We pick the best playing XI from matches played between November 19 to 30.
The 2021-22 season of the Indian Super League (ISL) in just two-odd weeks has given fans a lot of excitement, drama and inarguably, a lot of goals. While some perennial heavyweights have continued their domination (ATKMB), one team (Odisha FC) has come to the fore as a new source of entertainment.
Here, we take a look at the ISL 2021-22 Team of the Month for November, as we walk into a new month and a lot of games.
Goalkeeper- Vishal Kaith (Chennaiyin FC)
At 25, Vishal is gradually moving towards his best years as a goalkeeper. The former Pune City custodian has conceded just once in two outings, making six saves.
Known for quick reflexes and anticipation when coming off his line, Kaith also functions as a sweeper-keeper at times, reflected in the 21 passes he’s made already.
Right-Back- Naorem Roshan (Bengaluru FC)
One of the most talented players to have risen from the ranks at Bengaluru FC, Naorem has finally got a chance to play in the senior team and boy, hasn’t he grabbed the chance!
In his first game, he sent in a delicious delivery for Alan Costa to head in from the corner. In the second, he found Ashique for the goal. His passing accuracy of 75% is decent and he could be the one to watch.
Centre-Back – Pritam Kotal (ATK Mohun Bagan)
One of the players who haven’t put a foot wrong so far, Kotal is a coach’s delight. Playing at centre-back, he shields his backline with authority.
At right-back, he whips in crosses that turn into assists. He’s one of the most trusted lieutenants in Antonio Habas’ stable and he’s proving why. 100 touches in two outings, passing at 81.66%, six tackles and as many clearances make him worth every penny.
Centre-Back- Hector Rodas (Odisha FC)
What a journey Rodas is having already! After an amazing defensive display against Bengaluru FC (he also had a goal-line clearance to his name), he turned the heat on the other side of the pitch, with two goals against SC East Bengal.
Rodas made eight clearances, the highest in the game, underlining his importance to the side against SCEB. If Odisha FC have to go a long way in ISL 2021-22, Rodas will have a crucial role to play.
Left-Back – Jessel Carneiro (Kerala Blasters FC)
Carneiro is a silent leader, prefers to do his job right and set the right example. In the three games the team have played so far, they’ve managed to earn two points in draws.
The 31-year-old left-back has played a crucial role in ensuring the same, with 11 clearances, some from inside the box. After conceding four times against Bengaluru FC in the opening fixture, the captain has managed to transform the side’s defence. Kerala Blasters need to continue their defensive resoluteness.
Defensive Midfielder- Anirudh Thapa (Chennaiyin FC)
Another one in the mould of Carneiro in terms of delivering the goods silently, Thapa continues to be one of the most talented players the nation possesses. His goal against NorthEast United won his side three points and the first touch speaks of the potential he possesses.
At the heart of Chennaiyin’s midfield, Thapa has run the show in cruise control mode. He has ensured no gaping holes are to be found in the Marina Machans’ midfield.
Central Midfielder- Joao Victor (Hyderabad FC)
An absolute delight to watch, everything worth noticing at Hyderabad often begins from his boots. A tireless runner, Victor pulls all the strings for Manolo Marquez and has telling contributions in both halves of the pitch.
He’s the lynchpin at the club, with an 81% passing rate. His 4.5 clearances per game and 75% aerial duels won show Victor takes his defensive duties seriously.
Right Winger- Lallianzuala Chhangte (Chennaiyin FC)
After an average outing against Hyderabad FC, Chhangte turned on the show against NorthEast from the right-wing, scoring the first goal for his team. The ferocity of the strike reminded the world of the ability he possesses yet again.
Chhangte has been a vital cog for the Machans for years now and his work rate is second to none. Inarguably, he was the best player on the pitch against the Highlanders. Fans will expect him to continue in the same vein for the remainder of ISL 2021-22.
Attacking Midfielder- Javi Hernandez (Odisha FC)
It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say that new signing Javi Hernandez has transformed Odisha FC’s attack almost single-handedly. Three goals and two assists are brilliant numbers in just two games. But, the manner in which Hernandez has played so far, he has arguably been the best player in the league.
Everything he’s touched has turned into goal. The free-kick goal against Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was an icing on the cake. He’s the key to Odisha FC’s journey in the 2021-22 edition of the ISL.
Left Winger- Liston Colaco (ATK Mohun Bagan)
The golden boy of Indian football, fans were eagerly waiting to see what Colaco could pull off week-in-week-out. So far, Colaco hasn’t disappointed at all. Two goals – one of them the wonder strike against Kerala Blasters – and an assist has shown that he’s got the goods to deliver. Playing in the opposition half, his passing accuracy of 85% is an amazing stat. Defenders, watch out for his speed!
Striker- Roy Krishna (ATK Mohun Bagan)
Can you ever keep this man silent? So far, defenders across sides have failed to contain him. His incessant running earned him the penalty against Kerala Blasters, while his clean finishing saw him open the scoring against arch-rivals SC East Bengal.
Krishna is one of the best players to play the ISL and he’s not willing to stop at the moment. In two games in ISL 2021-22, the 34-year-old has notched two goals and an assist.
Comment and let us know who should’ve been in this side and instead of which player among the ones who made the cut.