East Bengal may release Senegalese midfielder Kassim Aidara and sign a replacement as soon as their transfer ban is lifted by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
The former Minerva Punjab skipper is yet to win the trust of East Bengal’s Spanish coach Alejandro Menendez Garcia. Aidara has not featured in the starting XI of the club in the first three matches. He has played a total of 14 minutes in the I-League this season.
The Red and Golds had failed to complete their quota of six foreigners before the I-League as the AIFF had handed them a transfer ban over irregularities in their attempts to sign defender Sukhdev Singh from Minerva Punjab.
The club currently have five overseas players in their squad but Menendez has utilised the services of only three players. Syrian midfielder Mahmoud Al Amna got injured after coming back from the pre-season camp in Malaysia and Aidara is out of favour.
The Kolkata giants were off to a flying start in the I-League this time by winning their first two matches away from home. But their short juggernaut came to a halt when they lost their first home match against Chennai City.
Akbar Nawaz’s side exposed the vulnerability in East Bengal’s midfield. Kamalpreet Singh, who is predominantly a right-back, was used as a make-shift defensive midfielder by Menendez even though they have Aidara available in that position.
This clearly indicates that the foreign midfielder is not a part of the Spanish coach’s plan and the issue will be released once the club gets their transfer ban revoked in the coming days.