The summer transfer window officially ended on Thursday, and teams in the Indian Super League (ISL) have left no stone unturned in signing the right players, not only in terms of foreign players, but also Indian talents.

With the current regulation allowing only four foreign players in the playing XI, Indian players have been given the opportunity to demonstrate their value, and their impact has been steadily increasing over the last two seasons.

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The recently-concluded summer transfer window witnessed numerous unexpected moves, with many Indian national team players changing clubs in pursuit of opportunities. And the excitement surrounding Indian signings during the window was palpable. However, the question remains: Which teams have done the best business? Which moves make the most sense?

Below, we list the top 10 Indian signings of the ISL summer transfer window.

Anwar Ali (Delhi FC to Mohun Bagan Super Giant)

He could potentially become the most crucial signing of this transfer window. There has been a lot of hype surrounding him, but boy, he is certainly worth it. The 23-year-old has already established himself as a guaranteed starter for the Mariners and has helped the team secure vital victories in the Durand Cup as well as the AFC Cup preliminary rounds.

Ali's contributions extend beyond his composed game as a centre-back. He has showcased his remarkable ball-playing skills from deep positions, adding a new dimension to the team's style of play. Furthermore, he's not just a defensive asset; Ali has proven to be a threat in attack as well, already netting three goals in just six appearances for Mohun Bagan SG.

Akash Mishra (Hyderabad FC to Mumbai City FC)

ISL winners Mumbai City FC had very little room to manoeuvre in the transfer market, as they had already solidified their credibility by clinching yet another League Shield. However, they had been seeking to strengthen their left-back position for quite some time, and who could be better suited for the role than Akash Mishra?

The 21-year-old joins from Hyderabad FC on a five-year deal.  Mishra's remarkable speed and his eagerness to support attacks by overlapping perfectly align with Des Buckingham's tactical system, and the full-back is certainly one of the best in this role.

Prabhsukhan Singh Gill (Kerala Blasters FC to East Bengal FC)

While East Bengal FC did secure the services of Kamaljit Singh last season, their goalkeeping woes continued to plague them. Since his arrival at the helm of the Red and Gold Brigade, Spanish head coach Carles Cuadrat has been keen to bolster the goalkeeper position, an area that has posed significant challenges for the team over the past three seasons. The management acted quickly to get their new goalkeeper.

Prabhsukhan Singh Gill was excellent in Kerala Blasters FC’s run to the ISL final in the 2021-22 season and the shot-stopper has worked with Cuadrat in the past at Bengaluru FC. Gill has slotted seamlessly in the Kolkata side and has been playing a key role so far in the ongoing Durand Cup, helping the side reach the final.

Sandesh Jhingan (Bengaluru FC to FC Goa)

It was a significant blow for FC Goa to lose their star defender, Anwar Ali, to Mohun Bagan Super Giant during this transfer window. Therefore, it made perfect sense for the Gaurs to pursue a proven defender, and they certainly did so by acquiring Sandesh Jhingan.

Jhingan is arguably the best Indian centre-back currently in India. He has excelled at club and international level, and the defender will undoubtedly aim to maintain his momentum and help FC Goa regain their past glory.

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Anirudh Thapa (Chennaiyin FC to Mohun Bagan Super Giant)

After spending seven illustrious years with the Marina Machans, Anirudh Thapa made the most challenging decision of his career by leaving Chennaiyin FC. The Indian international joined ISL Cup Winners Mohun Bagan SG on a five-year deal and has immediately settled in well at his new club. He is all set to bring a new dimension to the Mohun Bagan SG midfield.

Bringing Thapa on board injects a fresh dose of creativity and intensity into MBSG's midfield. His versatility allows him to excel in different positions within that area of the field. This transfer is a smart move that benefits both the player and the club. MBSG were in desperate need of a midfield makeover ahead of the new season, and Thapa fits the bill perfectly, offering energy and innovative ideas.

Pritam Kotal (Mohun Bagan Super Giant to Kerala Blasters FC)

Kerala Blasters FC needed to strengthen their defensive positions, especially after the shaky performances in defence last season in the absence of Marko Leskovic. Having signed Pritam Kotal, who offers versatility and vast experience, they have the potential to form a formidable defensive unit this season.

The former Mohun Bagan SG captain is also renowned for his leadership qualities and composure in difficult situations. His ability to adapt to various defensive roles and his decision-making skills could make him a key asset for Kerala Blasters FC.

Sahal Abdul Samad (Kerala Blasters FC to Mohun Bagan Super Giant)

In addition to Thapa, Sahal has been another long-awaited signing for the Mariners. Similar to his national team counterpart, Sahal has committed to a five-year contract with Mohun Bagan Super Giant. The team had been yearning for a genuine midfield playmaker for several seasons, and Sahal brings to the table all the qualities and character needed to become the linchpin of their attacking play.

With the likes of Jason Cummings, Armando Sadiku, and Dimitri Petratos ahead of him, Sahal will be expected to provide service to the attackers besides scoring goals. 

Nandhakumar Sekar (Odisha FC to East Bengal FC)

East Bengal FC had undergone a massive overhaul in this transfer market and it is so good to be true, that they have plucked some talented Indian players in their roster. Nandhakumar has already started making a name for himself at his new club. The 27-year-old grabbed all the headlines after scoring the solitary goal in the Kolkata Derby to break the duck of eight derby defeats.

Nandhakumar also came clutch against NorthEast United FC in the semi-final of the Durand Cup, scoring the equaliser in the dying minutes of the match besides scoring the winning penalty in the tie-breaker. The Red and Golds would be hoping that he carries his form and improves even more in the upcoming ISL season.

Udanta Singh (Bengaluru FC to FC Goa)

This could well turn out to be another significant signing for FC Goa, and even though it's just pre-season, Udanta Singh has already started to integrate into his new team. The Indian international will surely aim to regain his form and soon influence games for the Gaurs in the ISL.

His speed and ability to take on defenders will certainly complement FC Goa's attack. FC Goa head coach Marquez is well-known to favour high-pressing in his system, and Udanta could thrive on occasions when they win the ball back high up the pitch.

Ishan Pandita (Jamshedpur FC to Kerala Blasters FC)

There was intense competition in the transfer market for Ishan Pandita, and ultimately, it was Kerala Blasters FC that came out on top. The Indian international has committed to a two-year contract with the club. His speed, strength, and ability to make runs behind the last defender make him an excellent fit for Ivan Vukomanovic's system, and he's also a proficient finisher.

Pandita has accumulated 1158 minutes in the ISL so far, scoring nine goals. Kerala Blasters FC were in dire need of an Indian forward to bolster their attack, and they've found a promising solution in Pandita.