Top picks for the ISL draft

Anas Edathodika was one of the mainstays of Delhi Dynamos defence, but the 30-year-old was surprisingly not retained by his ISL club this year.   -  Sportzpics

Anas Edathodika: A late starter, Anas Edathodika climbed the echelons of professional football pretty quickly. He was one of the mainstays of Delhi Dynamos defence, but the 30-year-old Indian international was surprisingly not retained by his ISL club this year. Since the player couldn't reach an agreement with the club regarding the fees, he has signed up for the ISL draft. A lion-hearted defender, Anas also contributes his might to the attack. He was chosen as the Player of the Year by the Professional Football Players Association of India after an impressive season in the I-League with Mohan Bagan. He was declared the best defender in the I-League. Anas will be one of the hottest picks in the ISL draft and commands a price of Rs. 1.1 crore, joining Euegenson Lyndhong as the most expensive player in the ISL draft.

Subrata Paul   -  Special Arrangement

Subrata Pal: Caught in a doping scandal, the footballer was only recently cleared of any wrongdoing by NADA. Things are looking better for the 30-year--old as he enters the fray as the most expensive goalkeeper in the ISL draft. A product of Tata Football Acadmey, Subrata Paul has played in all age groups for India and has also led the Indian team. He commands a price of Rs. 87 lakh in the ISL draft. He is among the few Indians who have played for a top notch European side (FC Vestsjalland in Danish Super league) and will be the first choice goalkeeper in the draft.

Albino Gomes   -  Sportzpics

 

Albino Gomes: The 23-year-old Goan Albino is certainly one of the top goalkeepers in the country, having helped Aizwal FC win the I-League last season. He represented Mumbai FC in the ISL after first appearing for Salgoacar in the I-League. Albino, currently in the India under-23 squad for the AFC qualifiers, has a price tag of Rs 50 lakh in the ISL draft.

Euegenson Lyndhong: A late bloomer, the 30-year-old India international Euegenson Lyndhong is a technically accomplished midfielder. A box-to-box player, Euegenson has proved his worth in the ISL and in the I-League. Besides creating chances for strikers, Euegenson has the ability of score goals which makes him special. With an asking rate of Rs 1.10 crore, Lyndhong is the most expensive player along with Anas. The 2015 AIFF Player of the Year was one of the most expensive buys during the 2015 ISL draft.

Robin Singh   -  K. Murali Kumar

 

Robin Singh: The gangly striker is one of the most feared forwards in Indian football. Strong in the air, Robin’s intimidating presence is a not a pleasant sight for rival defenders in the box. A TFA product, Robin played for junior Indian squads before making his mark with big clubs in the I-League. He struck a good rapport with Sunil Chhettri and was instrumental in Bengaluru FC's phenomenal run in the I-League. Though he couldn't replicate his I-League form in the ISL for FC Goa last season, Robin is nevertheless a capable striker on his day. With a price tag of Rs 65 lakh, Robin Singh will be under the radar of many ISL clubs.

Balwant Singh: The muscular striker was the joint top goal-scorer in the I-League last season while playing for Mohun Bagan. The former India International, who came up the ranks through JCT, has signed himself up for the draft with a price tag of Rs. 65 lakh. A domestic veteran and a prolific striker, the 31-year-old played has played two seasons with Chennayin FC and was the first Indian to score in the inaugural edition of the ISL. His goal scoring ability will make him one of the most sought after domestic players in the draft.

Rino Anto: A reliable defender who is capable of assisting the attack, Rino Anto was an integral part of the successful Bengaluru FC side for two seasons. A TFA product, Rino has played for Atletico de Kolkata and Kerala Blasters in the ISL. The India international chose to enter the ISL draft after failing to reach an agreement with the Kerala side this year. A favourite with the Kerala crowd, Rino could be one of the first players Blasters could pick. His price has been pegged at INR 63 Lakhs for Sunday's draft.

Arata Izumi: The Japanese born midfielder will certainly be one of the most sought out players in this year's players draft. A livewire on the field, the 34-year-old often moves along the wings to add teeth to his team's attack. For the clubs he has played, Izumi has often donned the role of a withdrawn striker and can be quite lethal on his day. The former India international has played for Pune FC and Atletico de Kolkata in the ISL. His versatility will make him a prized possession for the club which nails him in the draft.

Pritam Kotal: A sure footed right-back, the 26-year-old is known for his consistency and his ability to play in all three positions in the defence. Coming up through the ranks from the now defunct Chirag United, Pritam has played for Pune City and Atletico de Kolkata in the ISL league. With a price tag of Rs. 75 lakh on the ISL draft, the West Bengal- born defender will be one of the expensive buys for the club. But his performance over the years justifies his high price.

Mehtab Hossain: A reliable defender with a knack for scoring goals, the 31-year-old Mehtab has been in the domestic circuit for a fair bit of time. He was part of the Kerala Blasters squad for three seasons of ISL and spent major part of his professional career (10 years) with East Bengal. Mehtab chose to be a free agent after Blasters released him for the season. He commands a price of Rs. 50 lakh in the ISL draft.

Lenny Rodrigues: A lanky midfielder from Goa, the 30-year-old Lenny came up through the Churchill Brothers youth system. He is the highest priced Goan player at Rs 60 lakh. He had a decent season with Bengaluru FC. The former AIFF Player of the Year is known for his adaptability and can swap roles from midfield to defence. Starting off as a forward, Lenny modelled his game according to the needs of his team but still hasn't forgotten his goalscoring ability.

Jayesh Dilip Rane: The Mumbai lad played a stellar role in Aizawl FC's title triumph in the I-League. Essentially a winger who joins the attack, Jayesh can also play as a central midfielder. Jayesh was Marco Materazzi's favourite when he played for Chennayin FC in the ISL. He is one of the few players from Maharashtra to strike it rich with big clubs. He commands a price of Rs 49 lakh.

Jackiechand Singh Telem: The diminutive India international Jackiechand made his mark with Royal Wahingodoh enabling the club to qualify for I-League from the second division. The nimble footed striker is known for his speed on the right wing and has a knack of scoring crucial goals. Jackiechand played in the Pune FC (2015) and Mumbai FC (2016) in ISL. He scored the second fastest goal (75 seconds) for Pune FC against Atletico de Kolkata in the 2015 ISL. He was chosen as the best player in the I -League in 2015. Known as Jackie to his team-mate, he commands a price of Rs 55 lakh in the draft.

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