Subhasish Roychowdhury: It will not be easy to play in the ISL

The goalkeeper feels that competing for a number one position in an Indian Super League franchisee won't be easy...

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Subhasish Roychowdhury who plied his trade for Dempo SC in the I-League until last season and has now signed with the All India Football Federation's (AIFF) commercial and marketing partners, IMG-Reliance, to play in the Indian Super League (ISL).

"I have signed for the ISL and for now I haven't signed for any [I-League] club," the 28-year-old confirmed to Goal.

Roychowdhury spoke of the transition he observed at Dempo last season and believes that the Golden Eagles play a much quicker brand of football under Arthur Papas as compared to that under Armando Colaco.

"Since I came to Dempo four years ago, everything has changed at the club - from the playing style to the players. Dempo used to play slow football with patient build-up. Now, the football that Dempo plays has a lot of pace in it because a different coach (Papas) will always bring in a different style," he said.

The goalkeeper only made nine starts in the I-League for Dempo last season and Roychowdhury attributed that to the coach's preference to a particular brand of football.

"Papas may have liked a different style, so he played a different goalkeeper instead of me. If I'm coming back to Dempo, I will try my best," he reasoned.

Asked which team he has enjoyed playing the most in his career, the former East Bengal goalkeeper replied, "I enjoyed playing at Mahindra United (now disbanded) because at that time there were a lot of big names in the team. Everyone used to help each other. It used to feel good when I was corrected."

On a concluding note, Roychowdhury said, "Whichever [ISL] team I join, I will try my best to give my 100% to play in the first eleven. I don't think it will be easy to play in the ISL because there are eight teams and a lot of goalkeepers will be around including the foreigners. It will be difficult, but I will fight to give my best."

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