We At SportsNTalks have picked 5 Indian footballers who we believe could be the smartest pick in the upcoming draft of Indian Super League. The criteria we set was a performance in I-league, Santosh Trophy and State league and the Price tag attached to the player. It’s purely our opinion if any of the readers have their opinion then they can let us know in the comment box.
Adil Khan (32 Lakh )
Adil Ahmad Khan could be called as Branislav Ivanovic of Indian football, The SESA football academy graduate has played in almost all position in his career so far. The 29-year-old had one of the best seasons of his life last year with Churchill Brothers in I-League. He played as a centre back and made that position of his own.
He has experience of playing in ISL with Delhi Dynamos but that did not last too long due to Injury. The Goan would be hoping to make immense in his comeback season. He is at the peak of his career and giving some solid performances. He looks fit and easily could be taunted among top 5 center back going around in the country. Predominately he defensive player he has even played as forward for a season with Sporting Clube de Goa. With Just 32 lakh price tag on his name and option, he gives for a coach as an athlete will be a huge bonus for any team he plays.
Subhashish Bose (17 Lakh)
Subhashish Bose has been revolution playing for Mohun Bagan last season. The youngster from Kolkata was solid at the back for the Mariners. The defender who could play as left back and center back made a great impact for the green and maroons. The 21-year-old has great physical attributes for a Left back.
17 Lakh is not a big sum for a player who has donned colors for one of the biggest clubs in Indian football, played in AFC Cup on a consistent basis. Having a player who can play on different position is always a bonus for any side.
Brandon Fernandes (28 Lakh)
Brandon Fernandes is one of very few Indian player who possesses a fantastic first touch and nibble footwork. The youngster has been injury prone in past which have created the roadblock in the professional career. Every single time when he comes out of injury he gives the feeling of a good prospect for the future. He has trained in South Africa for few years, he was on trial in Europe on few occasion which did not materialize due to various reasons.
He has been priced moderately and kind of skills he possesses as attacking midfielder, he could be a handy player for any team. He could easily walk into any first team with his sheer brilliance with the ball. he is known for his Corners and Free Kicks, an Indian player with such skill set will be welcomed by any franchise in Indian Super League.
Ravi Kumar (15 Lakh)
Indian Super League has changed its rule, the foreigner players in playing XI have been reduced from 6 to 5. In such situation, the franchise would love to go for an Indian keeper to utilize extra foreigner as an outfield player.
Ravi Kumar is in Indian football scene for quite some time now, having played for various top division clubs have enough experience to fit on any side. With the shortage of quality Indian keepers in the draft, it would be wise for any franchise to pick Uttar Pradesh lad in their team.
Mohammad Ali (12 Lakh)
|Mohammad Ali (number 37) With Dempo Squad|
Mohammad Ali will be unknown to many fans but this lanky defender has been garnering a lot of praises in Indian football circuit. The youngster is considering to brightest talent in Goan football circuit. He had a dream start to his professional career playing for the mighty Dempo in Goan Professional League. He was impressive with Goa state team in Santosh trophy first rounds before he was signed by NEROCA for 2nd division I-league.
The defender with just 12 Lakh price tag will be one to watch out for, according to sources FC Goa, Pune City, and Bengaluru FC is interested in the youngster.