Selangor's Adam Nor Azlin promises to deliver the goods after Penang goal
Selangor's promising striker Adam Nor Azlin has vowed to score more goals and make an impact for the Red Giants ahead of Friday night's second match of the Malaysia Super League season against Melaka United.
Adam scored the opener in their 2-0 win over Penang on Saturday as the Red Giants broke down Ashley Westwood's side at Selayang Stadium.
The 21-year-old will be one of Selangor's key players in 2017, following the departure of a raft of star names before the season.
After Patrick "Ronaldinho" Wleh, Mauro Olivi and Ahmad Hazwan Bakri exited the club, Adam is seen as the striker to fill that void, alongside Liberian Francis Forkey Doe, who grabbed Selangor's second goal against Penang.
"My aim this season is to get more game time, and be more consistent with my scoring," Adam told Berita Harian.
The former Harimau Muda B player is already on his way to surpass his three-goal tally from last season after playing 23 times in 2016.
Adam also praised the new 3-4-3 formation used by coach P. Maniam, which gives him the freedom to contribute more when Selangor go on the offence.
The versatile player was used on the right flank against Penang, with S. Veenod policing the other wing to assist Doe as the main striker.
"This formation gives me more opportunities to score. But we are still tinkering to find our best approach," he added.
English Premier League leaders Chelsea are one of the teams thriving from the 3-4-3 formation used by Antonio Conte, with Eden Hazard, Pedro or Willian supplementing the brute force of Diego Costa upfront.
The win comes as a major boost for Selangor, who lead the MSL standings after the opening round.
Maniam will be relying on younger players to help steer Selangor in the right direction after a tumultuous preseason, which saw them lose their Shah Alam Stadium and president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali due to internal politicking.
Besides Adam, 18-year-old Syahmi Safari, Abdul Halim Zainal and Zarif Irfan were the other new faces who started against the Panthers.
Selangor will also be at home for their second MSL match against newly promoted Melaka United on Friday.
Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) defender Marcos Antonio, meanwhile, insists his team will bounce back from their Charity Shield loss to Kedah on penalties last Friday night.
"We will bounce back and improve on our playing style. We have been strengthened by new players, but we need to improve on our chemistry," said Antonio via the club's Southern Tigers page.
JDT, who lost 5-4 on penalties to Kedah after a 1-1 draw, will welcome the visit of Felda United for their second MSL game on Friday.
Nicolas Anil is a former Malay Mail and Goal.com Malaysia editor/writer who appears on BFM Radio as a football analyst. Twitter: @nicolas_anil.