ISL: A look at the foreign strikers of all the team

ISL: A look at the foreign strikers of all the team

This season of the Indian top-flight league will see attractive shooters.

Indian Super League 2020-21 season is less than a month away from its start and fans are excited to witness the teams in action as a lot of roster changes have been done by the teams, especially concerning the fact that much more is at stake for the clubs from here onwards, with not just the trophy but also the League shield to win, which will open their door to the AFC Champions League, the biggest club competition of Asia.

Let us take a look at the players who have been entrusted to shine upfront for the teams:

1. Roy Krishna (ATK Mohun Bagan)

The 33-year old is into his second season of the Indian Super League (ISL) after being roped in for huge money from Wellington Phoenix and the Fijian international lived up to his expectations in the previous season, despite a minor injury problem. He finished the league with 15 goals to become the joint highest goalscorer of the league alongside Nerijus Valksis of Chennaiyin FC and Bartholomew Ogbeche, of Kerala Blasters, which helped him earn a contract extension with the club.

2. Kristian Opseth (Bengaluru FC)

The 30-year old Norwegian striker has joined the club from A-League outfit Adelaide United. He was the top scorer of the Norwegian Top Division in 2017-18 and made 24 appearances for the Australian outfit last season, having scored 6 goals.

3. Esmael Goncalves (Chennaiyin FC)

The 29-year old Guinea-Bissau international has played for many clubs starting from Nice in France across to Scotland, Portugal, Middle East, Japan before landing in India. He was the Top scorer in Uzbekistan top tier in 2018 and also has the Scottish League Cup and Cypriot Super Cup in his trophy cabinet.

4. Aaron Holloway (SC East Bengal)

The 27-year old Welsh striker will continue to work under Robbie Fowler from his time under him at Brisbane Roar in Australia top flight as the latter signed him up as soon as he took over the reins at the newly joined Kolkata outfit to the League. 

5. Igor Angulo (FC Goa)

The 36-year old will be one of the oldest but highly experienced strikers in the league, having played in his home nation Spain, and also in Greece and Poland. The Spaniard who has represented the nation at the youth level was the league top scorer in Polish top tier Ekstraklasa in the 2017-18 season and has scored 84 goals for Polish outfit Gornik Zabrze in his 142  appearances across all competitions including UEFA Europa League.

6. Joel Chianese (Hyderabad FC)

The Australian striker was an important part of Perth Glory in their A-League campaign and he helped the club win the 2018-19 season. He was a fan favorite at the club.

7. Nerijus Valskis (Jamshedpur FC)

The Lithuanian international who was not only the top scorer for Chennaiyin FC but also the Golden Boot winner of ISL last season will look to continue his goal-scoring spree at his new home this season. Thanks to his 15 goals in the league, the Chennai based outfit finished as runners up in the league.

8. Gary Hooper (Kerala Blasters)

The signing of the English striker has sent Kerala fans into delight. The striker, who has been roped in from Wellington Phoenix, was the Scottish Premier League Golden Boot winner in the 2011-12 season with Celtic and continued to be their top scorer for three consecutive seasons till 2013. He won the league with Celtic for two seasons and was also twice the winner of the Scottish Cup with the Scottish giants. He further helped Norwich win the championship in 2015, earning them a spot in the Premier League. In 2012, Scunthorpe United named him their 'greatest player ever'. Besides he has also two FA trophies to his name.

9. Adam Le Fondre (Mumbai City FC)

The 33-year old English striker has won Championship with Reading in 2011-12. He was the Premier League player of the month in January 2013. He was also League One runner-up with Bolton Wanderers in the 2016-17 season. After joining Sydney FC, he helped the A-League outfit win the Championship in the last two seasons and also the Premiership last season. 

10.  Kwesi Appiah (NorthEast United FC)

The 30-year old Ghanaian international striker has played for a lot of clubs in England. The striker was a part of the Ghana squad that finished as runners-up in 2015 African Cup of Nations.

11. Diego Mauricio (Odisha FC)

The 29-year old Brazilian striker has a lot of experience of playing across the Club, having played in South America, Europe, and Asia. He won the South American Youth Championship with Brazil in 2011.

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