I-League club East Bengal have opened talks with two foreign strikers after former India international Alvito D'Cunha shortlisted them in a trial in Leeds, sources in the know of developments have informed Goal.
Alvito, a former India international who had a long stint at the Kolkata club, has been part of the player recruitment process for the last few years and had travelled to England earlier this week to scout strikers for the Red and Golds. Former India international Tushar Rakshit was also supposed to accompany him but had to stay back due to issues in getting visa.
Lutel James, a volunteer coach at the Chapeltown Football Youth Development Centre, who is a well-known footballing figure in the region, had arranged for the trials, which was attended by almost 50 free agents who have played in different tiers of the English league structure in the past. At the end, the Kolkata club has decided to open talks with two players, one of them being a former Hull City U-18 forward.
The outfit, which has appointed I-League winner Khalid Jamil as its head coach this summer, will be starting its pre-season practice on Monday morning at the club ground. The club has already roped in Syrian midfielder Mahmoud Al Amna and Trinidadian defender Carlyle Mitchell other than retaining striker Willis Plaza for another season. Plaza, however, will not be available for the next fortnight having made it to the Trinidad & Tobago squad for their upcoming friendly against Ecuador.
Great Turnout for East Bengal Team /India FA Trials tonight— Lutel James (@lemmellovick) July 11, 2017
PlZ note all trialist need to arrive this Thursday 13.07.2017 -2nd round 🙏🏾👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/aeZAJsh7sk
East Bengal have won the last eight editions of the Calcutta Football League (CFL) and will be eager to extend their winning run further when they start the campaign in the first weekend of August.