Player Analysis: Can Roy Krishna add “double strength” to the BFC squad this season?

Roy Krishna

Roy Krishna joined Bengaluru FC ahead of the 2022-23 season.

Roy Krishna, the thirty-four-year old Indo-Fijian striker, signed a multi-year deal with Indian Super League Bengaluru FC on a free transfer. Roy played prolifically for his former side ATK Mohun Bagan for three long years and scored 39 goals in 57 appearances.

He joined Bengaluru FC ahead of the 2022-23 season and already scored 2 goals in the Durand Cup 2022.

Prior Experience:

Roy started his career with Fijian club Lasaba FC in the 2006-07 season, after that he joined New Zealand Championship side Waitakere United. There he scored 72 goals in 103 matches with 57 assists.

Then after a short stint with Auckland City he joined Australian A-League side Wellington Pheonix and scored 51 goals in only 123 matches. He debuted for the Fiji National Team on August 2006 since then he scored 32 goals in 45 matches.

From the statistics it is quite evident that he is a goal-poacher. The Indo-Fijian joined the then ISL-side ATK, and stayed with ATK-MohunBagan after the merger. In the last few years with ATKMB he scored almost 40 goals with many match-winning assists.

Will ATK Mohun Bagan miss their Experienced Custodian this season?

Roy Krishna played mostly as a proper number nine or a box striker. The captain of the Fiji national team scored 92 goals along with 45 assists as a Centre-forward. Roy played under Spanish coach Juan Ferrando in the 2021-22 season.

But Juan being a firm believer of False-nine system couldn’t fit Roy in his plans. And as a result Roy being a “poacher” didn’t find himself happy in the cold dressing rooms. Atlast, after the 2021-22 season Juan released him. But now, ATK Mohun Bagan is surely facing problems scoring goals.

Players are dribbling past the defenders, they’re dominating the midfield but are failing to find the back of the net. Surely, Juan will solve these problems as early as possible in order to  succeed in the upcoming season.

How can Roy fit into the BFC squad this season?

Bengaluru FC’s newly appointed coach Simon Grayson is fond of 3-5-2 formation with dual striking force in the upfront. Already in the ongoing Durand Cup, Roy scored 2 goals with 2 assists alongside Sunil Chhetri.

The Indian National Team captain and the Fijian National Team captain will surely complement each other in this season. With the services of Prabir Das, Udanta Singh, Faisal Ali in the wings of BFC, Roy-Chhetri duo will do wonders in the final half of the opponent team.

Usually, Sunil Chhetri’s shirt number is 11, and Krishna’s is 22. Double power action loading for BFC? Maybe!

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