10 Malaysian youngsters who impressed in 2017

Safawi Rasid waltzed away with the Best Young Player award in 2016 and Matthew Davies was winner in 2015. FourFourTwo features the 10 youngsters (21 and below) nominated for the Malaysia Football Awards on December 22...

ADAM NOR AZLIN

His versatility across midfield and defence may have cost him a decent run of matches in previous seasons, but Adam found his calling at centre-back for Selangor in 2017.

Adam cemented a place in Selangor’s back-three and earned plenty of admirers for his defensive work. He was also the vice-captain of the Malaysia Under-22 side that qualified for the 2018 AFC Under-23 Championship and finished runners-up at the 2017 SEA Games.

The 21-year-old will play for Malaysia Super League (MSL) champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in 2018

He may still have to work on his reading of the game but Adam’s inch-perfect tackles got Malaysia Under-22 and Selangor sides out of trouble on a number of occasions.

The 21-year-old former Harimau Muda product will play for Malaysia Super League (MSL) champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in 2018.

FARHAN ROSLAN

It may be a surprise that Farhan is still only 21, considering he won this award when first breaking into the scene in 2014.

Though still far from a regular at Kedah, Farhan’s role with the Red Eagles increased as the season progressed. He managed to rake in over 20 appearances – including nine starts – and scored four times.

The speedy winger lacks in size but makes up for it with searing speed which more than troubles defenders.

Farhan is unlikely to command a starting role next season as Baddrol Bakhtiar has excelled there, but he could play a big role off the bench again.

IFWAT AKMAL CHEK KASSIM

The Kedah custodian has come a long way since surpassing Farhan Abu Bakar in the pecking order during the 2016 campaign.

He looks in a better shape after shedding a few pounds, has been consistent and broke into the national squad despite playing second fiddle at the 2017 SEA Games. He was Malaysia Under-22’s No.1 during the AFC qualifiers.

An assuring presence for his defenders, Ifwat's Kedah won the 2017 FA Cup and finished runners-up to JDT in the Malaysia Cup.

They finished fourth in the MSL, but it was clear the team were concentrating on the Malaysia Cup in the final weeks of the league campaign as they rotated players.