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ISL 2020-21: Foreign roster of ATK Mohun Bagan

ISL clubs are allowed to sign up to seven international players including one compulsory Asian origin player as per current policy. The club can play a maximum of five foreigners on the field. Although foreign roster size reducing to a maximum of 6 foreigners in squad and 3+1 on the field from 2021-22 season. We look at ATK Mohun Bagan in this article ahead.

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The Fiji international has been a goal machine for ATK ( Image Source: Twitter.com )

#1. Roy Krishna

Roy Krishna landed in Kolkata with high expectations and captained ATK in ISL winning the 2019-20 season. The 33-year-old Fijian striker scored a joint-most 15 goals and played a key role in the success of the club. He decided to stay in ATK Mohun Bagan after the merger rejecting interests from two A-League sides. ATK Mohun Bagan will heavily rely on star players for goal scoring charges. Kolkata is like a second home for the Fijian national team skipper as his ancestors are from the same city.

#2. David Williams

David Williams arrived at ATK along with his Wellington Phoenix teammate Roy Krishna in the 2019-20 season. The 32-year-old Australian is very versatile in the attacking phase. He can play on multiple attacking positions such as attacking midfielder, winger, and center-forward. Williams scored seven goals in 18 appearances in the 2019-20 season and earned retention after the club’s merger. Williams’ adaptability, versatility, and recent performance will grant him a regular place in the lineup for the upcoming season.

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#3. Edu Garcia

Edu Garcia is a very familiar and popular face among fans. The 30-year-old Spaniard scored a goal in the 2019-20 ISL finals against Chennaiyin FC. Garcia naturally plays as an attacking midfielder but can be also deployed on wings. He scored six goals in 16 appearances for the red and whites and got retained to represent maroon and green this season. The 2020-21 season will be Garcia’s fourth in ISL as he debuted for Bengaluru FC and been with ATK for the last two seasons.

#4. Javi Hernandez

The Midfield maestro played a vital role in Habas’ recent ISL title triumph. The 31-year-old Spaniard came from the youth ranks of Spanish giants Real Madrid and also represented Spain U19 side. Javi another attacking midfielder on the roster but expected to make an impact from the bench most of the season. He arrived at ATK from the Polish side Cracovia and made 20 appearances including two goals in the 2019-20 season. Javi is also quite special for fans being the cousin of Real Madrid legend Guti.

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The new signing will be raring to go for his new club ( Image Source: Twitter.com )

#5. Bradden Inman

The 28-year-old Australian-born Scottish midfielder joined the club from Brisbane Roar on a season-long contract. He was a youth product of the English Premier League club Newcastle United and spent four years on the reserve side of Magpies. Inman has Australian and English flair in gameplay and this will boost the midfield of ATKMB. Habas will have huge expectations from major signing to lead the midfield.

#6. Carl McHugh

The 27-year-old Irish defender scored a goal on his debut in the 2019-20 season opener against Kerala Blasters. McHugh made just six appearances and ruled out for the rest of the season due to injury. He was a youth product of the EFL Championship side Reading and played for Scottish club Motherwell before moving to ATK. Expectedly he will find himself on the bench as ATKMB already has Tiri and Sandesh Jhingan in central defense. He can also play as a left-back and central defensive midfielder and looking for a place in the lineup throughout the season.

#7. Tiri

One of the best central defenders in the history of the Indian Super League. The 29-year-old Spaniard made over 70 ISL appearances for ATK and Jamshedpur FC. Tiri has a record of playing each and every minute in Jamshedpur’s campaign of 2017-18 season. Coach Antonio Lopez Habas reunited with his former ATK knight to conquer the Indian Super League once again. Rock defender Tiri will command the central defense of ATK Mohun Bagan alongside Stalwart Sandesh Jhingan.

Captain Roy Krishna, David Williams, Bradden Inman, and Tiri are first choices in the lineup of ATK Mohun Bagan. Carl McHugh and one of Javi Hernandez/Edu Garcia expected to make an impact from the bench throughout the season.

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