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2023-24 ISL Transfer Roundup: Complete List of Transfers in the Winter Transfer Window 2024

As the ISL action continues to captivate football enthusiasts across the nation, teams are gearing up for a pivotal moment in the 2023-24 season – the winter transfer window. With Kerala Blasters leading the charge, closely followed by the formidable FC Goa and determined Odisha FC, the league is in the midst of intense competition.

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ISL Season 10, Image Credits – YouTube

The approaching transfer window has sparked anticipation and excitement within the footballing community. Teams are strategizing and contemplating moves to bolster their squads for the challenges that lie ahead in the second half of the season. As fans eagerly await the unveiling of new signings and brace for potential departures, the league dynamics are set to undergo a significant transformation.

Stay tuned as the ISL landscape braces itself for the mid-season shake-up, where every transfer could be a game-changer, shaping the destiny of teams vying for glory in the Indian Super League.

Mid-Season Shake-Up: 2023-24 ISL Transfer as Teams Gear Up for Winter

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Hero ISL Trophy, Image Credits – Goal

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Bengaluru FC

In the summer, Bengaluru FC embarked on a journey of transformation, revamping their overseas squad with notable signings like Curtis Main and Keeziah Veendrop. The expectations were high for the Bengaluru-based outfit as they geared up for the new season. However, things took an unexpected turn as the team faced a rocky start, leading to the dismissal of head coach Simon Grayson.

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Bengaluru FC Logo, Image Credits – Wikipedia

Stepping into the spotlight, Gerard Zaragoza assumed the role of head coach, and under his guidance, Bengaluru FC experienced a positive shift, securing a victory and a draw in his first two games in charge. Despite the improved performance, the Blues find themselves in a position where strategic investments are crucial to secure a spot in the playoffs.

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As of now, the transfer window for Bengaluru FC has been marked by silence, with no arrivals or departures reported. However, with the playoff race intensifying, the need for smart investments and addressing squad issues becomes paramount.

Arrivals : N/A

Departures : N/A

Chennaiyin FC


Chennaiyin FC has faced a challenging start under the familiar face of Owen Coyle. Notably, they have conceded the highest number of goals (22) in the league, signaling a crucial area for improvement during the break. Coyle, known for his adeptness in working with young talents, has a group of promising youngsters in the squad whom he is keen on grooming and developing.

However, the journey so far has been a roller coaster for the team, struggling to find stability on the field. The midfield and full-back positions have emerged as pain points, demanding a nuanced approach and players who seamlessly integrate into the squad.

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Chennaiyin FC Logo, Image Credits – Wikipedia

A notable addition to the team comes in the form of Mobashir Rahman, a central midfielder on loan from East Bengal. This acquisition reflects the club’s proactive approach to address the midfield challenges. As the team aims to solidify its position in the ongoing season, the fans eagerly anticipate further moves that could fortify the squad.

Given Coyle’s familiarity with the league and its players, there’s a possibility that he may leverage the winter transfer window to bring in players of his preference.

The departure column remains blank for now, signaling stability in the existing roster. However, the quest for a settled and cohesive team continues, requiring not just talent but also players who can seamlessly blend into the Chennaiyin FC ethos.

Arrivals : Mobashir Rahman

Departures : N/A

East Bengal FC

East Bengal FC made significant strides in the summer transfer window, evident in their improved gameplay. Despite a setback of three consecutive losses, the team staged an impressive comeback, remaining unbeaten in the last five matches and showcasing defensive prowess with four consecutive clean sheets, totaling five for the season – a notable improvement from the three achieved in the entire last season.

However, the primary challenge lies in chance creation. Despite having notable players like Nandhakumar Sekar, Mahesh Singh, Borja Herrera, and Cleiton Silva, the team has only managed to create 80 chances, the fewest in the league. Strengthening this aspect is a priority for East Bengal.

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East Bengal FC Logo, Image Credits – Wikipedia

While their defense ranks as the second-best in terms of goals conceded, the offense lags behind as the third-worst, scoring only 11 goals. The goal drought for forward Javier Siverio adds to the concerns, with only four players finding the back of the net. The absence of an Indian forward is a notable gap that the team aims to address.

