ISL 2020-21 | 5 Foreign players who failed to live up to expectations

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3. Bakary Koné

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The most capped player of Burkina Faso was signed by Kerala Blasters after the Tuskers’ missed out on signing Tiri. Kone came to the ISL after enjoying an illustrious career playing in France. The defender played for the likes of Guingamp, Lyon, and Malaga where he was a first-team regular. He joined the Blasters after falling out of favor with the coaching staff at the Russian club Arsenal Tula. However, the West African player failed to replicate his past performances. His team was second in most goals conceded after Odisha FC with 36. The lackluster performances by Koné heavily accounted for Kerala’s poor defense and failure to qualify for the knock-outs.

2. Steven Taylor

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Odisha FC’s captain and one of the biggest signings in the summer transfer window turned out to be one of the major disappointments this season. Taylor played for Newcastle United for more than a decade before joining A-League side Wellington Phoenix. The 35-year-old defender could not live up to the trust placed upon him and failed to lead Odisha’s backline as his team ended up conceding 44 goals, most in this ISL season, and finished at the bottom of the league table.