Indian Super League

Sahal Abdul Samad admits ISL 2021/22 season was his best for Kerala Blasters

Arjun Singh Devgan
Sahal was on his best form for Kerala Blasters last season
Sahal was on his best form for Kerala Blasters last season / ISL

Kerala Blasters FC star, Sahal Abdul Samad has opened up on the recently concluded Indian Super League (ISL) season, revealing that the 2021/22 campaign has unleashed the best version of him so far.

Samad was making a comeback of sorts in the 2021/22 ISL campaign, scoring six goals for the club, which ensured that he became the first Indian player to achieve the feat for the Blasters. What was even more impressive was that the 25-year-old scored at crucial moments, with the playmaker playing a key role in their run to the semifinal stage.

"In every way, this season was my best yet. The best part was how confident I felt. The trust shown in me by the coach and my teammates helped me play freely, I think that's why I could do so well. I hope next season is even better. Nothing changes. The hard work, the hustle, it all continues," the youngster said in an interview with The Bridge.

Of the six goals that the midfielder scored, he reiterated that his volleyed strike against Mumbai City FC was one that stood out for him and it is something that he still replays in his mind as it was a special goal for him.

"I'm still replaying it (the goal against Mumbai City FC) in my mind, I think it'll always be there. That was a special goal for me, it changed the whole atmosphere of the match," Samad added.

His performances this season has seen him being linked to a number of clubs, though the player for his part is keen to remain in Kerala for the foreseeable future as he intends to honour his contract which runs till 2025.