The Top 5 Singapore Players list is a new feature where Goal Singapore ranks the best local players on a monthly basis, as a run-up to the year-end AFF Suzuki Cup.
We take into consideration the recent performances of the players up to the date of publication and then adjust their position in the table accordingly. The aim for the overall ranking at the end is to reflect the best five players who have done well consistently over the course of the year.
For our first list, LionsXII defender Safuwan Baharudin tops the charts. It is no surprise given his excellent showings for a young side this season, where he has consistently stepped up to the plate and displayed great leadership. A return of four goals shows that he is effective at both ends of the pitch as well.
Following him are team-mates Khairul Amri and Izwan Mahbud, who have enjoyed good starts to the season as well. Amri leads the LionsXII’s scoring charts with five goals and brings more to the team than just being an attacking threat, with his excellent hold-up play and tireless work ethic. Meanwhile, Izwan has proved his mettle with some fine saves at the back this season, keeping his team in the game on more than one occasion, whilst also dominating his area aerially.
Fazrul Nawaz is fourth on the list, having enjoyed a fine return from a career-threatening injury with Home United. He is the Protectors’ top scorer with six goals and his four league strikes make him the joint-highest local-born entry in the S.League scoring chart.
Club-mate Juma’at Jantan comes in at fifth for his consistent displays at full-back, again after recovering from injury troubles last season. The 30-year-old has played in every game for the team so far, rampaging tirelessly up and down the flank in each one.
We have also compiled a list of five more players who are close to the top five.
LionsXII winger Faris Ramli is included for building on his promise last season. The 21-year-old who won the Goal Singapore Young Player of the Year award last year, has become a more consistent threat with his trickery and skill, making him one of the team’s most lethal weapons.
Two other goalkeepers make the list, with Woodlands Wellington’s Yazid Yasin and his Warriors FC counterpart Hassan Sunny. The former has shown that age is only a number with some superb displays for the Rams, while the latter is making a strong case to be the Lions number one with similarly outstanding performances.
A pair of strikers round off the list. Veteran Indra Sahdan, who has returned from a horror leg-break to establish himself firmly in Home’s plans is hovering near the top five. Usually deployed in a more withdrawn position nowadays, his class and intelligence still shines through and he has bagged five assists this season. Last but not least is the lively Sahil Suhaimi, who has wasted no time in lacing on his goalscoring boots after failing to pass the 2.4km test earlier in the season. Since his return, the 21-year-old has netted four times in as many games for the Courts Young Lions and reminded everyone about his budding prowess.