Malaysia Football Awards –FourFourTwo’s Best Midfielders
Who came close
Safiq Rahim (JDT)
The Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) skipper is among the best players of his generation but he can’t really say he was the most influential player the Southern Tigers have. That label belongs to Jorge Pereyra Diaz.
Safiq wasn’t bad but it was not a great season by his standards.
Amirul Hisyam Awang Kechik (Kedah)
Still only 21, Amirul showed maturity to hold the fort for Kedah, protecting the back-four and dictating play alongside Liridon Krasniqi.
Amirul, however, needs to show a little more consistency and prove that he could be as effective without Krasniqi by his side.
Who should have been shortlisted
Brendan Gan (Kelantan)
Highly rated by many, Gan came back from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear stronger and was among the few bright sparks of Kelantan’s turbulent year, only to suffer another ACL injury in September.
Gan was among the players that could have made a difference for Malaysia at the Suzuki Cup.
His work-rate is second to none and there is perhaps never a moment that the 28-year-old has failed to give his all.
Main Photo: Kedah