Clubs have been making moves with new additions and departures.
With the Indian Super League 2021-22 season past its halfway point, teams have a fair idea of the strengths and weaknesses of their respective sides. While some coaches have flourished with the squad at their disposal, others have faltered. Perhaps a look at the current ISL 2021-22 points standings will give us a brief idea of how the season has unfolded for all 11 teams in the league. However, those at the top-end of the points table do not have it all rosy and cozy. Defending champions Mumbai City’s sudden decline after a superb start to the season, is a prime example. The January transfer window, therefore, offers all teams in ISL 2021-22 an opportunity to glance at the market and bolster their squads.
Most teams have already played 11 matches, some 13. ATK Mohun Bagan have played 10 games so far. With the winter transfer window kicking off on January 1, teams have already made additions to their squad. Others have let-go of a few fringe players, either on loan or permanently. A few teams have also pulled off some major heists from the market or from rival teams.
With teams playing inside a bio-bubble and a threat of new additions likely breaching it looming, some have decided to fight it out with players already part of the squad. It has not been a very busy rather a topsy turvy sort of January transfer window in ISL 2021-22 with clubs exploring all options before making transfers.
Now that just one week remains in the January window, let us take a look at all the transfers officially confirmed by clubs so far:
Coach Ivan Vukomanovic has maintained that he is happy with the current squad and that the team will only invest in new players, if they find someone right who can improve the current team. The Blasters are at the top of the standings with 20 points from 11 games. Their only activity in the January transfer window has been the loaning of Seityasen Singh to Hyderabad FC and Abdul Hakku and Sreekuttan V.S to Gokulam Kerala.
Currently second in the points standings, Jamshedpur lost striker Nerijus Valskis to Chennaiyin FC. But, Owen Coyle’s side were swift to bring in a replacement. The club have also signed goalkeeping coach Leslie Cleevely from SC East Bengal.
Arrivals- Daniel Chima Chukwu
Departures- Nerijus Valskis (Chennaiyin FC)
Struggling with goals and results, Chennaiyin FC have brought back Nerijus Valskis, who won the Golden Boot with them in the 2019-20 season. The Lithuanian striker scored 15 goals and assisted six times en route to Chennaiyin’s journey to the final. They have also signed centre-back Sajid Dhot
Arrivals- Nerijus Valskis, Mohammad Sajid Dhot
Departures- Aman Chetri (Rajasthan United), Remi Aimol (free agent), Lallianzuala Chhangte (Mumbai City FC)
Like his counterpart at Kerala Blasters, Hyderabad FC coach Manolo Marquez has said he is happy with the players he currently has. The club have loaned in winger Seityasen from KBFC.
Arrivals- Seityasen Singh (loan)
Departures- Nikhil Prabhu (loan)
Mumbai City FC
With injury ruling Rowlin Borges out for a major part of the season, defending champions Mumbai City have loaned in Vinit Rai from Odisha FC. The club also lost forward Ygor Catatau, who returned to his parent club Madureira in Brazil. The Islanders have signed former Odisha striker Diego Mauricio.
Departures- Ygor Catatau (returned to Madureira)
Odisha have had more outgoings than arrivals this January. They have signed defender Nikhil Prabhu on loan from Hyderabad FC. Their most notable outgoing was the loan of club captain Vinit Rai to defending champions Mumbai City FC.
Departures- Vinit Rai (loan), Samuel Lalmanpuia (loan), Jones Lalthakima (loan), Mohammad Sajid Dhot (Chennaiyin FC), Ravi Kumar (loan).
ATK Mohun Bagan
They pulled off a heist after signing coach Juan Ferrando from FC Goa under dramatic circumstances following Antonio Habas’ exit from the club. ATK Mohun Bagan were then quick to look at defensive frailties and rope in Sandesh Jhingan.
Departures- Ricky Shabong (loan)
After starting the season with three defeats in their first five games, Bengaluru FC are now unbeaten in their last six games and are making steady progress in the standings. They are yet to make a move in the January transfer window have remained dormant so far.
Arrivals- Yaya Banana
The Gaurs made Anwar Ali’s signing official on January 1. Ali had been training with Goa since the start of the season, but was not registered. He has moved on a year and a half loan contract from Delhi FC.
Arrivals- Anwar Ali (loan)
Departures- Flan Gomes (loan)
SC East Bengal
SC East Bengal parted ways with coach Manolo Diaz and appointed Mario Rivera as their head coach for the remainder of the season. Since then, the team have been quite busy in the transfer market. The Red and Gold have signed forwards Marcelo Ribeiro and Rahul Paswan. They have also released forward Daniel Chima.
Departures- Daniel Chima Chukwu (Jamshedpur), Amir Dervisevic.
NorthEast United have done the most activity in the January transfer window among all clubs in ISL 2021-22. The club released Mathias Coureur and terminated the contract of Khassa Camara. They have signed Marcelinho on loan from Rajasthan United, attacking midfielder Marco Sahanek and defender Zakaria Diallo.
Arrivals- Marcelinho (loan), Marco Shahnek, Zakaria Diallo
Departures- Khassa Camara, Mathias Coureur
Note: Article last updated on January 31, 2022, 3:00 pm.