Andik Vermansyah was given a rare start against Arema Indonesia and repaid the manager's faith with an energetic display down the flanks
BY KEESHAANAN SUNDARESAN Follow on Twitter
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Selangor 1-1 Arema
Though Selangor drew the game tonight, Mehmet Durakovic will not have bigger headaches for the Super League, especially after Andik's scintillating display down the flanks.
He can only select three foreign players to be on the field at one time, and picking between Paulo Rangel, Juninhom Andik and Steve Pantilidis isn't an easy task. But if anything, the task became harder tonight.
From the offset, Andik was the dangerman for Selangor, showing high energy levels down the wing and his creativity is beyond doubt as well. And thanks to him, Selangor striked first blood on the 9th minute mark, as Andik did brilliantly to evade past his markers, before putting in an assist for Paulo Rangel, who made no mistakes by firing home.
But even after that, most of Selangor's attacking threat came from the Indonesian flanker, who was also equally smart in getting into key positions. And the nippy Andik almost became the architect for Selangor's second goal, if not for Shukor Jusoh's dreadful finish in front of goal.
Considering that Durakovic has always opted to leave him on the bench in favour of the other three foreign players, Andik's performances tonight means that he will probably have to reconsider that option. The Red Giants have been decent in the league thus far, but have lacked enthusiasm in their display. But Andik gave them exactly that, just now.