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ISL 2016: 5 players who are unlikely to feature next season

Amlan Das
SENIOR ANALYST
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26.58K   //    19 Dec 2016, 12:05 IST
Thiago Cunha
Thiago Cunha’s action at the end of the Mumbai-Kolkata semi-final was despicable

The third season of the Indian Super League is on the verge of its culmination and just like the first two seasons we have seen some phenomenal performances and some disappointing ones. There were some who outdid their reputation and then there were some who could not live up to their expectations and name.

Here are five such names who failed to live up to their mark this season and it’s very unlikely that they would be brought back to the ISL next season.

#1 Thiago Dos Santos Cunha

Thiago Cunha’s unsporting behaviour after the end of the second leg semi-final between Mumbai City FC and Atletico de Kolkata is enough to see him not feature next year’s Indian Super League (ISL).

It should be an innate behaviour of a sports person to take defeats well. But if you behave as amateurs at a professional level, then it is beyond acceptable. Sports persons indulging in physical assaults happen to be the lowest they can stoop down to and history has beckoned many such examples. On the day of the semi-final, Cunha could not bear the heat of a defeat and ended up heading and kicking ATK defender Pritam Kotal. 

Cunha’s performance otherwise too hasn’t been that impressive. The 31-year-old Brazilian made six appearances for Mumbai, in which he committed six fouls and was sent off once. He failed to mark his presence in the star-studded line-up of the Mumbai team and had just one attempt on target.

He surely shouldn't be brought back to ISL next season.

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