The Kolkata based ISL franchise ATK has probably made the biggest move in ISL history so far as they have finally brought in the A-League Golden Boot winning striker Roy Krishna under their roster in a record breaking deal.
Just a week ago Talk Sports 24×7 was the first to confirm about the final negotiations going on between Krishna and ATK and that the deal is almost done. Finally the flying tigers have confirmed the Fijian born striker for the upcoming season of ISL.
ATK have signed this Indian origin striker on a year deal as Talk Sports 24×7 can confirm. The 31 year old Fijian striker has performed extremely well as he has been the highest goal scorer in A- League this season and has featured in the FIFA team of the year twice.
He joined Wellington Phoenix for the A-League in the season of 2013-14 where he spent the major part of his career. He became a fan favourite at the “Nix” as he scored 51 goals out of his 123 appearances in A-League. In his tenure of six seasons at Wellington Phoenix, Krishna has won the Golden Boot thrice and has also been the Player of the Year thrice. Besides playing in the FIFA Club World Cup, Roy has also made in to the FIFA team of the weak quite often.
At the end of the previous season ATK came out with an offer for Krishna and continued the negotiations very competitively as the later had offers from eminent leagues all around world including J-League, K-League and Major League Soccer. But it seems ATK has got the ball rolling perfectly till the final level as the prolific attacker is confirmed to land at the heart land of football in India for the next season of ISL.
In the last season ATK suffered a lot in their offence as most of their strikers failed to fetch the goals be it with the ball or the fitness making a drought of goals for the flying tigers that once were known for their terrific screamers. But in this transfer window the Red and Whites have made some path breaking moves as they are desperate to restore their lost glory. From his first day at work Antonio Lopez Habas has started in the top gear; as he seems to have made the strongest squad for the upcoming season with some more signings remaining to be confirmed. This time the ATK offence is expected to show some extra depth with a perfect blend of indigenous and foreign strikers in the attacking third as both bear sharp eyes for the goal.