Season 3 of Indian Super league began on 1st October and hardcore football fans across our country are finding it difficult to resist their excitement! Defending champions Chennaiyin FC will plot to hold their hard-battled title while the challengers have reinforced their positions with quality players. It’s not just the high profile players who are the attraction, but also the presence of a high-class array of coaches which lends a measure of credibility to the 3-month long tournament. With coaches of the caliber of Antonio Habas, Zico, Materazzi and the likes, the season promises to be a high-octane one.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the 5 most promising players in ISL Season 3 who can lead their cities to glory:
5. Jeje Lalpekhlua (Chennaiyin FC)
This dynamic 25-year-old was the 2nd highest Indian goal scorer in the 2015 edition of the ISL 2015, with a staggering 6 goals! This ultimately led to him being named the ‘Emerging Player of the League. A vital component of Materazzi’s team, he can operate both as a lone & a supporting striker.
Jeje signed a two year contract with Chennaiyin FC after he was loaned out by his parent team in 2014, Mohun Bagan. He continued with his exuberant & consistent form and scored six goals and assisted three times for Chennaiyin FC in 2015 ISL, which ultimately helped them to become the 2015 ISL champions.
4. Sunil Chhetri (Mumbai City FC)
One of India’s greatest foot-baller, this 32-year-old has shown no signs of easing off and has been as crucial as ever for both, the Indian team and Bengaluru FC. Being one of the finest foot-baller India has produced, he’s an all-time top goal scorer with scoring 51 international goals. The Former captain of our national football team, he commenced his professional career in 2002 when he joined renowned club Mohun Bagan.
Playing under another mentor this ISL season , Alexandre Guimaraes, Chhetri himself can take his club to the trophy in the event that he performs wizardry like he used to for the India national football group!
3. Helder Postiga (Atletico de Kolkata)
An accomplished league player, having played 71 times for Portugal; Postiga will play under another mentor and will be looking forward to connect up with Hume and shape a fatal assault for the Kolkata-based group.
The Portuguese striker who has played for Valencia and Tottenham Hotspurs, is back at ATK for a brief season and he would hope for a better one this time around, in the wake of him being injured previously. This time, he will need to expand on that and demonstrate his quality to his enthusiastic fans. The Sourav Ganguly backed group picked to bring Postiga back as their marquee player after an arrangement for Diego Forlan broke down.
4. Diego Forlan (Mumbai City FC)
Do we really need to introduce him? Manchester United, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid, are a few clubs from his past. If that’s not enough, he was named the Best player of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The incentive of watching him play is sure to get the fans drooling, women & men alike. Forlan, who is Uruguay’s most capped player, is also a two-time winner of both the Pichichi Trophy and the European Golden Shoe.
Known for being the saving grace in critical times, we’re sure hoping that Forlan is set to make a huge impact in the ISL, one that’ll resurrect his team’s glory.
5. Lucio (FC Goa)
This Brazilian made more appearances that any other marquee player in the tournament. The number stands at 14! Clearly shows the amount of confidence the team’s coach, Zico, has on him. He’s a center-back, a World Cup winner, an absolute legend of the game and an inspirational figure for the Gaurs who lead them to the last season’s finale!
The team’s fans were overjoyed as management decided to retain him as their marquee player; they hope to see the 38-year-old’s legendary & intimidating runs from the heart of the defense towards glory!