The second edition of the Indian Super League has seen some of the players from the last season continuing their upward trajectory, while some have failed to live up to the expectations. There are still others who have made their debut in the ISL this term and have done well to be remembered among the best players of the current season. Here we take a look at some players who have truly stood out.
After scoring five times in 16 games for Kerala Blasters in the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League, Hume changed loyalties this year and signed up for the reigning champions Atletico de Kolkata. He has proved to be an inspired acquisition for the West Bengal outfit, having netted nine goals from 13 games, including two hat-tricks to help them reach the last four.
Here are the highlights of his hat-trick in the 4 – 1 over Pune City FC.
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Mendoza has been plying his trade for Chennayin FC for the second successive season and has scored 11 goals from his 12 games to be the top scorer thus far. The Colombian’s prolific return in front of the goal has ensured that Chennayin remain in with a chance for qualification to the semi-final as they sit fifth with a tally of 19 points, and a match in hand.
Elano was one of the best players in the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League, and the former Brazil international has continued from where he left last term. His eight goals helped the south Indian outfit reach the last four in 2014 and this term too he has been a formidable presence in the Chennayin line-up. A constant menace for the opposition defences, Elano has four goals against his name.
Elano shows his magic in midfield for Chennayin.
The Spaniard has been one of the standout performers at this year’s ISL, just like he was at the last edition. He has done an incredible job of protecting the Atletico de Kolkata defence from his role in defensive midfield, whilst his composure with the ball has enabled him to launch attacks from deep in his own half.
The Brazilian has 66 tackles to his name, highlighting his reading of the game and his ability to nip opposition’s attacking move in the bud. The youngster, who is playing his debut season in the ISL, also has a goal against his name.
Raphael made his mark despite Chennayin’s loss to Kolkata.
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