Johor Darul Takzim to bank on Aimar & Braulio combination

El Loco highlights the career of Johor Darul Takzim's new signings Braulio Nobrega and Pablo Aimar, as well as the Southern Tigers' early spur to win big next season

Johor Darul Takzim's affection for Latin football continues when they signed up former Spain Under-20 striker Braulio Nobrega on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old, simply known as Braulio, played for Spanish club Hercules before this.

Darul Takzim, prior to this, have already secured the services of former Argentina international attacking midfielder Pablo Aimar, 33, for their campaign next season.

And as Head Coach, they have hired former Atletico Madrid manager, Cesar Ferrando Jimenez, who was signed up on Wednesday as well.

It's good to see Darul Takzim preparing early for their assault next season - after the failure to make an impact this term - considering the huge amount of money spent in bringing in players to beef up the squad.

In short, it was a total flop. They were expected to win at least one honour - either the Malaysian Super League or FA Cup but this did not happen.

Darul Takzim are still in for a chance in the Malaysia Cup but at rate things are going, they are poised to end the season with nothing.

Thus the drastic action on the part of Johor FA president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ismail, which is understandable. It's professional football, after all.

Flops Shafiq Rahim and Safee Sali, reportedly, will not have their contracts renewed next season.

Now back to Braulio and bit of his background.

He started his youth career at Atletico from 2002 to 2004. He made the senior team thereafter and stayed on until 2008.

However, with so much talent at Vicente Calderon, he was sent on loan to Mallorca, Salamanca and Getafe during that period.

Braulio joined Real Zaragoza in the middle of 2008 in the hope that he can assist the relegated club climb back to La Liga at one try but unfortunately he suffered a lengthy injury then.

He signed up for Cartagena in 2012 before joining Hercules.

Braulio may not be glamourous like Dani Guiza and even Leonel Nunez but he should have all the skill as a striker. If not, he would not have been signed up by Atletico in the first place when he was young.

Who knows, he can make a bigger impact for Darul Takzim next season - especially if he can get the right service from his teammates.

And this is where Aimar can come handy - if he is fit, of course.

It's interesting how the Braulio and Aimar combination will fare as Darul Takzim make an attempt to erase the bitter memories of this season.

If they click well, then goals are expected from both of them.

Oh yes ... Darul Takzim reportedly are eyeing talented Singapore international midfielder Harris Harun as their third foreign import.

Next season, teams are allowed to sign a player from the Asean region besides the normal two from anywhere.

According to Tunku Ismail, it is Senor Jimenez himself, who wants Harris as part of the set-up.

Jimenez does not waste time, does he?