With less than one week until the 2016 S.League kicks off, FourFourTwo picks out 10 standout starlets who stand a chance of being crowned the best youngster of the season.
Kazuki Mine (Albirex Niigata (S))
With Rion Taki not returning for a second season, Albirex Niigata (S) are in need of a focal point in attack and this is where new signing Kazuki Mine can shine.
Signed on loan from Kyoto Sanga, the towering player clearly has the ability to dominate in the air but is also able to hold up play and link up well with his teammates. Blessed with a good shot and keen eye for goal as well, he is set to be Albirex’s main weapon in attack.
If Atsushi Kawata and Tatsuro Inui are able to provide the crosses on a consistent basis, Mine might just be able to fire the Japanese side to their first ever S.League title.
Hazzuwan Halim (Balestier Khalsa)
With Balestier Khalsa having lost a host of players from last year’s squad including 2015 Young Player of the Year nominee Ignatius Ang, Hazzuwan Halim has a chance to cement his spot in head coach Marko Kraljevic’s starting line-up.
Having made 15 appearances last year when the Tigers were hit by injuries, Hazzuwan impressed many with his energetic performances. Blessed with the talent to wriggle out of tight situations with ease, this may just be the year that Hazzuwan finally establishes himself in the S.League.