Malaysians who can mix it with Thailand’s best

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With the Thai Premier League (TPL) adopting a rule change to encourage clubs to sign Asean players, the doors have opened wider for Malaysians to ply their trade in the region’s best league. FourFourTwo takes a look at the suitable candidates... 

Safiq Rahim

Arguably one of the best central midfielders in the region, this former Malaysian skipper needs no further introduction to potential suitors in Thailand.

Safiq is arguably the finest player of his generation and was named in FourFourTwo’s Southeast Asia Team of the Year in 2015.

There isn’t another Malaysian close to Safiq’s calibre and the Thais will already know about him after he stood tall against the War Elephants in the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup final.

Safiq also finished as top-scorer in the tournament. He, however, will not feature in this year’s edition after retiring from international football.

The Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) midfielder starred in the club’s AFC Cup success last year, where he was named Most Valuable Player after helping the Southern Tigers become the first club in Southeast Asia to lift the trophy.

The 29-year-old also has a right foot that makes him among the most feared free-kick takers in the region.

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