The I-League in recent years has faced a lot of hardships. The glitz and glamour of the Indian Super League has overshadowed the I-League arguably in almost every department. In sheer contrast to Indian Super League’s success story, I-League’s legacy has begun to fade away. The Indian Super League’s viewership is on the rise but the Viewership of the I-League is plummeting at a rapid pace. Apart from the young talents on show, nothing seems to be appealing about the I-League. Even with all this neglect and penury, the I-League has constantly managed to produce gifted young talents. The emerging young talents of the I-League are often lured away by the Indian Super League clubs. So in this list, we take a look at 5 young I-League talents who we think the Indian Super League clubs should target.
The emerging talent from the god’s own country had a scintillating debut season in the I-League with Gokulam Kerala FC. The former Kerala Blasters youth player was a huge success story in a historic title-winning season for Gokulam Kerala FC. Promoting Emil Benny into the senior team turned out to be a masterstroke from Italian Gaffer Vincenzo Annese. The 20-year-old should already be on the wishlist of several Indian Super League clubs as he bagged the I-League Emerging player award. From missing the title-deciding spot-kick in the Kerala Premier League final to winning the I-League trophy Emil has progressed rapidly in such a short period of time. Emil scored 3 goals and provided 2 assists in the recently concluded I-League season.