Despite the fact that the Indian Super League is far from being one of the most popular football championships in the world, this sport is actively developing in India. To date, the Indian Football Championship is dominated by local players, however, some teams also have European players in their roster.
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Yoëll van Nieff (Mumbai City)
The transfer fee is 500,000 euros.
A 30-year-old defensive midfielder who played for the Dutch youth teams at a young age. The career of this football player began in the Dutch club Groningen, then he also played for Dordrecht, Excelsior, Heracles, Puskas Akademia (Hungary), after which he signed a contract with Mumbai City in the summer of 2023. Last season in the Hungarian Football Championship Joell van Nieff played 24 matches, in which he scored 1 goal. Also on account of the Dutch midfielder 5 matches in the Hungarian Cup and 2 matches in the qualification of the League of Conferences.
Jonathan Moya (Hyderabad)
The transfer fee is 500,000 euros.
The 31-year-old striker from Costa Rica also joined the Indian Super League team only in the current transfer window, so he has not yet had time to demonstrate his goalscoring abilities in his new place. During his career, Jonathan changed many clubs, managed to play in Costa Rica, South Korea, Ukraine, Spain. The player moved to the Indian club as a free agent. Note that Moya has 15 matches for the main team of Costa Rica.
Armando Sadiku (Mohun Bagan)
The transfer fee is 700,000 euros.
The 32-year-old center forward of the Albanian national team has recently joined his new team. The player moved to Mohun Bagan from the Spanish club Cartagena on a free transfer. Previously, Sadiku played for such clubs as Bolivar, Las Palmas, Levante, Malaga, Erzurumspor, Lugano, Legia, Zurich, Vaduz.
Last season, the Albanian striker played 24 matches in La Liga 2 for Cartagena, in which he scored 2 goals. Also on account of Sadik 2 matches in the Spanish Cup and 2 goals.
Hugo Boomous (Mohun Bagan)
The transfer fee is 750,000 euros.
The Moroccan attacking midfielder has been defending the colors of the Indian club since July 2021. Hugo’s contract is valid until 2026. Previously, the player played for the Indian club Goa, but in 2020 he moved to Mumbai City for 186,000 euros. The transfer of the kicker to Mohun Bagan in 2021 cost the club 226,000 euros. At the moment, thanks to the excellent performance in the last two seasons, the cost per Moroccan has risen to 750,000 euros.
In total, Hugo Bumus played 81 matches in the Indian Super League, in which he scored 27 goals and gave 35 assists. Last season, the striker scored 4 goals and 4 assists in 16 Super League matches.
Adrián Luna (Kerala Blasters)
The transfer fee is 850,000 euros.
The 31-year-old Uruguayan attacking midfielder joined Kerala Blasters in July 2021. The player’s contract is valid until the summer of 2024. The last team of the Uruguayan was the Australian Melbourne City, but earlier the player changed many clubs and managed to play in Mexico, Uruguay and Spain.
Last season, Adrian Luna scored 4 goals and provided 6 assists in 19 Indian league games. This is a real team leader who has been helping the club to demonstrate powerful, attacking football for several seasons.
Dimitri Petratos (Mohun Bagan)
The transfer fee is 900,000 euros.
Attacking midfielder Mohun Bagan moved to the Indian Championship in the summer of 2022. Previously, the 31-year-old played for such clubs as Al Wahda, Western Sydney, Newcastle (Australia), Ulsan, Brisbane Roar, Kelantan, Sydney. Last season, thanks also to the contribution of Dimitri Petratos, Mohun Bagan managed to win the Indian Super League.
On account of the attacking midfielder 19 matches in the championship of India, in which he scored 9 goals and gave 7 assists. The player’s contract runs until 2024, which means that Mohun Bagan will have at least one more chance to have a strong season and win the championship.
Jason Cummings (Mohun Bagan)
The transfer fee is 1,200,000 euros.
The most expensive player in the Indian Super League, who only moved to a new club in the summer of 2023. Jason joined the Indian champions from the Australian club Central Coast, and previously played for teams such as Dundee, Shrewsbury, Nottingham, Luton, Peterborough, Rangers, Hibernian.
Of course, for Indian football, the signing of such a player is a great achievement. Cummings was twice top scorer in the Scottish Championship with 18 goals in 2014/2015 and with 19 goals in 2016/2017. Many experts believe that in the new season, Jason will easily become the top scorer in the Super League.