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ISL Transfer News: Kerala Blasters set to rope in Tiri

11:24 AM IST 21/02/20
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The Men in Yellow are looking to bolster their defence for the next season...

Kerala Blasters FC are set to bolster their ailing defence by signing central defender José Luis Espinosa Arroyo, better known as Tiri, for the next Indian Super League (ISL) season, Goal can confirm.

Kerala have had a disappointing season this time around, with injuries to key defenders a major cause for their troubles. The Kochi-based side seem to be making their move for the 2020-21 season already.

Tiri is an established name in the Indian football circuit and is currently part of Jamshedpur FC. Though the 28-year-old is currently sidelined due to an injury he suffered during a clash with goalkeeper Subrata Paul against Kerala Blasters in the ongoing season, he has been one of the most consistent defenders in the ISL in the recent past.

The Spaniard was part of the ISL-winning ATK side in 2016 and has been a part of Jamshedpur FC since 2017. He is known for his leadership ability and aerial presence and is also comfortable on the ball.

He has captained Jamshedpur FC and will be expected to bring the same leadership qualities to a defence that has lacked a leader in recent years.

With Sandesh Jhingan injured before the current season, Blasters's defensive crisis was further escalated by injuries to Jairo Rodrigues and Gianni Zuiverloon. Eelco Schattorie's side are currently placed seventh on the table with just one game left to play.

Jamshedpur have also suffered at the back in the absence of Tiri and ended their season in the eighth position, with a 5-1 spanking at the hands of FC Goa proving to be an ignominous end to their campaign.