Lock, stock, and barrel. ATK Mohun Bagan are ready to fire all guns blazing in the next edition of the Indian Super League (ISL).
They had been making the right moves in the transfer market with the signings of Finnish midfielder Joni Kauko, Deepak Tangri, Ashutosh Mehta, and with the addition of Hugo Boumous, the writing is clear on the wall. The Mariners want to be the league champions and compete at the highest level in Asia.
The French midfielder joined the Kolkata-based side for an undisclosed fee which is already touted to have broken all records in Indian football and is expected to be in excess of INR 2 Crore. He was one of the best players in the league in the past couple of seasons in ISL and the likes of Roy Krishna and Manvir Singh will be delighted to have a player with such creativity behind them.
What can ATK Mohun Bagan fans expect of Hugo Boumous?
Simply put – a bounty of assists, and a few goals as well. His vision to find out players in the attacking third remains unparalleled and with the likes of Krishna and Singh upfront, goal scoring should not be a problem for Bagan.
Boumous has played 58 games so far in ISL and has been involved in 42 goals (19 goals and 23 assists).
Who has created the most number of big chances in ISL?
Boumous can dictate the tempo of a match and can control proceedings with his wide range of passing. He likes to go forward with the ball and there are only a few players in ISL who can be as menacing as him in the attacking third. Since the beginning of the 2018-19 season, no player has made more assists than him in the league (21), seven more than any other player. 14 of these assists were from open play.
The two-time ISL Shield winner has also created the most number of big chances since the 2018-19 season, which further amplifies his impact in the opponents’ half.
Boumous- The difference maker
With Boumous on the field, Mumbai City’s chances of winning a match went up by almost 20 per cent.
|Stat||With Boumous||Without Boumous|
|Passing Accuracy in final third||67.4%||64.5%|
|Passing Accuracy in opposition half||73%||71.8%|