ISL 2017/18: 5 Most influential mid-season signings
The Indian Super League is on its business end with just one round of games to play. Two teams Bengaluru FC and FC Pune City have already booked their spot in the Playoffs. With two more spots to play for, we have four teams who are vying for the last two spots.
Based on the present standings it looks like Chennaiyin FC and Jamshedpur FC look to be the front-runners to secure the remaining two spots, but the likes of Kerala Blasters and FC Goa cannot be ruled out of contention as of yet.
This season one thing that the ISL has showcased is that having impactful players is much more important than having big stars. In this article, we take a look at the 5 most impactful players who joined their respective teams midseason.
#5 Xabi Irureta (Delhi Dynamos)
Delhi Dynamos had problems aplenty with their Goalkeeping spot. First Albino got injured and was ruled out for the rest of the season, and back up keeper Arnab Das Sharma looked to be haunted by the ghost of Goalkeeping howlers.
The goalkeeping position finally got some stability after the Spanish keeper from Basque Country Xabi Irureta was signed, the former Eibar and Zaragoza keeper had a calming effect on the whole defensive set up of the team.
After Xabi arrived in the capital, the team has started their journey upward and look to finish above the bottom placed team, something which was heavily against them. Even though Xabi has managed to keep just one clean sheet in six games, it has been his match-saving and at times match winning saves at crucial moments that have turned around Delhi's fortunes.