S.League Mid-Season Report Card: Everyone plays catch-up to Albirex

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Geylang International

Expectations at start of season: With a raft of LionsXII players being drafted in and new hopes and dreams that accompanied a new chairman, 2016 was looked upon as a fresh slate for Geylang to start on.

With only four players retained, new coach Hasrin Jailani was always going to need time for his team to gel, but much was expected of the Bedok-based team who appeared to make all the right noises.

How they have performed so far: Perhaps expectations got to them as the Eagles struggled to get out of a rut of draws, demonstrating that they were good, but not quite there yet.

Geylang were considered draw specialists until recently

A string of three straight wins finally got some momentum going and they have climbed into fourth place at this mark.

That wouldn’t be a bad position to finish in come end of the season and overall it is perhaps fair to say that they have acquitted themselves decently, but there is a feeling they could be doing more.

Star man: Syazwan Buhari. Team-mate Carlos Delgado has made the headlines for his attacking exploits, but it is the safe hands of Syazwan that gives Geylang a solid base to build on.

The goalkeeper has been in excellent form and is perhaps finally realising his potential.

Club Grade: B