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SC East Bengal has confirmed the signing of Bright Enobakhare. They had only signed six foreigners for the season, so they were ready to complete at least one transfer in January. Initially it was thought that they would be in place of Joe Garner of Wigan Athletic, but that move fell through and they ultimately decided to bring Enobakhare into the club.
“I am happy to be a part of SC East Bengal. It is the biggest club in India and it offers me a new challenge.”
– SC East Bengal (@sc_eastbengal) January 1, 2021
The 22-year-old Nigerian youth international has been in a few spots in 2020. On January 1, he ended his stint at Wigan Athletic and returned to Wolverhampton Wanderers. On the day of the January transfer window deadline, he chose not to join Birmingham City because he felt his proposed salary was too low. Then, on May 14, he left Wolves by mutual consent and joined AEK Athens a month later. However, he only made one solo understudy appearance for the Greek side and ended up dating in early October. Before that, he rose through the ranks through the Wolves academy and made his first start in 2015, then playing for Kilmarnock and Coventry City on loan, and even won the 2018/19 Young Player of the Year for the latter.
Now, it has come to India and East Bengal, so here is a look at its strengths and weaknesses:
Bright Enobakhare has operated primarily as second front, but he can also play on the left wing. He is stronger in his right foot, but not too bad with the left. He is a hard work player who he likes to have the ball at his feet spirit can carry it on well And it is mentally strong in terms of vision spirit awareness.
Bright Enobakhare is certainly a exciting young prospect – was a key starter for the Wolves in his time in the Championship (especially 2016/17), and even Nuno Espírito Santo said he had the talent to be a top player. The 22-year-old is also quite a dribbler, as he can jump at defenders as if they weren’t there so easily. In his time at Wolves, he has averaged 3.4 dribbles per game While completing 73.75% of them, often taking on multiple defenders at once.
Here is an example of his dribbling skills:
He starts out by running past his man and running towards the opposition defense, which is a line of three in this frame.
So he’s surrounded by defenders, but he goes on and hits the ball in the box.
As the defenders rush to close it, Enobakhare decides to pop and find the bottom corner through the defender’s legs in a clever shot.
At 6 feet tall, Bright Enobakhare isn’t the best at aerial duels, winning alone 2. 3% from them. He also likes to shoot a lot, which means that shot conversion the rate is very poor. In his time at Wolves, he attempted 33 shots (19 of which were from outside the box) and scored just once, coming out with a negligible shot conversion rate of 3%.
However, the biggest problem for East Bengal will be its attitude problems. The Nigerian forward has had a lot of trouble in his short career, which explains why he has been transferring left, right and center. At the age of 17, he scored in his senior debut with the Wolves, but then you were absent without leave for two weeks after initially taking time off for a personal matter. In Coventry City he used to be late for training and got into some altercations with some of the players, but his talent was such that the coaching staff had to overlook him. In his assignment at Wigan Athletic, he only made two appearances and later didn’t even show up for training after not starting matches. forcing the club to interrupt its loan. Robbie Fowler must be well aware of this.
Role in East Bengal
How Bright Enobakhare fits into East Bengal will be quite an interesting thing to see. He apparently has no place in Robbie Fowler’s favorite 3-4-2-1 formation, as the two spots behind the striker are occupied by Jacques Maghoma and Anthony Pilkington, and he is not an expert at playing as the sole striker. Therefore, he may be better in his 5-3-2, where he could be the partner of Jeje Lalpekhlua up front. Considering the limit of foreigners, this is how East Bengal could align with it.
This seems to be a pretty brilliant signing for East Bengal, but it does have certain side effects that they will have to deal with. If they do get it to shoot properly, it could well be the solution to their goal-scoring woes and help propel them higher up the table.
Welcome to the Indian Super League, Bright Enobakhare. Let’s see if you can turn it on.
Statistics courtesy whoscored.com