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Analysis: How has the current India squad fared in the season so far?

Written by: Rohan Philip

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The Blue Tigers will play The Brave Gentlemen in an international friendly for the first time ever.

The Indian national team is scheduled to play Jordan in an international friendly, on 17th November 2018. The manager of the Indian side, Stephan Constantine has named a 30-man provisional squad for the game.

Over the course of the ISL season, we at Khel Now have analyzed the performance of every Indian player, after every fixture. So in this article, we will rate the players in the provisional squad on the basis of their performance this season.

Goalkeepers:

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu – 6

Gurpreet is having a pretty decent season this time, and has already kept two clean sheets

Gurpreet currently holds the number one position for the national side and will in all probability take up his role between the sticks against Jordan. He has had a series of steady outings in the ISL so far this season, and rarely looks flustered in goal. 



The 26-year-old has played five matches this season, conceding four goals, and making 13 saves. He has also kept two clean sheets.

Amrinder Singh – 6.5

The 25-year-old has put on some stellar performances in the league so far this season, for his side Mumbai City. He will be challenging Sandhu for the shot-stopper position in the side and is in contention for the #1 shirt in the coming years.

Amrinder has played in six fixtures till now, conceding six goals, and keeping three clean sheets. He has also made 18 saves.

Vishal Kaith – 4.5

FC Pune city has struggled in the league so far this season, and so has Kaith. The Pune side have shipped in plenty of goals, and lie at the bottom of the table, with Kaith failing to keep a single clean sheet in the opening part of the campaign. He will struggle to stake his claim for a starting spot against Jordan.

The aggressive goalkeeper has played four matches so far, making 14 saves and conceding 10 goals.

Arindam Bhattacharya – 6.5

The ATK number one has enjoyed a strong start to his ISL campaign, often coming up with match-saving performances for his side, who have had a mixed start to the season. He is well worth his place in the squad, if not in the starting line-up against Jordan.

The former Churchill Brothers goalkeeper has participated in seven fixtures this season, pulling in 16 saves, with a clean sheet. In total, he has conceded eight goals.

Defenders:

Pritam Kotal – 6

The right-back has been putting in some erratic displays this season

The Delhi Dynamos skipper has had a shaky start to this ISL campaign, as his side have failed to impress, and are currently 9th in the table. Kotal has often put in shifts, but has failed to rally his side and pull them over the line in games.

The right-back has played seven matches, scoring a goal and registering an assist. The former Mohun Bagan player has taken five shots, and delivered 14 crosses. He has also made 16 tackles, 11 interceptions, 21 clearances, and 14 blocks. 

Nishu Kumar – 6

The young full-back is growing into his role in the ISL and has seen his performances improve with the season taking its shape. He offers industry down the left flank but is hindered by lack of experience.

The Bengaluru man has played in five fixtures, scoring a goal. He has a passing accuracy of 71.63%, with 141 passes and 237 touches until now.

Sarthak Golui – 5

The Pune City man has struggled along with his side this season and is a surprise entrant into the provisional squad. The defender will have to up his game, if he is to warrant a spot in the squad.

The 21-year-old has played in four matches this season. He has attempted four fouls, 27 clearances, and five tackles.

Sandesh Jinghan – 6

The Kerala Blasters defender has been a rock at the back for his struggling side, this season. His aerial prowess and his immense experience will ensure his spot in the squad against Jordan.

The former United Sikkim player has led his side in seven fixtures this season, and has registered an assist. He has made 21 tackles, coupled with 50 clearances and nine interceptions.

Anas Edathodika – 4

The Kerala Blasters man has only played a single game in the ISL this season, and has failed to impress. He has a long way to go if he is to live up to his enormous contract.

In the only game he played, Anas made two tackles, and had 43 passes.

Salam Rajan Singh – N/A

The young defender has yet to play a single game for his club, East Bengal in the I league this season.

Subhasish Bose – 7.5

The left-back is having a spectacular season for his side in the ISL, with his assured defensive work and his ability to bomb forward when required. He has found his feet in Indian football and will make the left-back role in the national side his own for many years to come.

The 23-year-old has played in seven matches, paired with 23 tackles and 57 clearances.

Narayan Das – 6

The full-back has been a standout in a struggling Delhi Dynamos side this season, starting all six of their games. He has looked impressive going forward and in defence. His displays this season has created a selection issue for Constantine.

The West Bengal lad has played in eight matches this season. He has completed 340 passes, 521 touches. His other impressive statistics this season are 19 tackles, and 34 clearances.

Jerry Lalrinzuala – 6

Another one of India’s crop of young impressive left-backs, Lalrinzuala has put in a series of impressive performances for the struggling champions and at 20-years of age, has a bright future ahead of him.

Jerry has played a total of 630 minutes this season, coupled with an attempted shot, and 14 crosses. The youngster has also made 12 blocks and nine interceptions.