In the midst of these challenges, Souvik Chakrabarti has emerged as a key player, redeeming himself and becoming integral to Carles Cuadrat’s system. With Souvik’s importance, the team recognizes the need for a suitable replacement in his absence, particularly to partner with Saul Crespo.

As of now, the arrivals and departures columns remain untouched, suggesting a stable squad composition. However, the focus for East Bengal is undoubtedly on finding a foreign striker who can ignite the goal-scoring spark the team desperately needs. Cuadrat’s tactical acumen will be put to the test as he navigates the complexities of the transfer market in search of a player who can seamlessly fit into the team’s dynamics.

Arrivals : N/A

Departures : N/A

FC Goa

FC Goa has emerged as a formidable force in the ongoing season, showcasing a well-drilled and disciplined approach under the guidance of Manolo Marquez. The management’s astute decisions during the summer transfer window have borne fruit, positioning FC Goa as the only unbeaten side in the competition.

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FC Goa Logo, Image Credits – Wikipedia

While the squad stands strong with no reported arrivals or departures, a crucial void needs addressing. The absence of Victor Rodriguez, sidelined due to an ACL injury, necessitates the search for a worthy replacement. The club’s focus remains on securing a player who can seamlessly step into Rodriguez’s shoes and contribute to the team’s continued success.

Arrivals : N/A

Departures : N/A

Hyderabad FC

Hyderabad FC finds itself in the eye of a financial storm, marking one of the most challenging periods for an ISL club. Reports of unpaid player dues are circulating, casting a shadow over the team’s stability. The repercussions of this financial turmoil are expected to manifest in the upcoming January transfer window, with several players contemplating departures, possibly on a free basis or involving transfer fees.

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Hyderabad Football Club, Image Credits – Wikipedia

This season, Hyderabad FC has seen a stark decline compared to their previous performances, finding themselves at the bottom of the table with only four points from 11 matches. The Yellow and Black outfit is yet to secure a victory in the current campaign, facing a significant challenge. With the least number of goals scored (5) and jointly the second-worst defensive record, having conceded 19 goals, there is a clear need for improvement.

As of now, the arrivals and departures columns for Hyderabad FC remain empty, symbolizing the uncertainty surrounding the squad’s future composition.

Arrivals : N/A

Departures : N/A

Jamshedpur FC

Jamshedpur FC has been prolific in creating chances, ranking second with 107 opportunities, yet struggles with goal conversion, finding themselves in the 9th position for goals scored (12) this season. This poor conversion rate and a lack of composure in front of the goal have resulted in a 10th position on the points table, with only nine points from 12 matches.

Jamshedpur FC embarked on a journey of transformation in the summer, appointing Scott Cooper and making significant investments. However, the results failed to align with expectations, leaving the team languishing in the 10th spot on the ISL table. The disappointment escalated as Cooper departed, citing differences of opinion with the management.

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Jamshedpur FC Logo, Image Credits – Wikipedia

To compound their challenges, the absence of experienced players Pronay Halder and Ritwik Das, set to be sidelined for an extended period, presents a void that Jamshedpur FC aims to address.

In the wake of this shake-up, Khalid Jamil steps into the role of head coach, inheriting the challenge of reviving the team’s fortunes. As of now, the arrivals and departures columns for Jamshedpur FC stand empty, indicating a pause in transfer activities. However, with Jamil at the helm, fans anticipate strategic moves to bolster the squad across various departments.

Arrivals : N/A

Departures : N/A

Kerala Blasters FC

Kerala Blasters FC has claimed the top spot on the table, defying multiple injury setbacks within the squad. Adrian Luna and Aibhanbha Dohling’s season-ending injuries have tested the team’s depth and resolve. However, a silver lining emerges as Freddy Lallawmawma, Vibin Mohanan, and Jeakson Singh are expected to make their return before the commencement of the second half of the season.

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Kerala Blasters FC Logo, Image Credits – Wikipedia

As of now, the arrivals and departures columns for Kerala Blasters FC are vacant, signaling stability in the current squad. The Blasters’ faithful can anticipate the return of key players to fortify the team further in the upcoming fixtures.

