Analysis

Top 10 Malaysia Super League youngsters to watch out for in 2016

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Fakhrurazi Musa (Terengganu)

The winger made 18 appearances, mostly off the bench, last season and now will be aiming to displace the likes of Ashaari Samsudin and Issey Nakajima-Farran in the Terengganu starting 11. Fakhrurazi is nippy on the flanks and has the ability to whip in good crosses into the box.

He featured more prominently in the final stages of the 2015 season, in which his team won eight of their final nine games to finish fourth in the MSL table.

Shreen Thambi (Sarawak)

The bit-part player could benefit from K. Rajagobal’s guidance next year. The former Malaysia coach is an advocate of developing young players. Having already featured 14 times in the MSL last season, Shreen could certainly get more playing time in 2016.

The 22-year-old can play on either flank and is skillful, fast and not afraid to take on more established players. The departure of club captain Joseph Kalang Tie may increase Shreen’s game time if he can convince his new coach of his capabilities.

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Raffi Nagoorgani (Perak)

The central midfielder is versatile, though it is the very same trait that reduced his appearances in the holding role – arguably his best position – in the 2015 season. Raffi and club captain Nasir Basharuddin were dominant in the engine room at the start of the season but a spate of injuries to regular left-back Arif Ismail saw Raffi deputise in defence.

Raffi’s no-nonsense approach and tireless running is something that Perak will hope to rely on much more in the 2016 campaign.

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