The 2016 ISL runners-up were a bit short-handed in the goalkeeping department, having signed only one frontline goalkeeper in Subhasish Roy Chowdhury so far. But now the Kerala side have announced the signing of former Manchester United goalkeeper Paul Rachubka for the upcoming season of the ISL.

 

 

 

The 36-year-old, who has also had spells with Huddersfield Town, Blackpool, Leeds and Oldham Athletic and is the sixth foreign player to be signed by the Kochi-based franchise for the fourth edition of the league. With the signing of Berbatov, Brown and Rachubka, it has become obvious that Blasters would be having a distinct ‘Manchester United flavor’ to their side this season. Rachubka made his debut for United in the 2000 Club World Cup. He made only one appearance for the Red Devils and was soon loaned out to Royal Antwerp and Oldham Athletic before moving to Charlton Athletic in 2004. Rachubka has represented around 18 clubs in his career and his recent spell was with FC Bury in the third tier in England. “From across the seas, he comes to the God’s Own Country, Paul Rachubka is here to keep our goal. Get the chants up,” said a Facebook post in the Kerala Blasters page. 

 

 

Blasters are understood to be in advanced talks with Brazilian attacking midfielder Julio Cesar Baptista who has played for to clubs such as Real Madrid, Arsenal and AS Roma. The club has roped in Ghanaian attacking midfielder Courage Pekuson, Serbian defender Nemanja Lakic-Pesic, and former Manchester United stars Dimitar Berbatov and Wes Brown, after announcing the return of Canadian striker Iain Hume.

With a good mix of Overseas and Indian players, Rene Meulensteen seems to have formed a balanced squad this season, can the Blasters go all the way this time?

 

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