The club’s second choice was Dutch striker Paul Gladon, but Chennaiyin wanted to sign someone from the bio-bubble, which resulted in Nerijus Valskis’ return to the Marina Machans.
Bright Enobakhare was also considered, but the club felt his demands were too high. Henri Anier was also one of the club’s choices but the Estonian was not interested in a move to India.
Having signed with Chennaiyin FC back in 2019, Nerijus Valskis became an instant hit in the Indian Super League as he won the Golden Boot in his very first season in the country. The Lithuanian scored 15 goals and assisted eight times during Chennaiyin’s run to the final.
Valskis, however, along with head-coach Owen Coyle, left Chennaiyin at the end of the 2019/20 season and moved to Jamshedpur FC. The forward scored eight goals in 18 appearances for Jamshedpur last season.
After leaving Chennaiyin nearly a year and a half ago, Valskis is now set to rejoin the club in January. Bosko Bandovic’s team has scored the fewest goals in the league to date and they will hope that the statistic improves with the arrival of Valskis.
Chennaiyin FC will face Valskis’ former club Jamshedpur FC two days later, on 2nd January at the GMC Athletic Stadium.
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