|Shahril Ishak roams into the box|
First of all, take a look at this picture and what did you see?
We have a free roaming Shahril with his eyes on the ball making his way into the box in this attacking move.
Any sane mind would be asking how could a veteran striker like him be given such a luxury of space by a backline?
That was probably why Hougang's caretaker coach Clement Teo, seen in background of this snap, gesturing either to his back line to "watch out for Shahril!" or asking "why no one is marking Shahril?"
Eventually, both Justin Hui and Adam Mitter (who was released during the recent transfer window) arrived in time to keep the ex-JDT II skipper at bay.
|Mitten and Hui arrived in time to contain Shahril|
NOT COMPETITIVE ENOUGH
While it may sounded far-fetched but if the SGPL is going to be the platform to prepare most of our Lions for the Suzuki Cup, I think we may forget about it again.
The present SGPL is not competitive enough and lack of the intensity to groom any national player we thought it supposed to
|Can Amri (left) recreate his SGPL form for the Lions as well?|
Furthermore, the discrepancy of the standard among the teams in the SGPL is another worrying sign with an even younger Albirex Niigata (Singapore) already wrapped up the title in late July before the season ends in three months time.
WET BEHIND THE EARS
Given the policy that make it mandatory for SGPL clubs to field a number of younger players this season, are we moving in the right direction with more youngsters being signed as "professional" when they're still wet behind the ears?
It is kind of worrying to see how the clubs pushed their largely unproven new signings who are not properly groomed under the existing system into the professional ranks abruptly.
|Is SGPL good enough to gear Irfan (14) for big time?|
The Prime League would have been a good feeder league to groom these fledglings if proper running of it was in place. Sadly, it was not the case and years of neglection resulted the supposedly feeder league to discontinue this year following the launch of the SGPL by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS).