The Indian Super League came to an end with Atletico de Kolkata beating Kerala Blasters FC in the final thanks to a late Mohammed Rafique goal, both the clubs didn’t really sparkle the league with a ton of goals but you have to make do with what you have got.
The ISL brought in a lot of great talent from overseas and football lovers must have been pleased to see the likes of Anelka, Pires, Del Piero and Garcia playing for their respective clubs but it were some other strikers who stole the show, here are the top 5 strikers from the Indian Super League.
Elano: Chennaiyin FC
Granted he may have played more like an attacking midfielder but he was the highest scorer in the league with 8 goals to his name, it was a bit of a crazy decision not to play him in the Semi-finals but he probably was carrying an injury. The former Manchester City midfielder was brilliant throughout the season for Chennaiyin FC and was a huge threat during set pieces often scoring from the dead ball.
He certainly was the best marquee signing from any of the clubs only Luis Garcia could give him competition for that title.
Fikru: Atletico de Kolkata
The lanky Ethiopian didn’t always find the back of the net and he did have a mean streak about him, he scored 5 goals in 12 games which doesn’t really speak a lot about what he provided the Atletico de Kolkata team.
He ran his socks off and provided a physical threat up front, whenever he was missing from the starting line-up Atletico de Kolkata felt extremely flat up front. The Kolkata fans adore a striker who will give it all for the club and that is exactly what Fikru did every game in the ISL, that and his customary celebration was something to love and cherish.
Miroslav Slepicka: FC Goa
FC Goa had a brilliant second half to the league campaign where they went unbeaten and stormed into the top 4 of the league. This was thanks to the form of a couple of players, especially Slepicka. The Czech striker was a thorn for clubs in the second half as he not only scored 5 goals for the Goa team, he also created 4 goals.
He might have been 33 years old but he showed how experience can still make you a threat, all you need to do is play to your strengths.
Iain Hume: Kerala Blasters FC
The Canadian forward had a slow start to the league but gradually he showed how good he can be, he has played in the English setup and despite him being vertically challenged (not very tall) he was a threat in the air and used his size well.
An all-rounder, he not only scored 4 goals for the Blasters but also assisted in 3 goals, he stuck to his task and even though he didn’t wow anyone with his initial performances that didn’t faze him at all.
Koke: NorthEast United FC
The bright spark for the North-eastern side, Koke was the only player playing his socks off in attack for the club, although he was not able to guide them into the top 4, the club can take heart from his performances.
Koke didn’t just score 4 goals for the club; he also helped them with 4 goals by assisting them. Bring a marquee player has a lot of pressure in this league but Koke took that challenge up really well and it will be interesting to see what he does next season for the club.
Picture courtesy: Indian Super League