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ISL 2018-19: Top 10 Indian debutants to look out for

17:43 EAT 11/08/2018
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GOAL lists out the top ten domestic talents who are set to feature in the Indian Super League for the very first time...

  • Jithin MS Kerala Santosh Trophy 2018

    Jithin MS - Kerala Blasters

    The winger took the 2018 Santosh Trophy by storm and the ISL franchise took notice by snapping him up on a three-year deal. Arriving from Thrissur-based FC Kerala for a transfer fee of Rs 5 Lakhs, Jithin will have to fight it out with Prasanth Karuthadathkuni for game time.
  • Laldinliana Mohun Bagan Aizawl FC I-League 2017/2018

    Laldinliana Renthlei - Chennaiyin

    A signing for the future, Dinliana will be groomed as a successor to the ageing Inigo Calderon. The 19-year-old right-back was also impressive in the wing-back role in the AFC Cup for Aizawl FC last season - an experience that will also count given Chennaiyin's first tryst with continental football next season.
  • AIFF Elite Academy 2017

    Hrishi Dhath - Kerala Blasters

    Dhath (Jersey No.13 in pic), is a versatile midfielder having learnt his trade at the AIFF Elite Academy during his formative years. After an impressive 2017-18 season with the Blasters' 'B' team, he has been promoted to the senior side and also made an appearance in the recently-concluded LaLiga World Friendly Tournament.
  • Sk.Faiaz Mohun Bagan NEROCA FC I-League 2017/2018

    Sheikh Faiaz - ATK

    Assistant Coach Sanjoy Sen brings over the winger from ex-club Mohun Bagan. The former Mohammedan man played each I-League game last season, knicking a couple of goals and bagging numerous assists.
  • Raynier

    Raynier Fernandes - Mumbai City

    The 22-year-old makes a return to his native Mumbai after two seasons at Mohun Bagan. Starting out as a right winger, the Air India product also filled in at central midfield for the majority of the I-League last season.
  • Nikhil Poojari East Bengal Chennai City FC I-League 2017

    Nikhil Poojary - Pune City

    An ACL injury soon after his India debut meant the right-winger missed the entire I-League last season. The former Mumbai FC man had his breakthrough season in East Bengal two terms ago but it will be interesting to see how Miguel Angel Portugal accommodates the 22-year-old given the embarrassment of attacking riches at Pune City.
  • Lallawmawma Minerva Punjab FC Mohun Bagan I-League 2017/2018

    Ricky Lallawmawma - ATK

    Another one of Sanjoy Sen's muses who has crossed over from Mohun Bagan. The Mizoram-born is slated to be the premier left-back for the two-time ISL champions but competition from the experienced Sena Ralte is sure to keep him on his toes.
  • Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem Indian Arrows Shillong Lajong FC I-League 2017/2018

    Dheeraj Singh - Kerala Blasters

    This 18-year-old needs no introduction. India's premier gloveman in the FIFA U17 World Cup has also had a training stint at Scottish side Motherwell FC but ended up returning back to sign for the Yellows. With David James taking Dheeraj under his wing, the Manipur-born is set to be the youngest number one choice goalkeeper in the history of the ISL.
  • Dodoz Nikhil Kadam Aizawl FC Mohun Bagan I-League 2017/2018

    Nikhil Kadam - NorthEast United

    A move to Mohun Bagan last season proved fruitful for the Maharashtra-born winger. In Sony Norde's absence, Kadam filled in well in the role, including a blockbuster derby performance against East Bengal. The 24-year-old could prove to be a pivotal player for the low-spenders from Guwahati.
  • Soosairraj Chennai City FC Aizawl FC I-League 2017/2018

    Michael Soosairaj - Jamshedpur

    Named the best midfielder for the 2017-18 I-League season by the AIFF, the Tamil Nadu native makes a big-money move to the Red Miners. The former Chennai City skipper produced numerous inspiring displays in a side filled with mediocrity as his side struggled to move off from the bottom end of the table.