JDT boost attacking prowess with Argentine playmaker Fernando Elizari

Nicolas Anil Nicolas Anil

Johor Darul Ta’zim have bolstered their attack with another Argentine Fernando Elizari, just days after signing his compatriot Fernando Marquez.

Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) have signed Argentine midfielder Fernando Elizari to help them ease to a fifth Malaysia Super League (MSL) title which is all but theirs at this juncture.

Elizari’s signing was announced right before the Southern Tigers overcame Perak FA 2-0 in the league at home on Saturday, thanks to goals from Fernando Marquez and and Jorge Santos Silva.

“We would like to wish a warm welcome to a new foreign player who will be arriving this Sunday, Fernando Elizari from Argentina. The former player of Argentine club San Lorenzo will partner Marquez as a second striker,” said JDT head coach Raul Longhi.

“He is also able to operate on the left and right wings just like what we assigned Jorge Pereyra Diaz when he was at the club previously.”

Marquez had arrived on Friday, and is expected to plunder in the goals after finishing as the top five goalscorers in the Argentine Primera Division with Defensa y Justicia.

The arrival of Marquez and Elizari means the Southern Tigers will most likely part ways with Harry Novillo and Silva after only four matches.

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Posted by JOHOR Southern Tigers on Saturday, 2 June 2018


Both attackers were only now acclimatizing themselves to the team’s style of play, but JDT boss Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim (TMJ) had warned there was little honeymoon period after signing with the four-time league champions.

“Even after signing players for millions, if I see that those players aren’t performing after a few games, they can leave and I will look for their replacements for JDT. That’s never happened in Malaysian football, but this is JDT,” TMJ had said.

On the domestic front, the Southern Tigers are cruising towards a fifth consecutive MSL title after an opening an eight point advantage following their success over Perak.

Finishing as champions would mean JDT would finally get a chance to compete at the holy grail of Asian football which is the AFC Champions League.

The MSL champions this year get an automatic berth at the AFC Champions League, unlike previous years where they would have to navigate the qualifiers first.