Kerala Blasters have brought onboard Bosnian defender Enes Sipović who was at Chennaiyin FC last season.
Born in Sarajevo, the six foot five inch centre-back spent his formative years at the academy of local club FK Željezničar Sarajevo. He turned pro with Romanian club Oțelul Galați in 2009 and helped them to the top-tier Liga I title in the 2010-11 season.
Sipović left Oțelul Galați in early 2015 and over the next few years played club football in Belgium and Morocco before returning to his hometown club FK Željezničar Sarajevo in 2019 for a brief period. Enes then switched over to Qatari top division club Umm Salal SC from where he joined Chennaiyin FC ahead of the 2020-21 ISL season.
The 30-year-old is the first Bosnian player in the ISL and featured in 18 of the 20 matches Chennai played in their league campaign last season. He joins the Blasters on a season-long contract.
Sipovic is strong, good in the air and can be a rock at the heart of the defence.
After the disaster class in the defence last season, KBFC are hoping a more consistent and no-nonsense approach from their new signing.
Potential weaknesses in his game are his lack of pace and a slight shortage in his ball playing ability – massive indications of the kind of football we can expect from the Blasters this season.Amrit
Enes Sipovic, Stats, ISL 2020-21 League Stage
|Minutes per game||82|
|Scoring frequency||0 min|
|Goals per game||0|
|Shots per game||0.7|
|Shots on target per game||0.1|
|Big chances missed||1|
|Big chances created||0|
|Accurate per game||22.3 (77%)|
|Acc. own half||16.8 (87%)|
|Acc. opposition half||5.6 (58%)|
|Acc. long balls||2.6 (41%)|
|Acc. chipped passes||1.7 (45%)|
|Acc. crosses||0.1 (100%)|
|Interceptions per game||0.8|
|Tackles per game||1.4|
|Dribbled past per game||0.7|
|Clearances per game||3.7|
|Error led to shot||0|
|Error led to goal||0|
|Penalty goals conceded||0|
|Succ. dribbles||0.0 (0%)|
|Total duels won||4.3 (60%)|
|Ground duels won||1.6 (48%)|
|Aerial duels won||2.7 (69%)|