FFT’s S.League 2017 April Dream XI: Shahril hits top form

Plenty have sparkled in the month of April but Shahril Ishak has done much to suggest he is returning to his best. Here are FourFourTwo Singapore writers’ best 11 in the S.League for April! 

Goalkeeper: Izwan Mahbud (Tampines Rovers)

For the past few months, it is hard to argue that Izwan had put in the performances many knew he was capable of.

But in the month of April, it appears Izwan is recapturing the form that made him Singapore’s No.1 in 2015.

The Tampines custodian began the April with a 1-0 loss to Warriors FC. While he could not prevent defeat, many highlighted how his saves kept the scoreline respectable for the Stags.

Izwan missed the 4-0 win over Geylang International but he was reinstated back to the starting line-up against Young Lions and made sure his team walked away with a 1-0 win with his vital saves.

Izwan was unbeatable against Brunei DPMM too, but unfortunately he was stretchered off after a collision with Azwan Ali.

Defender: Daniel Bennett (Tampines Rovers)

An ever-present for Tampines this season, Bennett was given a well-deserved rest at the start of April and his absence was felt by the Stags as they lost to Warriors.

But the decision to give Bennett a break paid off handsomely for the remainder of April, as the veteran defender marshalled his backline superbly and helped them to three wins in as many games.

It is also no coincidence that the Stags kept three clean sheets after his return.

Defender: Irfan Fandi (Home United)

The jury is still out on Irfan’s best position, with many claiming he is better suited as a centre forward.

But the youngster has acquitted himself well in defence as well, showing composure and ball-winning abilities that has helped the Protectors to stay unbeaten in the league.

Irfan was involved as a starter for all four of Home’s game in April and they walked away with two wins and two draws. The youngster scored in the 2-0 win over Hougang United.

Defender: Naofumi Tanaka (Albirex Niigata S)

In order to cut it at the top level, maintaining one’s form is very important for most footballers.

Many have found it hard to be consistently good, especially for the younger players, but not for Tanaka.

The defender was easily one of the best players around the S.League last year in his debut season, and he has continued to flourish with the White Swans this year.

Tanaka started in all four games for Albirex in April, helping them to three wins and a draw.