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As the 2012 Federation Cup is ready to go, Goal.com brings to you ten players who may not be that well known now, but have the quality to really shine for their team...

ANALYSIS
By Kaustav Bera

The 2012 Federation Cup is all set to start from 19th September and will finally herald the proper start to the new season. While an important trophy in itself, it will also give the managers an opportunity to see their new players in action in a competitive scenario. Besides the usual clutch of superstars and household names in action, the Federation Cup is also an opportunity for a youngster to shine and carve out a first team berth for himself for the new season. Goal.com looks at the Top 10 Prospects which will be on display...

Manish Bhargav
Club: Mohun Bagan
Position:
Midfielder
Age: 18

The diminutive midfielder broke into the limelight last season with a splendid goal against arch rivals East Bengal in a Calcutta League derby match. A winger by profession, Bhargav has dazzled all with his tremendous pace and a great eye for goal. He has a great leap off the ground, as he proved with his header in the derby despite his short frame. He does need to work on the physical side of his game, but could really add freshness to Mohun Bagan's wing play.



Mackroy Peixoto
Club: Sporting Clube de Goa
Position:
Midfielder
Age: 22

The attacking midfielder makes up for his lack of height with good ball control and speed of movement while swapping his position on the pitch at will. At just the age of 22, he has already appeared 16 times for the Flaming Oranje, scoring 2 goals in the process. Ekendra Singh will likely play Peixoto behind the central striker as he looks to adapt to a 4-2-3-1 and the Goan player will revel in the role of a trequartista.


Tirthankar Sarkar
Club: Pailan Arrows
Position:  Left Midfielder
Age: 19

Having started his career in the youth ranks of Mohun Bagan and Salgaocar, Tirthankar was picked to be a part of the AIFF Developmental side. Proficient in playing on the left side of midfield, Sarkar is equally adept at playing up front on the left side, supporting the central striker. With the ability to run at full backs at full pace, Sarkar mixes it up by having the ability to both deliver crosses as well as cutting back in. With the loss of Ajay Singh and CS Sabeeth, it is expected that Sarkar will have a key role to play for the Arrows.



Royston D' Souza
Club:   Salgaocar
Position:
Midfielder
Age: 21

Having impressed with Air India in last season's I-League, Royston has joined the Federation Cup champions Salgaocar this time around. Adept at playing on the wings, D'Souza is unlike many Indian players who like playing long balls. He likes to hold on to possession and with immaculate dribbling skills, he likes to take on defenders and beat them at will. While he does need to work on his defensive side of the game, playing alongside better players in the Goan side will certainly allow him to develop even more and the Federation Cup is a perfect place to display his talents.

 



Lalramluaha
Club: Shillong Lajong FC
Position:
Midfielder
Age: 22

The Shillong Lajong midfielder has every chance to use this opportunity to showcase his talent as he wears the No. 7 jersey for the North East club. Good on the ball as well as off it, LalramLuaha has a great positioning sense as he makes those surging runs from midfield. In 15 appearances last season he has also got on the scoresheet once.



Shouvik Ghosh
Club: Pailan Arrows
Position:
Central Defender
Age: 19

Although his defensive partner at both club and youth level, Prathamesh Maulingkar might have run away with all the laurels, Ghosh is by far the better and more well rounded of the duo. A commanding presence at the back, Ghosh also reads the game well and likes to move out of defense in order to break free from the shackles of the opposition. He was also an important part of Papas' U-22 side at the AFC U22 qualifiers.



Brian Mascarenhas
Club: Salgaocar
Position:
Midfielder
Age: 20

He rose through the ranks of Churchill Brothers along-side the indomitable former team-mate  Odada Okolie. Earning at least a handful of starting opportunities despite the presence of foreign forwards in the squad, both for Churchill as well as Dempo, says a lot about Brian, who is a left winger by trade but loves to score too. Now having to switched to local rivals Salgaocar, he can finally hope for more playing time to announce his arrival.


Romeo Fernandes
Club: Dempo FC
Position:
Midfielder
Age: 20

Romeo Fernandes played for Dempo last season but did not create much of an impact. Having played for the champions thrice he did manage to provide an assist. However he really shone under Arthur Papas in the U-22 squad as he scored two goals in the AFC U-22 Championship Qualifiers, rescuing a point against UAE in a 1-1 draw as well as a goal in the 4-0 demolition of Turkmenistan. Romeo's agility is his biggest strength as he can effortlessly control the pace of the game with his boundless energy. Now, after his blistering performance he is sure to be a part of Colaco's plan for the new season.



Ritesh Perambra
Club: Mumbai FC
Position: 
Defender
Age: 22

A graduate from the Mumbai FC youth team, Perambra has impressed coach, Khalid Jamil and is certainly the first choice centre-back to partner Amiri for the Mumbai based side. 6 ft tall and strongly built, he is naturally good in the air but is pretty good with the ball too for a defender.  This will thus be an ideal opportunity for Ritesh to prove that the coach's confidence on him is well placed.



Colin Abranches
Club: Salgaocar
Position:
Midfielder
Age: 20

Another impressive performer for the Airmen last season, Abranches was one of the many who left the club to join a bigger name. He finally ended up at Salgaocar where he will be joined by D'Souza, his former team mate. Under coach Santosh Kashyap's guidance, the full back blossomed into a top player. In his 18 appearances last season he got on the scoresheet twice. His performance against champions Dempo was easily the best of the season where he also scored. He will certainly have a thing or two to prove with the current Federation Cup Champions.



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