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ISL Auction: Top 5 I-League players teams must buy

Seityasen Singh will be a welcome addition to the ISL
Faizan Qadiri
ANALYST
Modified 09 Jul 2015, 15:51 IST
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The first season of the Indian Super League was a huge success with fans filling up stadiums to support a new coming for “the beautiful game” in India. World Cup winners such as Alessandro del Piero, David Trezeguet, Joan Capdevila and Robert Pires graced the Indian pitches alongside the likes of Balwant Singh, Cavin Lobo, Jeje Lalpekhlua,  Sandesh Jhingan and Mehtab Hossain in the spectacle where the slogan read “lets football”.Last season’s ISL did not feature players from the 2014 I-League Champions Bengaluru FC and Pune FC. With the Indian Super League draw here tomorrow, it’s the first time that all Indian players are available to play in the ISL so we can have the very best available for the tournament every football fan in the country is waiting for.Here is a list of the five players who will be the most wanted at the auction – 

#1 Seityasen Singh

Age: 23
Position: Winger
2015 I-League: Royal Wahingdoh
Season Stats: 22 matches (6 goals)
International Stats: 1 appearance (0 goals)

Base Price: Rs.17.50 lakhs

Seityasen Singh is one of the most promising youngsters in the country playing for I-League club Royal Wahingdoh FC. The youngster began his career at Wahingdoh at the age of just 19 and got his break in the first team against Churchill Brothers in a Federation Cup match. Wahingdoh, playing in the second division of the I-League were massive underdogs for the tie but overcame Churchill 2-1 with the youngster scoring the opening goal of the North Eastern club.

After playing in the second division of the I-League for 3 years, Wahingdoh and Seityasen made the step up by winning the league and entering the I-League in 2014. A lot wasn't expected of Wahingdoh in their first season, but under the guidance of former Air India manager, Santosh Kashyap, the team fought hard throughout the competition, finishing the league in 3rd position, impressing everyone with their style of play.

Seityasen, 23, played an important part in the campaign making 18 out of 20 appearances in the league scoring 6 times and setting up goals for his teammates as well. He is a left-footed winger, who can play on either wing and is tricky enough to trouble opposition defenders. He is capable of winning matches on his own as well, as he demonstrated against Salgaocar, destroying their defence single-handedly to score a brilliant hat-trick.

Priced at Rs.17.50 lakhs, he is going to be one of the most wanted players in the ISL auction, which will be held on the 10th of July 2015.

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