Analysis

S.League 2016 Season Review - Rating the Foreigners

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Garena Young Lions

Benjamin Bertrand 

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2016 stats: 33 goals conceded in S.League  

Rating: D

Came in with impressive credentials – having previously played in the French Ligue 2, but never failed to live up to the billing.

His commanding of the area was dodgy and never really exuded confidence with his displays. Conceded an average of 2.75 goals per game, before leaving in the mid-season transfer window.

Geylang International 

Yuki Ichikawa

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2016 stats: 1 goal, 4 assists in all competitions 

Rating: B+

Was an assured figure at the back and turned in one solid display after another.

The 29-year-old Japanese’s form was the key reason why Geylang finished with the third-best defensive record in the league.

Carlos Delgado

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2016 stats: 5 goals, 2 assists in all competitions 

Rating: C+

Started the season on fire and scored five in the first half of the season. However, the Argentinian playmaker’s form tailed off thereafter as he lost his first team spot in the final few games.

Roberto Camarasa

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2016 stats: 1 goal in all competitions 

Rating: C

The promising Spanish midfielder fared decently in his six appearances for the club, but is still very much a raw diamond. Scored a good header in a 1-1 draw against Brunei DPMM.  

Branko Cubrilo

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2016 stats: 3 goals, 1 assists in all competitions 

Rating: C-

As a forward, his tally of one goal in his first nine appearances just was not enough. The 28-year-old Croatian scored a good brace in a 3-1 win against Balestier Khalsa thereafter, but it was all too late as the club decided to release him in the mid-season transfer window.

Mark Hartmann

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2016 stats: 8 goals, 2 assists in all competitions 

Rating: B+

Brought in as Cubrilo’s replacement, he quickly announced his arrival with a cool header on his first start for the club and a superbly-taken brace in a 2-2 draw against Balestier in the League Cup. While injury limited his involvement, the Philippines attacker still recorded a healthy goal tally, with several of them being stunners from distance.