Coyle’s Jamshedpur aims to qualify for their maiden semi-final

Since its inception in 2017, Jamshedpur FC has finished each season in a mid-table position. Owen Coyle and co. would aim to change this trend in the upcoming Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2021-22 season.

The Men of Steel finished at sixth place last season with 27 points in 20 matches. They won 7 and lost 7 in the course of the season and missed out on the semi-final spot by just four points.

In an interaction with the Hero ISL on the Let’s Football Live Twitter Space, the gaffer revealed his expectations from the team this season.

He declared, "We certainly look to have competition (within the team), but be solid at the back and have that creative threat. There's going to be some wonderful teams in the league but we showed last year (we can beat anyone) on our own when we've been at our very best. We need to be a little more consistent and have that aggressive attacking threat that we have."

Having spent the last season with Jamshedpur FC and making some key signings in the transfer window, the Men of Steel can turn out to be the surprise package in the Hero ISL 2021-22 season.

Tournament History

The Red Miners made their debut in Hero ISL in the 2017-18 season and made an impressive start to their journey in the tournament. The club finished in the fifth position for two seasons consecutively.

In their third season, things went a bit off track as they finished in eight place. A season later they came back to the mid-table and ended the campaign in sixth position. The upcoming Hero ISL 2021-22 season will be all about building on last season's momentum and qualifying for the semi-final.

Players To Watch Out

Greg Stewart:

The 31-year-old attacking midfielder has joined Jamshedpur FC from Champions of Scotland, Rangers FC. The Scotsman has spent eight years in Scottish Premiership (top-tier league in Scotland) and two years in EFL Championship (second-tier league in England). This will be his first stint outside the UK but looking at the level he has performed over the years, one would back him to be a huge success in India.

Jordan Murray:

The 26-year-old striker has joined the Men of Steel from Kerala Blasters FC. The Australian scored 7 goals and made an assist in 19 appearances last season. Murray has scored three goals in the two pre-season practice matches.

Eli Sabiá:

The 33-year-old center-back has joined Jamshedpur FC from Chennaiyin FC after spending three consecutive seasons with them. The Brazilian has played 67 matches in Hero ISL, in which he has made 424 clearances, 132 tackles, 111 interceptions and 94 blocks. He will hope to make up for the Stephen Eze's absence in central defence and establish a solid partnership with Peter Hartley.

Ishan Pandita:

The 23-year-old striker has joined the Men of Steel from FC Goa. He scored 4 goals in 11 appearances last season. The Delhi-born was frequently brought on from the bench to save FC Goa’s day. And more often than not, he did. With Farukh Choudhary’s long-term injury, Ishan might get a decent run of games to stamp his authority in the league.

Battle To Watch

Jamshedpur FC will lock horns with Hyderabad FC on 2nd December 2021. Last season, the Nizams finished just above the Men of Steel in fifth place. There were only two points between the two teams.

Hyderabad FC prefers to play a possession-based fast style of football. While Jamshedpur FC have extremely lethal attacking players who can exploit the space left behind the fullbacks and the center-backs.

This fixture would be one to watch out for as a thrilling encounter awaits backed by the attacking talent on both sides that will make it a fascinating watch.

Fixtures

Date

Fixture

Venue

21-11-21

SC East Bengal V/S Jamshedpur FC

Tilak Maidan Stadium

26-11-21

FC Goa V/S Jamshedpur FC

Athletic Stadium, Bambolim

02-12-21

Jamshedpur FC V/S Hyderabad FC

Athletic Stadium, Bambolim

06-12-21

Jamshedpur FC V/S ATK Mohun Bagan

Athletic Stadium, Bambolim

09-12-21

Mumbai City FC V/S Jamshedpur FC

PJN Stadium, Fatorda

14-12-21

Odisha FC V/S Jamshedpur FC

Tilak Maidan Stadium

20-12-21

Jamshedpur FC V/S Bengaluru FC

Athletic Stadium, Bambolim

26-12-21

Kerala Blasters FC V/S Jamshedpur FC

Tilak Maidan Stadium

02-01-22

Jamshedpur FC V/S Chennaiyin FC

Athletic Stadium, Bambolim

06-01-22

Jamshedpur FC V/S Northeast United FC

Athletic Stadium, Bambolim

Squad

Goalkeepers: Rehnesh TP, Vishal Yadav, Mohit Dhami, and Pawan Kumar.

Defenders: Laldinpuia, Narender Gahlot, Ricky Lallawmawma, Eli Sabiá, Sandip Mandi, Laldinliana Renthlei, Karan Amin, Peter Hartley, Boris Singh Thangjam and Anas Edathodika.

Midfielders: Jitendra Singh, Len Doungel, Pronay Halder, Komal Thatal, Alexandre Monteiro de Lima, Mobashir Rahman, Ritwik Kr Das, and Gorachand Mandi.

Forwards: Nerijus Valskis, Jordan Murray, Farukh Choudhary, Greg Stewart, and Ishan Pandita.

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