2017 S.League Transfer Wrap: Will any last-minute moves make an impact?
ALBIREX NIIGATA S
Undefeated in the season so far (P11 W10 D1), Albirex Niigata have understandably chosen not to add any more talent to their squad.
The chemistry between their players is outstanding and perhaps bringing in new blood might not be the wisest decision as the White Swans look to successfully defend their league title.
The Tigers’ head coach Marko Kraljevic was crying out for more goals upfront given how toothless they have been (just five goals in 10 matches so far), but they have been forced to settle for the three Myanmar internationals they signed earlier in the season.
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Unable to introduce new attacking threats, the Balestier faithful must hope their foreign players can up their game and improve their current seventh position.
In: Daud Gazale and Vincent Salas Reyes
Without sugar coating it, it is safe to say DPMM have had the most disappointing season of all teams to date. However, their mid-season transfer window signings look promising, at least on paper.
Although Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal is leading the fearsome Chilean attack now, Daud Gazale once used to do the same for the South American country in eight appearances.
A skilful forward who has played for Chilean teams like Colo-Colo and Concepcion, Gazale has 24 goals in 97 appearances at club level as Steve Kean desperately looks to overturn his team’s poor season. Another Chilean, Vincent Salas Reyes, has been signed to help with the team’s defensive woes although a debut 4-0 loss to Albirex might not do too much in justifying his defensive abilities.
Unlike last year’s impressive signing of Azkals’ star Mark Hartmann, Geylang have chosen not to move for any foreign players in this mid-season window.
GARENA YOUNG LIONS
There have been no notable movements in the Young Lions’ squad.