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Darren Sidoel signs for East Bengal on season long deal

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Darren Sidoel is the latest addition to SC East Bengal. The former I- League side had an abysmal first season in the Indian Super League. Despite having the 7th highest goal scorer of the Premier League, Robbie Fowler, as their manager, they failed to set an impression. East Bengal recently announced the arrival of new manager Manuel Diaz springing hope for a better second season.

The signing of an Ajax academy graduate always buzzes fans and this one is no different. A defensive midfielder who can play centre back, Darren is a very flexible player. Apart from the Netherlands, he has played in England, Bulgaria, Belgium and Spain. He has struggled with game time at his previous clubs and will be raring to go at East Bengal.

He is the 5th overseas player East Bengal have recruited this season. Amri Dervi (midfielder), Tomislav Mrcela (defender), Franjo Prce (centre back) and Daniel Chima Chukwu (striker) are the other 4 signings. Manager Manuel Diaz seems to have narrowed down at East Bengal’s defensive issues to start off with. He has coached players like Kepa Arrizabalaga and many others at youth levels and thus will look to bring that disciple to Salt Lake Stadium.

Darren Sidoel looks forward to the challenge ahead

Manuel Diaz has previously coached Darren during his time at Hercules. Though the player never got a minute on the pitch, Diaz is impressed with the players attitude. The pair have a very good understanding and Diaz believes that Darren will be a key member due to his versatility. He is just 23 and will have to the Indian Super League to make his presence felt.

Having played at so many leagues that ask for different skill sets, Darren should not find it hard to gel with the pace and atmosphere. East Bengal have done their homework this transfer window and it all boils down to the players and staff.

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