The Indian Super League(ISL) has attracted some big names over the years – from Del Piero to Nicholas Anelka. There were a few who failed to make much of an impression but we also saw the likes of Florent Maoulda and Aaron Hughes and their impact for their respective teams. But a lot has changed in last couple of seasons and the ISL teams are now looking for impactfull players rather than just big names.
Here we are looking at those transfer moves which are likely to have big impacts on their respective teams –
Sandesh Jhingan (Kerala Blasters to ATK Mohun Bagan FC) Sandesh Jhingan missed the entire 2019-’20 season with a knee injury. However that did no harm to his reputation as the number one Indian defender in the league. The centre back from Punjab joined ATK Mohun Bagan this season after being in talks with a lot of clubs, both domestic and foreign. Jhingan was KBFC’s most capped player with 78 appearances across 6 seasons Jhinagn’s inclusion will strengthen the defence of Green&Maroon and at same point Blasters may find it hard to replace him.
Vicnete Gomez ( Dep. La Coruña to Kerala Blasters) – The 32 year old Spaniard has joined the Blasters directly from LaLiga 2 side Dep. La Coruña, where he featured in 25 games in the 2019-20 season. It’s the first time Gomez has decided to move out of Spain and his experience of having played in LaLiga for UD Las Palmas should hold well for Blasters.
Adam Le Fondre ( Sydney FC to Mumbai City FC) The English striker scored 39 Goals(most by any player) in the last season of A-League.The 33 year old former Reading FC player has scored 12 Goals in the 34 games in English Premier League. The Profilic striker from Stockeport was chased by 3-4 Indian clubs including Bengaluru FC, but nine stand against City Football Group at the end. Fondre under the ISL’s one of the most attacking coaches, Sergio Lobera, should be a treat to watch and a real threat for the opponents.
Nerijus Valskis (Chennaiyin FC to Jamshedpur FC) – Two times ISL champion CFC stunned everyone when they decided not to retain the Golden Boot winner from the last ISL Season. Valskis was chased by Kerala Blasters and a few other Asian sides. His former Chennaiyin FC coach Owen Coyle’s move to the Steel City and an offer of a two year deal helped to make the final decision little easier. He would like to add a few more this season to his 15 Goals and 6 assists tally.
Hugo Boumous ( FC Goa to Mumbai City FC) Mumbai’s gain was Goa’s loss as the golden ball winner from the last Season with 10 Goals and 11 assists on his name joined the Islanders .The 25 year old Moroccon midfielder diceded to follow the footsteps of his coach Sergio Lobera to the City of Dreams. Mumbai City FC paid a record breaking transfer fee to secure the signing of Hugo. FC Goa will have a big task to find a replacement for ISL’s most valuable player.