Balwant Singh’s performance this season has taken everyone by surprise. He has scored six goals in the I-League so far and played a crucial in Churchill Brothers’ Federation Cup triumph with four goals.
Anthony Wolfe believes that his strike partner deserves to be part of Wim Koevermans’ national team given the form he has been in.
“We have a good bond. He works hard and gets his goals. The good thing with our team is it doesn’t matter who scores - me, him or anybody. I think he should be called up. I saw the coach (Koevermans) watching some games as well. I think Balwant did well. He scored four goals and was amongst the top scorers. You have to give credit where it’s due. He is a top player working hard and getting goals. It’s only right that he should be rewarded with a national selection. Hopefully it will give him more motivation and help our team as well,” he told Goal.
Bengaluru FC have a three point lead at the top of the I-League and Wolfe, who shall make his debut in the competition next month when the league resumes, believes that the southern club are the favourites to win the title.
“If Bengaluru stick together and play as a team, they can run away with the league. It’s all up to the individuals and the team and how professionally they think. From the minute you get cocky and think that no one can beat you, it all goes wrong.
“There are good teams as well - Mohun Bagan, Shillong Lajong, Sporting Club de Goa and Pune FC but I think Bengaluru are in the driving seat. If they stick together, I think they can win the league. It is up to the coach’s (Ashley Westwood) training programs and management of injuries as they play a big part. It’s all up to them.”
Wolfe admitted to having played as a midfielder in the past but mentioned that his instincts were always that of a centre-forward.
“I was always a striker. When I was small growing up the coach asked me where I used to play and I said ‘striker’. He said ‘Why’? I didn’t know exactly why he was asking me that question but I said I want to strike and score goals. He said you should learn to play all over the pitch. I said ‘For what’? I want to strike and he said I will understand when I grow older and he put me in different positions. I was sulking but I still played because I loved the game,” he explained.
The 30-year old stated that a modern player needs to learn to play in various positions in order to be a true team player.
“If a player gets injured in one department and the coach can say ‘Anthony go play there’ because he sees it that way. In the professional world players need to adapt and they should not sulk as it’s for the team. That’s when you know whether if you’re a team or an individual player. The greatest players will go play in the position the coach demands to the best of their abilities. As I say - comply and then complain. Do the job and then tell the coach. Then he will respect you. Otherwise both will fall out, and he doesn’t pick you and you leave the club. So you know it has its advantages and disadvantages.”
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