Kanan looks to inject Eagles with creativity

Geylang United coach V. Kanan is looking to add some much-needed creativity to his side ahead of the restart of the 2012 Great Eastern-YEO's S.League campaign.

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The Eagles are currently bottom of the table after a forgettable first half of the season, but since Kanan took over from ex-coach Mike Wong after a 7-1 humbling by Home United back on March 11, the Bedok Stadium outfit have shown signs of improvement.

After losing their opening four games, Geylang recorded an impressive 3-1 win over high-flying Balestier Khalsa in their new coach's second match in charge, and currently have eight points to their name.

Despite his side struggling to climb off the foot of the table, Kanan insists he has been relatively pleased with their performances but believes they have been lacking in creativity.

Nonetheless, he is hoping to address that with two prospective new signings: a former S.League star by the name of Carlos Delgado, and an unnamed French striker.

"In the second half of the first round, I think the team did okay," he told ESPNSTAR.com in an exclusive interview. "We just couldn't get the result in some games as we lacked match-winners.

"The main area where we were lacking in was creativity and we currently have a number of foreigners on trial whom we believe might solve the problem.

"One of the players on trial with us is Delgado, he's a very creative type and has S.League experience so we're hopeful he'll be able to make an impact for us.

"The other player we're looking at signing is a French striker who arrived in Singapore last week. He plays as a second striker and has a very good touch; he's looked impressive so far."

While both players are yet to be officially confirmed as Geylang players, one signing that has been made official has been Khayrulhayat Jumat from Hougang United, and Kanan is hoping the 24-year-old will help bolster his defence.

"We've also signed Khayrulhayat Jumat, who was my Prime League captain at the club last year," he revealed.

"We've had problems in the air at the back this season and he's a very tall defender, so he'll be adding some much-needed height, along with Shah Hirul who has returned from injury."

With Geylang receiving a bye next week, they will have to wait till June 21 before they restart their campaign against Woodlands Wellington, but Kanan admits his team are raring to make amends for a forgettable first half.

"We've had a five-week break but during this time the team have been working very hard," he added. "We've had a mini pre-season and we are now fully focused on Woodlands.

"Our target is to win four and draw four of our next 12 games. It all depends on the players but if we can do so, I think we'll be able to finish somewhere in mid-table."

Geylang finished a respectable 8th in the S.League last season and a repeat this year will surely be welcome by the Eagles faithful.



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