FFT Expert Analysis: Garena Young Lions
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!
Young Lions scouting report
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.