Season six of the Hero Indian Super League is just two days away and teams have finalised their final squads for the campaign ahead. There was a lot of player movement during the transfer window ahead of the season, and has resulted in many top players moving to rivals.
With rivalries developing between teams, players moving from one team to a rival might cause tensions among the teams. Here are six big players who switched to a different team for season six of the ISL..
7. Barthomolew Ogbeche (NorthEast United to Kerala Blasters)
Bartholomew Ogbeche followed coach Eelco Schattorie to Kerala Blasters, joining them after a very prolific debut season in the Indian Super League. The 34-year-old Nigeria-born Frenchman scored 12 goals in season five and would be hoping to carry on in this campaign.
The joint second-highest goalscorer last season, Ogbeche began his career at Paris Saint-Germain and would be one of the best strikers on display in season six of the ISL. Fans in Kerala are sure to take to him instantly and would be hoping he continues to bang in the goals.
6. Sergio Cidoncha (Jamshedpur FC to Kerala Blasters)
Kerala Blasters have added to their firepower by signing attacking midfielder Sergio Cidoncha. The Spaniard, who spent the 2018/19 season with Jamshedpur FC, contributed three goals and three assists in 12 matches last campaign, will add to the options at coach Eelco Schattorie's disposal.
Cidoncha is a product of the Atletico Madrid academy and at 29, is at the peak of his powers and should be able to provide some cutting edge in the final third for the Blasters.
5. Rowllin Borges (NorthEast United FC to Mumbai City FC)
Rowllin Borges was a star for NorthEast United during season five and a big reason behind the team's progress to the semi-finals of the tournament for the first time in their history. After a great campaign, he has been signed up by Mumbai City FC, who are looking to challenge for the title.
He progressed from being a defensive midfielder to a more box-to-box threat, with his attacking qualities very impressive as he scored four goals and assisted twice. His composure and tactical awareness also make him a great addition.
4. Michael Soosairaj (Jamshedpur FC to ATK)
The Indian attacking midfielder impressed everyone in his debut Indian Super League campaign and captured the attention of fans all over the country. His ability to play on the wing and yet be a strong goalscoring threat made him a unique player in that aspect in the league.
With four goals, he was an important player for Jamshedpur FC and will prove to be a great signing for ATK as they look to get back to the playoffs, as playing in the AFC Champions League next season remains a major source of motivation.
3. Anas Edathodika (Kerala Blasters to ATK)
Malappuram boy Anas Edathodika will be plying his trade for ATK next season, leaving his home team of Kerala Blasters after just one season with the club. As he looks to cement his position in the Indian team following his return from retirement, Edathodika would be keen to play well with his future in mind.
It is slightly funny that he has joined the Yellow Army's biggest rivals in the ISL, as ATK have defeated them in the final on two different occasions.
2. Lucian Goian (Mumbai City FC to Chennaiyin FC)
Lucian Goian was key to Mumbai City FC making the playoffs twice in three years as he made their defence the best in the league. His strength against strikers and positional understanding made him the most important player for Mumbai coach Jorge Costa.
However, after a poor season, two-time champions Chennaiyin FC decided to bring the big Romanian to the south of the country to marshall their defence and take them back to the top. Coach John Gregory has always preferred a solid defence and Goian is the centre-piece of that.
1. Raphael Augusto (Chennaiyin FC to Bengaluru FC)
Raphael Augusto was the key as Chennaiyin FC defeated Bengaluru FC 3-1 in the final of the 2017/18 Indian Super League and silenced the home crowd at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru. He scored the third goal that sealed the margin for the team from Chennai.
Augusto had made 68 appearances in the ISL and was a part of both seasons that Chennaiyin won the league. His move to join arch-rivals Bengaluru FC surely raised a few eyebrows and would provide an additional edge to an already exciting rivalry.
7 top players who switched teams for season six of the Indian Super League