There's a young winger with a familiar last name at Geylang International, and Nigel Chin says he's slowly coming into his own with the SEA Games just around the corner...
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- Date of birth: Jun 2, 1994
- Place of birth: Singapore
- Position: Attacking Midfielder
- Club: Geylang International (S.League)
- International: Singapore U15, Singapore U21; 2 caps, 0 goals
After making his debut for Geylang International last year under former coach Vedhamuthu Kanan, Fuad has grown by leaps and bounds this year, earning more game time under head coach Jorg Steinebrunner and impressing the German with his performances.
While still registered under the Prime League side, Fuad has been involved heavily with the seniors, to the point where he is no longer deemed a Prime League level player. He was also part of the Geylang team that demolished giants Warriors FC 4-0 in the League Cup earlier this year, notching a goal of his own.
The attacking midfielder was approached by former Singapore international Mohd Noor Ali to join the Eagles during the POL-ITE Schools tournament last year, after graduating from the NFA system. On the basis of his performances this year, it appears to have been an inspired move.
Why you need to know him
The AFF Suzuki Cup has probably come a little too early for the young prospect to make his mark in the National Team. However, with captain Shahril Ishak on the wrong side of 30 already and Singapore favouring a possession-based style, Fuad can be a great fit in the team in the near future.
As a Prime League-registered youngster playing regularly in the S.League, Fuad's fearless performances have indicated plenty of untapped potential despite his budding career so far.
Fuad has also previously represented Singapore at U15 and U21 levels.
Fuad displays nifty footwork and is unafraid to take on defenders from anywhere on the pitch. He has an eye for a pass too, preferring to set up his teammates more often than not, instead of going for individual glory.
His pace and intelligent movement off the ball makes him a nightmare for defenders who are tasked to mark him, and helps open up space for his teammates.
Small in stature, Fuad finds himself at a disadvantage when coming up against big, burly defenders. This results in him losing the ball far too often when under pressure.
Being a young player as well, he tends to pick out the wrong options, something which will probably require more hours of work on the training field.
“He showed he was not scared or afraid of the league’s big boys,” Steinebrunner told the club’s official website after Fuad made his first appearance of the year. “It’s always good to give younger players a chances and he deserved it.”
The coach seemed impressed by his young prospect: “He takes on players, he turns, and he goes towards the goal. He has few games left for us hopefully in the S.League.”
- Shooting 7
- Heading 5
- Passing 8
- Tackling 5
- Pace 8
- Dribbling 7
- Creativity 8
- Work-rate 6
Did you know?
Football very much runs in the family. Fuad has an older brother by the name of Faris – the very same Faris Ramli who plies his trade as a winger for LionsXII and the Singapore National Team.
What happens next?
The upcoming SEA Games next year looms as a fantastic opportunity for Fuad, who has represented Singapore up to U21 level before. Singapore U23 coach Aide Iskandar will be looking to build the best team he can to improve on their bronze showing last year, and if Fuad can grab his opportunities at Geylang International with both hands (or rather, feet), then there's no reason why he won't be there too.
Photos: Weixiang Lim/FourFourTwo