FFT Expert Analysis: Tampines Rovers

Former Liverpool academy coach James Gow presents an English Premier League standard scout report on the Mighty Stags. 

FourFourTwo presents its second in-depth analysis of the season and this time round we will review how Tampines Rovers performed in their previous match against Home United.

This findings are presented by former Liverpool academy coach James Gow, who will be tapping on his experience as a former performance analyst for Liverpool's senior team.

What ticked the right boxes for the Stags, what didn’t? Read all about it in his detailed report here.

Tampines Rovers

The Stags came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with the Protectors at the Bishan Stadium after Jermaine Pennant scored a brilliant free-kick.

General Overiew

  • There is a huge emphasis on wing plays and full-backs are imperative to Tampines.
  • They aim to create overloads all over the pitch
  • Lots of plays involved the attention being dragged onto the right side of pitch, before the ball is quickly switched to Pennant on the left.

Players Analysis



Izwan Mahbud is right-footed and he aims to distribute long most of the time. His main target will be Billy Mehmet, who leads the line.

He was beaten way at his near post and this suggest that it could be his weak spot.


Ismadi Mukhtar and Shakir Hamzah are the full-backs who provide much width. They look to push forward whenever possible to fill in the spaces their wingers leave behind when cutting in.

Afiq Yunos is in centre of defence with Noh Rahman. Afiq tends to give away his forward passes while his partner lacks mobility given his age. The two tend to hit long balls forward to Mehmet.


Tampines deployed a three-man midfield with Yasir Hanapi as the pivot while Shahdan Sulaiman and Izzdin Shafiq flanks him.

The two tend midfielders will roam high when given the chance and they rarely spray passes forward.


The holy trinity of Billy Mehmet, Jermaine Pennant and Jordan Webb spearheads Tampines’ attacks.

Webb looks dangerous and he is a good dribbler. He has a quick change of pace too and he looks confident in one versus one situations.

Pennat is probably the best player of the lot, with his touch immaculate and he possesses lots of quality.

Mehmet operates as the lone striker but he has lots of support from the others.

Areas to exploit

Tampines play in a 4-1-4-1 formation when in defence, but their biggest weakness is Noh Rahman’s lack of pace. By playing balls over the top, teams can hope to catch the defence off guard and hurt them.