The perennial underachievers of the Indian Super League, NorthEast United FC start their campaign against Mumbai City FC on Saturday in the seventh edition of the league. The Bollywood superstar, John Abraham owned side, will look to make into the second playoffs in seven seasons in 2020/21 season.
NorthEast United FC parted their ways with Robert Jarni ahead of the new season. The club has appointed the young Gerard Nus as their coach for the seventh edition of the league who has the experience of working at clubs like Liverpool FC, Brighton and Hove Albion as well as Rayo Vallecano.
The club will be hoping to make it to the first-ever finals in the 2020-21 season. Here is the SWOT Analysis of NorthEast United FC.
NorthEast United FC signed a few experienced defenders. The club roped in Dylan Fox, the former Wellington Phoenix and Central Coast Mariners player, who won the Player’s Player of the year in 2017/18 in A-League. Along with him, Kwesi Appiah was roped in a week ago by the club. The Ghanian striker carries a lot of experience on his back and will be a key player this season.
Throughout the tournament’s history, the club has struggled to maintain consistency. Even in the 2019/20 season, the club found it difficult to get going after six rounds of games. Despite that they looked like a club to finish in the top-four. With a revamp in the management, they once again might struggle for consistency.
After a great season with Indian Arrows, NEUFC roped in Ninthoinganba Meetei in 2018/19 who has featured in 11 games for the team. The player will have a chance to showcase his talent in the Indian top-flight.
Ashutosh Mehta has remained inconsistent throughout his stay in the Indian Super League. Despite playing for five seasons and featuring in 42 games, the player has failed to nail the right-back position. The seventh edition of the league will be a window of opportunity for the player.
It is the first-ever season for the club’s manager, Gerard Nus. The manager will have to thread on a tight rope throughout the tournament. A string of poor performances can halt the club’s chances of making it to the playoffs once again.
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