ISL 2017/18: FC Goa release Adrian Colunga, look to sign ex-Kerala Blasters man Mark Sifneos as replacement
Sifneos had left Kerala Blasters after the sacking of Rene Meulensteen.
Title challengers FC Goa are said to have parted ways with Spanish striker Adrian Colunga, and are looking to sign ex-Kerala Blasters man Mark Sifneos, instead.
Colunga, who has a vast experience in Spanish top division football La Liga, having played for clubs like Las Palmas, Real Zaragoza, Getafe, Sporting Gijon, Getafe and Granada, has not exactly had the best of times at the club, having managed to score only one goal so far in the ongoing ISL campaign.
His woes at the club were further compounded as rumours of a rift with manager Sergio Lobera were further fuelled by the fact that he has not even clocked less than an hour in game time, this season. Colunga has not even been named in the Gaurs' matchday squad for nearly two months now.
With one foreigner slot wide open the FC Goa management are said to have turned their eyes towards former Kerala Blasters man Mark Sifneos, according to sources close to the Goan club.
The Gaurs were said to have been eyeing another foreign signing for some time now, but have had to face a couple of setbacks with regards to their negotiations. After facing these setbacks, the club management is now reportedly looking at Sifneos as a possible replacement for Colunga.
The 21-year-old Dutchman was one of former manager Rene Meulensteen's signings and had left the club soon after the ex-Manchester United assistant coach's sacking, as David James took over the reins.
Sifneos had been one of the few Kerala Blasters players, who have been on good form this season, and he still remains their joint top scorer so far in ISL 2017/18 with four goals to his name.
FC Goa are well known for their attacking prowess, and it will be interesting to see an exciting young striker like Sifneos combine with a prolific scorer like Ferran Corominas and Manuel Lanzarote up front.