FFT Expert Analysis: Geylang International

The Eagles are under FTT’s scrutiny this time and our expert had plenty to say about them... 

FourFourTwo is back with another in-depth analysis and this time Geylang International were placed under the microscope.

Do the Eagles have what it takes to achieve their title ambitions? FourFourTwo expert analyst Robbie Servais from Singapore Sports School gives his take!

Geylang International

The Eagles played Balestier Khalsa recently and managed to beat them 3-1.

GENERAL OVERVIEW

GEYLANG INTERNATIONAL SCOUTING REPORT

  • The Eagles generally look well balanced, with the players sticking to their positions most of the time.

  • Geylang tend to put in early crosses when in attack.

  • Play is generally built up from the back, instead of the long ball tactic

  • When they do play the long ball tactic, targetman Branko Cubrilo can hold the ball up well and make intelligent runs

  • The back four are always maintain a good line management when the Eagles pour forward

Players Analysis

Goalkeeper

Syazwan Buhari is a good shot-stopper for the Eagles and his goal-kicks can reach a decent height and distance.

Defence

Daniel Bennett and Yuki Ichikawa play in the centre of defence and they are flanked by Faritz Hameed and Al-Qassimy Rahman.

All four are disciplined enough to maintain the same line of defence when pushing up and the full-backs provide support with their overlaps.

Faritz in particular looks to put in crosses early and looks a threat when bombarding down the flanks.

Midfield

Safirul Sulaiman and Nor Azli ran the engine room in midfield and they work well together. They are mostly involved in Geylang’s build-up play.

Gabriel Quak and Shawal Anuar played on the flanks. Quak provides pace on the counter while Shawal always put in early crosses.

Quak provides good width and speed down the flanks

Forwards

Carlos Delgado sat in the hole behind Branko Cubrilo and he showed good technique while running with the ball. His presence helps defenders away from Cubrilo.

Cubrilo is a good target man and he holds the ball up well.

Areas to exploit

The goal Geylang conceded came via a counter. Defender Daniel Bennett was beaten in a one-on-one situation after giving Fadhil Noh too much space to advance towards goal.

To read the full detailed scout, view it here.

Photo: S.League