Who are the best performing Singapore players so far this year? Goal Singapore opens a monthly list of the top five who have shone the brightestIn the first list published near the start of this month, we had LionsXII defender Safuwan Baharudin as our top pick for his consistent performances. Well, the Singapore international has been toppled by another player who has arguably been the epitome of consistency over the past few weeks: Hassan Sunny.
The Warriors FC custodian has been an absolute rock in goal, pulling off wonderful saves in almost every game the uniformed giants have played this season. The 30-year-old has kept two clean sheets in their last two league games, with a particularly important one in a 1-0 win over leaders Brunei DPMM. That saw the second-placed Warriors slash the latter's lead to four points, with Hassan easily one of the key players in the team's fine campaign so far.
In second place is the S.League's top local-born scorer, Fazrul Nawaz. Out for the opening few games of the season due to a serious head injury, the 29-year-old has come back with a vengeance. His presence offers Home United an outlet upfront and he has responded with six goals in 10 league games, including a well-taken brace against Geylang International last week. Fazrul has also bagged two goals in three AFC Cup matches and it will not be surprising to see him reach double figures for the season.
Behind him is another forward in Khairul Amri, with the LionsXII striker dropping a place from the previous ranking. Despite the team losing twice in their three games in May, Amri has kept up his goalscoring form with two goals. A header against ATM FA last time out put them on course for their only victory, bringing his tally to seven for the campaign. The Singapore international has also weighed in with six assists, while his tireless running and holding up of the ball in every game is an underrated side of his thankless lone striker role.
The third attacker to feature on the list is Courts Young Lions hotshot Sahil Suhaimi. After being suspended for the prior two games, the 21-year-old marked his return with yet another goal in the 2-1 loss to Tampines Rovers last week. That made it five goals in last four matches - he has played only five times so far - as the pint-sized forward continues to make an impact. Sahil is one of the nation's best young strikers and the hope is that he will go on to achieve far more.
Rounding off the five is Yasir Hanapi, who has continued his impressive form despite being played out of position recently. Ostensibly an attacker, he has been deployed at right-back for the Protectors in recent times. However, the 24-year-old has adapted remarkably well to his defensive duties, whilst also providing an attacking thrust. Yasir even popped up with a superb goal against the Young Lions and also managed to keep veteran Aleksandar Duric quiet against Tampines Rovers recently.
Safuwan has dropped out of the list as a result of being played in a more attacking position, which did not really work out for him, although he cannot be faulted for effort. Faris Ramli has also been edged out despite netting a superb goal against Johor Darul Takzim, as his form has waned a little in the previous three games. Goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud can count himself unlucky not to retain his spot, as he has continued to be one of the LionsXII best players this season and has come up with good saves time and again.