The Prodigal Son: Kiyan Nassiri Giri
After a stunning showing at the India Super League, Kiyan Nassiri Giri, the son of former player Jamshed Nassiri, has announced his entry into Indian football, having risen from Mohun Bagan Athletic Club’s ranks. The boy with the famous last name scored three goals and brought his team back to win the match. He is only the fifth player to accomplish a treble in the storied match at the Indian soccer league, ISL.
His success is expected to rise further in the Indian football league as he is now being developed by ATK Mohun Bagan architect Juan Ferrando, who excels at polishing youngsters in ISL India. However, this was not the first time he had played a significant role. In fact, earlier this season, the lad made his debut for ATK Mohun Bagan in their inaugural game against Kerala Blasters as a substitute.
Giri made his senior debut for Mohun Bagan on 1st of March 2020, against TRAU FC in an I-League game. A member of the U-19 team, Giri impressed Kibu Vicuna, who was then Mohun Bagan’s head coach, during trials held in Goa and earned his chance with the first team that season. The 3-1 victory over TRAU was Giri’s only outing during that campaign.
In 2014, he was invited to the Bengal U-13 camp at Kalyani and caught the attention of Mohun Bagan scouts. The club immediately took him on for the Nursery League. Giri spent two seasons with Mohun Bagan (2013/14 to 2014/15). Then, he joined Calcutta Football Club, where he was trained by his father Jamshed Nassiri. His father’s legendary reputation at Kolkata Maidan and Indian football raised expectations for him.
In 2016/17, when India’s U-16 team played two friendly games against Calcutta Football Club, Bibiano Fernandes was impressed by Giri. He was 16 years old when he debuted in the Elite League with Mohammedan SC. With the Black Panthers, he had also gained experience in the Calcutta Football League (senior-level) in 2019. Sporting maroon and green colours once again, he performed well in the Zee Bangla League (a U-19 league), a competition that included several Kolkata giants as well as numerous other teams throughout the state.
Returning to his most recent achievement, Giri is the fifth player to score a hat-trick in the Kolkata Derby, tying him with Amiya Deb, Asit Ganguly, Bhaichung Bhutia, and Chidi Edeh for the honour of being the only five players to accomplish the feat. He is also the first player since Edeh Chidi in 2009 to score a hat-trick in the Derby.
Three goals and three shots tell you this youngster of 21 knows how to score goals, as well as where the goal is located. In the Derby, he scored with both feet with excellent technique and poaching skills, as evidenced by the first goal. The second goal was a great illustration of his skill and confidence in converting against a sea of defenders, just like his third goal.
In the derby, Giri played just three times and scored from each of his chances. His scoring ability unquestionably requires more playing time. If he participates in a full game during the subsequent matches, things may improve. His heading ability, as all of his goals came from his feet, is the first thing to note. As a forward, it’s vital to have good heading skills.
Furthermore, his pressing and dribbling skills are still outstanding. How he reacts to various events during a game, such as dropping back to circulate the ball, assisting in the defensive third, moving to the wings when marked by centre-backs and so on are things we have yet to observe of this young boy. However, as a forward, he has achieved excellent grades in the first criterion: scoring goals.
Giri needs just a few more matches in this year’s ISL, a few more complete 90-minute periods, and some more spectacular and stunning goals. These three criteria combined may be enough to make him the “it” topic in the summer. Some high-performing seasons in the subsequent years might allow us to witness another incredible Indian player.
However, it is difficult to say if he will depart ATK Mohun Bagan at this time. The Kolkata clubs have a reputation for tagging players as their “Ghorer Chele” (a player who has remained devoted to the club and played for the majority of his career or the whole one for them). It may be expected that Giri will consult with his father regarding his transfer activities in the future.
Ultimately, with consistency and success, the youngster may land a spot in India’s camp. Who knows, maybe he’ll be the one to succeed Sunil Chhetri as a national player.
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