ISL clubs have begun their hunt for new recruitments. Iran is undoubtedly one of the powerhouses of Asian football. Iran’s national football team has been incredible on the biggest football events like World Cup, creating memorable moments. Over the past few years, the country has produced several players capable enough of playing in the top leagues of Europe. As the transfer window in Indian Super League is still open, most of the Indian Super League clubs are searching for a player that would fill their Asian quota. As Indian Super League clubs continue their hunt for foreign players, we will probably see more talents from Iran in ISL. Here, we look at five Iranian players that ISL clubs can target.
1. Ashkan Dejagah
The attacking midfielder was born in Tehran, but he represented Germany at youth levels. Apart from winning the Under 21 Euro with the German Under 21 team, Dejagah went on to play for clubs like Nottingham Forests and VfL Wolfsburg. However, his decision to play for Iran came as a blessing in disguise for Iranian football as he has firmly established himself as one of Iran’s finest attacking midfielders. Be it dead-ball, key passes, or late runs into the box, Dejagah mastered them all. The Iranian captain recently played for Tractor FC in Persian Gulf Pro League. The experienced midfielder can be a brilliant fit in the squad of many Indian Super League clubs. If he somehow agrees on a deal with one of them, it will make the whole upcoming season exciting for Indian football fans.
2. Aghil Kaabi
This Iranian center-back was an integral part of Mes Rafsanjan last season. Over the last few seasons, Aghil Kaabi has shown the consistency, tenacity, and quality of an elite footballer. The 30-year-old was instrumental in the success of Mes Rafsanjan in the Persian Gulf Pro League. Many Indian clubs are searching for a proper Asian center-back; Aghil Kaabi can be the missing piece in the puzzle. However, it will not be easy for the ISL clubs to sign a player of Aghil Kaabi’s calibre, as he will come with a hefty fee. It will be worthwhile to watch where his future lies ahead in the upcoming season.
3. Mohammed Tayebi
Mohammed Tayebi is one of the few center-backs in his country who had the fortune of representing the national football team. Tayebi’s professional career kicked adequately into gear when he joined Naft Omidiyeh in his youth. In the last season, Tayebi was a stalwart in Sanat Naft Abadan’s backline. Known for his pace and quick recovery, Mohammed Tayebi can be a vital addition to some of the Indian Super League clubs. With his contract set to expire at the end of this season, Tayebi looks to consider other options that have been offered to him. Will any of the ISL clubs manage to sign this experienced Iranian backie? That’s a million dollar question.