Anirudh Thapa (Chennaiyin FC), Lalengmawia (NorthEast United FC), Sumit Rathi (ATK), Shubham Sarangi (Odisha), Vikram Pratap Singh (Indian Arrows), and Sheikh Sahil (Mohun Bagan) have been nominated for the AIFF Emerging Player of the Year award.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has invited the head coaches of all Indian Super League (ISL) and I-League clubs to choose Indian football's Player of the Year and vote for the Emerging Player of the Year award.
Ashalata Devi, Dangmei Grace, Sahal Samad, and Sunil Chhetri were the winners last season.
For Chennaiyin FC midfielder Anirudh Thapa, it has been an ISL season to remember. The 22-year-old midfielder was consistent throughout the season as the Marina Machans reached the final and even scored a memorable goal in the first leg of their play-off tie against FC Goa.
NorthEast United's Lalengmawia was one of the bright spots in what was ultimately a disappointing season for NorthEast United. Shubham Sarangi, who played as a striker for the India u-17 team, was turned into a full-back by Josep Gombau and the youngster was one of the impressive players for Odisha FC.
Vikram Pratap Singh stood out with four goals to his name for Indian Arrows. The 18-year-old has seen his stock rise this season having excelled under the tutelage of Shanmugham Venkatesh.
Sumit Rathi won the ISL Emerging Player of the Year. He was a constant presence in the ATK defence that played a major role in their title win. Sk Sahil is a product of the Mohun Bagan academy who sprung to prominence under the tutelage of Kibu Vicuna.