ISL draft: What to expect in season four?

The Indian Super League 2017 witnessed a spike of over 103% in domestic players’ salary as compared to the inaugural edition in 2014, as the ten clubs together spent Rs. 48.85 crore at the Indian player draft in Mumbai.

ISL Founder Neeta Ambani in frame with the key retained players during the 2017 Indian player draft.   -  PTI

The ISL 2017 Player Draft saw the ten clubs spend a total of Rs. 48.85 crore on Sunday, to sign 156 of India's best and most promising players. Defender Anas Edathodika and creative midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh - valued at 1.10 crore each - were the top-picks of the day and were lapped up by Jamshedpur FC and Atletico de Kolkata respectively.

Out of an Rs. 18 crore kitty, most clubs have an average of around Rs. 13 crores left, which they will employ to recruit foreign stars.

Here is a sum-up of the final squads of all the ten-teams and a brief analysis of their key signings.

Atletico de Kolkata

Debjit MajumderGoalkeeper
Kunzang BhutiaGoalkeeper
Prabir DasDefender
Keegan PereiraDefender
Augustin FernandesDefender
Ashutosh MehtaDefender
Anwar AliDefender
Eugeneson LyngdohMidfielder
Jayesh RaneMidfielder
Shankar SampingirajMidfielder
Hitesh SharmaMidfielder
Rupert NongrumMidfielder
Ronald SinghMidfielder
Robin SinghStriker
Bipin SinghStriker


Defending champion, Atletico de Kolkata spent huge money in the Indian player draft and signed the much sought after midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh, for a joint-highest fee of Rs 1.10 crore and striker Robin Singh for Rs 65 lakh. The side also acquired winger Jayesh Rane, thus summing up a formidable forward-line. It looks well-poised to defend its title as Ashutosh Mehta and Anwar Ali will largely reinforce its defensive powers.    

Chennaiyin FC

Karanjit SinghGoalkeeper
Pawan KumarGoalkeeper
Shahin Lal MelolyGoalkeeper
Jerry LalrinzualaDefender
Dhanachandra SinghDefender
Fulganco CardozoDefender
Keenan AlmeidaDefender
Francisc FernandesMidfielder
Anirudh ThapaMidfielder
Thoi SinghMidfielder
Bikramjit SinghMidfielder
Germanpreet SinghMidfielder
Dhanapal GaneshMidfielder
Sanjay BalmuchuMidfielder
Jeje LalpekhluaStriker
Mohammed RafiStriker


2015 winner Chennaiyin FC retained star-striker Jeje Lalpekhlua  and goalkeeper Karanjit Singh, along with under-21 players Jerry Lalrinzuala  and Anirudh Thapa. The midfield has been strengthened with the arrival of Thoi Singh and Bikramjit Singh, while Dhanachandra Singh and Fulganco Cardozo will bolster its defence.

Jamshedpur FC

Subrata PaulGoalkeeper
Sanjiban GhoshGoalkeeper
Anas EdathodikaDefender
Robin GurungDefender
Shouvik GhoshDefender
Sairuat KimaDefender
Yumnam RajuDefender
Mehtab HossainMidfielder
Souvik ChakrabartiMidfielder
Bikash JairuMidfielder
Jerry MawihmingthangaMidfielder
Farukh ChoudharyStriker
Ashim BiswasStriker
Sumeet PassiStriker

Jamshedpur FC made a grand entry to the ISL by signing Anas Edathodika for a whopping fee of Rs. 1.1 crore. The new entrant also acquired the services of shot-stopper and former national captain Subrata Paul for Rs. 87 lakh, along with Souvik Chakrabarti at midfield, who won the Federation Cup in 2016 with Mohun Bagan.

Delhi Dynamos

Albino GomesGoalkeeper
Sukhadev PatilGoalkeeper
Arnab Das SharmaGoalkeeper
Pritam KotalDefender
Munmun LugunDefender
Lalhmangaihsanga 'Sena' RalteDefender
Pratik ChaudhariDefender
Rowilson RodriguesDefender
Sajit DhotDefender
Seityasen SinghMidfielder
Lallianzuala ChhangteMidfielder
Romeo FernandesMidfielder
David NgaihteMidfielder
Simranjeet SinghMidfielder


Delhi Dynamos has a strong attacking side this season, with explosive winger Seityasen Singh leading the forward line. Lalhmangaihsanga 'Sena' Ralte and Rowilson Rodrigues will anchor the defence while Albino Gomes, who played a key role in Aizawl FC's I-league title triumph, will man the posts.

