No new faces but, marked improvement by players from Goa
AUGUSTO RODRIGUES | NT
Despite there being no new faces from the state’s youth development programme in Indian Super League (ISL) 5 there was a marked improvement by players from Goa by way of goals scored and their appearance in player ratings in the 2018-19 season in comparison to the 2017 season. And, the differences were not margnal.
Some players who excelled in 2017 did not really star in 2018-19 but they did not plummet to mediocre levels too. The fluctuation could best be attributed – in some cases – to adjustment with new coaches.
Five players from Goa scored eleven goals in ISL 5 in contrast to three players in ISL 4 who scored a total of seven goals. While Rowllin Borges was the highest goal scorer this season, Adil Khan who had ended as the highest goal scorer with four goals in ISL 4 finished with two this season and that too after being scantily by FC Pune City who saw three coaches this season.
FC Goa’s Brandon Fernandes who finished season four without scoring was the second highest goal scorer from Goa with three goals in 18 matches. Romeo Fernandes who had scored two goals for delhi Dynamos in ISL 4 could manage just one this season and played far less games than the previous season- 11 against 20.
Augustin Fernandes who started ISL 5 with ATK and then moved around from ISL to I-league clubs to find time to play and finally got a call to join Jamshedpur FC, finished with a goal this season, thus keeping his hopes alive for another season in ISL.
Lenny Rodrigues who scored for Bengaluru FC in ISL 4 could not score for his new club FC Goa in ISL 5 but played more games for his team then he had done when he was with Bengaluru FC. He kept a steady midifield in his switch but goal scoring is something he will need to take care of in the coming season.
Three players from Goa finished under the top 50 player ratings in ISL 5 whilst only one had done so inthe previous year. Rowllin Borges from NorthEast united FC finished on the 12 position with a rating on 7.52 whilst Adil Khan of FC pune city was the only player to have finished 40th in ISL 4 with a rating of 7.41.
FC Goa’s Lenny Rodrigues,Brandon Fernandes and defender Seriton fernandes were the other three players from Goa to have finished in the top fifty in ISL 5. Lenny and Brandon finished with a joint rating of 7.07 whilst Seriton finished 50 with a rating of 6.94.
Keenan Almeida, who signed for FC pune city from Chennaiyin FC, was the lone player from Goa unable to play a single match as he suffered an injury before the start of the tournament and has begun recuperating from surgery.