Thamil Arasu does not mind if he has to play on the right wing instead of as a striker in order to replace injured players
Young Tigers striker Thamil Arasu feels that playing on the right, instead of leading the front line for the team during the SEA Games, would not be a problem for him.
According to him, he is willing to play in any position that the coach wants him to for the sake of the team, as currently the Malaysian U-23's are hit by injuries.
Speaking to Utusan, Thamil said “The change of my position from striker to playing on the right wing does not concern me that much because as player, I must follow the coach’s orders. Of course I am nervous because I rarely play in that position but I must quickly learn and adapt.”
The injuries to the few of key players in that position such as Wan Zack Haikal, Syahrul Azwari and Wan Zaharulnizam, has forced coach Ong Kim Swee to come up with a new strategy.
“We have to understand that there are a lot of injured players right now so the options for playing on the wing is very limited,” he added.
Kim Swee has no problems sacrificing a striker to play on the wing as Izzaq Faris and Hazwan Bakri have returned to lead the line, along with Mohd Rozaimi as well.
Malaysia will face Brunei in their first game in the 27th SEA Games in Myanmar, and they will look to retain the gold medal that they won two years previously.