3 best young Indian players to watch out for in the ISL
One of the primary aims of having the Indian Super League was to help promote the growth of Indian football by having Indian players play alongside experienced foreign imports and under the coaching of some top managers.
The first edition of the ISL did not disappoint on that score as quite a few players stood up and showed that they have what it takes to cut it at this level. While some players have since been recognized in the Indian national team, some are on the cusp of making it into the India squad.
In this post we take a look at three of the brightest Indian talents who emerged from the ISL. The big Indian players who did not play in the inaugural edition of the tournament and will feature in the ISL player auctions in a couple of days have not been considered for this list.
ISL’s Top 3 Indian Players To Watch Out For
Atletico de Kolkata defender Arnab Mondal gained some valuable experience playing at the heart of the defence alongside the Spanish defender Josemi. The defender featured in all the games for the defending champions barring one where he was sidelined due to an ankle injury. The defender is expected to hit his peak soon and it will be interesting to see his progress in the second edition of the ISL. Arnab is already an integral member of Team India.
Chennaiyin FC’s Harmanjot Khabra rose to the occasion like few others and was easily the best Indian midfielder in the tournament. The Punjab born player, who like national captain Syed Rahim Nabi can operate in a variety of positions, was able to dictate the tempo of the play from midfield. His interceptions, tackling and passing range won rave reviews and Khabra also picked up three assists as Chennaiyin FC finished on top of the standings at the end of the league stage last season.
Striker Jeje Lalpekhlua who had also featured for the table toppers last season is our final entry into this three-man list. Lalpekhlua broke onto the scene as a teenager and represented India at the tender age of 20. The left-footed forward notched up four goals and one assist in ISL 2014 which is the most for an Indian player in the last edition. He will be hoping to hit the ground running for next season as well.