Eugeneson Lyngdoh's stock has amplified its value in the last year by as much as 100 per cent. The suave guile of the Indian midfielder on the pitch, combined with his humble and exurberant nature off it has won hearts amongst India's supporters like no other footballer except Sunil Chhetri, in the recent past. His immense rise was capped by signing for FC Pune City, who shelled out an eight figure INR sum for his services ahead of the second Indian Super League (ISL), at the auction and draft in July.
Now, it is apparent his exploits for the former defending champions Bengaluru FC, in what many term as a break through season of sorts for the 29 year-old former Rangdajied United medio, has earned him the adulation of his fellow professionals, who have voted to ensure Lyngdoh was the recipient of the coveted Football Player Association of India's (FPAI) Player of The Year (PoTY) award in last night's ceremony.
Speaking exclusively to Goal, the Federation Cup winning midfielder, opines that he owes his success to Ashley Westwood, the coach of Bengaluru FC, whilst also stating he wanted to learn a lot under David Platt, his coach at the Deccan ISL franchise.
Asked how well he rated Westwood as a coach, the Shillong-born player explained, "He is a great coach. Top class!"
"Both of them are good coaches. Ashley is a man with more experience and European culture. Everything he does is very systematic and organised. He demands a lot from his players," opined Lyngdoh, on comparison's of Westwood with the FPAI Coach of the Year (CoTY) winner Santosh Kashyap and the I-League winning Mohun Bagan coach, Sanjoy Sen.
Quizzed on his impending ISL experience, the Bengaluru FC Player of the Year recipient elucidated, "It is something new. I am looking forward to playing with Adrian Mutu, Tuncay (Sanli), Didier Zokora and also under coach David Platt. He is an amazing guy alongside being a great coach. I am looking forward to it as a learning experience."
Finally, Lyngdoh promised Bengaluru FC would fight to retain their I-League title, expressing, "Bengaluru FC, since they have come into existence have been a club moving in the right direction. We have been playing at a high level which is why we tend to push ourselves to higher grounds. So obviously, next season we will look forward and try to get the title back."