Even though the club faced severe ownership issues, the I League club officially made it to the Indian top-tier on September 26. The Yellow and Red Army was declared as the eleventh club to feature in the Indian Super League after their local rivals, Mohun Bagan merged with Atletico de Kolkata.
The club caught the attention of the Indian football fans by appointing Robbie Fowler as their manager. Robbie Fowler, the ex-Liverpool player, managed Muangthong United as a player-manager whereas he managed Brisbane Roar as a head coach. It will be his third venture across the globe.
The club’s ability to bring in the former stars of the A-League and Premier League is one of the strengths of the club. The club has signed the likes of Daniel Fox and Anthony Pilkington in a short period.
In the attacking upfront, they have also signed Jeje Lalpekhlua. They have brought Narayan Das to their side who is a veteran in the league. The club has brought Eugensons Lyngdoh to strengthen the midfield of the team.
The players had a short time to gel with each other because of the pandemic. Also, the manager has yet to discover his best XI, including the foreign contingent. Imposing a viewpoint is another diverse task for the manager in their first-ever season.
As it is the first time in the league, the players will have very few expectations from the fans. The fans are all set for a mid-table finish and will look to change the scenario in the current edition. With allowed to express themselves, East Bengal can be a surprise package for the opposition.
East Bengal has a large squad of 34 members and is playing for the first time in ISL. The manager also got very little time to bond with the players and inculcate a philosophy in them. Getting the first eleven will be a significant concern for the Liverpool legend.
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