Arrivals : N/A

Departures : N/A

Mohun Bagan Super Giant

Mohun Bagan Super Giant made headlines with a colossal investment over the summer, securing the services of numerous star players, both domestic and overseas. Despite the high-profile acquisitions, the team faced disappointment by failing to qualify for the AFC Cup knockouts. Mohun Bagan Super Giant bid farewell to Juan Ferrando and welcomed back the seasoned strategist, Antonio Lopez Habas, marking his third stint with the club. Habas, hailed as the most successful coach in the ISL, brings with him a formidable track record, boasting two championship titles and a runner-up position.

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Mohun Bagan Super Giant, Image Credits – Wikipedia

Injuries have further compounded the challenges for the Kolkata Giants, disrupting the dynamics of their star-studded squad. The arrivals and departures columns for Mohun Bagan Super Giant are currently vacant, signifying a period of stability amidst the uncertainties.

 Arrivals : N/A

Departures : N/A

Mumbai City FC

Mumbai City FC, accustomed to high standards, is navigating through a challenging season, marked by difficulties in their ACL campaign. Adding to the complexities, head coach Des Buckingham stepped down from his position, paving the way for Peter Kratky to take the reins in early December. Despite these hurdles, the team maintains stability, and the upcoming transfer window is not expected to be a bustling one.

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Mumbai City FC Logo, Image Credits – Wikipedia

As of now, both the arrivals and departures columns for Mumbai City FC remain empty, indicating a period of consolidation and strategic planning. The stability of the squad becomes a focal point as Kratky aims to bring steadiness to the team and steer them back to their winning ways.

Arrivals : N/A

Departures : N/A

NorthEast United FC

NorthEast United FC began the season with optimism, appointing Juan Pedro Benali as their new tactician. The Highlanders had a positive start, but recent performances have raised significant concerns. As they grapple with on-field challenges, the club is actively looking for reinforcements across multiple departments.

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NorthEast United FC Logo, Image Credits – Wikipedia

As of now, the arrivals and departures columns for NorthEast United FC are unmarked, suggesting a potential window for strategic moves in the upcoming transfer window. The club’s faithful eagerly await updates on the recruitment front as they anticipate signings that could address the team’s current performance woes.

Arrivals : N/A

Departures : N/A

Odisha FC

Odisha FC underwent a significant transformation with the appointment of the experienced Sergio Lobera as their head coach. The Spaniard strategically brought in players with whom he had prior experience, and these signings have proven to be a success for the Kalinga Warriors. Despite a slow start, the Lobera-led side has found its rhythm and boasts an unbeaten run in the last eight matches.

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Odisha FC Logo, Image Credits – Wikipedia

Remarkably, Odisha FC, despite creating the second-fewest chances (85), leads the league in goals scored with 22, showcasing their clinical efficiency in front of goal. However, the attacking-minded side aims to enhance its creative prowess in the second half of the season.

With a month-long break and the winter transfer window in play, Sergio Lobera now has the opportunity to further mold his squad. The recent arrival of Vignesh Dakshinamurthy from Hyderabad FC adds depth to the team. Fans await potential moves aligning with Lobera’s vision as Odisha FC sets sights on further success in the Indian Super League.

Arrivals : Vignesh Dakshinamurthy (on loan from Hyderabad FC)

Departures : N/A

Punjab FC

As the newest entrant to the ISL, Punjab FC has faced a challenging initiation into the league. With only one win in their opening 12 matches, secured against Chennaiyin FC in their 11th game, the team acknowledges the need for improvement. Despite the initial struggles, signs of progress are emerging, particularly in their defensive performances.

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Punjab FC Logo, Image Credits – Wikipedia

The fine margins of their losses highlight a need for enhanced concentration, a key area the team aims to address. While Punjab FC has showcased defensive resilience, the challenge lies in translating this into a more potent attacking threat. With only nine goals in 12 matches, the team recognizes the importance of bolstering their attacking prowess.

The winter transfer window presents a crucial opportunity for Punjab FC to reinforce their squad with quality players. As of now, the arrivals and departures columns remain empty, but fans eagerly await potential moves that could elevate the team’s performance in the latter half of the season.

Arrivals : N/A

Departures : N/A

FAQ

  1. When will ISL 2023-24 resume?

    The confirmation of the final date and venue for the second half of the ISL, scheduled from February to April, is eagerly awaited.

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