Weekly Transfer Roundup: Dimi stays in Kerala Blasters and Aaryan Saroha joins Hyderabad FC

Dimitrios Diamantakos

Be it Jason Cummings coming to Mohan Bagan Super Giants or Siverio of Hyderabad to East Bengal. We got you covered. Read all transfer updates of this week in our Weekly Transfer Roundup.

In our last week round-up, we had talked about East Bengal signing 2 players and assigning a new coach. Furthermore, FC Goa signed 5 new players. However, this week’s major transfer update is about Hyderabad FC’s young squad scattering away to the other ISL teams.


1. Dimitrios Diamantakos’s time at Kerala Blasters has been extended

Dimitrios Diamantakos has signed a new deal with Kerala Blasters, which will keep him at the club until 2024.

The Greek striker who spearheaded the Kerala Blasters attack last season will lead the forward charge at Kerala Blasters FC once again. Hoping to add to his record of 12 goals in 24 games. In both the Indian Super League 2022-23 and the Hero Super Cup 2023.

Karolis Skinkys, Kerala Blasters Sporting Director, said on the extension: “Dimitrios has been a total team player for us at Kerala Blasters, last season whenever the team needed a moment of inspiration, he always came through for us, his experience and talent.”

2. Hyderabad FC

Aaryan Saroha has signed a multi-year contract with Hyderabad FC

With Laxmikant Kattimani sidelined due to injury, it was believed that Hyderabad FC will recruit a new custodian to reinforce the position. Aaryan Saroha’s addition will not only give consistency to the goalkeeping department, but also some Spanish flair, since Saroha has been playing in Spain since 2018. Furthermore, he is well-liked by the staff members of the clubs where he has worked.

Saroha was born in Uttar Pradesh and grew up in New Delhi. He played for the CD Zafranar junior club, with whom he made his debut in the Regional Junior Second Division in Valencia (Spain) in 2019. The 23-year-old has been a member of the academy since September of 2018. He formerly played for Delhi United in the I-League 2.

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Other HFC players going out

In terms of the Indian contingent, Mohun Bagan Super Giants have already signed Akash Mishra. Mumbai City was also interested in signing him, but it appears that Akash’s paperwork will be finalised before the end of the week. In addition,  head coach Manolo Marquez is on his way to FC Goa, implying that the club would need to hire a new coach before the start of the next season.

Hyderabad FC’s international players are set to face significant changes, with only captain Joao Victor guaranteed to remain.

Moreover, Javier Siverio, who has made an impact off the bench for the Nizams, is expected to join East Bengal FC. Other ISL teams are keen to entice a few more players from Hyderabad FC’s excellent squad.

The six-foot-tall striker had joined Hyderabad FC ahead of the 2021-22 Hero ISL season. He began his youth career with Laguna before moving on to the junior system of Spanish Segunda Division club Las Palmas in 2015.

3. Jorge Peryera Diaz, Rostyn Griffiths and Noguera have agreed to extend their contracts with Mumbai City FC

Diaz, 32, scored 11 goals and had six assists in 20 ISL games, as well as one goal and three assists in four 2022 Durand Cup games. Diaz was a threat in the opponents’ final third, with a 28% goal conversion percentage and 0.55 goals per game, as well as a passing accuracy of 74.16%.

Diaz’s speed and toughness make him a fearsome poacher for any side he plays for. Along with his ability to score goals, he is also recognised for generating opportunities for his teammates, which he is frequently seen doing during the season.

Meanwhile, Noguera was a key player in the midfield, managing the game while also leading the show and launching waves of Mumbai attacks. This season, the 33-year-old Spaniard recorded four goals and one assist in the ISL.

Notably, in most of the matches, Noguera was used as a late replacement to control the remaining time in the game and help the Islanders win. Noguera also recorded 11 interceptions, 15 blocks, and 55 tackles, demonstrating that he offered defensive cover when needed in addition to his regular offensive role of shooting and crossing.

Rostyn Griffiths proved to impede opposing attackers in the Islanders’ defence. His dominating presence was extremely useful in both defence and offence, particularly from set pieces. For example, despite playing as a centre defender this season, Rostyn managed to score a goal and assist.

Griffiths had a passing accuracy of 90.29% and an average pass/game of 44.24, indicating that he is a major element of Mumbai’s philosophy or preferred style of play, which is to hold the ball and construct attacks from the back.

4. Bengaluru FC has signed Hyderabad FC’s Halicharan Narzary and Rohit Danu

Narzary had a strong season in the just finished ISL, scoring three goals and giving six assists in 19 games. The 28-year-old winger has been with Hyderabad FC since 2020.

He has been a menace from the left side for the opposition under the supervision of Manolo Marquez. He has played in the ISL for FC Goa, NorthEast United, Kerala Blasters, and Chennaiyin FC.

Danu, who has represented India at the U-16, U-17, and U-20 levels, is another fantastic addition to Bengaluru FC. The attacker joined the Nizams before the 2020-21 season after previously playing with the Indian Arrows. He helped Hyderabad FC to the ISL semi-finals in his rookie season.

Danu only has two goals and one assist in the 2021-22 season. The 20-year-old finished the ISL season without a goal or an assist.

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