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Top 10 young players from ISL 2023-24

Published at :May 21, 2024 at 7:02 PM
Modified at :June 10, 2024 at 8:23 PM
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Atawaris Warsi

Various ISL outfits are now after some of these taleneted youngsters.

From the stirring echoes of Robin Williams’ timeless words in ‘Dead Poets Society’ – ‘Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary’ – emerged a cohort of vibrant young talents in the recently concluded ISL season who definitely seized their days this season. 

These fledgling stars illuminated the footballing landscape, each position adorned with their burgeoning prowess. From audacious attackers to tenacious midfielders and steadfast defenders, they epitomised the spirit of seizing the moment and crafting it into something truly extraordinary. Their passion and skill not only contributed to their teams’ triumphs but also ignited a fervent enthusiasm among fans and pundits alike. 

And that is why, we at Khel Now take a look at the best young players from ISL 2023-24:

10. Harsh Patre (Bengaluru FC)

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Harsh Patre in action. (Courtesy: ISL)

Despite Bengaluru FC‘s struggles, Harsh Patre emerged as a bright spot. The young midfielder impressed with his passing, completing 250 of his 312 attempted passes (80% accuracy) at an average of 19 passes per game. He contributed to the attack, creating four chances and delivering four key passes. Patre also showcased his defensive solidity with nine interceptions, two clearances, 35 recoveries and winning five aerial duels.

9. Mohammed Aimen (Kerala Blasters FC)

In Adrian Luna’s absence, Mohammed Aimen stepped up impressively for Kerala Blasters. The midfielder averaged 16 passes per game with a 74% accuracy rate, totaling 260 successful passes. Aimen’s creativity shone through with 17 chances created and 15 key passes. He was also a threat on the ball, completing 25 successful dribbles. Aimen wasn’t afraid to get stuck in defensively, contributing 59 recoveries, six interceptions and winning 77 duels.

8. Sachin Suresh (Kerala Blasters FC)

Kerala Blasters’ young goalkeeper, Sachin Suresh, impressed early in this ISL season. Despite conceding in all 15 of his appearances, he maintained a respectable 71.4% save percentage. His strong showing helped Kerala Blasters fight for the top spot in the standings. A shoulder injury unfortunately ended his season prematurely.

7. Mohammed Sanan K (Jamshedpur FC)

Mohammed Sanan was a crucial asset for Jamshedpur FC, demonstrating his prowess in attack with his consistent presence on the field. His contribution of two goals and one assist underscores his impact on the team’s offensive endeavours. Sanan’s adeptness in orchestrating plays in the final third was evident through his creation of 13 chances and 12 key passes.

6. PV Vishnu (East Bengal FC)

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PV Vishnu in action against Kerala Blasters. (Courtesy: ISL)

PV Vishnu showcased his versatility and impact for East Bengal this season, featuring prominently in 19 matches and accumulating 792 minutes on the pitch. His contributions extended across both ends of the field, with one goal and assist each highlighting his offensive prowess. Vishnu maintained a commendable passing accuracy of 72%, completing 168 passes and creating four key opportunities. Additionally, his threat in attack was evident through five shots on target, demonstrating a solid 10% goal conversion rate.

5. Irfan Yadwad (Chennaiyin FC)

Chennaiyin FC secured their ISL playoff spot after a four-year hiatus, with a standout moment being their victory over a star-studded Mohun Bagan side. Irfan Yadwad, at just 22, delivered the decisive goal, his sole contribution of the season. Despite starting only once in his 17 appearances and playing just 383 minutes, Yadwad’s impact was notable, particularly in seizing every opportunity to shoot and leveraging his height advantage in aerial duels.

4. Parthib Gogoi (NorthEast United FC)

NorthEast United showed significant improvement this season, narrowly missing out on the playoffs after finishing 11th and 10th in the previous years. A key catalyst in their resurgence was the emergence of Parthib Gogoi, hailed as one of the league’s premier young talents. As a regular starter for the Highlanders, the 21-year-old forward notched up an impressive tally of five goals and four assists. Gogoi’s dynamic attacking prowess was evident through his adept dribbling, precise shooting from distance, and versatility in the final third.

3. Jay Gupta (FC Goa)

In his debut ISL season, Jay Gupta made an indelible mark with consistently strong displays for the Gaurs. Excelling in defence, he dominated duels and showcased a relentless work rate in recovering possession. Gupta’s offensive contributions were equally impressive, adeptly initiating attacks with overlapping runs and tallying two goals and three assists from the full-back position. Despite a semi-final loss to eventual champions Mumbai City FC, Gupta’s stellar performances stood out.

2. Apuia (Mumbai City FC)

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Apuia has been the guardian in the Islanders’ midfield. (Courtesy: ISL)

Apuia, a pivotal midfielder for ISL Cup winners Mumbai City FC, showcased remarkable consistency in his 22 appearances, accumulating 1861 minutes on the field. His contributions spanned various facets of the game, including one goal and two assists, coupled with an impressive passing accuracy of 85%. Apuia’s creativity shone through with 17 chances created and 15 key passes, while defensively, he excelled with 135 recoveries, 19 interceptions, and 17 clearances. Additionally, his aerial prowess was evident with 13 duels won, reflecting his all-round impact in Mumbai City FC’s triumphant campaign.

1. Vikram Partap Singh (Mumbai City FC)

Petr Kratky’s astute decision to integrate young Vikram into Mumbai City FC’s attack proved instrumental in their ISL Cup victory. As the recipient of the Emerging Player award, Vikram’s impact was profound, netting eight goals and providing four assists. His exceptional work ethic and adept dribbling kept opponents under constant pressure. Not only did Vikram excel in facilitating scoring opportunities with 295 successful passes and 20 key passes, but he also demonstrated his attacking prowess with numerous touches in the opponent’s box and shots on target.

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