Delhi Dynamos have signed English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion’s talented youngster Adil Nabi on loan for the second season of the Indian Super League beginning in October.
The signing of the 21-year-old Pakistani origin striker was the first time a player under contract with an EPL club will move to an ISL side on loan.
Adil won the hearts of the Baggies supporters last season when he scored 12 goals and set up six others in only 22 games for the youth team. Amongst his goals was a hat-trick against Aston Villa and a double strike against English giants Arsenal FC.
Following an impressive season, he was included in the squad that faced Manchester City and West Ham United last year in the English Premier League. West Bromwich Albion’s head coach Tony Pulis then included him in his first team.
Tony Pulis said, "It’s a great opportunity for Adil and we will follow his progress closely. I’m a big supporter of a young man stepping out of his comfort zone and experiencing another part of the world. I think he will come out of it a better, more mature person and as a result a better footballer."
Commenting on his signing with Delhi Dynamos, Adil said, "I did not really have to think about it for too long. The idea appealed to me the moment it was proposed. I spoke to my parents and to people at the club and everyone thought it was an exciting idea.
"I can’t wait. It is going to be an amazing experience."
"Some of the players who are now going to India are the biggest names in world football and working under a legend like Roberto Carlos is a chance not to be missed.I have spoken to the gaffer (Tony Pulis) and he agrees that it can be a great development opportunity for me. To go out, away from all my home comforts, and experience life and different football," he said in a release.
For the Dynamos Manager Roberto Carlos, his signing was exactly what was needed in terms of fresh strength and balance for the team this season.
"Adil is an exciting prospect with very good technique, vision and finishing. I am sure he will contribute immensely to Delhi Dynamos and I am looking forward to seeing him in training! Bem-Vindo Adil," he said.