FFT Expert Analysis: Garena Young Lions

Ever wondered how an English Premier League scout report looks like? Look no further as FourFourTwo has on board former Liverpool academy coach James Gow, who will be presenting his findings on a level on par with one. 

In a brand new feature, FourFourTwo will be presenting an in-depth analysis of a chosen team and how they performed in a particular match.

And to ensure you get the authentic English Premier League standard of scout reports, former Liverpool academy coach James Gow, who is now based in Singapore, will be tapping on his experience as a former performance analyst for Liverpool's senior team to pen the reports himself.

Which players fluffed? Which players sparkled? What went wrong tactically? Gow has all the answers here for you in his report!


This week, Gow took time out to scout out the Young Lions, who crashed and burnt after a 5-0 thrashing by Albirex Niigata (S). What the former international football academy coach for the Under-9s through to Under-15 had to say though, can be brutally honest at times.


  •  The Young Lions were sorely lacking in ideas, as they often varied between a slow short-passing game and playing the long ball over the top. 
  •  This resulted in few scoring opportunities being created, with a total of only three meaningful shots being conjured. To add insult to injury, none of them were on target.
  • The biggests problem laid in the Young Lions' defence. Inexperienced, the back-four showed poor decision making and were sorely lacking in concentration.
  • The defence's positional awareness also needs marked improvement, after defenders drifted away and created huge gaps of space for opponents to exploit. Albirex did just that with great success.

Young Lions scouting report

  • Offensively, Fareez Farhan and Adam Swandi look to be the bright sparks in the team

Players Analysis


Zharfan Rohaizad started in goal for the Young Lions and is a right-footer. The 19-year-old gets a good distance out of his kicks and they are pretty accurate, often finding Adam Swandi up front. His preferred style of distribution is long and sometimes he throws from deep to find the full-backs.

Zharfan has not demonstrated any mastery in his handling and he looks bereft of confidence when he comes out to collect crosses.


Gareth Low started at left-back and often looks to pass forward. He lacks concentration and composure while on the ball.

Ashrul Syafeeq and Taufiq Muqminin were both the starting centre-backs. The youngsters have plenty to work on positioning-wise as their lack of awareness mainly allowed Albirex to break through. The two do not seem to have cohesion and try to switch often but are unable to break lines going forward.

Mo Rusyaidi came out with the most credit of the backline. Starting at right-back, Mo was quick to jump into tackles and displays bravery. As a result, he is highly competent in one-on-one situations. However, he leaves too much space between him and his centre-backs.


Firdaus Kasman was the most experienced player on the team at 28 years old and played in centre midfield. However, he could not stamp his authority on the pitch and tends to switch off defensively. 

Ammirul Emmran was Firdaus' partner in midfield. He tries to make killer-passes to the wingers darting down the channels. However, he struggles with movement off the ball when he tries to receive from deep.


Zulfadhmi Suzluman started on the right while Fareez Farhan started on the left.

Fareez had a decent game, though he was not an out-and-out winger. He often tries to cut in through the middle and can beat his marker in a one-on-one situation. However, he needs to work on his end product.

Zulfadhmi had a very quiet game, as he lacked movement and awareness to get on the ball.


Adam Swandi was the outstanding player in this game and he played in a deep role up front. Technically gifted, he looks to cut into the right channel and often is able to escape his marker with his pace. However, his positioning was a suspect and he lacked service going forward.

Hami Syahin started up front too but he drifted too far away from Swandi to make combinational plays. Also saw little of the ball and did not do much to get into the game.

Areas to exploit

The space between the Young Lions' midfield and defence is often huge and can be an area to make runs into. Running off the last centre-back's shoulders is also an option, given their poor positioning and lack of cover. Pumping in crosses to trouble the goalkeeper can be another avenue opponents look to exploit, given his poor handling. 

To read the full detailed scout report by Gow, view it here.

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