IT WAS AN assortment of multiple factors that led to Chennaiyin FC, a well-established ISL powerhouse, fall well short of expectations this year. And most of it isn't down to individual players.
But the performance of certain crucial players in some pivotal games did make a difference. It caused them to concede late goals and drop multiple points, which ultimately led to them losing out on a place in the semi-finals.
But although the Super Machans will looks back at ISL 2016 as a season to forget, there were certain sparks of hope; players putting on a good show that signals that they can help the franchsie make a recovery from this rut next time around.
So let's take a look at some such players, who impressed or disappointed fans with their on-field exploits in this edition of ISL.