Amrinder Singh, the ultimate wall that guards the goalpost for Mumbai City FC

Amrinder Singh will be the most crucial player for the Islanders as he was the best goalkeeper with the most saves in the Indian Super League 2019/20 season

Amrinder Singh, the ultimate wall that guards the goalpost for Mumbai City FC

Mumbai City FC's season opener for the Indian Super League (ISL) ended up being a last-minute thriller as debutant Amine Chermiti scored a match-winning goal for the side. However, the save during the added time, opponents Kerala Blasters FC were sure to net a goal during the 95th minute as in a last-gasp attempt to get back into the game, Bartholomew Ogbeche latched on to a chip by Sahal Abdul Samad inside the box but the Nigerian's swivelling strike from close-range was miraculously saved by goalkeeper, Amrinder Singh. 

The save ensured Mumbai players left the ground with three points in their kitty. However, this isn't the first time, Singh has proved to be one of the most crucial aspects behind Mumbai's wins over the past five seasons.

Born on May 27, 1993, Amrinder Singh is an Indian footballer playing for the Islanders since 2016. He was named the captain for India U-23 team for the 2016 AFC U-23 championship qualifiers in Bangladesh. Initially, Singh had started as a striker but his coach encouraged him to be a goalkeeper.

The Journey Kicks Off...

It was after he had joined the Pune Academy when he learned about his goalkeeping skills in 2011 and was then selected to join the first-team squad of Pune at the age of 18, making him the club's youngest-ever Academy product.

Owing to his goalkeeping skills and dedication towards the aport, Singh soon made his debut as well for Pune when he came on as a substitute during the 2011 Indian Federation Cup after Indian international Subrata Pal came off against East Bengal. Pune lost the match 1–2 that day but the young goalkeeper, Singh had only conceded one of those goals.

I-League Debut

Subsequently, his I-League debut for Pune followed but he struggled during his initial matches but by the 2013–14 I-League season, he became Pune's No. 1 goalkeeper when he started in their first league match of the season against Mohammedan at the Salt Lake Stadium.

During the match, Singh gave away a goal to Josimar but Pune went on to win 3–1. However, post that match, Singh and Pune went on a run of clean-sheets, keeping five of them in a row before conceding two goals to Sporting Goa.

International Club Debut

On 29 January 2014, Singh made his international club debut for Pune in their AFC Champions League qualifier tie against Hanoi T&T. The match ended with him conceding three goals as Pune left 3-0.

ISL Debut

In the Indian Super League 2015 season, Amrinder was signed by Atlético de Kolkata on loan from Pune and started every match in the league except one and got his first clean sheet against FC Goa.

Soon after, in the next season, he signed for Bengaluru on loan from Pune in I-League, and went on to win the best goalkeeper of the I-League award with nine clean sheets under his belt, while also impressing at the AFC Cup, leading to his loan move being made permanent for the 2016-17 season.

Eventually, in the 2016 Hero ISL season, he was signed on loan by Mumbai City, only to become a permanent member since then.

International Career

Amrinder represented India U23 during the 2014 Asian Games and was the starting 'keeper in both of India's games. He was named the captain for India U23s for the 2016 AFC U-23 championship qualifiers in Bangladesh and started in India U23s 2-0 loss to Uzbekistan U23 on 27 March 2015.

On 19 August 2017 Singh made his international debut for the senior team against Mauritius which ended in a 2-1 win for India.