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The 48-year-old Selangor coach insisted that the young strikers have a bright future in his team

GOALBY    FALAH ABDULLAH     Follow on Twitter

Mehmet Durakovic has revealed that former Harimau Muda stalwarts, Hazwan Bakri and Thamil Arasu are still part of his plans at Selangor.

Both forwards have hardly featured in Durakovic’s new-look team which prompted talks that they have not impressed the former Australian international.

“We have a small squad and we are all very young. It’s a new team so it takes time. But, absolutely (Hazwan and Thamil are) a part of Selangor’s future and they are a part of my future,” Durakovic told Astro Arena.

The Red Giants have had a decent start to their Malaysia Super League (MSL) campaign recording three wins out of five games and are currently placed at fourth in the league table under the guidance of the new coach.

Hazwan and Thamil are not the only new signings who have found it hard to break into the first team as Andik Vermansyah has also only been used sparingly by the former Selangor defender. The creative midfielder known as the “Indonesian Messi” impressed in his rare start against Arema and Durakovic was quick to praise his performance in the AFC Cup clash.    

“I gave Andik a chance and he played well (against Arema). They all played well. We’ll see who’s available, who are we playing against and we’ll try to adjust our tactics and our system,” he added.

Selangor will welcome the visit of surprise league leaders, Terengganu this Saturday.