ISL: Why Sandesh Jhingan will and should be 'hot property' in the transfer market?

One of the hottest developments of the off-season in Indian football has been the news of Sandesh Jhingan's exit from Kerala Blasters. The central defender had been an integral part of the Indian Super League (ISL) side ever since their inception and had become their poster boy of sorts. While not many clubs in India would have thought about recruiting Jhingan when the season finished back in March, it is very much a possibility now. There are indications that Jhingan was holding out for a foreign trial but nothing has materialised till now amid the Coronavirus pandemic. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has made it clear that it intends to implement the '3+1' foreigner rule in the I-League and the ISL. In fact, during a recent meeting of the AIFF Executive Committee, President Praful Patel communicated the same to ISL representatives who agreed in principle to the suggestion. We have seen that most coaches prefer to operate with two foreign central defenders in the previous seasons and fit in Indian full-backs around them. Another common theme that has been observed is that key positions in central midfield and attack are always made up of foreigners in most teams. But the fact is that Jhingan has parted ways with Kerala Blasters and stands out like a beacon in the market.