Goal count down the worst flops from the top competitions in the Malaysian football season in 2017, and here's number 5.
2016 was a year that Shahrul Saad started to gain recognition, from his displays for Perak that eventually led to national team call-ups and subsequently, the ill-fated AFF Suzuki Cup last year. Despite the early exit, Shahrul was one of those players that saw their reputation rise due to his performances in the competition.
Expectations was high for the 24-year-old to become mature in his game and cement his place both at Perak and for Malaysia. However, inconsistencies bugged his game all season and he struggled to established himself despite starting more than half of the Super League matches for The Bos Gaurus.
One particular incident that stick out was during the FA Cup third round match against Kedah at Perak Stadium. Perak were matching the then red-hot Kedah but defensive lapses caused the home side the tie, with Shahrul bearing the brunt of then new coach, Mehmet Durakovic. Hooked off after just 39 minutes for his poor performance.
With the arrival of Leandro Dos Santos during the April transfer window, Shahrul drop one more rung down the pecking order. However an injury that ended Leandro's season early, gave Shahrul a chance back into the team, which to be fair to him, he started to show more fight and desire in his game.
Still very young, it's not the end of the road yet for Shahrul. 2017 must be written off as a blip in his career and he will need to start on the right foot next season or face the risk of spending more time on the bench.