Departures: five more players leaving NorthEast United FC


NorthEast United FC of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) has parted ways with five first-team players: Imran Khan, Arindam Bhattacharja, Gurjinder Kumar, Provat Lakra, and Mashoor Shereef.

Under the direction of head coach Khalid Jamil, the NorthEast United FC team advanced to the Hero ISL 2020–21 semifinals with the help of Khan, Kumar, Lakra, and Shereef.

Khan, a midfielder who has played in 37 Hero ISL games, has been one of NorthEast United FC’s most important players throughout the years, with two goals and four assists.

Bhattacharja, a custodian, transferred from East Bengal FC to the Highlanders in 2022. The former Hero ISL Golden Glove winner participated in 10 games for NEUFC last season and made 34 saves.

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Singh, a defender who joined the team in 2015 and made 45 Hero ISL games, has left the organisation. During the 2022–23 season, he played in 11 games for the team and registered an assist.

Shereef, who also joined NorthEast United FC in 2020, departs the team after three seasons and 34 Hero ISL outings. He was called up to the senior national squad after turning up some standout performances during the 2020–21 season. And he made his debut against UAE. He played in eight games for NEUFC last year, though.

Full-back Lakra, on the other hand, has been associated with the Highlanders since the 2018–19 campaign. He has participated in 36 Hero ISL matches. The NorthEast United FC team finished last in the rankings in 2022–23. Hence the defender from Kolkata did not play for the team.

In total 13 players have been departed from NorthEast United FC team. Hopefully, NorthEast is trying to make a powerful team.

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