| Fadhil Yunus |
MORE than 200 budding footballers battling for a spot in a newly-assembled DPMM FC youth side displayed their skills during the trials at the Jerudong Mini Stadium yesterday.
Observing from the touchline was the man they were aiming to impress, DPMM FC’s Head Coach Steve Kean, who will be setting up a 20-member squad.
Kean explained the attributes being sought for every position.
For a goalkeeper, imperative characteristics include good height and agility.
A goalkeeper must also have good communication with his teammates, primarily with his defence, Kean added
For full-backs, Kean was looking at players who had good pace and were quick with their feet.
“They must be very good in one on one situations. When they do go forward and make overlapping runs, they must complete their sequence of individual play with a good cross into the box.
“Also, the quality of their defending will be looked at … they should be able to make interceptions without drawing any foul.
“For centrebacks, they must have good height and be technically good in the air.
“Mobility plays a key part in a centre- back’s performance. A quality centreback is defined by his ability to read the game,” Kean added.
Kean said a central midfield player usually occupies the space with the most traffic and therefore must possess the ability of producing good passes and awareness of the game.
“Central midfielders must also minimise their number of touches before involving a teammate into play.
“It is essential for a wide midfield player to be able to deliver good crosses and possess the ability to win one on one contests against the opposing fullbacks.”
Kean said that they must have the application to track back and help their fullbacks when they do not have the ball.
The requisites for strikers are having a good eye for goal and possess good accuracy. A striker must be able to take on defenders and possess the ability to create an opportunity from nothing.