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ISL 2017: 5 foreigners who can join the ISL in January

Sumedh Pande
FEATURED WRITER
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Published Dec 08, 2017
Dec 08, 2017 IST

Kirchhoff has played for Bayern Munich in the past
Kirchhoff has played for Bayern Munich in the past

ISL season 4 is up and running with all the sides having played at least three games thus far. Based on the start of the season, an early assessment can be done on where each side are excelling and where work needs to be done. Delhi Dynamos and Kerala Blasters are two sides currently in the bottom half of the table, struggling to produce consistent performances

The Blasters have struggled in front of goal whereas the defence and the midfield position alongside Paulinho Dias has been a worry for the Dynamos. Fortunately for the two sides, the January transfer window can prove to be a blessing as both teams can sign one foreigner each in the winter market. 

The league ruling is that a team can have eight foreign players in their squad and currently, Kerala Blasters and Delhi Dynamos have the space for one more. Hence, they can sign one player in January to resolve some of their major issues. On that note, here are the five foreigners that can join the Indian Super League in January: 


#5 Jan Kirchhoff 

The defensive midfielder last played for Sunderland and is currently on the lookout for a new club. Kerala Blasters need a strong utility player in midfield whose presence will allow Dimitar Berbatov the freedom to perform his attacking duties without worrying about the defence. 

Courage Pekuson, the current Blasters' defensive midfielder has not had the best of starts this season. Signing Kirchhoff, who can also play as a centre-back, can prove to be a smart move for Meulensteen who is desperately in need of goals which can be provided by moving Berbatov up the field.

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