ISL 2018/19: Jamshedpur FC sign ex-Kerala Blasters goalkeeper Subhasish Roy Chowdhury
The top Indian keeper makes a return to the city where his footballing journey started.
What's the story?
The newest Indian Super League franchise, Jamshedpur FC, has strengthened its backline with the signing of veteran goalkeeper Subhasish Roy Chowdhury from Kerala Blasters.
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Jamshedpur FC have had a hot and cold first season in the ISL, having finished fifth onthe table, narrowly missing out on a semifinal spot. What bodes well for them, however, is the fact that they have been able to get the desired results out of the crucial games.
The Men of Steel have a close association with the Tata Football Academy, that has produced some of the most talented footballers from the country over the years. Now, with Subhasish signing for them, it will be more of a homecoming for the 31-year-old goalkeeper.
The heart of the matter
Having started at East Bengal 14 years back, Subhasish's career took off when he joined Mahindra United in 2005. Since then, the goalkeeper has gone on to play for a host of different clubs like Dempo, ATK, Delhi Dynamos, FC Goa and Kerala Blasters.
Now, however, the 31-year old has returned to the city where he learnt his trade at the Tata Football Academy, joining Jamshedpur FC.
“Jamshedpur is my second home. I feel nostalgic being back here. There were some great memories made during my time with TFA," said Subhasish after signing for the club. "I am overwhelmed and honoured to be given the opportunity to play for Jamshedpur FC and I look forward to a successful season. I will definitely give my 100 percent for the team.”
Jamshedpur already have a sturdy line of goalkeepers, with national team star Subrata Paul leading the line. Subrata's current deputy, Sanjiban Ghosh has also impressed in the Super Cup, with his penalty shootout heroics in the Round of 16 match against Minerva Punjab. Hence, it will be interesting to see how another top keeper like Subhasish makes the space for himself in the Steel City.
Jamshedpur FC are known for their sturdy defence under manager Steve Coppell. In fact, they have conceded the least number of goals among all the ISL sides this season. Hence, if he does get the chance under the bar, Subhasish will have one of the best back fours in the country at his disposal, to bag as many clean sheets as he can.