ISL: Five transfers which can change Kerala Blasters' fortunes
The first ever runners-up in the Hero Indian Super League, Kerala Blasters had an exhilarating first season, with Canadian striker Iain Hume and young Indian center back Sandesh Jhingan being the standout performers throughout the season.
However, the Sachin Tendulkar-owned side had an awful 2015 ISL season finishing last after winning only three games out of a possible fourteen (7 losses and 4 draws). Constantly at the bottom for the entire course of the tournament, Kerala Blasters had the leakiest defence conceding 29 times.
With defence being a major worry, the attack was overlooked and the entire team was in shambles. We take a look at five players who can turn the tables for the South Indian franchise:
1. Rio Ferdinand (England)
The former Manchester United captain will be a perfect fit for the Kerala outfit. Only recently retired, Ferdinand is still fresh in terms of regular playing time and has a strong hold on the art of defending. Pictures posted on social media suggest Ferdinand is still working out meticulously and is looking as fit as ever.
A tall and strong center half, Ferdinand can overpower his opponents with ease. His tackling is rough but effective. He is a monster in the air and can shield away the crosses at will.
A natural leader, Ferdinand also offers the potential to captain a young and inexperienced squad. With Kerala under the management of Englishman Terry Phelan, he can easily be tempted into signing a contract. At the age of 37 and having a wealth of experience, Rio Ferdinand is one of the favourites to be signed by the Blaster’s this season.