Midfielders:

Udanta Singh – 6

The Manipuri winger has formed a good understanding with Sunil Chhetri

The Bengaluru midfielder has been a thorn in the side of opposing defences all season long, and has combined well with Sunil Chettri for his club. He deserves a spot in the squad for the friendly against Jordan.

The Manipuri winger has played in five matches this season. He has attempted eight crosses, and three shots too.

Nikhil Poojary – 5.5

In a struggling Pune City FC side, Poojary has failed to make much of an impact as his side lie at the bottom of the table. The midfielder has a lot of work to do, if he is to earn a starting role for the national side.

The 23-year-old has played a total of 267 minutes this season, without any goals or assists. He has attempted four shots, and four crosses. He has recorded 13.2 average passes per game.

Pronay Halder – 6

The ATK midfielder is a solid midfield presence, and has shown that through his side’s inconsistent performances this season.

Halder has played in seven fixtures this season. He has had four shots on goal, coupled with 264 passes, and 333 touches.

Rowllin Borges – 7

Rowllin Borges has had an impressive start to the season for NorthEast United FC, with consistent performances from midfield. He has earned himself a place in the squad to face Jordan.

The Goan lad has participated in six matches until now. He has scored two goals, and registered an assist. Borges has had nine shots, with an 83.9% passing accuracy.

Anirudh Thapa – 6.5

The 20-year-old midfielder has been a standout in a struggling Chennaiyin FC side, and is fast becoming one of Indian football’s most prized assets. He will only continue to grow with his experiences in the national side.

Thapa has played a total of 576 minutes this season, and has registered an assist. He has registered 369 passes, and 420 touches.

Jackichand Singh – 6

The winger has been inconsistent since his move to FC Goa, but often has a match-winning performance up his sleeve. He has the ability to take the game away from the opposition, something that could hold him in good stead in Constantine’s eyes.

He has scored two goals, and registered an assist within 545 minutes this season. 

Vinit Rai – 6

The Delhi Dynamos midfielder lies deep for his side and protects the back four. He has been very inconsistent for the struggling Delhi side and often struggles to make it into the starting lineup.

The 21-year-old has appeared in seven games this season, registering three tackles, and six interceptions.

Germanpreet Singh – 6.5

The Chennaiyin FC midfielder has been solid when called upon by the defending champions. In the absence of the injured Dhanpal Ganesh, Germanpreet has had big shoes to fill and has done so more often than not.

Germanpreet has played in four matches, attempting six shots and six crosses.

Halicharan Narzary – 6

The Kerala Blasters midfielder has been highly inconsistent in the ISL, this season, often disappearing in games but equally often finding himself on the end of passes to slot into the net.

Narzary has played in seven fixtures, registering a goal and an assist. He has attempted seven shots, and 13 crosses.

Ashique Kuruniyan – 5.5

Just like most of the Pune City FC players this season, Kuruniyan has failed to impress for the most part this season, with sloppy performances and a lack of goals.

The 21-year-old has played in seven matches this season, and has scored a goal. 

Bikash Jairu – 6

The Jamshedpur FC man was often deployed at left back for his club and is forcing his way back into the national team fold following an injury. While he may not be the first choice, he is certainly an option for Constantine to consider.

The midfielder has played a total of 360 minutes this season, completing 150 passes, and 219 touches.


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Forwards:

Jeje Lalpekhlua – 5.5

The Mizo Sniper has had a dismal start to this season

In the absence of the injured Sunil Chettri, Jeje will most likely start for Constantine’s side. However, the Mizo striker has been in dismal form for Chennaiyin FC, failing to score in his opening seven games. He has also been replaced in the starting lineup by Carlos Salom.

The Mizo Sniper has completed 301 minutes this season. He has attempted a paltry amount of three shots, and a cross.

Sumeet Passi – 6

The Jamshedpur FC man has often been deployed as a lone striker for his side ahead of Tim Cahill. He has a tendency to go missing in games but will bring tremendous experience to the squad.

The 24-year-old has played in five fixtures this season, and has scored a goal. He has attempted three shots until now.

Farukh Choudhary – 6

The Jamshedpur FC striker has impressed on occasion for his side this season and could find himself in the final squad that will face Jordan this month.

Farukh has just played two matches, but has already scored a goal. 

Balwant Singh – 6

The 31-year-old has scored a goal, in seven matches

Balwant Singh has been largely underwhelming for ATK this season, but has the experience to pop up with important performances in big games. He has been deployed as the main striker or on the right for his club in the ISL.

The 31-year-old has played in seven fixtures this season, and has scored a goal. He has attempted five shots, a cross, and 18 tackles.

Manvir Singh – 6.5

Manvir Singh has not played a lot of football this season, but has impressed when he has been brought on for FC Goa. In a side that is filled with attacking intent, Manvir has thrived.

The 23-year-old has just played a total of 112 minutes until now, but has already scored a goal, and assisted another.

Published: Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:03 AM IST

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