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NEUFC fullback Ashutosh Mehta returns to ATK Mohun Bagan

NEUFC fullback Ashutosh Mehta returns to ATK Mohun Bagan
Ashutosh Mehta | Source: I-League

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)

MATCHES
Total played16
Started14
Minutes per game77
ATTACKING
Goals1
Scoring frequency1226 min
Goals per game0.1
Shots per game0.4
Shots on target per game0.2
Big chances missed2
PASSING
Assists2
Touches40.6
Big chances created0
Key passes0.3
Accurate per game13.8 (69%)
Acc. own half6.6 (72%)
Acc. opposition half7.5 (63%)
Acc. long balls1.4 (39%)
Acc. chipped passes0.8 (44%)
Acc. crosses0.4 (29%)
DEFENDING
Clean sheets2
Interceptions per game1
Tackles per game1.7
Possession won0
Dribbled past per game0.8
Clearances per game2.5
Error led to shot0
Error led to goal0
Penalty goals conceded1
OTHERS
Succ. dribbles0.3 (33%)
Total duels won4.4 (56%)
Ground duels won3.0 (53%)
Aerial duels won1.4 (65%)
Possession lost11.8
Fouls1.1
Was fouled1.1
CARDS0.2
Cards
Yellow4
Yellow-Red0
Red cards0
Source: SofaScore

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