Indian Super League side Chennaiyin FC is all set to sign forward Johnson Mathews ahead of the new season as The Bridge can exclusively confirm. The 20-year-old hailing from Kerala has played for clubs like Mumbai FC & PIFA in the U-15 & U-18 I-League along with FC Pune City & Hyderabad FC respectively. He primarily operates as a striker but can pitch in quality performances as a winger or an attacking midfielder.
The head coach of Marina Machans, Bozidar Bandovic, has a strong core of Indian players at his disposal and the addition of Matthews gives the tactician another dimension to his philosophy. Matthews boasts of being the RFYS-Golden Ball winner in 2018 as it is a testament to his goalscoring ability across different positions in attack.
While speaking to The Bridge Matthews' representatives at Inventive Sports, Wilbur Lasrado said, "He's still a long way off getting to where he wants to reach, he is a smart kid who knows his potential and has the willingness to work for it, knowing nothing would come to him without a fight." "He's an exceptional finisher who could score with his right foot or left foot and surprise you when you least expect it", he added.
Joining a team that has young established stars in Lallianzuala Chhangte, Rahim Ali, Jerry Lalrinzuala, and Anirudh Thapa would definitely play a huge part in favor of Matthews in terms of being around the right influence.
All in all, this move seems quite promising for the young forward. Although the intent he will show during the season could play a key role in deciding his future here at Chennai.