By Scott Taylor
Yan Dhanda has reportedly signed his first professional contract with Liverpool. The U18s forward, who signed from West Bromwich Albion, has been a key figure for Neil Critchley’s side this season, scoring eight goals in all competitions this season. According to various media outlets, Dhanda has signed a new two-and-a-half-year contract after turning 17 on Monday.
Dhanda signed for Liverpool in 2013 form Premier League rivals West Bromwich Albion for £200,000 and came to Anfield with a bag full of potential. In the same year, he won the ‘Up and Coming Player’ prize at the Asian Football Awards. The forward, is aiming to be the first player with Indian heritage to play for Liverpool, and after training with the first team on several occasions, he is one step closer to achieving his dream.
In the 2014/15 season, Dhanda was called up to the U19s squad for the UEFA Youth League games against Benfica and Real Madrid, but was an unused substitute in both games. This season, he became a regular in Liverpool’s U18 side. After scoring twice for the U19s, he was promoted to Michael Beale’s U21, where he has made two appearances thus far.
Despite having Indian heritage, Dhanda has represented England at youth level. On July 2014, he made his debut for England U17s as a 15-year-old. He has since gone on to make four appearances, scoring twice. After getting a taste of U21s football this season, Dhanda will look to cement his place in the side over the coming seasons. His new deal will expire in the summer of 2018.