Sanjoy Sen thinks in both ISL and I-league they need more Indian players
The 59 years old ATK Asst coach and Former Mohun Bagan coach Sanjoy Sen who is well known as an Indian young player recruiter. He already recruits many heavyweight players like Prabir Das, Pritam Kotal, Pronoy Halder, Debjit Majumder, SK Faiaz and many more.
Mr. Sanjoy agrees with the proposal of Indian National coach Igor Stimac’s appeal to reduce the number of overseas players in both the Indian Super League (ISL) and I-League. In an interaction with TOI Sanjoy Sen shared his opinion.
Sanjoy sen wants more Indian players in both ISL and I-League
“I will explain this in two ways. Firstly, the country’s champion team will go to play in the AFC championships. In AFC tournaments, one can play only four foreigners, i.e., three foreigners and one Asian quota player.
“You just tell me the name of one striker after Sunil Chetri. There is nobody. You just name one good central defender after Sandesh Jhingan and Anas. If one of them gets injured, we hardly find a replacement. In all our Indian club teams these positions are occupied by foreign players.
“I am not blaming the clubs. They build their team to win tournaments and to make their central defense and striking force strong. They recruit foreigners as they are comparatively better than our players.”
Sanjoy Sen thinks Balwant and Jobby Justine aren’t getting playing time due to foreign players
“You just see, Balwant Singh and Jobby Justin are the best among the Indian strikers. Both of them are at ATK. But, how much game-time have they got? If the foreigners are reduced, then our players will get more games and more game-time and that will certainly help our players to improve their skills.”
Sanjoy Sen thinks ISL has improved its standard this season
“I do agree that the ISL is a good tournament and especially this year it was a splendid competition. I do not doubt that the ISL has improved the standard of Indian football. But, at the same time, we need to think about our national team also and in that context, I am on the same page as Igor Stimac.”
Sanjoy Sen shared his opinion to TOI.