East Bengal has announced the signing of defender Nishu Kumar from Kerala Blasters on a one-year loan deal, solidifying their defensive line for the upcoming season. Nishu brings valuable experience, having been a part of the Bengaluru FC team that clinched the Indian Super League (ISL) title in the 2018-19 season under the guidance of current East Bengal coach Carles Cuadrat.

Expressing his excitement, Nishu expressed his pride in joining an iconic institution like East Bengal. The club’s massive fan base serves as a constant motivation for players to perform at their best. He stated, “It’s a matter of great pride for me to join an iconic institution like East Bengal. This club has a huge fan base, which always motivates a player to give his best.” The opportunity to reunite with coach Carles, who played a pivotal role in his development at Bengaluru FC, adds to his enthusiasm.

Known for his versatility as a full-back, Nishu Kumar hails from Uttar Pradesh and can operate on both sides of the pitch. His time with Bengaluru FC, under the guidance of Carles Cuadrat, proved fruitful as he contributed to the team’s success. Nishu was part of the squad that claimed the Federation Cup in 2017, followed by the Super Cup triumph in 2018. The pinnacle of his achievements came in the 2018-19 ISL season when Bengaluru FC emerged as champions.

Carles Cuadrat, the Spanish coach, praised Nishu Kumar’s talent and work ethic, emphasising his extensive ISL experience and successful track record. Cuadrat stated, “He is a very talented and hardworking player. He has ample ISL experience, winning the league in 2019 and reaching another final in 2022. While playing under me, he got selected for the Indian national team. He is someone who always gives his best effort on the pitch.” This endorsement highlights Nishu’s commitment and dedication to his craft.

With Nishu Kumar’s addition to the squad, East Bengal aims to strengthen their defensive capabilities and build a competitive team for the upcoming season. The loan deal signifies the club’s ambition to succeed and maintain a strong presence in the Indian football landscape. The fans anticipate witnessing Nishu’s contributions in East Bengal’s colors, hoping for a successful campaign under the guidance of coach Carles Cuadrat.

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