#ISLDraft2017: Blasters had a busy day, but did they rope in enough?

Sumedh Pande  |  Transfer Window  |  1 Year Ago

St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai was the venue where the Indian players' draft for the 2017 edition of the Indian Super League took place. 205 players went through the draft process to know their future in the country's elite football league. 15 rounds happened one after the other, where each team had a salary cap of 12.5 crore rupees to bring together their home grown contingent. Kerala Blasters had a tough time in the formative rounds but got hold of their desired players in the latter stages. 



The finalists of the 2014 and 2016 season were allowed to enter the draft from the third round after already retaining Sandesh Jhingan and CK Vineeth earlier in the month. Manager Rene Meulensteen and assistant coach Thangboi Singto were present at the draft along with the club CEO Varun Tripuraneni. Kerala spent close to 3 crores in today's draft and signed 13 players. Good business, huh?



The first buy for the Blasters was the experienced defender Rino Anto who eventually became their costliest buy at 55 lakhs. Former Aizawl FC defender Lalruatthara followed suit and will be seen in a yellow shirt this season. Blasters opted for Milan Singh next who last played for Delhi Dynamos. Upcoming was the versatile experienced midfielder Arata Izumi who joined the Blasters for 40 lakhs. 


Goalkeeper Subhashish Roy Choudhary was the only custodian that the Blasters chose to invest in. ISL experienced customers like Jackichand Singh and Siam Hanghal were the next buys for the Sachin Tendulkar co-owned side. The last five rounds of the draft saw Kerala concentrating on the young developmental players as they picked up a few budding youngsters who have emerged on the scene. Here is the complete list of the players that Kerala Blasters signed ahead of the much anticipated ISL 2017: 



CK Vineeth (retained)


Sandesh Jhingan (retained)


Prashanth K


Rino Anto




Milan Singh


Arata Izumi


Subhashish Roy Chowdhury


Jackichand Singh


Siam Hanghal




Pritam Kumar Singh


Samuel Shadap


Loken Meitei


Karan Sawhney


Ajith Sivan



Kerala Blasters have assembled a strong Indian unit in this draft with the attacking force featuring exciting talents like Vineeth and Jackichand. The defence will be solidified by the arrival of Rino Anto and Lalruatthara to help out the retained Sandesh Jhingan. Though the Blasters missed out on signing Eugeneson Lyngdoh as ATK snatched him from their clutches, Rene Muelensteen and his staff will be happy with the business done by them with former Manchester United assistant coach hoping to take his new side to the ISL title this year.



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