Kolkata giants East Bengal Club under coach Trevor Morgan have once more worked in the transfer period with the strategy to fill in positions of players who left the club and strengthen the bench for the assignments in the season ahead. The team lost players like Tolgay Ozbey, Nirmal Chetri and Sandip Nandy; but on the other side gained players like Abhijit Mondal, Jaspal Singh Parmar, Arnab Mondal, Lalrindika Ralte, Ishfaq Ahmed and Chidi Edeh.

On paper, Trevor Morgan has an even more balanced side then last season and their quest for the elusive I-League title continues.

EAST BENGAL CLUB

Goalkeepers

1-Abhijit Mondal (Prayag United SC), 30-Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, 31-Jayanta Pal, 32-Priyant Kumar Singh (Tollygunge Agragami)

Defenders

2-Raju Eknath Gaekwad, 3-Arnab Mondal (Prayag United SC), 4-Uga Okpara, 5-Sunil Kumar Thakur, 8-Thokchom Naoba Singh, 16-Gurwinder Singh, 22-Abhishek Das, 25-Robert Lalthlamuana, 29-Soumik Dey, 33-Saikat Saha Roy, 36-Safar Sardar (Mohammedan Sporting Club), 37-Jaspal Singh Parmar (Salgaocar SC)

Midfielders

7-Harmanjot Singh Khabra, 9-Alvito D’Cunha, 11-Khanthang Paite, 12-Reisangmi Vashum, 14-Mehtab Hussain, 15-Sanju Pradhan, 17-Susanth Mathew, 18-Penn Ikechukwu Orji, 19-Charan Rai, 21-Lalrindika Ralte (Churchill Brothers SC), 24-Cavin Peter Lobo (Mumbai FC), 26-Manandeep Singh (Air India), 28-Jagpreet Singh (Churchill Brothers SC), 34-Subodh Kumar, 35-Ishfaq Ahmed (Salgaocar SC)

Forwards

6-Baljit Singh Sahni, 10-Chidi Edeh (Salgaocar SC), 23-Robin Singh, 27-Branco Vincent Cardozo, 38-Seiminlen Doungel

Official

Trevor Morgan (Chief Coach), Ranjan Chaudhuri (Assistant Coach), Alvito D’Cunha (Assistant Coach), Atanu Bhattacharya (Goalkeeper Coach)

Players Released

Nirmal Chetri, Tolgay Ozbey (both Mohun Bagan AC), Beingaichho Beokhokhai, Budhiram Tudu (both United Sikkim FC), Debjit Majumdar, Nabin Hela (both Bhowanipore Club, Kolkata), Sandip Nandy (Churchill Brothers SC), Abhra Mondal (Pune FC), Ravinder Singh (Prayag United SC), Biswarup Deb (Techno Aryan Club, Kolkata), Sunil Kumar (Dodsal FC, Mumbai)

Published with permission from Arunava Chaudhuri.