Roy Krishna is failing to impress in his new club

Since leaving Labasa in Fiji to join the New Zealand-outfit Waitakere United, the striker made a name from himself. The now 35-year old player was expected to continue on his prime after guiding the Indian Super League side Mohun Bagan to very good seasons.

Every football fan, every football expert and even every Fijian citizen must agree with one point: Roy Krishna is the best-ever footballer produced by Fiji.


After leaving the Wellington Phoenix in the best season of his career, the Fijian moved to India to sign a very profitable contract. His football level did not drop: bring a constant threat to opponents’ defense, the striker was always at the top of the goalscorers list.

This season, Krishna decided to take a new challenge: still in India, the Fijian Flyer joined Indian superstar Sunil Chhetri at Bengaluru FC. Unfortunately, the duo definitely did not click yet.

Roy Krishna in BFC colours – ISL Media

Bengaluru FC’s last game against NorthEast United was the first since 17th December that they ended up winning. This was the 10th match in a row Krishna did not find the nets. The striker scored just once in 12 matches played in this season of the Indian Super League.

The Fijian has scored 37 goals in 66 ISL matches so far, but changing the way the team plays might be the reason for his drought of goals – not exactly bad performances only: “I don’t think it’s so much down to Roy Krishna but the way Simon Grayson wants them to play. I think with ATK Mohun Bagan, he was given the license to just solely play there up top and be that focal point. He had players there that would give him the ball much quicker and players that understood the system that was in place for him,” ISL expert and commentator Paul Masefield commented to Indian Super League media.

At Bengaluru FC, there is a different type of formation that Simon Grayson plays. It’s more a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3. So, he has to adapt, and get involved a little bit more,” he added.

Krishna is certainly a star not only for Fijian and Oceania football but as well for his team in India. His teammates surely count on his striking records to pursue achievements in the season. Currently, Bengarulu is sitting 8th in the table, already 20 points away the top of the table – ten points away the top four that will confirm spots for the semifinals.


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