| Fadhil Yunus |
DPMM FC’s star player Rodrigo Tosi topped the ‘Top 20 S League Players of the Season’ list compiled by FourFourTwo.
The 20-member list also included DPMM FC’s marquee signing Roy O’Donovan and rock solid central defender Boris Raspudic inside the top 10.
O’Donovan, in seventh and Raspudic, fourth, both played an instrumental role of spearheading DPMM FC’s into the title race picture for the majority of the season until a late collapse steered the title to Warriors FC.
This year’s cohort of standout performers as voted by journalists were assessed based on individual performances throughout the season including all the S League rounds.
The highest placing for 2014 champions Warriors was Argentinian midfielder cum forward Nicolas Velez joining the exclusive club of players in 5th place.
Tosi scored 24 goals to finish as top scorer in the S League but the search for a league crown remains elusive for both him and DPMM FC.
O’Donovan’s suspension for the final game against Tampines Rovers FC could not be disguised. A player enriched with the ability to leave defenders in his wake with his pace and energising run in the pockets of spaces, O’Donovan’s sheer absence was enormously felt.
His imagination and footballing brain allowing him to get the better of defenders also marked among his qualities.
The former Sunderland striker’s diverse collection of goals guided DPMM FC to a historic third Singapore League Cup at a time where the club was setting their sights on a treble.
For so long, Tosi and O’Donovan sat in the top two of the scoring charts and scoring goals for fun in consecutive routs with DPMM FC increasingly looking a major force to run away with the league title.
The Tosi-O’Donovan partnership created havoc when on song and caused alarm even to the rest of the league’s most imposing defence.
Whilst the championship round only leave a case of what it would have been, had the two discovered the spark that earned them one of the, if not, the most lethal strike-force in the league, DPMM FC could have been out of sight.
On the other end of the spectrum, the defensive qualities of Raspudic must be credited for his no-nonsense tackling and commanding presence which is testament of a calm and reassuring figure.
Raspudic’s solid performances contributed immensely in making the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium a fortress to the rest of the league. With him in the side, DPMM FC’s defensive shape keep strikers quiet and it is easy to notice that the Brunei side certainly missed his services when he served his suspension earlier during the season.