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Why Subrata Pal is Key for Mumbai ISL Team

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Spending a total of 3.76 crore so far, the Mumbai franchise of the Indian Super League (ISL) brought in quite the haul on the first day in which players were allowed to be drafted.

The team is co-owned by Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor.

Not only were they able to ensure some depth to the squad, but they also made sure to get five big-time players from Indian football: Subrata Pal, Lalrindika Ralte, Syed Rahim NabiRaju Gaikwad and Deepak Mondal.

Mondal is well known domestically for having won the Arjuna Award – given to athletes for outstanding achievement by the national government. 

The most important piece to the roster, however, is the addition of Subrata Pal, one of the most expensive players in the ISL. His presence qualifies Mumbai as the most experienced roster in the league. He has played abroad in Europe in the Danish Superliga and that sort of prominence is important to a young league.

Goalkeepers: Subrata Pal (80 lakh + 33% loan fee share), Ishan Debnath (13 lakh + 25% loan fee share)

Defenders: Raju Gaikwad (25 lakh), Deepak Mondal (20 lakh), Syed Rahim Nabi (80 lakh + 33% loan fee share), Peter Costa (16 lakh + 25% loan fee share)

Midfielders: Lalrindika Ralte (27.5 lakh), Asif Kottayil (23 lakh + 50% loan fee share), Rohit Mirza (3.5 lakh), Ram Malik (7 lakh), Lalrinfela (16 lakh + 25% loan fee share)

Forwards: Singam Subash Singh (15.5 lakh + 50% loan fee share), Nadong Bhutia (12 lakh + 25% loan fee share), Sushil Kumar Singh (39 lakh + 33% loan fee share)

Rohit Ghosh is a Senior Writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RohitGhosh. “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.