Five MSL players that need a mid-season transfer

Foreign players are expected to dominate the transfer window but there will be some movements among the local players, as some search for regular game time. FourFourTwo shortlists five Malaysia Super League (MSL) player that may benefit from a move.

S. Chanthuru

The Johor Darul Ta’zim speedy right-winger appears to have dropped down the pecking order since Mexican Benjamin Mora took charge at the start of the 2017 season.

A regular feature in Mario Gomez’s rotation policy in 2016, Chanthuru has seen the likes of Azamuddin Akil and Mahali Jasuli given the nod this season.

The 29-year-old has had a handful of appearances in the AFC Cup but has looked well off the pace.

Still very much a pacey winger, it is unlikely Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) will release Chanthuru.

Yet a move may be in the best interest of the player and his national team aspirations. Chanthuru, who has battled injuries in the past, was breaking into the Malaysia squad under Ong Kim Swee in 2016 but were among the Southern Tigers’ players that were surprisingly omitted after the Oceania Tour.

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Ahmad Fakri Saarani

At 27, the double SEA Games gold medallist still has a good few years at his peak despite being able to consider himself among the veterans in the young Kedah squad.

Fakri made his move from Felda United permanent at the start of the 2017 season after a loan deal in the 2016 mid-season window, but he has been nothing but a bit-part player, struggling to get into the starting line-up.

Though his days as a forward are long gone due to the presence of import players, Fakri can still provide from midfield.

One only needs to look at Malaysia's 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup campaign to see what Fakri can offer.

The Tigers took a weak squad and were awful but Fakri, whose selection was criticised by many, was among the few who could hold their heads high.

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Kenny Palraj

The young defensive midfielder caught the attention of many with his performance for Perak under Karl Weigang last year, but he has struggled to break into the line-up.

Kenny has spent more time on the bench since the arrival of more established players such as Hafiz Kamal and Jasazrin Jamaluddin in 2017, and the return of Nasir Basharuddin too has meant lesser action.

The 24-year-old former Harimau Muda trainee is still highly rated by Perak coach Mehmet Durakovic and the Bos Gaurus fans but he may want to seek a move, even perhaps a temporarily loan move to get more playing time and establish himself among the defensive midfielders in the country.

He certainly has the aggression, which many teams involved in the relegation battle — such as Penang, PKNS and Malacca — could do with.

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