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While every single ISL team has been engaged in roping in players from all across India and even from overseas for the ISL 2018-19 season, Chennaiyin FC felt that they had no urgency to do the same as it was with their primary squad that they had become the champions of ISL football last year, defeating Bengaluru FC in the final. However, making waves in Indian football latest news and ISL transfer news, the defending champions acquired three Indian football players in quick succession ahead of ISL 2018-19 season.
The three starlets signed by Chennaiyin FC – Rahim Ali, Abhijit Sarkar and Deepak Tangri – were part of the Indian national football team that had participated in the U-17 FIFA World Cup that was hosted by India last year. It was reported in Indian football news and ISL transfer news by Goal that each of these Indian football players have been signed for long spells by Chennaiyin FC, but the ISL team would allow them to play on loan for Indian Arrows in the I-League.
As the Indian Arrows is not just a regular football team and is a special development project initiated by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), the signing of these players, which is making rounds in Indian football latest news today, is certain to give them a great space for growth and development.
Indian football latest news: Each of the newly-signed Chennaiyin FC player had featured for India in the U-17 FIFA World Cup last year
Each of the player in the triad is a skilled one and comes off the back of impressive performances for their previous teams and specially the India U-17 side.
Abhijit Sarkar, who plays as a supporting striker or an attacking midfielder, has emerged as one of the most excellent products of India football and was impressive for the Indian Arrows. The 18-year-old who hails from Bengal, i.e. the heartland of India football, was also the highest scorer for Indian Arrows in the I-League last year, with four goals to his name.
Coming to Chennaiyin FC’s midfield, we will see Deepak Tangri reigning and making waves in Indian football news as he can be deployed both, as a central defender and a defensive midfielder. The 19-year-old is still a first choice for the India U19 teams and the Indian Arrows, for whom Tangri had made 13 appearances in the last I-League season. In India U20’s famous 2-1 win over Argentina, it was Deepak Tangri himself who had scored the opening goal.
Coming to the third signing that makes waves in ISL transfer news today, Rahim Ali is an out and out striker who has been a regular, but aims to get a starting spot with the Indian Arrows. The 18-year-old Bengali footballer was able to make 17 appearances for the Arrows in I-League last season.
Chennaiyin FC has a great performance record in ISL football and have a greater reputation of being excellently fluent with the handling of young talent and handing them first-team opportunities. It will only be hoped by the newly-signed trio that they are able to materialise the opportunity offered to them by the ISL defending champions, and they might be able to make waves in Indian football latest news owing to their performances.
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