Indian Super League is one of the fastest-growing leagues in The Asian Subcontinent. The competition has attracted many legends and stars of the game like Roberto Carlos, Robert Pires, Dimitar Berbatov, Robbie Keane, Tim Cahill etc. The initiative by The Reliance Group has set the ball rolling for the Indian Football as there are more grassroots projects and more focus on nurturing the raw talent. The new season will hopefully kick start after the pandemic with no fans.
Here are the top 5 signings by ISL Clubs for the next season
Jose Luis Espinosa Arroyo (Tiri), ATK Mohun Bagan FC
The defender signed with the newly collaborated ATK Mohun Bagan FC from Jamshedpur FC. Playing with The Kolkata based club in 2016, he went on to win The Indian Super League title with them. The Spaniard has made 68 appearances in the ISL, playing 20 for The West Bengal Club and 48 for The Tata Steel owned outfit. The 29-year-old is a mountain in defence with sumptuous tackling skills and is very good at intercepting key passes. Tiri was one of the reasons why they conceded only 14 goals and got their hands on the trophy.
Manvir Singh, ATK Mohun Bagan FC
The 24-year-old centre-forward helped Goa FC win the Hero Cup last season after defeating Chennaiyin FC 2-1 in the final. The Punjab born player scored 4 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions. Singh has good ball holding skills and is good in aerial duels. The Indian International has signed with ATK Mohun Bagan FC for the next season’s Indian top-flight. Although his finishing skills has been a subject of concern but with a little improvement he is the real deal.
Mandar Rao Dessai, Mumbai City FC
The left fullback has played for various big Indian clubs like Dempo SC, Goa FC, and Bengaluru FC. After signing for Mumbai City FC, he has made his name big in Indian Football. The 28-year-old has represented Goa FC 86 times in The Indian Super League and has been directly involved in 15 goals (10 assists, 5 goals). He is quick with the ball, swiftly dribbles past opponents, and loves to cross the ball with his sweet left foot. Dessai has the reputation of creating havoc in the left side of the field while playing as left-back or left-winger.
Farukh Choudhary, Mumbai City FC
Mumbai City FC strengthened their squad with the addition of former Lonestar Kashmir FC star Farukh Choudhary from Jamshedpur FC. The 23-year-old is a trickster and likes to dance with the defenders before burying the ball in the net. The Maharashtra born winger has played 46 games in The ISL, scoring 3 goals and assisted 5 times. The stats might not truly represent the youngster, but his skills and style of play have been a treat to watch. The Indian International plays as a winger and is compatible in playing several attacking positions like CF, RM and LM.
Nishu Kumar, Kerela Blasters FC
Nishu Kumar was one of the best young prospects for The Bengaluru FC side in The Indian Super League. The Left-back has scored just 2 goals in his club career featuring in 40 matches for The Bangalore based club. The former AIFF Elite cadet has been one of the best defenders in the league displaying fluent tackling and overlapping skills with world-class intercepting and ball-winning abilities. The 22-year-old has numerous trophies with The Blues including I-League title, ISL title and Indian Super Cup.