The eight editions of Hero Indian Super League is going to start on the 19th of November 2021. So, the NorthEast United FC will play their first match of ISL 2021 against the Bengaluru FC in Athletic Stadium Bambolim at Goa. In the second game of ISL 2021-22 on the 20th of November 2021. In the last season, the Highlanders finish in the top spot of the points table after losing their playoffs match against ATK Mohun Bagan.
The boss of NEUFC Khalid Jamil lead the team very well and took to the playoffs. So, in just his first season as an ISL coach, he wins against ISL Champions like ATK Mohun Bagan, Bengaluru FC and Mumbai City FC. Therefore, in the new season, NorthEast United has already retained their three foreign players and brought two new foreigners.
1. Federico Gallego
Firstly, one of the best and experienced players of Northeast United FC midfield Federico Gallego has extended his contract with Highlanders for another season. Secondly, the 31-year-old Uruguayan has been part of NorthEast United for the last 3 years. Gallego joined the Highlanders in the 2018-19 season in a loan spell from Boston River. And made his Indian Super League debut. So, in the last season, Gallego has made 16 appearances for Highlanders where he scores 4 goals and provided 6 assists.
Overall in total, he made 49 crosses and 34 shots in the previous season. The Uruguayan function the NorthEast midfield with his possession, movement and passing accuracy. And he also creates the link in the final third with striker Deshorn Brown as we saw last season. So, with his extension for another year, it is hoped that the same fabulous performance will see again in the new ISL 2021 season from him. However, Federico Gallego played in a total of 46 matches and scored 9 goals for NEUFC.
2. Deshorn Brown
The last season joined Jamaican footballer Deshorn Brown will remain for another season with NEUFC. Deshorn Brown has started his Hero ISL career in the previous season. As he joins one time Hero ISL champion Bengaluru FC from Oklahoma City Energy. After six months of joining Bengaluru FC, the 30-year-old Jamaican sign a new contract with NorthEast United FC during the winter transfer window.
Therefore, after joining the Khalid Jamil side he got his form back that was lost with Bengaluru FC in the first six months. So, under Khalid Jamil, he becomes one of the best players for Highlanders. And hopes he can again shine in the new ISL 2021 season. He found the redeem with Gallego in the final third very well. Although he plays as a striker he can also operate from both flanks. Therefore, the Jamaican has scored 5 goals in his 10 appearances for the club. However, in total, he plays 27 matches in the Indian Super League and scores 8 goals.
3. Khassa Camara
Another one of the best midfielders Khassa Camara of Khalid Jamil’s squad will also remain with NorthEast United in the new ISL 2021 season. France defensive midfielder is the most impactful players for NEUFC from the last two seasons. So, the 28-year-old Khassa Camara is a defensive midfielder but can also operate as a right-back too.
The Frenchmen debut in Hero Indian Super League in 2020 after joining the Highlanders from Xanthi. Camara is the best man in the job for NorthEast as in the previous season he made 50 interceptions and 110 tackles in his 21 appearances for the club. Despite his defensive ability, he can also make a great impact in the final third with his shooting power. Therefore, he will be another important foreign contingent for Khalid Jamil in the upcoming season of ISL 2021.
4. Hernan Santana
The Gijon player has recently joined the ISL franchise NorthEast United FC. As he joins after completing his loan spell with another ISL franchise Mumbai City FC. So, now he officially signed a contract with Highlanders. The 31-year-old Spanish footballer has a lot of experience as he plays in some well-known clubs like Gijon, Las Palmas. Santana usually plays as a defensive midfielder but at Mumbai City, he operates as a central defender. Therefore, where he shows a brilliant performance by making 42 Interceptions, 27 clearances, 72 tackles and 17 blocks with a passing accuracy of 88% in his 19 appearances for Mumbai.
In just one season at Hero ISL, he won both ISL 2020 Trophy and League Shield with Islanders. Despite his defensive duty he also scores two goals for the club. So, after his successful season with Mumbai now he will be joining the Khalid Jamil side in the upcoming ISL 2021 season. Therefore, it is expected that he will again operate in the central defensive. Santana can bring that winning and fighting mentality in the side so, that can help the team to compete with high confidence.
5. Mathias Coureur
The Highlanders have signed the most experienced forward from Martinique this summer. The 33-year-old Martinique had a lot of experience as he plays in different clubs during his career. So, now he will play in the Indian Super league with NorthEast United Fc in the upcoming ISL 2021 season. Coureur has experience playing with a few well-known clubs like FC Nantes, Seongnam, Lokomotiv GO etc.
He joins NEUFC from a Turkish base club Samsunspor. So, with Samsunspor he made 17 appearances and scored 4 goals. Therefore, he has a good scoring ability and also can operate from both the flanks whenever needed. However, let’s see what can he bring for Khalid Jamil’s side in ISL 2021 with his lot of experience.