Coach John Gregory speaks about Jeje ahead of the new ISL season...

Vrinda Chopra  |  Tuff-Questions  |  1 Year Ago

With the new edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) inching closer, the league witnessed an interactive season in the form of an ISL Media Day which was held in Mumbai last week. The event saw six out of the ten clubs from the league set foot at JW Marriot in Juhu. The likes of Mumbai City FC, FC Pune City, FC Goa, Kerala Blasters, Bengaluru FC, and Chennayin FC all showed up and interacted with media personnel.

One of the hot shots Chennayin FC who welcomed their new coach, John Gregory accompanied by goalie Karanjit Singh and Henrique Sereno represented the 2015 ISL winners before the national media. While the Machans were among the most talked about faces during the length of the event, the Abhishek Bachchan owned outlet didn’t disappoint and actively participated in most tough questions that were asked. 


Gregory was full of praises for his boys but one name that stood out the most was the Chennaiyin centre-forward and posterboy, Jeje Lalpekhlua. So much so, that the through and through Englishman even went on to compare his twenty-six year old attacker with the likes of Premier League veteran, Alan Shearer. Though John confessed that he hadn’t heard a lot about his striker until he landed in Chennai, but at the same time was very happy and lucky to have Jeje by his side. In short, Jeje’s hunger for goals and natural scoring instincts were something that Gregory was highly impressed with.


Here is the excerpt from what Gregory told Jersey about Jeje…


You mentioned that Jeje looks a lot like Alan Shearer at Newcastle when he is on the field...

Yes. Not necessarily in the way that he plays. Jeje just wants to score; he doesn’t care what it looks like or how he does it. [Alan] Shearer didn’t care what it looked like either, I mean he would score goals from thirty yards, don’t get me wrong. But he has also scored from say 30 inches. It doesn’t matter to him how it goes into the net and Jeje has this quality, he just wants to score. He’s a natural goal scorer. If he comes out in a game and doesn’t score he gets a tad bit disappointment, he has the same attitude as Alan. I have seen him [Jeje] on the training ground and he just loves to put the ball in the back of the net.



Does that mean you believe you have the best striker in the ISL?

I think we do, I just hope he confirms it.


Well done, Jeje – we wish you all the best for the upcoming season, and as for the comparison to Alan Shearer? No pressure at all… 




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