Former Dutch professional footballer and current Singapore Sports School senior coach Robbie Servais presents an English Premier League standard scout report on Warriors FC.
Warriors FC Scouting Report
FourFourTwo is back with another in-depth analysis and this time the focus falls on Warriors FC.
As the month of April came to an end, Warriors failed to garner a single win and ended the month on a sour note by falling 4-2 to Tampines Rovers.
FourFourTwo’s Robbie Servais noted several observations about the nine-time S.League champions.
Warriors gave the Stags a good fight but after going a man down they were unable to cope with the pressure.
Warriors have a low defensive line
There is a huge space between each line.
Warriors do not play a pressing game and their intention seems to focus on forcing long balls rather than winning the ball back
Yazid Yasin has a good range on his goal-kicks but he tends to aim for the left side of the pitch.
Madhu Mohana and Kento Fukuda are paired together at the heart of defence. Madhu has a tendency to bomb forward but his partner always stays behind to cover his spot if required.
Zulfadli Zainal and Emmeric Ong were deployed as the full-backs. Both provide ample overlapping runs but they play too high up at times.
Poh Yifeng and Hafiz Osman are positioned at the centre of the pitch. Poh is a hardworking player and he will chase down lost causes.
The duo are not as dynamic going forward, preferring to adopt a conservative approach.
Hafiz Nor and Ridhuan Muhamad are in charge at the wings. Both have a direct style of play as they love to run with the ball and take on defenders instead of passing. They have tendency to cut into the centre.
Nikola Rak sits in the hole and is the key playmaker for Warriors. He has a good touch and an eye for the killer passes.
Jonathan Behe leads the line for Warriors. He is tall and big, which helps him win the aerial battles. He is also mobile, despite his big frame.
Areas to exploit
Warriors tend to play the ball over the top a lot, so playing a deep defensive line can help to prevent any of the pacey attackers from beating the offside traps.
There are large gaps between midfield and defence so teams can look to bypass the defence by playing with the ball at their feet.