BY A STAFF REPORTER: The Indian Super League (ISL) will start in a few days. Over the years, the Indian Super League has witnessed the emergence of several young talents who have shown immense potential, fulfilled their promises and are now appreciated by fans across the country. As always, the ISL is all set to unveil some young talent in the 2023-24 season, who will be ready to shine on the field. List of young Indian players to keep an eye on the ISL 2023-24 season:
Parthiv Gogoi (NorthEast United FC) – Last season may have been a forgettable one for NorthEast United FC, but at least the Highlanders were able to uncover a true gem in Parthiv Gogoi. The young winger-forward has seemingly come out of nowhere. He was signed by NorthEast United FC on behalf of Indian Arrows in last season's summer transfer window. The 20-year-old took almost no time to adapt to his new environment and was an almost automatic selection in the ISL last season, where he scored three goals and assisted in 18 games.
Vivin Mohanan (Kerala Blasters FC) – The 20-year-old Mohanan of the Kerala Blasters FC youth team has seen sporadic minutes in the Blasters midfield in the 2022-23 season. He made his ISL debut in a 4-0 loss to Mumbai City FC last season after a stellar campaign in the 2022 Durand Cup. Mohanan played four ISL matches last season, where he showcased many of his visionary qualities. The central midfielder travelled to Greece in July and trained with ofi Crete's first team, gaining valuable experience. He competed in the recently concluded Durand Cup, contributing three assists in two appearances. With the experience gained in the pre-season, Mohanan wants to further improve his skills in the upcoming ISL campaign.
Abdul Rabeeh (Hyderabad FC) – With promising performances in the last two seasons in the ISL, Rabeeh may have been on the field, contributing with assists. However, he did not get a place in the first XI due to the presence of experienced players in his position. Now, with the departure of Halicharan Narzary and Rohit Danu, Rabih can finally confirm the primary role. A quick and complex player on the wing, Rabih excels with the ball at his feet and is able to tackle defenders or provide accurate crosses. He joined Hyderabad FC in the 2021-22 season and was also part of the ISL Cup winning team.
Muhammad Nemil (FC Goa) – The young attacking midfielder caught the attention of many at the 2021 Durand Cup, where he showed his dribbling skills and eyes for goals. Nemil scored four goals in six matches to beat Mohammedan SC in the final in Kolkata to win the title.
Samuel Kinshi (Punjab FC) - Born in Meghalaya, Kinshi came through Shillong Lajong FC. The 23-year-old has been impressive in the I-League with an incredible campaign for Real Kashmir FC, working in various midfield positions. He played 21 matches in the I-League last season, scoring six goals and providing five assists. After joining the newly promoted Punjab FC in the ISL, Kinshi's aim is to stay where he left last season. Head coach Stykos Vergitis will look to build relationships with the talented midfielder and hone his skills by giving him more playing time in the upcoming season.