Goal.com names the top three stand-out performers for the Mariners in 2011-12 and then declares the overall winner. Have your say below....
When the season started, the Mohun Bagan faithful were brimming with excitement, as a whole host of expensive signings were delivered by the management, as the club went in search of their holy grail, the league title.
However as the campaign comes to an end, bringing with it the end of Jose Barreto’s long stint with the Mariners, the fans could be forgiven for being a disappointed lot. The Kolkata club finished fourth on the table and have re-defined inconsistency this term, both on and off the pitch, where they disposed off Steve Darby’s services after a tame Federation Cup display and already Subrata Bhattacharya too seems to be on a dodgy footing.
Though it has not been a vintage season for the club, some players have stood out with their performances.
Goal.com has a look at three of their best players this season....
ODAFA OKOLIE| ATTACKER
Odafa Okolie Has Been Mohun Bagan's "Go To" Man Upfront....
There was big pressure on the Nigerian, after having sealed a record deal for any player in Indian football last summer to join Mohun Bagan.
And it looked for a while during the Federation Cup that he might prove to be a big money flop for the Mariners. But when the league started, he was in a class of his own, several times singlehandedly propelling his side to a win or earn a draw from the jaws of defeat.
With 26 goals in 23 games and having played a major role in several other goals that his team scored this season, no one can say that the former Churchill Brothers striker hasn’t provided bang for the buck.
JEWEL RAJA | MIDFIELDER
The Young Player Has Been A Bundle Of Energy In Midfield...
A tremendous box-to-box midfielder with amazing stamina, Jewel is indeed a very rare breed of Indian midfielders who love to keep the ball. Comfortable in possession and always on the move, he was the motor at the heart of Mohun Bagan’s midfield.
He has also regularly this season been the midfielder whom Odafa links-up with the best and the former Indian Arrows midfielder’s lack of form towards the latter half of the season has coincided with Mohun Bagan’s late season slump, showing how important he has been to the club’s fortunes this season.
SYED RAHIM NABI | DEFENDER
Nabi Has Been One Of The Most Consistent Performers For The Mariners This Term...
Another one of the players who was signed last summer, making the switch from arch rivals East Bengal, Nabi has often been in imperious form at the back, even though the defenders around him crumbled under pressure.
Quick and positionally sound, the left flank was easily the most secure part of a very leaky and unstable defense. Nabi also adds great power and drive on the other end, with his crosses always being of a good quality and also chips in with a few vital goals, scoring 3 in the league last term.
|WINNER: ODAFA OKOLIE
Can Odafa Don The Mantle Of Being His Team's Talisman Like Barreto In The Past?...
|Pailan Arrows (a) W 3-1
|East Bengal (h) W 1-0
|Churchill Bros (a) W 3-2
Absolutely no doubt about this one, as the Nigerian has been head and shoulders above every other Mohun Bagan player this season. Especially with Jose Barreto having an injury ridden season, Sunil Chhetri being out of form or on the treatment table and the rest of the foreign signings flopping badly, Okolie has often ploughed a lone furrow upfront, but he has shown he is up for a scrap all season long.
Not always the most aesthetically pleasing striker to watch, but his raw power and eye for goal make him a very formidable opponent to be up against, and the former Churchill Brothers man has rightly vindicated the trust shown in him by the club management.
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