Northeast United FC has had a pretty dispointing Hero Indian Super League journey so far where they managed just one top 4 finish ( under Eelco Schattorie ) in 6 years. The last season was largely full of disappointments. With just two wins and eight draws the Highlanders managed only 14 points to finish 2nd last on points table.
NorthEast United FC would be looking for a new beginning under their first ever Spanish coach Gerard Nus (he’s also the league’s youngest ever manager).
NorthEast United FC Squad for ISL 2020-21
Goalkeepers: Gurmeet, Nikhil Deka, Sanjiban Ghosh, Subhasish Roy
Defenders: Ashutosh Mehta, Benjamin Lambot, Dylan Fox, Gurjinder Kumar, Mashoor Shereef, Nabin Rabha, Nim Dorjee, Provat Lakra, Rakesh Pradhan, Wayne Vaz
Midfielders: Federico Gallego, Imran Khan, Khassa Camara, Lalengmawia, Lalrempuia Fanai, Pragyan Gogoi, Rochharzela
Forwards: Britto PM, Idrissa Sylla, Ninthoinganba Meetei, Kwesi Appiah, Lalkhawpuimawia, Luis Machado, Suhair Vadakkepeedika
The 35 year old Spaniard ‘Nus’ has experience of working under former NorthEast United technical advisor Avram Grant. NEUFC has also managed to sign four of Mohun Bagan’s I-League winning players – Ashutosh Mehta, Gurjinder Kumar,Britto PM and VP Suhair and will hope that they bring champions mentally to league’s perenial underachievers. They have also managed to rope in one of the last season’s best young midfielder from I-League , Rocherzela who along with Mapuia (also at NEUFC) was the I-League’s leading Indian goalscorer
28 year old Portugese winger Luis Machado has joined the club from Portugal top division and their attack will be lead by Guinea international striker Idrissa Sylla and Faderico Gallego,who is in his 3rd season at the club .
LINE UP PREDICTION
GK – Shubhasish Roy Chaudhary
DF – Dylan Fox, Ben Lambot, Ashutosh Mehta, Rakesh Pradhan.
MF – Khassa Camara, Lalengmawia, Rocherzela.
FW – Idrissa Sylla, Luis Machado/ Federico Gallego, VP Suhair.
•Varity in Attack – NorthEast has invested heavily to sharpen their arsenals this season, four out of seven of their foreigners are attacking half players, while they also have varity in their of indian attackers.
•Mixture of youth and Experience – They have mixture in their squad with some fine Indian youngs an experienced foreign contingent, which would help them to find a well balanced XI.
•Inexperienced Coach – Gerard Nus is the League’s youngest Coach, he’s just 35 but also it would be his first stint as a head coach of any Top Division side.
•Lack of Depth – NorthEast United FC’s biggest worry for this season would be lack of deapth in the squad. They may find it hard to replace any of their first XI player in case of injuries or card issues .
•Lalengmawia – Ths18 year old midfielder from Mizoram will be key asset in the midfield for Nus, he’s proved himself last season, though this season it will be difficult for him to match the expectations of the team management and of the fans.