READ: How the teams fared at the draft

Kerala Blasters FC

Subhasish Roy ChowdhuryGoalkeeper
Samuel ShadapDefender
Sandesh JhinganDefender
Rino AntoDefender
Pritam Kumar SinghDefender
Siam HanghalMidfielder
Milan SinghMidfielder
Ajith SivanMidfielder
Arata IzumiMidfielder
Loken MeiteiMidfielder
Jackichand SinghMidfielder
Prashanth KaruthadathkuniStriker
Karan SawhneyStriker
C K VineethStriker


The Blasters retained two of its star performers, C K Vineeth and Sandesh Jhingan, who have excelled in the yellow jersey. While its most expensive signing Rino Anto will look to shine in defence, the midfield will be spear-headed by 25-year-old Manipuri winger Jackichand Singh and Japanese-Indian Izumi Arata, who will look to feed the attack.

North East United FC

Gurpreet SinghGoalkeeper
Ravi KumarGoalkeeper
TP ReheneshGoalkeeper
Abdul HakkuDefender
Gursimrat GillDefender
Reagan SinghDefender
Robert LalthlamuanaDefender
Nirmal ChettriDefender
Lalrindika RalteMidfielder
Rowllin BorgesMidfielder
Sushil MeiteiMidfielder
Lalrempuia FanaiMidfielder
Malemnganba MeiteiMidfielder
Holicharan NarzaryStriker
Seminlen DoungelStriker

NEUFC was among the clubs to spend the least in the player draft but boasts one of the most balanced sides so far. The presence of the experienced Robert Lalthlamuana - who has won all possible domestic honors -  will guide the defence while its attack will be represented by the young Holicharan Narzary.

FC Goa

Laxmikant KattimaniGoalkeeper
Naveen KumarGoalkeeper
Bruno ColacoGoalkeeper
Narayan DasDefender
Chinglensana SinghDefender
Mohamed AliDefender
Amey RanawadeDefender
Anthony D'SouzaMidfielder
Mandar Rao DessaiMidfielder
Pronay HalderMidfielder
Brandon Fernandes AMMidfielder
Seriton FernandesMidfielder
Pratesh ShirodkarMidfielder
Jovel MartinsMidfielder
Mohammad Yasir 

2015 runner-up, FC Goa held on to goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani and Mandar Dessai, who have each made over 25 appearances for the side. Its key signings of the day would be attacking midfielder Brandon Fernandes - who had an impressive season with I-League side Churchill brothers last season - and young defender Narayan Das.

Bengaluru FC

Lalthuammawia RalteGoalkeeper
Calvin AbhishekGoalkeeper
Abhra MondalGoalkeeper
Rahul BhekeDefender
Joyner LourencoDefender
Nishu KumarDefender
Collin AbranchesDefender
Zohmingliana RalteDefender
Subhashish BoseDefender
Lenny RodriguesMidfielder
Alwyn GeorgeMidfielder
Boithang HaokipMidfielder
Harmanjot KhabraMidfielder
Udanta SinghMidfielder
Sunil ChhetriStriker
Thongkosiem HaokipStriker

New-comer Bengaluru FC was the top-spender of the draft and splurged over six crores to sign 13 Indian players, while retaining four others. The Federation Cup champion will look to impress in its debut season and will be led by the charismatic Sunil Chhetri, who will commandeer its attack and will be duly supported by Udanta Singh and Lenny Rodrigues.

FC Pune City

Vishal KaithGoalkeeper
Kamaljit SinghGoalkeeper
Pawan KumarGoalkeeper
Adil KhanDefender
Lalchhuanmawia FanaiDefender
Nim Dorjee TamangDefender
Wayne VazDefender
Gurtej SinghDefender
Jewel RajaMidfielder
Isaac VanmalsawmaMidfielder
Harpreet SinghMidfielder
Rohit KumarMidfielder
Kean LewisMidfielder
Ashique KuruniyanStriker
Ajay SinghStriker
Baljit SahniStriker


The Pune side spent the least at the draft but managed to sign the dangerous striker Baljit Sahni, who impressed during his time at Chennaiyin FC. Gurtej Singh would be one to watch out in the back-line while Jewel Raja and Kean Lewis will be effective in midfield. Another interesting move was the retention of youngster Ashique Kuruniyan, who had a stint with Villarreal CF. 

Mumbai City FC

Amrinder SinghGoalkeeper
Arindam BhattacharyaGoalkeeper
Kunal SawantGoalkeeper
Raju GaikwadDefender
Aiborlang KhongjeeDefender
Biswajit SahaDefender
Mehrajuddin WadooDefender
Sanju PradhanMidfielder
Sehnaj SinghMidfielder
Rakesh OramMidfielder
Abinash RuidasMidfielder
Sahil TavoraMidfielder
Zakeer MundamparaMidfielder
Balwant SinghStriker
Pranjal BhumijStriker


Towering defender, Mehrajuddin Wadoo was a great pick for Mumbai City FC, who also signed seasoned shot-stopper Arindam Bhattacharya. While Wadoo will manage the defence, striker Balwant Singh - who is the fifth most-expensive player of the draft and was signed for Rs. 65 lakh - will be lethal up front.


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