An exciting I-League season is now over and Goal.com recognises the best performers in each position during the season. We now have a look at the strikers...
By Ayush Srivastava
With a memorable season having ended, Goal.com has started a new editorial series, where we have a look at the best performers in each position during the last season.
Having been through the best goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and wingers, it is now the time to review the players who have made this season an entertaining one with their goals – the strikers.
It has been a season to remember for the forwards, as goals have been scored for fun throughout the campaign, making it one of the most exciting I-League seasons.
Goal.com has a look at the top 3 strikers from last season….
Ranti Martins| Dempo SC
Ranti Has Scored Goals Consistently Through The Season...
25 matches and 32 goals. There is really no need to look further than that statistic to say why Ranti is now the most feared striker in the I-League. Infact when he takes to the pitch, the debate is usually about how many he shall score, and not whether he shall score, so consistently has the Nigerian found the back of the net this season.
A lethal goal scorer, his pace and movement in-between the lines has been terrific, and most defenders have found him too hot to handle. A physical presence too, he often holds up play for his teammates to join up in attack.
The forward has often spoken of his desire to move to Europe, and his present form seems to indicate he is good enough to move a tier upwards from Indian football, though at the moment it looks like he shall just re-locate from Goa to Kolkata.
Odafa Okolie| Mohun Bagan
Odafa Has Often Been A One Man Army...
The other Nigerian to set the league on fire. 26 goals in 23 games might have been a few lesser than what his compatriot managed, but Indian football’s highest earner certainly did not disappoint in his first season with Mohun Bagan.
Infact he might have scored many more if he had any kind of credible support from the rest of his team-mates, who often left it to Odafa to salvage the points for the side. And the fact he often managed to pull it all off on his own has endeared him to the Mariners faithful, who hope he shall take Jose Barreto’s place as the club’s talisman.
With an imposing physique, it has been his ability on the ball that has shone through more this season, as at Churchill Brothers he was largely seen as a poacher through and through, but with Mohun Bagan he has also shown he can orchestrate play upfront and create opportunities for his colleagues.
With Australian hotshot Tolgay Ozbey joining him in attack, the goals tally is bound to increase for both, Odafa and the Mariners, and most fans can’t wait for the new season to start already!
James Moga | Sporting Clube de Goa
His Physical Presence Upfront Has Been One Of The Reasons For Sporting's Good Season...
The South Sudan striker was a bit of an unknown quantity when he joined Sporting Clube de Goa for his first taste with Indian football.
But one year on, he has certainly made the bigger clubs stand up and take notice of his skills on the football pitch. Dominant physically, he can literally bully an entire defense into submission on his own.
But to describe him as just a physical beast would be doing grave injustice to his talents, as Moga is quite an accomplished player on the ball, capable of leaving defenders in knots with his skills.
16 goals in 19 games is a brilliant return from a player in his first season in the league, and his goals and his presence upfront in general, have probably been the reason that Sporting have finished the season comfortably in mid-table and it will be interesting to see if the Flaming Oranje can keep hold of the striker for next season.
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