The striker is the latest foreigner to leave the Kolkata-based club amidst uncertain times.
SC East Bengal’s troubles do not seem to end. The outfit who played their first campaign in the Indian Super League (ISL) during the 2020-21 season are in a world of trouble. In addition to their existential crisis, fan protests and disagreements with the sponsors, the club is also losing key foreign players from the roster. The latest outgoing star is Aaron Amadi-Holloway who has left the Red & Gold Brigade to join Burton Albion.
The Welsh striker has already signed for the English club, who plays in the EFL League One, the third tier of English football. He agreed terms on a one-year deal with them after impressing in trials this summer.
Experience in lower divisions
The former Oldham Athletic and Shrewsbury Town player has ample experience playing in this division with 96 overall appearances. He has scored six and provided 13 assists during that time. He was playing in the Australian A-League for Brisbane Roar, before coming to India to play under Robbie Fowler.
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Aaron Amadi-Holloway joined the ISL outfit in October 2020 and thus had less time to settle into his new surroundings. He played only 419 minutes of football in 13 appearances in SCEB’s debut campaign in the league. The striker scored two goals in the process as well.
The exodus of foreigners
SC East Bengal are in disarray to say the least. Their involvement in the next season of the ISL is up in the air due to disagreements with the sponsors Shree Cement. Furthermore, their foreign contingent has been slowly leaving the sinking ship.
Players like Bright Enobakhare, Anthony Pilkington, Jacques Maghoma and Matti Steinmann have all left the club. Domestic players like Narayan Das and Debjit Majumder have also left for greener pastures, leaving the club short in terms of options.
Burton Albion’s ambitions
The EFL League One club will aim for promotion to the EFL Championship next season. Holloway becomes Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s 11th signing of the summer. Amadi-Holloway has plenty of League One experience with Oldham Athletic, Fleetwood Town and Shrewsbury Town.
“I’ve had a good few weeks here. It’s been tough, not knowing where you’ll be, but you’ve just got to give it your all,” the Welshman said in response to the transfer back to England from India.