Bright lights and let-downs: FFT's mid-season S.League review

We're just about halfway through the 2016 S.League season. So which players have exceeded expectations and which still have some work to do? Read on to find out...

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Five surprises packets

Khairulhin Khalid (Hougang United)

For four years between 2012 and 2015, Khairulhin rarely got the opportunity to take to the field in a competitive game – making less than 10 appearances as a back-up to Izwan Mahbud at LionsXII.

Therefore many had their reservations when he usurped the more experienced Ridhuan Barudin as the first-choice keeper at new club Hougang at the start of this season. Yet as each game goes by, the 24-year-old strengthens his credentials and proves his worth with one stunning save after another.

Keeping more clean sheets than any other local custodian in the league sums up his contribution to date.

Aqhari Abdullah (Home United)

Throughout his career – be it at LionsXII or Tampines Rovers – Aqhari has never really enjoyed an extended run in the first team. Until now that is.

The 24-year-old currently finds himself one of the first names on Philippe Aw’s team sheet, forging a decent understanding with midfield partner Song Uiyoung.

The pint-sized player proves that size does not matter, more than making up for his stature with his tenacity and incredible stamina.

If he continues in this manner, no one would bet against him earning his first Singapore cap soon or even representing the nation at the year-end Suzuki Cup.