have waited a really very long time to see a South Asian child put on the Royal Blue shirt.

“It will likely be a momentous event throughout the complete metropolis of Birmingham – and past – the day Brandon makes his debut for the primary workforce.

“And from a illustration perspective, watching him carry out on the pitch will give hope to many aspiring children that need to comply with the trail into skilled soccer.”

Zidane Iqbal inks new Man Utd deal

Zidane Iqbal has dedicated his future to Manchester United by signing a brand new long-term contract to stay at Previous Trafford.

Iqbal, who has been coaching underneath Erik ten Hag as United’s gamers return to begin pre-season, has penned a brand new deal till 2025, with the choice of an extra 12 months.

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Zidane Iqbal paid tribute to his buddies, household and coaches on social media after changing into the primary British South Asian footballer in Manchester United’s historical past

The academy graduate made history last December when he appeared in the Champions League game against Young Boys to become the first British South Asian to play for Manchester United.

Iqbal, who lately turned 19, got here on within the closing phases of the Group F encounter, changing England worldwide Jesse Lingard as a late substitute.

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Manchester United teenager Zidane Iqbal was destined to realize large issues within the sport, says his first soccer coach Stewart Hamer

The born and bred Mancunian, whose mom is Iraqi and whose father is Pakistani, additionally loved his first style of worldwide soccer by turning out for Iraq in World Cup qualifiers away in Lebanon and Iraq earlier this year.

Dhanda joins Ross County

Yan Dhanda joins Ross County
Yan Dhanda will play within the prime division of Scottish soccer at Ross County

Former Liverpool and West Brom teenager Yan Dhanda has signed a two-year take care of Scottish Premiership aspect Ross County.

Dhanda, 23, had a number of gives from the Championship and overseas after being launched by Swansea however was attracted by the prospect of enjoying for Malky Mackay.

Mackay stated: “We’re completely thrilled to deliver Yan to Dingwall. Yan is a participant that our recruitment division have focused for a time frame. Over the previous few months, I’ve had some actually optimistic dialogue with each Yan and his advisors, and we’re delighted to now have him becoming a member of us.

“Yan’s expertise will definitely complement our group, and we additionally really feel he is a superb match for what we try to construct right here and the tradition we’ve created.

“Whenever you take a look at the journey Yan has needed to date, we’re getting a participant of actual high quality that has labored with a few of the finest and this can be a new thrilling chapter for Yan and Ross County.”

Dhanda got here by the ranks at West Brom earlier than becoming a member of Liverpool’s academy the place he spent 5 years earlier than shifting to Swansea in 2018. He made 62 appearances for the Swans.

Dilan ready to make his Mark

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Dilan Markanday says he’s determined to progress and make a optimistic impression on everybody at Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn attacking midfielder Dilan Markanday says he’s determined to point out everybody what he’s all about subsequent time period after the largest rollercoaster season of his profession.

Markanday, 20, made a historic look for Spurs in a Europa Convention League sport away at Vitesse final season, changing into the primary South Asian heritage participant in Tottenham’s historical past when he entered the pitch as a second-half substitute at The Gelredome.

Nonetheless, the Barnet-born ahead determined to prioritise first-team soccer, finishing a January switch to Blackburn – who’ve simply appointed Danish legend Jon Dahl Tomasson as Tony Mowbray’s successor – solely to endure a hamstring damage after a formidable Sky Bet Championship debut for Rovers against Hull.

However Markanday’s dedication to his rehabilitation allowed him to make an earlier-than-expected restoration, and the Hindu-Punjabi ahead made a 23-minute cameo for Rovers away at Birmingham City to finish his season on a private excessive.

Requested if he’s concentrating on subsequent season as a breakthrough marketing campaign, Markanday informed Sky Sports activities Information: “That is what I need to occur, that is why I got here to the membership. Clearly, it did not work out how I wished it to in the beginning with the damage, however I really feel like this season I can actually push on and present the followers, the membership and present younger youngsters what I can do and encourage them

“I’ve had a while away simply to relaxation. Clearly, it has been a tricky six months so mentally I wanted a break simply to wind issues down. I positively really feel refreshed, my damage feels good and I simply need to make an impression on the membership, to the brand new supervisor and to the followers – hopefully, I can try this.”

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