Hero ISL 2022-23: Pulasta Dhar picks team of Matchweek 6
My team for Hero Indian Super League (ISL) Matchweek 6 goes like this: I’ve gone for a back four led by goal scorer Subhashish Bose at left-back. I have picked two foreign players in midfield and one in attack.
For my pick as head coach, I’m going to go with Mumbai City FC’s Des Buckingham as he made three impactful substitutes and plays adventurous football along with excellent man-management.
Prabhsukhan Singh Gill (GK) (Kerala Blasters FC):
Has shown he can carry the weight of the golden glove and produced some sharp saves to keep FC Goa at bay, along with his centre-back Leskovic. Those two seem to be in sync, and the communication is on point. Didn't get a clean sheet, but Gill's anticipation, presence, and shot-stopping abilities were all on show in Kochi.
Ankit Mukherjee (RB) (East Bengal FC):
Brave, exceptionally brave, as all defenders should be. While it is one thing to not be afraid of putting one's head into the mix in football, Ankit made sure he did it the right way, and multiple times. There were glancing headers and slight touches from him that took the ball away from BFC by just a whisker in the cracker at the Kanteerava. Coming in from Golui, it seems he has done enough to merit another start.
Chinglensana Singh (CB) (Hyderabad FC):
He just seems to have a composed presence about him and a stability that has shone through as HFC got five clean sheets in six games. Has become the mainstay despite his CB partner changing this season, and has won the trust of Manolo Marquez.
Ivan Gonzalez (CB) (East Bengal FC):
Ivan was up for the challenge vs Sunil Chhetri and Roy Krishna. It is difficult to keep the Fijian quiet through a game, especially in Bengaluru, but Ivan came out on top in most of the 50-50s. His positioning was brilliant, and he was there to snuff out many key passes.
Subhasish Bose (LB) (ATK Mohun Bagan):
An 89th minute goal from your fullback to win a slippery tie against NorthEast United FC? What else do you want? Ferrando wants his fullbacks to push forward, but out of the two (the other being Asish Rai), it is Subhasish who has a knack for scoring important goals and earns his place in this team with that. A special mention to Vignesh for his goal for Mumbai as well.
Ivan Kaliuzhnyi (CM) (Kerala Blasters FC):
The current top-scorer in the Hero ISL, Kaliuzhnyi, was earmarked as a signing that had gone under the radar. But his performances are hardly a blip -- and if they are -- then they are blips of incoming torpedoes. His goal against FC Goa is one of the best long-rangers the league has ever witnessed.
Vinit Rai (CM) (Mumbai City FC):
Has had to wait for a chance in his hot-and-cold career with Mumbai City so far, but there was nothing half-hearted about his run and finish against Chennaiyin. Having just come on for the injured Apuia, Rai was adventurous in a second half mauling.
Rahul KP (RW) (Kerala Blasters FC):
Rahul's performance against Goa is everything one wants from a winger: full of trickery to beat his man one-on-one, exceptional pace, and measured delivery. He was at full tilt and gave his home fans what they like watching -- entertaining and effective football. Absolutely brilliant, with a smatter of brashness.
Greg Stewart (CAM) (Mumbai City FC):
Two goals and four assists in six games from the reigning Hero of the League, who if he goes on like this, could well win another Golden Ball at the end of the season. Runs the show and is undroppable for Mumbai.
Mohammad Yasir (LW) (Hyderabad FC):
Rahul's form down the right means Yasir has to play on the left. No problem, hopefully, given that his left foot can do wonders, as it did to score the winner vs Jamshedpur in the clash of champions. Involved in four of Hyderabad's ten goals, he is looking at one of his most productive seasons.
Cleiton Silva (ST) (East Bengal FC):
First name on the team sheet in this matchweek, Cleiton Silva went to Bengaluru after playing for two bubble-seasons for them, and scored a winner for his new side East Bengal. It's not just the goal though, Cleiton Silva has been a constant thorn for oppositions and is wearing the armband for the Red and Golds with a lot of pride.
Head Coach: Des Buckingham (Mumbai City FC) -
Plays adventurous football and seems to have instilled a sense of faith that things will work out. He made three changes, and all three scored, which shows excellent man-management at keeping his players hungry.