Ranked! Every Malaysia Super League club's transfer business

The most exciting thing about pre-season is the transfer window and the build up to Malaysia Super League (MSL) season has never been short of the wheeling and dealing. FourFourTwo ranks how well all the teams have done in the window...

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12. PKNP

Promoted to the top-flight because T-Team and Felda United were forced down, PKNP have not done themselves much justice in the transfer market.

Their biggest achievement will be keeping hold of 2017 sensation Shahrel Fikri after the forward publicly expressed his desire to move to a bigger club. Shahrel’s goals fired the club to third in their debut season in the second tier and the later rounds of the FA Cup and Malaysia Cup.

Abu Bakar Fadzim is building his credentials as a coach but PKNP left it till very late to confirm their signings, with Phnom Penh Crown's Keo Sokpheng and Yeon Gi-sung the only foreigners to have signed thus far.


The addition of seasoned players Indra Putra Mahayuddin and Zaquan Adha Abdul Radzak gives the MSL newcomers some experience, but they haven’t made plenty of other additions.

Fabio Maciel’s faith in the same core that won the Malaysia Premier League (MPL) will be heavily tested as the City Boys face tougher opponents, and KL could instead be ruing their missed opportunities at signing Brendan Gan and former Singapore international Baihakki Khaizan.

Both players were in talks with KL before deciding to go elsewhere. Maciel even went public on his interest in Gan while Baihakki had already packed his bags for Malaysia when he got a call from Thailand.


The Deer hit jackpot with a place in the top-flight despite finishing fifth in the MPL and they probably should have revamped much of their squad to avoid going straight back down.

The return of N. Thanabalan, Malaysia's hero at the 2017 SEA Games, is mouth-watering but the youngster could find the MSL tougher than expected. The likes of Aizulridzwan Razali, Fakhrul Aiman Sidid and Rizal Fahmi Rosid have top flight experience but they are not game-changers.

Argentine forward Nicolas Velez, however, is a capture. The 27-year-old former River Plate trainee has a good scoring record in Singapore and Thailand. Cambodian Prak Mony Udom, who arrived as a late replacement for Singapore Madhu Mohana, is another exciting prospect.