ATK Mohun Bagan have signed former Northeast United FC fullback Ashutosh Mehta ahead of the 2021-22 ISL. The move marks a return to the club for the 30-year-old right back – he won his second I-League title with Mohun Bagan during the 2019-20 season. His first title was with Aizawl FC in 2016-17.
From Mumbai, Mehta started his professional career in the I-League with the now dissolved Mumbai FC in 2010. He made his I-League debut against HASC (HAL) in the 2011-12 season and was part of the squad up until the 2015-16 season during which he was loaned out to FC Pune City for a season as part of the ISL draft.
He moved to ISL side Mumbai City FC in 2015 and was loaned out to Mumbai FC and Aizawl FC over the next couple of seasons. His loan move to Aizawl FC helped the club become the first team from the Northeast to win the I-League.
Over the next two seasons, Ashutosh left MCFC and spent a season each at ISL sides ATK and FC Pune City before switching over to Mohun Bagan in the I-League and winning the title (2019-20) with them. He was reunited last season at NEUFC with former Aizawl FC manager Khalid Jamil as the team went onto finish third in the 2020-21 ISL and reached the playoffs.
Vastly experienced, Ashutosh has featured in over a 100 I-League games and has 60 appearances to his credit in the ISL.
Analyst’s Take (Amrit & Shlok)
Smart signing and will suit the type of football ATKMB want to play. Can fit in as a RB, RWB or RCB depending on the system or game.Amrit
Undoubtedly a good fit for the Mariners. He’s adept at crossing and will challenge Prabir for that RWB spot – something that they missed last season. He’ll have a solid back-line behind him so that will give him that freedom to bomb forward, and won’t put him under as much pressure to defend.Shlok
Ashutosh Mehta (Stats, 2020-21 ISL League Stage)
|Minutes per game||77|
|Scoring frequency||1226 min|
|Goals per game||0.1|
|Shots per game||0.4|
|Shots on target per game||0.2|
|Big chances missed||2|
|Big chances created||0|
|Accurate per game||13.8 (69%)|
|Acc. own half||6.6 (72%)|
|Acc. opposition half||7.5 (63%)|
|Acc. long balls||1.4 (39%)|
|Acc. chipped passes||0.8 (44%)|
|Acc. crosses||0.4 (29%)|
|Interceptions per game||1|
|Tackles per game||1.7|
|Dribbled past per game||0.8|
|Clearances per game||2.5|
|Error led to shot||0|
|Error led to goal||0|
|Penalty goals conceded||1|
|Succ. dribbles||0.3 (33%)|
|Total duels won||4.4 (56%)|
|Ground duels won||3.0 (53%)|
|Aerial duels won||1.4 (65%)|
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