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ISL 2022-23: Five players who can turn things around for Stephen Constantine’s East Bengal

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ISL 2022-23: Emami East Bengal FC ISL 2022-23 LIVE – East Bengal enters the ninth season of the Indian Super League (ISL) with a…

ISL 2022-23: Emami East Bengal FC ISL 2022-23 LIVE –East Bengal enters the ninth season of the Indian Super League (ISL) with a range of expectations and a history of failures. East Bengal are keen to make a big turnaround after two lackluster seasons with a new investor, new coach and new foreigners in place. Follow Indian Super League and ISL 2022-23 LIVE updates on InsideSports.IN

ISL 2022-23: Ivan Gonzalez to VP Suhair, five players who can turn things around for Stephen Constantine’s East Bengal – Check Out

ISL 2022-23: Ivan Gonzalez to VP Suhair: Five players who can turn things around for Stephen Constantine’s East Bengal-Check Out

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ISL 2022-23: Ivan Gonzalez to VP Suhair, five players who can turn things around for Stephen Constantine’s East Bengal – Check Out

Former Indian national team coach Stephen Constantine took over as coach of East Bengal this year. The Englishman will coach an Indian club for the first time. The club underwent another summer makeover. However, the Red & Golds have improved their squad this time around with the signings of top foreigners Ivan Gonzalez, Cleiton Silva and Alex Lima.

Among the promising domestic prospects signed by the new management are Mobashir Rahman, Aniket Jadhav, VP Suhair and Lalchungnunga. With these additions, East Bengal have signaled their intention to bounce back from the disasters of the previous two seasons in India’s top flight and the match against Mumbai City FC was a prime example of that as the team defeated the Islanders 5-4 and showed plenty of character on the field.

East Bengal looked to have got off to a better start than last season, with the players receiving a proper pre-season that included a tournament. This allowed the players to improve team coordination and communication, which was severely lacking in the previous season’s performances.

ISL 2022-23: Ivan Gonzalez to VP Suhair: Five players who can turn things around for Stephen Constantine’s East Bengal-Check Out

With the season starting on October 7, we at InsideSport.IN pick our pick of 5 players to watch out for this season:

IVAN GONZALEZ

Ivan Gonzalez was instrumental in FC Goa finishing third in the AFC Champions League. After joining the Gaurs ahead of the 2020-21 season, the experienced Spanish centre-back demonstrated his brilliant skills and assisted them to the semi-finals in his debut season.

ISL 2022-23: Ivan Gonzalez to VP Suhair: Five players who can turn things around for Stephen Constantine's East Bengal-Check Out
ISL 2022-23: Ivan Gonzalez to VP Suhair: Five players who can turn things around for Stephen Constantine’s East Bengal-Check Out

Ivan became East Bengal’s first overseas recruit ahead of the upcoming season, signing a two-year contract. The Spaniard would be tasked with providing the red and gold brigade squad with much-needed defensive solidity.

ISL 2022-23: Ivan Gonzalez to VP Suhair, five players who can turn things around for Stephen Constantine’s East Bengal – Check Out

JERRY LALRINZUALA

Jerry, the youngest goalscorer for Chennaiyin FC and a new player in the ISL in 2016, got the opportunity to train with FC Metz in France after previously representing the AIFF Elite Academy. After six seasons with the two-time champions, the defender has parted ways with them.

His consistent performances earned him an indelible place in the hearts of Marina Machans’ fans. Last season, the defender demonstrated why he is indispensable, registering 56 tackles, 20 blocks and two assists in 20 appearances. Now it’s up to Jerry to win the hearts of millions of East Bengal fans.

SOUVIK CHAKRABARTI

A talented graduate of Mohun Bagan Academy, Souvik is a true sailor at heart. After three memorable seasons with Hyderabad, including a championship with the Nizams last season, he has returned to Kolkata and signed a three-year contract with East Bengal.

ISL 2022-23: Ivan Gonzalez to VP Suhair: Five players who can turn things around for Stephen Constantine's East Bengal-Check Out
ISL 2022-23: Ivan Gonzalez to VP Suhair: Five players who can turn things around for Stephen Constantine’s East Bengal-Check Out

Souvik began his football career at the age of 15 with Mohun Bagan Academy. After winning the Durand Cup with Air India in 2012 and later with United Sporting, he returned to Mohun Bagan and won the I-league and Fed Cup with them. Souvik will now look to win the ISL title with his new team East Bengal.

ISL 2022-23: Ivan Gonzalez to VP Suhair, five players who can turn things around for Stephen Constantine’s East Bengal – Check Out

VP SUHAIR

In 2020, the Palakkad-born striker won the I-League with Mohun Bagan under Kibu Vicuna. In 2017, he scored a hat-trick and some stunning goals for East Bengal in the Calcutta Football League. He signed with ISL club NorthEast United for the 2020–21 season.

He was a standout performer for the Highlanders over the past two seasons. Suhair finished the 2021–22 season with four goals and two assists for the Highlanders. The 30-year-old Indian striker decided to return to East Bengal for a big sum of money. He agreed to a three-year contract that will keep him in the red and gold brigade until 2025.

CLAITON SILVA

In 37 appearances over the last two seasons, the diminutive Brazilian scored 16 goals and provided seven assists for Bengaluru FC. The Brazilian striker has excellent one-touch ability and can also set up other strikers. He was the Thai Premier League’s top scorer twice (in 2012 and 2016). Cleiton was also named Thai Premier League Player of the Month and Striker of the Year in 2013 for being the league’s first overseas player to score 100 goals. The former Bengaluru striker will now be crucial for the Kolkata club due to his quality and ability.

ISL 2022-23: Ivan Gonzalez to VP Suhair: Five players who can turn things around for Stephen Constantine's East Bengal-Check Out
ISL 2022-23: Ivan Gonzalez to VP Suhair: Five players who can turn things around for Stephen Constantine’s East Bengal-Check Out

East Bengal signed a number of talented players, but we at InsideSports.IN have decided how the Red and Golds will line up in the upcoming Indian Super League season:

Kamaljit Singh (GK), Mohammad Rakip, Ivan Gonzalez, Lalchungnunga, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Alex Lima, Souvik Chakrabarti, Sumeet Passi, Jordan O’Doherty, Suhair VP and Cleiton Silva.

ISL 2022-23: Ivan Gonzalez to VP Suhair, five players who can turn things around for Stephen Constantine’s East Bengal – Check Out

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