The League Cup is a platform for most clubs to give fringe players a run out and FourFourTwo examines which player should be looked out for…
The League Cup will be the best chance of silverware for some S.League clubs this season but glory will not come easily.
Besides Albirex Niigata (S) and Brunei DPMM, most clubs will be bereft of their first-teamers, with V.Sundramoorthy calling them up for international duties.
However, this also represents a chance for the squad players to stake their claims for a regular spot in the starting 11.
FourFourTwo lists out five potential players who could steal the limelight in this tournament.
Saifullah Akbar (Tampines Rovers)
At the age 17, Saifullah has already trained with the likes of Queens Park Rangers, FC Metz and Newcastle Jets.
He impressed the Jets’ coaches in 2015, but FIFA regulations stated that players under 18 cannot be signed unless their parents are living and working in non-football related industries in that country, leading to him having to return to Singapore.
While it was a huge disappointment for Saifullah, he signed for the Stags at the start of the year and has been waiting patiently for the chance to prove his worth.
He should be given a start in the League Cup, considering Tampines’ midfield has been decimated by the international call-up.
Saifullah showed glimpses of his potential in the 2015 Lion City Cup, where a Singapore Under-16 side came from three goals down to hold Liverpool to a 3-3 draw.
He might still be raw as a player, but the midfielder is certainly capable of turning it on and taking on his older counterparts in this tournament.