Fans’ Team of the Season for Hero ISL 2017-18
As Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2017-18 approached its conclusion, we asked you to tell us who you think deserved to be in the Team of the Season by voting for your favourite stars on indiansuperleague.com. There were a number of players who caught the eye this season with their consistent performances and impressive displays. However, here we have a look at the crème-de-crème of the league as chosen by you.
Goalkeeper: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (Bengaluru FC)
The Blues’ shot-stopper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has been a solid presence in between the sticks, making crucial saves in almost every game. The 26-year-old has seven clean sheets in 18 games and is second in the leader-board for the Golden Glove award.
Defender: Sandesh Jhingan (Kerala Blasters FC)
Kerala’s captain led the backline commendably, especially during David James’ tenure as head coach. He was strong at the back and never shy to put his body on the line whenever the need arose. Jhingan made 50 tackles overall, while also making key interceptions and posing a threat as a target from set-pieces. He also notched up an assist this season.
Defender: Lalruatthara (Kerala Blasters FC)
The 23-year-old showed much promise in defence and was effective with his surging runs down the flanks as well as his solidity at the back. Quick and strong, Lalruatthara made a number of key tackles and interceptions. He’s one for the future for both club and country and managed an impressive 85 tackles in Hero ISL 2017-18.
Defender: Lucian Goian (Mumbai City FC)
The Romanian had another impressive season where he was a formidable presence in Mumbai’s backline. Though the club could not reach the semi-finals, Goian always held his ground while facing opposition attacks. A key target from set-pieces, he also managed to score a couple of goals and was a powerful presence in Mumbai’s penalty box, hardly ever putting a foot wrong.
Defender: Tiri (Jamshedpur FC)
A commanding figure in Jamshedpur’s almost impregnable defence, Tiri was always in the thick of things. The Spaniard marshalled his troops well and was always present to see off the slightest of dangers. He also managed a goal and used his lanky frame to win numerous aerial duels. A difficult customer to outwit, Tiri was the rock at the heart of Jamshedpur’s defence and helped his team’s cause immensely.
Midfielder: Manuel Lanzarote (FC Goa)
The Spaniard was one of the most effective players in the league this season. His partnership with countryman Ferran Corminas paid dividends for his team, with Lanzarote chipping in with goals aplenty, while also making key passes throughout. He ended the campaign with 13 goals as well as six assists to his name.
Midfielder: Raphael Augusto (Chennaiyin FC)
The Brazilian has anchored his team’s midfield in a classy manner as is mostly the case. A strong player, Augusto loves surging forward with the ball through the middle as well as the flanks. He is capable of testing the opposition goalkeeper and has an eye for goal. An excellent passer of the ball, the Brazilian has two goals and an assist to his name heading into the final.
Midfielder: Wellington Priori (Jamshedpur FC)
The Brazilian midfielder was signed during the January transfer window to boost Jamshedpur’s midfield and made a massive impact in the middle of the park. Priori scored arguably the best goal of the season so far against his former club, NorthEast United FC when he fashioned a bicycle kick to score what turned out to be the winner. In all he bagged three goals and an assist and was the orchestrator of most of his team’s attacks.
Forward: Ferran Corominas (FC Goa)
The Spaniard is the league’s top-scorer with 18 goals, which is a record for most strikes in a single Hero ISL season. He made quick work of his opponents with his pace and poaching ability and was a clinical finisher, who became the first ever player to score consecutive hat-tricks in league history. Corominas was also capable of picking a pass and registered five assists.
Forward: Sunil Chhetri (Bengaluru FC)
Bengaluru’s captain has shown scintillating form and rose to the challenge in his team’s last match against Pune. With a hat-trick in that encounter, he took his tally to 13 goals in the campaign, which is comfortably the most by any Indian in league history.
Forward: Miku (Bengaluru FC)
The Venezuelan has been free-scoring on a consistent basis, and almost always creates an opening with the ball at his feet. Miku has been prolific in front of goal and is Bengaluru’s top-scorer with 14 goals.