Despite the late round four entry, Chennaiyin FC has managed to pick good players at the ISL draft held at St. Regis in Mumbai.
Chennaiyin FC signalled their intent by splashing out ₹57 lakhs to ensure a return to the club for Thoi Singh. The Manipur-born midfielder who had been on loan at Mumbai FC will now don the blue jersey in ISL 4.
Having already retained four of their players ahead of today's draft, Chennaiyin FC's strategy was evident. The club from the South was reluctant to spend big and boasts only three players with a salary of more than ₹50 lakhs.
The Super Machans snapped up former ATK midfielder Bikramjit Singh for ₹53 lakhs while ensuring the return of Dhanachandra Singh in defence for a fee of ₹50 lakhs.
India U-23 midfielder Germanpreet Singh's addition to the side will give them much needed steel and flexibility to the midfield. Singh, who's in Qatar for the AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers, has announced his arrival to the arena through eye-catching performances in midfield under Stephen Constantine.
The Abhishek Bachchan co-owned side focused on strengthening their midfield and defence, with Mohammed Rafi becoming the club's only pick in the strikers department at today's draft for a cost of ₹30 lakhs.
Chennayin FC has roped in former Aston Villa manager John Gregory as their new coach. The 63-year-old took over from Marco Materazzi who, during his three-year spell in charge of the Super Machans, led the club to the title in 2015.
The Chennai-based club had retained star player Jeje Lalpekhlua along with goalkeeper Karanjit Singh and 19-year old full back Jerry Lalrinzuala ahead of the draft and hence, entered today's draft only in the fourth round.
Although Lalrinzuala was an U-21 pick by Chennaiyin, his international cap meant that the Super Machans had to forego their place in the third round.