The ISL 2023–24 season has reached its pivotal stage, with intense competition in both the League Shield and Playoff races.

Throughout the 19 Matchweeks of the season, the league has experienced numerous ups and downs. From FC Goa’s 12-match unbeaten streak to Hyderabad FC’s 18-match winless run and Kerala Blasters FC’s home triumphs to Bengaluru FC’s struggles on the road, the tenth season of the ISL has been eventful from start to finish.

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Over the past six months, there has been a surge in goals, attributed to captivating teamwork and remarkable individual performances. In the 112 games played to date, 294 goals have been scored, averaging 2.62 goals per match.

But which players have had the most prolific season thus far in terms of goal involvement? Let's delve into that list.

Dimitrios Diamantakos - 15 (12 goals, 3 assists)

The Kerala Blasters FC forward, Dimitrios Diamantakos, has already equalled the previous year’s highest individual goal-scorer tally with three matchweeks still to play in the league stage. Having participated in 15 games this campaign, the Greek has contributed to goals in 10 matches, scoring a brace three times against Chennaiyin FC, FC Goa, and Mohun Bagan SG, respectively.

Following Adrian Luna’s unavailability due to an injury, Diamantakos is proving to be the main marksman for the Blasters and has thus far delivered a commanding performance from his side. With 12 goals and three assists, he has now the most number of goal involvements in the league so far this season. Notably, Diamantakos has created the most chances (20) for his team, leading his side to the door of qualifying for the playoff round for the third season running.

Roy Krishna - 13 (12 goals, 1 assist)

 

Since making his debut in the league with ATK FC back in 2019, Krishna has etched his name in the history of the ISL, becoming the third-highest goal scorer on the all-time top scorers’ list with 54 goals. The Fijian striker is improving with time and reinventing himself at his new club, Odisha FC, under the guidance of Sergio Lobera.

After a quiet season with Bengaluru FC last year, Krishna has silenced his doubters with his incredible form this season, scoring 12 goals in his 18 appearances. He also has an assist to his name. With over 100 ISL games under his belt, the veteran striker has created the joint-highest number of chances (30) for the Kalinga Warriors as a vital member of their forward line.

Madih Talal - 12 (4 goals, 8 assists)

 

The French playmaker has almost seamlessly fitted into Staikos Vertesis’s style of play and has been one of the standout performers for the Shers in their debut season in the ISL. Talal has demonstrated his scintillating form and sheer potential. As matches pass by, Talal has become increasingly instrumental for the Shers with his quality ball distribution and sublime skills.

The attacking midfielder has thus far recorded the highest number of assists (8) and has netted four goals, proving his crucial role in his team’s turnaround in the second half of the ISL 2023–24 season. His ability to create as well as finish chances adds more flexibility to Punjab FC’s squad, making them another candidate for the chase for the final playoff spot.

Jason Cummings - 11 (9 goals, 2 assists)

 

The Australian World Cupper took a while to get accustomed to the league and gel with his teammates. However, with time, Cummings has found his rhythm and has been in stellar form under new head coach Antonio Habas. Currently leading the Mariners' top-goal scorer chart with nine goals, Cummings has propelled their chase to continue their quest for the ISL League Shield award.

He has now scored one goal in each of Mohun Bagan SG's last three matches and has also contributed two assists this season. His 11-goal contribution puts him on a level with his fellow teammate Petratos; however, he has clocked 977 minutes so far in the league, compared to Petratos' 1267.

Dimitri Petratos - 11 (8 goals, 3 assists)

 

Dimitri Petratos has time and again displayed his ever-growing appetite, which has helped Mohun Bagan SG secure important points in difficult times on numerous occasions. The versatile Aussie forward has been one of the consistent performers for the Kolkata-based club and has become their savior.

Besides having 11 goal contributions to his name, Petratos is placed third on the list of most chances created by an individual. The fleet-footed talismanic striker has been on fine form since returning from injury, having made eight goal contributions in his last 10 appearances.