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Five new Asean imports we tip to succeed in the Malaysia Super League

The additional import slot for ASEAN players has added new flavour to the Malaysia Super League (MSL), drawing more eyeballs from the region. FourFourTwo picks five new ASEAN signings expected to have an impact...

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FARIS RAMLI

It’s not easy impressing former Malaysia coach K. Rajagobal, who has an eye for detail and values discipline in his players, but this Singapore international seems to have found favour.

Having already won the MSL with the now-defunct Singaporean side LionsXII, Faris also has the prior experience of playing in Malaysia.

He managed an eye-catching return of 21 goals and 21 assists for Home United in the 2017 S. League and Faris, who can play on both flanks and as attacker, would be deemed a decent signing even if he manages a third of that.

PKNS are currently sitting pretty at the top of the league, with Faris notching one assist in three starts. More could be to come from the speedy player.

CHAN VATHANAKA

The Cambodian hotshot hasn't quite made the instant impact some others have had but apart from not playing his regular position, his new side Pahang have also made a slow start.

Vathanaka is a record scorer back home but the previous year was filled with disappointment following an unsuccessful spell with Japanese lower division side Fujieda MYFC.

The 24-year-old forward wears the No.11 jersey for the Elephants and has been utilised on the left-flank instead of being tasked to lead the front. Dollah Salleh favours a creative trio comprising Vathanaka, Norshahrul Idlan Talaha and Mohamadou Sumareh behind frontman Francis Forkey Doe.

Vathanaka will not score as many goals as he is used to in Cambodia but expect him to provide for his teammates.

EVAN DIMAS

Highly rated in Indonesia, Selangor fans are witnessing firsthand Evan's composed playing style in the heart of the midfield.

The Red Giants wanted the 22-year-old’s services so badly that they were even willing to cut a deal with the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) on releasing Evan and Ilham Armaiyn, who Selangor have also signed, for the Asian Games despite the competition taking place outside of the international window.

The Indonesians were reluctant to see the players move to Malaysia in fear they would be unavailable for the regional tournament.

Evan brings some stability in midfield, which Selangor barely had in 2017. His ability to dictate play and make a defence-splitting pass will be asset for P. Maniam’s aspirations in making Selangor a trophy contender again.