Punjabi teenager Brandon Khela has become the first British South Asian footballer ever to sign professional terms at Sky Bet Championship side Birmingham City.
Before firmly establishing himself at U23 level in Premier League 2, he played for Birmingham’s U18s last season. The technically gifted midfielder turned professional after completing his first season as a scholar.
After completing his first season as a scholar, Brandon has now gone pro, thus, becoming the first ever player of South Asian heritage to represent his boyhood club, ‘The Blues’. Also Read : Sikhs Omitted From Security Guard Jobs In Toronto
The 17-year-old is capable of playing anywhere across the middle of the pitch. Currently training with the first team squad, he actually started playing football at the age of three. At that point, he could have joined hometown club Coventry City but chose to move to Birmingham after he was scouted by the club. Interestingly, the lad has played in every age group side. Also Read : Jassa Patti: This ‘Mitti Ka Sher’ Is The First Turbaned Dangal Wrestler
First-team manager Lee Bowyer had also rewarded his progress and performances. He was the one who handed Khela a place on the bench in a 2-2 draw away at Stoke last season, just one month after his 17th birthday. Also Read : What Is The Background Song In Ambuja Cement’s AD Made On Terraces?
It is worth-mentioning that Birmingham rewarded six second-year scholars for their progress with Alfie Brooks, Rico Browne, Tommy Fogarty, Rico Patterson, Callum Sullivan and Kieran Wakefield earlier this week, all of them for signing professional deals.