10 new foreigners set to take Malaysia by storm

Typically relied upon to deliver the goods and complete the jigsaw puzzle, foreign players in the Malaysia Super League (MSL) are often the difference between success and failure. Here, FourFourTwo takes a look at 10 new imports to watch out for this season.

Jeronimo Barrales (JDT)

Nicknamed the ‘Apache Assassin’, there will be a lot of expectations on Barrales to perform, especially as he replaces Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT) star signing of 2016, Juan Martin Lucero.

The 29-year-old arrived from Turkish side Sivasspor in January as the Southern Tigers’ fourth and final signing for the new season. Barrales, who joined the Banfield academy in Argentina after losing interest in rugby, has also played for Spanish side Recreativo de Huelva and Anteras Tripolis in Greece.

He finished top-scorer of the 2014-15 Greek Super League with 17 goals for Anteras and scored another three in their Europa League campaign that year – including two against English side Tottenham Hotspur.

Barrales during his time in Turkey. Photo: Sivasspor

Ken Ilso (Kedah)

Hot-shot former S.League striker Ilso will be keeping his fingers crossed that his goal scoring streak continues across the Causeway when he turns out for Tan Cheng Hoe’s Red Eagles, who have big aspirations after finishing third in the league and winning the Malaysia Cup in their comeback season last year.

Ilso, who built his career back home and represented Denmark through until the under-21s, comes with bags of experience. Apart from several clubs on home soil, the 30-year-old forward has played in Netherlands, Germany and China.

He scored 37 goals in 41 matches for Home United in Singapore, a tally that Kedah will be eager for him to repeat. With Liridon Krasniqi and Sandro da Silva feeding him passess, Ilso could have fun in Alor Setar.