Five players Tan Cheng Hoe must consider for Malaysia based on form
Faiz Nasir (Terengganu FC, midfielder)
This diminutive flier draws similar traits to Kedah’s young prodigy Akhyar Rashid. Explosive bursts of acceleration and nimble footwork that gives him the advantage to shift directions quickly in one-on-one situations. Faiz was one of the reasons for Terengganu gaining promotion to the top flight last season, and he has kept up that high tempo performance this year. Faiz can be Tan’s trump card when Malaysia are chasing a match with his pace and direct running. Doesn’t score that many goals, but can be counted on to create goalscoring opportunities.
Christie Jayaseelan (Felda United FC, midfielder)
Christie may be playing in the second division Premier League, but he has played a major role in Felda United standing on brink of the league title. The Fighters are 13 points clear in the Premier League with five games to play, a standing much owed to Christie’s penetration and pace from midfield. The 32-year-old has scored six goals so far, as well as contributing to the team’s goals in total. Christie has actually flourished in his more central role this season, but he is most comfortable on the wings taking on defenders. If Tan needs a fresh pair of legs who can make a difference, Christie could be that man.