Top 10 Signings for The 2012 Great Eastern Yeo’s S-League – Part two

A few days ago, we identified five out of the ten players who we think will be the best signings in this year’s S-League season. Today, we look at the next five in our two-part series.

  • Anaz Hadee (Tampines Rovers), Defender

When Anaz Hadee joined Tampines Rovers during the off season, the first thought I had in mind was, “What a good signing”. Anaz is a versatile defender who can play anywhere across defence and should there be a need to deploy him in midfield, he will do an equally good job as well, as shown in preseason. Anaz usually operates at the full back slot but at the Stags’ set up, where Steven Tan usually play with three at the back, Anaz has shown that he is a solid man marker as well. The boyish former SAFFC and Woodlands Wellington man should add value to the Tampines Rovers set up and he had already shown what he’s capable of during the Great Eastern Charity Shield when he was part of the backline who kept two of the top scorers in the 2011 season at bay.

  • K. Vikrman (Gombak United), Midfielder

K. Vikraman needs no introduction in the local scene. The 2011 S-League Goal of the Year winner had signed forms with Gombak United and got himself reunited with his mentor, K Balagumaran who played a huge part in the midfielder’s progress in football. Vicky as he is commonly known as is a very versatile player across all attacking positions on the pitch. Blessed with good technique, Vicky is dangerous on set pieces and he is always full of tricks. The former Balestier Khalsa man is most effective when deployed on either flank. At 30 years of age this year, fans can be forgiven should they think that Vicky is nearing the end of his football careers, but as what was observed in the past few weeks of preseason training, he seemed to be getting better as the days goes by. Expect K Vikraman to play a crucial role in the Bulls’ rebuilding as a team, and goals are not beyond this man. Expect some from him as well.

  • Armanizam Dolah (Woodlands Wellington), Midfielder

Armanizam is one of the most talented footballers in Singapore. It remains a mystery how this midfielder has been constantly left out from the National Team. Armanizam is a deep lying midfielder whose passing ability is crucial in his all-round play. He is also a hard tackler who will not back off from a challenge from his opponents. Armanizam packs a powerful shot on his right foot and we can expect him to play a crucial role in the Woodlands Wellington set up where he was snapped up by the Rams during the off season. Should he be able to overcome his injury concerns during the season, Armanizam will be a valuable asset to the Rams in 2012. He has done well in preseason so far, and blending in just as well with the rest of his team mates. Expect more from this young midfielder in the 2012 season.

  • Yusiskandar Yusop (Balestier Khalsa), Defender/ Midfielder

He spent the last two seasons in Keppel Monaco (NFL) according to Darren Stewart and now he is back in the mix with the big boys again. I personally knew this boy when he was playing with Jurong FC. The former Home United, and Jurong FC trainee was part of the Singapore U-23 team years ago but a horrific injury deprived him a chance of his progress as a footballer. The strengths of Yusiskandar is his versatility to the team, as he can fill up roles in the back line as well as in the middle of the park. The name is almost forgotten by many, but definitely, we’ve identified him as one of the best signings of the new season.

  • Toshikazu Soya (Albirex Niigata Singapore), Forward

Toshikazu Soya is a very skillful forward whom Albirex Niigata (S) head coach Koichi Sugiyama said is “a very good player”. Soya comes to Singapore with an impressive CV after being part of the Tokyo Verdy youth setup during his younger days. Soya last played for Ryutsu Keizai University before coming here to sign forms with Albirex Niigata (S). He has already made an impression in preseason where he have found the back of the net against Geylang United and Gombak United successively, both games won by the White Swans. It is too early to say if he can emulate the heroics of Shotaro Ihata in the 2011 season but from observations, Soya is looking good to shoulder the goal scoring responsibility for the team.

That’s the end of our coverage on the top signings for the 2012 Great Eastern Yeo’s S-League season. Do catch our feature on the player of the month at the end of each month.