Saturday, March 29, 2008


James to Persib

Marlon Alex James has been setting the Malaysian Super League alight these last couple of seasons with his goalscoring exploits for northern powerhouse Kedah. This season he has scored a bloody impressive 20 goals in 18 games and last season, as Kedah secured all three domestic trophies, he netted 40 goals in all competitions.

Perhaps no surprise the wealthy Indonesian clubs are casting envious eyes in his direction including Persib Bandung.

But while there is no doubt James has been impressive in his time in Malaysia, doing it there and doing it here are two different things. We only have to look at the example of Frank Seator who spent two seasons in Indonesia with four different clubs finding it hard to settle and score consistantly. Now back in Malaysia with Selangor he has 11 goals so far this season.

James is a striker with pace and ability, witness his goals in last seasons Malaysia Cup Final. But Kedah recently struggled against Home United, losing 5-1 on Jalan Besar's plastic pitch. How would he cope on Indonesia's pot holed surfaces?

Do clubs take a chance on a 31 year old who has never played here before but is the mutts nuts in Malaysia or do they go for talented young players? This is how coaches are judged ultimately.


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