Sime Darby counting on new signing Mateo Roskam to shine

Sime Darby have put high hopes on new signing Mateo Roskam to revive and kick start their mission to survive in the Malaysia Super League this season

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Malaysia Super League team Sime Darby are hoping that their new signing, Croatian Mateo Roskam, can help them revive their fortunes this season.

Sime Darby have made a slow start to the season, currently battling in the bottom half of the table and struggling to survive in the top flight. The obvious problems is that they failed to score goals, managing only 11 goals so far in 11 matches.

Striker Wisdom Agblexo has struggled to impress and Sime Darby have relied on local players to score. The Ghanaian struggled to find goals after recovering from injury and Roskam will be his direct replacement in attack.

Roskam started his career with NK Siroki Brijeg in the Bosnian Premier Division, and before joining Sime Darby the 1.87m striker played for Slaven Belupo in the Croatian league.

Head coach Ismail stated that they have tested several players, and Roskam suits their requirements as they seek a striker to give them more goals.

According to The Star, Ismail said “We tested several players and felt that Roskam is suitable for us. He has an eye for goal, gel with the local boys well and he works hard for the team. Our local players are hungry for success and we need an import player who can improve the team. Roskam showed that and hopefully he can continue his form in the league.”

Ismail also stated Roskam has received his International Transfer Certificate which means he will be available for the clash against LionsXII on Saturday.

Sime Darby have only collected 13 points so far in the league and they sit 9th in the table, needing desperately to collect more points to ensure survival for this season.

“We needed a striker and with this problem solved, I believed we are on the right track for survival. With Roskam in the team, we will show a different game from now on,” Ismail added.