Kiyan Nassiri Signs Three-Year Deal with Chennaiyin FC

Chennaiyin FC has bolstered their attacking options by signing forward Kiyan Nassiri from Mohun Bagan Super Giant on a three-year deal, as confirmed by renowned Indian football journalist Marcus Mergulhao. Nassiri’s arrival adds firepower to the Marina Machans’ frontline, and the youngster will be expected to make a significant impact at the club.

Nassiri, known for his pace and finishing, had a decent stint at Mohun Bagan. While he didn’t always command a starting berth, his performances, particularly when coming off the bench, were noteworthy. One of his most impactful moments came during the fierce Kolkata Derby against arch-rivals East Bengal FC. Introduced as a substitute, Nassiri stunned everyone by scoring a sensational hat-trick, turning the tide of the match in Mohun Bagan’s favor. This remarkable display showcased his goal-scoring prowess and ability to influence the game decisively.

However, Nassiri’s ambition clearly outweighed his playing time at Mohun Bagan. Over the last three ISL seasons with the Mariners, he featured in 45 matches, accumulating a total of 1161 minutes on the pitch. He played another 23 matches in continental and domestic cup competitions. Despite glimpses of brilliance, he only managed to find the net ten times and provide two assists. This limited playing time was a hurdle for Nassiri’s desire to establish himself as a prominent figure in Indian football.

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At Chennaiyin FC, Nassiri will need to adapt and combine effectively with the likes of Gurkirat Singh and the experienced Daniel Chima Chukwu. Coach Owen Coyle is known for his admiration of pacy and skillful wingers, and Nassiri perfectly fits that mold. The move to Chennaiyin FC is likely to see Nassiri getting more regular playing time compared to his time at Mohun Bagan. Coyle’s attacking style of play should suit Nassiri’s strengths, allowing him to express himself on the pitch and contribute more consistently towards goals.

Nassiri’s arrival brings much-needed depth to Chennaiyin FC’s attack. His ability to play on either flank provides Coyle with tactical flexibility. With his Kolkata Derby heroics still fresh in everyone’s minds, fans can expect Nassiri to be a key player for Chennaiyin FC, hopefully replicating his goal-scoring exploits and helping the team challenge for trophies in the upcoming seasons.

Following in his father’s footsteps is nothing new for Kiyan. Kiyan will be hoping to emulate his father’s passion for the game and carve his own successful path in Indian football, this time in the blue of Chennaiyin FC.