The summer transfer window in India ends on October 20 for Indian clubs and most of the Indian Super League teams have almost completed their transfer business for the new season.
However, some teams like East Bengal, Bengaluru FC, Chennaiyin and Kerala Blasters still need to strengthen certain aspects of their squad.
Today we take a look at the Indian Super League clubs’ foreign players and analyse where each team possibly need to strengthen.
1. ATK Mohun Bagan FC
One of the fastest teams this season when it comes to completing transfers and setting their team up early in order to get the most preparation time ahead of the new season is ATK Mohun Bagan FC.
They retained five of the foreigners who helped them lift the ISL title last season and also signed Spanish defender Tiri and Australian Bradden Inman from Brisbane Roar, thus completing their quota of seven foreigners in the squad.
Players like Roy Krishna, David Williams, Edu Garcia, Carl McHugh and Javi Hernandez have been retained in the team for this season.
Foreign players: Inman, Tiri , McHugh, Williams, Edu, Javi, Krishna
2. Bengaluru FC
Bengaluru FC have a total of five foreigners in their squad including Cleiton Silva, Dimas Delgado, Eric Paartalu (fulfils the Asian quota), Juanan, Rafael Augusto and Deshorn Brown.
The Blues were reportedly trying to bring back Miku but the striker joined Deportivo last week. Therefore, it is being reported that Bengaluru are looking for a striker who will be signed soon.
Foreign players: Dimas, Paartalu (A), Cleiton, Brown, Augusto, Juanan
3. Chennaiyin FC
When their coach Owen Coyle and star striker Nerijus Valskis both left for Jamshedpur FC in the summer, Chennaiyin definitely took a setback before recovering pretty soon in the transfer window.
They brought in Csaba Lsazlo and then tied down Rafael Crivellaro to a new contract before also managing to retain Eli Sabia.
Two more defenders, Enes Sipovic and Memo Moura were signed. However, what Chennaiyin desperately need now is more support to their striker Valskis. They still can get 3 more foreigners, 1 of whom should be an Asian player. Expect Chennaiyin to chalk out some interesting deals in the coming weeks.
Foreign players: Eli Sabia, Sipovic, Memo, Crivellaro
4. FC Goa
Another team who completed their transfer business quickly this summer, while leaving just one slot empty for a foreign player, FC Goa have been on a roll.
The Gaurs lost their legend Ferran Corominas for this season along with departures of their critical players like Mourtada Fall, Ahmed Jahouh, Hugo Boumous and Carlos Pena, who announced his retirement.
Hence, Edu Bedia is the only foreigner to be retained from last season. Igor Angulo arrived as a striker with immense goalscoring pedigree, Jorge Ortiz Mendoza was signed to add to Goa’s variety in midfield, Alberto Noguera was signed as a creative outlet.
Ivan Gonzalez and Australian defender James Donachie were then brought in to bring solidity and experience at the back.
Foreign players: Edu Bedia, Igor Angulo, Jorge Ortiz Mendoza, Alberto Noguera, Ivan Gonzalez, James Donachie.
5. Hyderabad FC
After a pretty disappointing first season in the Indian Super League, Hyderabad FC will be looking to create an impact this time round.
They suffered a major setback when FC Barcelona came calling for their head coach Albert Roca, who was then replaced by Manuel Marquez Roca.
In the transfer market, Hyderabad FC did some good business. They signed Lluis Sastre, Joel Chianese, Joao Victor, Odei Onaindia, Fran Sandaza and Aridane Santana. With six foreigners already in place, it will be interesting to see whether they add a seventh foreigner or retain Nestor Gordillo from last season.
Foreign players: Fran Sandaza, Aridane Santana, Joel Chianese (A), Lluis Sastre, Onaindia, Joao Victor, Néstor Gordillo
6. Jamshedpur FC
The Red Miners have also done some pretty good business this summer. Nerijus Valskis arrived along with new club captain Peter Hartley, Alex Lima and Stephen Eze.
All new signings made by Jamshedpur FC are experienced and proven campaigners. Aitor Monroy is expected to continue while the club also has an existing contract with David Grande.
Foreign players: Valskis, Alex Lima, Stephen Eze, Peter Hartley, Monroy, Grande
7. Kerala Blasters FC
Kerala Blasters had to endure major transfer budget cuts this summer. As a result, the club lost Tiri, Bartholomew Ogbeche as well as their legend Sandesh Jhingan all within a gap of a few weeks.
However, it was interesting to see that the Blasters recovered from those setbacks. They managed to tie down their important Indian players to new deals while signing Vicente Gomez, Facundo Pereyra, and Gary Hooper. Sergio Cidoncha is also expected to stay while Zimbabwean defender Costa Nhamoinesu has reportedly agreed to join.
The Blasters can now sign two more foreign players with one among them being an Asian.
Foreign players: Vicente Gomez, Facundo Pereyra, Gary Hooper, Sergio Cidoncha
8. Mumbai City FC
While Mumbai City FC is yet to make any new signings this summer, they have been the most active when it comes to scouting players.
Believe it or not, the club is understood to have already agreed terms with Bartholomew Ogbeche, Adam Le Fondre, Hugo Boumous, Ahmed Jahouh, and Mourtada Fall.
Foreign players: Bartholomew Ogbeche, Adam Le Fondre, Hugo Boumous, Ahmed Jahouh, Mourtada Fall, Cy Goddard (A)
9. NorthEast United FC
The Highlanders have been stealthily completing deals this summer and have signed five foreigners already, including the compulsory Asian signing.
NorthEast already had Gallego and they have brought in Portuguese winger Luis Machado, Belgian defender Benjamin Lambot, defensive midfielder Khassa Camara and Australian defender Dylan Fox.
Foreign players: Machado, Gallego, Dylan Fox (A), Benjamin Lambot, Khassa Camara
10. Odisha FC
Odisha FC have made some pretty intriguing movements in the transfer market this summer. Former Newcastle man Steven Taylor made the headlines of their transfer activity.
Other arrivals include Marcelinho, Manuel Onwu, Diego Mauricio, Australian Jacob Tratt.
Foreign players: Steven Taylor, Marcelinho, Onwu, Tratt (A), Diego Maurício, Diawandou Diagne
11. East Bengal FC
Kolkata giants East Bengal actually have the least amount of time left in order to get some new players as they were the late entrants in this season’s Indian Super League.
As of now, the club has held talks with Danny Fox, who played Southampton whereas they are also tracking Brisbane Roar’s Scott Neville.
East Bengal have also reportedly been in talks with former Celtic star Anthony Stokes over a possible move and former Bournemouth midfielder Andrew Surman as well as two Irish footballers with Premier league experience. It’s going to be a busy window for the Bengal based side.