The mid-season transfer window is set to open on May 16. Given S.League clubs’ penchant to chop and change, it won't surprise should players deemed non-essential be forced to make way for new signings. FourFourTwo’s Nigel Chin takes a look at 10 players who could be released when the window opens.
Christopher Van Huizen (Tampines Rovers)
Just a few months ago, it appeared nothing could go wrong for Christopher Van Huizen. The winger was enjoying a purple patch of form, leading to a place in the national team.
When LionsXII were disbanded, Van Huizen made the move back to Tampines Rovers, where he was expected to be a key cog in V. Sundramoorthy’s team. However, the Stags signed Jordan Webb and Jermaine Pennant, which reduced the 24-year-old to a bit-part role so far.
As a result, the winger has failed to maximise his potential due to a lack of playing time.
With rumours linking him to the Garena Young Lions, Van Huizen will do well to swap his yellow jersey for a red one, if only to continue his development to become a key player for both club and country in future years.
Jermaine Pennant (Tampines Rovers)
While the former Arsenal and Liverpool winger has been in decent form for Tampines Rovers, recent reports of the club facing financial strife could result in Pennant being released halfway through the season.
With Pennant’s salary, revealed to be $20,000 per month not withstanding match bonuses, coming off the books, the Stags might have an easier time with their cash-flow issues.
Should that happen however, Tampines will need to go in search of a new foreign player to fill up the slot.
Sufian Anuar (Tampines Rovers)
The former LionsXII striker has found himself going down the pecking order this year at Tampines Rovers, although it’s hard to justify him being given a spot in the starting line-up given the Stags boast a plethora of options in attack.
Pennant, Webb, Fazrul Nawaz and Billy Mehmet are the choices for Sundram, with Sufian making the majority of his appearances off the bench.
It’s such a pity, considering his work ethos, while the 28-year-old isn't lacking in ability.