ISL: Australian Forward David Williams leaves ATK Mohun Bagan

The 34-year-old played a key role in the Kolkata outfit’s 2019-20 ISL triumph, scoring 7 goals and registering 5 assists in 18 appearances.

David Williams has scored 23 goals for ATK Mohun Bagan across all competitions; Credit: Twitter/ @atkmohunbaganfc
By Sreejith C R | May 31, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Australian forward David Williams has left Indian Super League (ISL) club ATK Mohun Bagan after three glorious years. The 34-year-old’s last assignment for the Mariners was the AFC Cup, where he netted four times to help his side qualify for the inter-continental play-offs. Williams made the switch from Wellington Phoenix to ISL in 2019, playing for Atletico de Kolkata. Since the merger with Mohun Bagan in 2020, the 34-year-old continued with ATK Mohun Bagan for the next two seasons, He had training stints with Belgian side Club Brugge and English Premier League team Liverpool during his youth career. 

Williams scored the fastest ISL goal ever

Williams played a key role in the Kolkata outfit’s title triumph in the 2019-20 season, scoring 7 goals and registering 5 assists in 18 ISL appearances. He went on to deliver impressive performances for the club in the next two seasons, helping them reach the final in 2021 and the playoffs in 2022. The Australian racked up 38 appearances for the Mariners, being heavily involved in the offence with 10 goals and three assists across the last two seasons. Meanwhile Williams has the record of scoring the fastest-ever-goal to date in ISL history. The Forward found the back of the net inside the opening 12 seconds against Hyderabad FC in the 2021-22 campaign.

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ATK Mohun Bagan have big shoes to fill

The forward has played with various A-League clubs over his career and also plied his trade for European clubs like Brondby IF and Haldas. The striker played for Wellington Phoenix in 2018-19. Williams went on to form a lethal strike partnership in the initial two years for the Kolkata outfit. However, in the last season, Williams often played as a second fiddle to Krishna, getting only 656 minutes of game time in 17 appearances. With the departure of Williams, ATKMB have big shoes to fill and will need to find a like-for-like replacement to make sure their attacking firepower remains potent.    

Williams set to join Mumbai City FC?

As reported by Times Of India, Williams is set to join Mumbai City FC. The Islanders failed to qualify for the play-offs, finishing three points adrift of the top four at the end of the ISL league stage last term. However, Des Buckingham’s side had an impressive debut AFC Champions League campaign, winning two games and registering one draw. They couldn’t make it to the knockout stages. The Islanders have reportedly acquired the signature of Greg Stewart who played a pivotal role in Jamshedpur FC winning the League Shield last term. He scored 10 goals and 10 assists in 21 ISL appearances.  Williams could form an effective strike partnership with Stewart in the upcoming season. 

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