Friday, July 01, 2016


PSM Need Ferdinand Sinaga To Rediscover Form

It hasn't been the best of season for PSM. Indonesia's oldest football club started the season poorly and things haven't improved despite the change of coach with Robert Alberts taking over from Luciano Leandro. The expected upturn in the team's fortunes hasn't happened and last week Alberts reacted by ditching the foreign players.

Out have gone Alex da Silva, Lamine Diarrasouba, Paulo Martins, and Boman and while Alberts has lined up replacements it looks like he will take his team to Persib this weekend without any foreign players in the squad. 

Something needs to change quickly if Alberts is to effect any kind of turnaround. Following a mini revival that saw the club pick up seven points out of 12 (four of those points came against the sides immediately below them) they have slumped to three straight defeats, the lost a 2-0 reverse at home to Pusamania.

With just five goals from their eight games, only PS TNI and Perseru have scored fewer Alberts and the PSM faithful are right to be frustrated with the forward line and from what I have seen this season the foreign players seemed to lack any real quality. 

But Alberts would also be right to demand more of Ferdinand Sinaga. The Indonesian international has all the ingredients to be a regular goalscorer, think David Speedie type spikiness, but has not netted since the opening game of the season. A few years back when Sinaga broke through he was talked about as a regular full international, a player of promise and potential but as is so often the case in Indonesia at a time when a player should be reaching his peak they stagnate through a cocktail of frequent moves, poor coaching and the odor of malaise that too often afflicts the game.

PSM need Sinaga to reboot their season and with Alberts already targetting new import players fans will be hoping the new blood will rejuvenate their side for the second half of the season.

16 - PSM 8 2 1 5 5-9 7
17 - Persela 8 2 0 6 9-15 6
18 - PS TNI 8 0 3 5 4-12 3

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