Manerjikar James arrives at Alagelense with numbers that show he had a great performance in 2023 in Canada where he was one of the best players in the league.
In that country, he was nominated for the tournament's Defender of the Year award, where he also won the Canadian Premier League (CPL) title with Forge, a club where he emerged as one of the key figures.
The club's website provided an explanation of the tall defender's conditions.
“James has been the Forge's star player this season and played an influential role in the team's backline. The Canadian international defender quickly made his presence known in the league, winning the Premier League Player of the Year honors in Week 3 and collecting two Team of the Week nominations, in Weeks 3 and 15. Which describes where the Canadian team stands in defense.”
The club also provided data on Manjrekar's season to get an idea of his overall conditions.
“James ranked second among all Premier League players with 184 rebounds and 1,764 total assists; he also provided two assists on the season. The 59 aerial duels he won ranked third in the league and first among defenders, with 175 duels won.
“With James playing 2,340 minutes in Forge's defence, the team ranked second for the fewest goals conceded (32). They explained that the 14 goals that Forge gave up on the road were the fewest for any team in the Chinese top flight in 2023. The ten clean sheets recorded by Forge were the most for any club during the 2023 regular season.
The inclusion of the Canadian also means Manudos has left the defense on a high note, as the 1.93m James joins the 1.91m Alexis Gamboa who he could partner with at centre-back and if Giancarlo Gonzalez is still at the club is another 1.88m player.