Safuwan, Subri and the Southeast Asian stars we’d love to see in Indonesia
Southeast Asian football is improving all the time and with Indonesian teams now having one spot reserved for an Asian player, their clubs better be doing their homework.
Here are six players we’d love to see in the Indonesia Super League in 2017…
Siroch Chatthong (Thailand)
He was the chief protagonist as Thailand prevented Indonesia from wining the AFF Suzuki Cup for the first time. Siroch’s two goals in the second leg of the final at Rajamangala Stadium helped Thailand overturn a 2-1 deficit and secure a 3-2 aggregate win.
Madura United are said to be interested in the 24-year-old, but Siroch’s current club Ubon UMT United are reluctant to let their main striker go, which was confirmed by Ubon head coach Scott Cooper.
“We don’t accept any offer of any kind at the moment, even if they (Madura United) are getting more serious about this. We don’t have any plan to let him go.”
Faiz Subri (Malaysia)
He stole the spotlight after scoring that beautiful free-kick goal that earned him the Puskas Award for 2017.
An attacking midfielder for Malaysian side Penang, Faiz had been a frequent scorer of long-range goals even before his second in that match against Pahang went viral.
Penang trust the 29-year-old to be their main attacking spark and while the fact he’s almost 30 makes him unattractive for Indonesian clubs, fans would still love to see him play in the country’s highest tier.
If the opportunity for Faiz to play in Indonesia did arise, surely he would still have two or three years ahead of him to prove his worth?
It would be intriguing to see if he could score a trademark goal or two in the upcoming season.
Safuwan Baharudin (Singapore)
The Singapore international did well during his brief loan spell with A-League club Melbourne City (then known as Melbourne Heart) back in 2015, scoring two goals in six appearances.
One thing that prevented him from extending his stay in Melbourne was an untimely back injury that forced him back to Singapore.
At the moment he is playing for Malaysian outfit PDRM FA, who were relegated to the second-tier Premier League for 2017.
Despite not playing his best in the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup, the 25-year-old is still one of Singapore’s best defenders, while he also enjoys contributing offensively in a similar mould to Hamka Hamzah of ISL club PSM Makassar.