Sahal Abdul Samad and Brandon Fernandes are among 5 impressive Indian footballers who are currently the talk of the Indian football town.
The Indians Who Impressed Us:
#1 Manvir Singh
Manvir Singh joined ATK Mohun Bagan in search of regular first-team minutes after three seasons with FC Goa, and he impressed in his first season with the Mariners.
Manvir has a total of nine goals and four assists in the ISL. Six goals and three assists were scored in the 2020-21 season, indicating his comeback at a time when the Indian national team is searching for a striker to step up.
When NorthEast United midfielder Lalengmawia, also known as Apuia, led his team out onto the field in a 2020-21 league match, he became the ISL’s youngest captain.
Over the past two seasons, he has controlled NorthEast’s central midfield and has regularly put in strong performances. In 2017, Apuia was also a member of the India U17 World Cup team.
As a defensive midfielder, he is widely regarded by critics and fans, and he will be a valuable addition to Igor Stimac’s India national team.
#3 Sahal Abdul Samad
Kerala Blasters’ poster boy is now Sahal Abdul Samad. He’s a deft dribbler with one goal and five assists in three seasons.
At the Kochi-based club, he has played as an attacking midfielder, defensive midfielder, and winger. The Malayali boy won the ‘Emerging Player of the Year award from both the ISL and the All India Football Federation for his contributions in the 2018-19 season under David James (AIFF).
#4 Anirudh Thapa
Chennaiyin signed Anirudh Thapa, one of four AIFF Academy alumni, in 2016.
The gamble has paid off, as he has 5 goals and 9 assists in the ISL and has played a key role in Chennaiyin’s growth.
Last season, he was appointed vice-captain by Chennaiyin’s former head coach Csaba Laszlo. And another of his former coaches, Owen Coyle, has tipped him to lead the India national team in the future.
#5 Brandon Fernandes
In the ISL, Brandon Fernandes is a star player for FC Goa. Brandon is the only player in the ISL with more assists than Hugo Boumous. In 46 games for FC Goa, the 28-year-old has 18 assists and 5 goals. He is the only Indian in the top five assist makers in the ISL.
He has previously had trials with several international teams. But he recently signed a contract extension with the Goa Gaurs that will hold him with the team until 2024.