There were many unique things seen at the Indian Super League (ISL) 2020-21. From new teams in the game to a completely closed-door event, this season will always be remembered for various reasons. But one remarkable thing that the season witnessed was the emergence of many young talents.
Like IPL news today, ISL has also showcased a lot of potential with the eyeball-grabbing 7th season. It was because of the talented youngsters who showcased their best performances in all the matches throughout the tournament.
Let’s see the top 7 young talents of Indian Super League Season 2020-21 that stand out with their performances.
1. Liston Colaco (Hyderabad FC)
Liston Colaco is one of the most talked-about young talents in the ISL season 2020-21. Colaco, a 22-year-old forward, made headlines with his great control, sheer pace and eagerness to score goals quickly.
He scored two goals and made three assists in 19 matches during the season. Most of them came in as a second-half substitute. Colaco’s strength is his quick footwork and his tactics to cut inside from the left and quickly go for goal. That’s why he is seen as a brilliant Indian striker in the ISL.
2. Akash Mishra (Hyderabad FC)
Akash Mishra was undoubtedly the best left-back in the entire league. This 19-year old came into the Hyderabad FC from Indian Arrows and showcased an impressive performance. Mishra attempted 48 clearances, 55 interceptions and 80 tackles in the ISL league.
With key passes in every game and creating a total of three huge chances, Mishra is a big threat to the opponents. He even assisted one goal in the ISL season.
3. Saviour Gama (FC Goa)
Saviour Gama has emerged as one of the finest right-backs in the Indian Super League. With the constant pressure of replacing Mandar Rao Dessai at the back for this team, Gama has truly lived up to the expectations.
He is a brilliant blocker on the left-wing. Earlier he was in Santa Cruz Club. In his new team, he has assisted three goals with his amazing pin-point crossing abilities. He has also made two key passes on an average in each game and hence, proved his attacking abilities.
4. Suresh Singh Wangjam (Bengaluru FC)
Suresh Singh Wangjam is also one of the great players, who keeps the whole team together in the midfield. He plays a defensive midfielder’s role in this team. In this season of ISL, he was the only major playmaker due to the absence of Francisco Gonzalez, Dimas Delgado and Erik Paartulu.
Wangjam has great tactics to play with the ball, along with his exemplary passing vision. With a total of 602 passes, 755 touches, and 68 tackles, this midfielder has formed a strong baseline of the Bengaluru FC team.
5. Asish Rai (Hyderabad FC)
Asish Rai, the 22-year-old youngster from Sikkim, has been another fine left-back of the ISL 2020-21. He was like the rock on the left wing for this team during the season. Rai likes to make the most of this wing, as he can go down the pitch and also act as a make-shift left fullback.
During the season, he assisted two goals, with an average of 0.7 key passes on each game. He made a total of 771 passes and had 1161 touches on the ball. This speaks volumes of his significance to Manuel Roca’s setup.
6. Rahul KP (Kerala Blasters FC)
Rahul KP was the main part of the Kerala Blasters. The 20-year-old winger played on both wings. He started the season as a left-winger but later shifted to the right side of the field.
He is known for his agility, pace and trickery that enabled him to score three goals and also make 0.5 key passes in every game. He even scored a solo goal for his former team Bengaluru FC. Now, he showcased his great performance for Kerala Blasters FC in this ISL.
7. Jeakson Singh (Kerala Blasters FC)
Jeakson Singh was also impressive in his second ISL season. The U-17 World Cup 2017 goal-scorer had many key responsibilities at the centre of the field when players like Facundo Pereyra and Sergio Cidoncha were not present for Kerala Blasters FC.
The 19-year old midfielder displayed great performance and versatility while playing both creative and defensive roles for his team. With 0.3 key passes on an average and a passing accuracy of 78%, Jeaksonwas impressive on the pitch.
These young football players emerged as some of the best members of their respective teams. With youngsters like these, we can see a great future for Indian football. What do you think? Do share your views in the comments below.