Jamshedpur FC have been flattered so far in the Indian Super League, and have yet to break into the Top 4 of the league in the 4 years they’ve played. The Red Steelers will be looking to end this season’s play-off drought and look to claim their first title.
Ahead of Jamshedpur FC’s season opener against SC East Bengal on November 21, we take a look at Jamshedpur FC’s foreign roster for the Indian Super League 2021/22 season.
Jamshedpur FC’s foreign players
Jamshedpur FC manager from last season, Peter Hartley was a rock in defence. He joined the team in 2020 and has played for prestigious European clubs such as Motherwell, Blackpool and Sunderland earlier in his career. In the last season, he made 19 appearances for Jamshedpur and helped his team keep 9 clean sheets all season. He scored 2 goals and had an impressive defensive record, coming to nothing with 52 tackles, 72 saves and 23 saves.
Greg Steward joins Jamshedpur FC from Scotland’s Rangers in 2021, after winning the Scottish Premiership last season under the management of Steven Gerrard. As an attacking midfielder, he has spent most of his career in Scotland and also has experience in the EFL Championship. In his 15th season of a career, Greg Stewart has made 354 appearances and scored an impressive 89 goals in them.
Alexandre Lima is also one of the players retained by Jamshedpur FC this year. The Brazilian is very familiar with the style of their coach Owen Coyle, and their relationship dates back to the Major League Soccer days when they were both in Houston. The 32-year-old made 19 appearances for Red Steel last season and will once again be their key player in 2021/22.
Nerijus Valskis is one of the top strikers to have played in the Indian Super League over the past few years. The Lithuanian international won the league by storm in his first season in India with Chennaiyin FC and won the Golden Boot after scoring 15 goals in the 2019/20 season. He joined Jamshedpur FC the following season and scored eight goals in his first season with Red Steel. he will once again be their leading figure this season and Owen Coyle will rely on him for the majority of goals for his team.
Brazilian defender Eli Sabia was proven in the Indian Super League and was brought back to Jamshedpur FC after spending four seasons with Chennaiyin FC. He is a casual defender who will also put his leadership skills first in the heart of defence. During his time with Chennaiyin FC, he scored 67 appearances for them, scoring 2 goals. The combination of Sabia and Hartley in defence could make Jamshedpur FC one of the most difficult teams to break, should Owen Coyle decide to use them as a pair.
Jordan Murray will be the club’s sole representative from the AFC nations after he was brought into the club this season from the Kerala producers. The Australian striker had a fantastic season with Kerala last year, where he scored seven goals in 19 games in the Indian Super League. Murray will be Jamshedpur FC’s new No 10 this year and has shown his scoring form in the opening games of the season in the build-up to ISL’s eighth tournament.
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