21 April 2013

Will Tosi return to DPMM FC?

Sunday, April 21, 2013
DPMM FC are set to re-sign midfielder Rodrigo Antonio Lombardo Tosi when the Singapore League (S-League) transfer window opens in June, according to the club's website on Thursday.

The Brazilian-Italian midfielder is the second name linked with a move to the club after they announced a trial for former Juventus and Fenerbahce midfielder Stephen Appiah last week.

In an interview with The Brunei Times last night, DPMM FC striker Shahrazen Said said that he would welcome the midfielder with open arms.

"It would be very nice to have him (Tosi) back in the team. He was a very good player for us," he said.

"Tosi is a complete player. We used to play in the 2005 and 2006 Malaysian League together. Tosi is a good provider of a ball... a very good passer.

"He was a play-maker for us, with his crosses and good individual skills. He also helped score goals for us, and moreover he was a DPMM FC fan favourite,"

"He would be a very good signing for us. If the deal goes through, it will be very interesting," added Shahrazen.

DPMM FC are reportedly looking to replace Guadeloupean import, midfielder Stephane Auvray after he came under heavy criticisms from DPMM FC coach Vjeran Simunic as well as fans following poor performances.

Auvray has not seen action for the team since their 4-2 win over Geylang International on April 3 in which he was blamed for both Geylang's goals in the game.

Simunic has, instead, opted to use the young and inexperienced Mohd Hendra Azam Mohd Idris to partner captain Rosmin Hj Kamis in middle of the park.

DPMM FC however need to consider that Tosi has been struggling to make an impact for Iran Pro League side Esteghlal FC last season and first team football has been something of a rare commodity for the 30-year-old midfielder.

He has featured in only nine of Esteghlal FC's 19 Iran Pro League fixtures and has only started four games, failing to notch a single goal in the tournament.

One wonders if DPMM FC would consider such a risky move or opt for the pursuit of an alternative 'enforcer' signing, a position that the DPMM FC certainly need to fill.

The Brunei Times

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