East Bengal once reigned supreme in the I-League, but their transition to the ISL has been anything but representative of their history. The increasing level of competition with turbulence behind the scenes has prevented the team from hitting the heights they once reached.
In their most recent game, East Bengal were defeated 1-0 by Chennaiyin FC at the Salt Lake Stadium, restricting them to only one win from the last five games this season.
What do East Bengal need to do to become a top team again?
As shown in both games, there are periods of good form that the team has shown. However, their end product in attack leaves much to be desired with Cleiton Silva often left isolated in the final third.
The recruitment of new midfielders to play alongside Jordan O’Doherty and Charis Kariyakou to provide some stability should be a priority. Stephen Constantine also needs to work on making the team more imposing, especially since they play on the counter.
Time, however, is the most important factor here. With players and head coaches being changed every season, it can be difficult to build a solid foundation for the team. A proven manager in Constantine is the right man to lead the club forward, but he must be given time and resources needed to build the team.