Master Debutants of Hero ISL 2015
Cracking the Hero Indian Super League code has proven to be difficult at times even for the most seasoned campaigners. The games come thick and fast and the challenging weather conditions test a player not a little. However, there have been many debutants who have taken to the league like a duck to water. Here we take a look at those individuals who have blended into their teams seamlessly, providing them with instant impact in the ongoing second edition.
Florent Malouda – The former UEFA Champions League winner has lived up to all the hype surrounding him ahead of Season 2 by hitting the ground running. Malouda has been one of the standout performers so far by providing the assist for six of Delhi Dynamos FC’s 11 goals this year. The Frenchman currently holds the honour for the most assists by an individual in a single season.
Chris Dagnall – In his first outing beyond the shores of England, Dagnall has been a livewire on the pitch for Kerala Blasters FC. His tally of five goals in 10 appearances makes him Kerala’s top goal-scorer. The Englishman is also an able creator of goals as his two assists this season suggest. He is second only to chief playmaker Josu in terms of assists for Kerala Blasters FC.
Antonio German – Another individual to shine for the Blasters in his maiden Hero ISL. The 23-year-old English striker has had massive impact on his team’s fortunes, having scored four goals and providing an assist in just six appearances for the southern outfit.
Sameehg Doutie – One of the main reasons behind Atlético de Kolkata sitting pretty at the top of the table, Doutie’s performances have been nothing short of awe-inspiring. The South African midfielder has been instrumental in his side’s recent upturn in fortunes by scoring thrice and making five assists in just eight appearances. He also bagged back-to-back Hero of the Match awards recently against FC Goa and Chennaiyin FC.
Richard Gadze – Top-scorer for Delhi Dynamos FC in Season 2, Gadze has gone from being a fairly unknown individual to the man trusted to lead their attacking line. The Ghanaian has netted four times for the Dynamos thus far and has a goal conversion rate[Explain how this is calculated in brackets.] of 19%* – the best by any player from his side.
Andre Bikey – Drafted in to replace the injured Miguel Garcia, Bikey has become a rock at the back for NorthEast United FC. His passing accuracy of 84% is second only to Silas amongst the Highlanders. Bikey’s presence has helped tighten things up at the back courtesy of his 23 tackles and 46 clearances which have come at crucial junctures.
Antonio Doblas – The current Golden Glove holder’s record of conceding a goal every 102 minutes has helped propel his side to the status of worthy title contenders. Not only has he helped Delhi Dynamos FC concede the least number of goals this year, his tally of 35 saves is also second only to TP Rehenesh of NorthEast United FC who has played a game more than Doblas.
Leo Moura – The all-action Brazilian midfielder has been crucial at the heart of the FC Goa midfield this season. Always in the game, Moura’s flair and composure on the ball has seen him score twice and make five assists for the Gaurs. He has also completed more passes than anyone in the league (575) thus far.
*[(Goals scored/Total Shots) x 100]. Goal conversion rate is calculated using the aforementioned formula i.e. total goals scored divided by total shots on goal multiplied by 100.
– ISL Media