The rise of North East United in the Indian Football Circuit

Pulkit Verma  |  Product Talk  |  4 Months Ago

One of the most underperforming teams in ISL before this season, despite fielding a strong squad was none other than North East United. The team always put up a brilliant set of talents from the local repertoire and tried to put up a stellar show. Despite being giant-killers, the team failed to make an indelible impression on the league until last season.


The team from the Highlands came menacingly close to making the cut for the playoffs for the second and third season, but failed to secure a victory in their must-win games and conceded their spot to Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters respectively.


The fourth season literally had nothing to offer to the fans who still stayed strong with the team despite an abysmal show in their preceding seasons. To add to their woes, the team finished at the rock-bottom of the league table.

The revolution came in the 5th season. The team changed, the preceptor came in new and the man spearheading it all is none other than a former Paris Saint-Germain, Valladolid and Middlesbrough striker, Bartholomew Ogbeche.


Questions which have been raking the roster are what exactly changed that the team is flying high now and rubbing shoulders with Bengaluru FC for the title.


One of the major changes which impinged the team on a large scale is the introduction of experience and speed to the midfield. With players like Jose Leudo, Frederico Gallego and Rowllin Borges, the team’s midfield has honed itself into a goal-producing machine. The coordination between these three has made life a lot easier for Ogbeche and Juan Mascia up front. They are able to play freely in the opponent’s box and pose a lot of chances for North East to capitalize on.


Another imperative revelation of the season for North East has been Redeem Tlang. This young lad from the hills hasn’t been much of a goal-scorer but his speed has been a consistent bane for his opponents. Kolkata got themselves depleted when Sena Ralte failed to contain Tlang’s runs and ended up upending him thrice in the game in a span of just half an hour.


TP Rehenesh has been another major moniker who has been substantial in the rise of the North East. Despite an impetuous display against Kolkata, for which he was condemned, he is now back to the side and is carrying on with his commendable job. 


Mato Grgic has also been the gargantuan vanguard, North East was waiting for all these seasons. Grgic brings in a lot of experience with himself and his towering stature is a major advantage which plays well by his side. He is also a very tough customer to deal with when it comes to aerial tackles and his precision in slides has been very noteworthy.


The entire team has dovetailed as a unit and is excelling in the current edition of Indian Super League. However, with multiple games to follow, the team will have hold onto their steely resolve and carry on with the sterling set of performances they are carrying on at the moment.


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