Head Coach Owen Coyle’s era at Jamshedpur FC began with a string of positive developments and new signings. One of his key additions to the squad was goalkeeper TP Rehenesh. The Kerala-born shot-stopper was one of the best performers, not just for the club, but also in Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21.
Last week, via an online poll conducted on Jamshedpur FC’s social media handles, TP Rehenesh beat another fan favourite, Stephen Eze, to be elected as Jamshedpur FC’s Fans’ Player of the Season for 2020-21. Content with this accolade, Rehenesh with his hearty smile, happily received the award and shared a message directed to the fans.
“Thank you so much for selecting me as your Fans’ Player of the Season. I am really glad my performance meant a lot to you. Sending lots of love and once again thank you for choosing me. Hopefully, we’ll come back with an even better performance in the next season.”
The man between the sticks made a dominating presence in the goal for Jamshedpur FC and also competed in the race for the Golden Glove award alongside Arindam Bhattacharja and Amrinder Singh. With only 89.11 minutes per goal conceded, Rehenesh was a complete miser between the sticks. He closed the season on a strong note as he finished 3rd in the Golden Glove award race. Rehenesh also dominated the clean sheet table with 8 clean sheets in the 19 games he appeared in for Jamshedpur FC, and finished 3rd again in the ‘most clean sheets’ list this season.
Rehenesh registered some solid statistical figures in his first season at Jamshedpur FC and established himself as a regular starter at goal for the squad. In the 1693 minutes that he was on the field, he faced a total of 176 shots out of which 73 were on target. Out of the 73 shots on target, Rehenesh successfully managed to keep out 54 of those shots from hitting the net with a stunning save percentage of 73.97%. With an average of 1 goal conceded per game, Rehenesh conceded 19 goals in the 19 games he played in.
The 28-year-old made some notable and key saves during the season. His penalty save against NorthEast United was crucial in inflicting the Highlanders’ first defeat of the season. His saves against Mumbai City FC when Jamshedpur were a man down, and against Bengaluru FC (both games) made for some of his exemplary performances during the season.
Delighted with the outstanding performance showcased by TP Rehenesh in his first season at Jamshedpur FC, some Red Miners’ too had some words and thoughts to share on Rehenesh being crowned as the fans’ champion.
“The season was young, the season was new, the season was filled with footballing action. A number of up and down performances were there from the brand new team, but the Keralite, Rehenesh, was outstanding. Replacing the legend Subrata Pal in the team is not an easy task. But, his play made it look easy breezy between the sticks. A true deserving achievement.” - Rahul Mukherjee
“Congratulations, TP! He totally deserves this award! Being a goalkeeper myself, I can understand how crucial it is to win these kinds of awards for a goalkeeper in competition with the other outfield players. He was phenomenal throughout the season and did your job very well. We are delighted to have him with us at Jamshedpur FC. We can't wait to see him guarding the Red Miners' goal next season.” - Imran Sheikh
“When we signed him, many people were critical of his move to Jamshedpur FC. But, with his solid performance, he proved all of them wrong and added a cherry on the cake by winning the Fans’ Player of the Season award. What a remarkable achievement it is for him. We are proud of our Superman TP.” – Naman Sumit
After a phenomenal debut season for Jamshedpur FC, TP Rehenesh will be aiming to bring the same consistency and form to the upcoming season, and with his quick reflexes, dives and dominating presence at the back, he will surely be one of the most anticipated players in the Men of Steel squad to look for on the field, for the fans.