Hero ISL 2022-23: Phil Brown picks team of Matchweek 22
Hero Indian Super League 2022-23 concluded with the league stage of the season with Matchweek 22 being the end of the road for some teams. As for others, they will progress through the playoffs round.
It took until Matchweek 22 for all the six spots to finally get confirmed as Odisha FC became the last team to qualify for the playoffs and FC Goa bowed out of the top six after their loss against Bengaluru FC.
After some intense matches that mesmerised the crowd with the best footballing action, Hero ISL expert Phil Brown was assigned with the task of selecting the team of Matchweek 22. Brown picked a 4-2-3-1 formation, with just three foreign players, one in defence and two in the midfield.
The 63-year-old picked players from four clubs, with four players coming from Jamshedpur FC, three from ATK Mohun Bagan, and two each from Bengaluru FC and Hyderabad FC.
Here goes Brown’s Team of the Week:
Vishal Yadav (Jamshedpur FC)
He kept a clean sheet in the game against Odisha FC. Yadav has been a solid substitute at the start of the season then he got a chance to play. Now, all of a sudden we’re seeing the fruits of Jamshedpur FC’s labour as in producing a young goalkeeper who’s coming through. He’s got very good hands, very safe in behind the back four that’s under a lot of pressure this season.
Asish Rai (ATK Mohun Bagan)
He was constantly driving the team forward through the right-hand side in the Kolkata derby and was also defending very well.
Odei Onaindia (Hyderabad FC)
What a performance by this lad in the game against Kerala Blasters FC. He brings a calm to Hyderabad FC team that has the control in majority of the game and it’s down to him with his control on the ball and also his defensive responsibilities.
Pronay Halder (Jamshedpur FC)
Midfield player who went into the back four and I can’t stop singing his praises enough. Very aggressive, very strong defensively and certainly didn’t look out of place in playing centre-back alongside Pratik Chaudhari.
Subasish Bose (ATK Mohun Bagan)
A giant of a man who’s decent going forward but I think he brings a lot to the table for ATK Mohun Bagan with his defensive responsibilities and verbal side of the game. Hence the reason why two of the back four kept a clean sheet in the Kolkata derby.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Jamshedpur FC)
Another one from Jamshedpur FC. Great performance from them in their win over Odisha FC. Wasn’t expected but they certainly played well enough and Jay Emmanuel Thomas drove the team forward, protected the back four, and did everything you’d expect from a central midfielder and he’s a winger. So he’s been converted into a central midfielder and has been doing a great job for his side.
Rohit Kumar (Bengaluru FC)
I can’t speak highly enough of him. The run of eight games, Rohit Kumar has been at the helm. He was trusted by the head coach and even left him on the pitch with three yellow cards but it just shows you the level of trust that Simon Grayson has on Rohit Kumar and he obliged.
Ritwik Das (Jamshedpur FC)
He had a great game and he’s the fourth member of the Jamshedpur FC side that had a fantastic result. He scored a goal, looked a threat, looked a promise for the future.
Joel Chianese (Hyderabad FC)
Went to Kerala Blasters FC and controlled the game from the attacking midfield position. Everything good that Hyderabad FC did, went through Joel Chianese.
Ashique Kuruniyan (ATK Mohun Bagan)
The energy he brings to the party is quite phenomenal and hence the reason why he’s into the team.
Sivasakthi Narayanan (Bengaluru FC)
He’s continuing to have a fantastic season. He’s climbing over the famous strike force playing alongside and surrounded by the likes of Sunil Chhetri, Roy Krishna, and Javi Hernandez, and it isn’t fazing him at all. He deserves to be in the Team of the Week.
Aidy Boothroyd (Jamshedpur FC)
I’ve got four of his players in my team and I think he did a great job by frustrating the life out of Odisha FC, and he finished the season fairly strong.