Charlie Machell targeting Singapore Premier League title with Hougang United



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The football news in Singapore is here to provide the latest happening in the world of Singaporean football in which considering as the main and popular sport in the country. Hougang United new signed player Charlie Machell wants to eliminate wrong expectations by registering a goal and bringing the club to the 1st SPL or Singapore Premier League title. Let’s say that Hougang is to enhance on their best form finish of 3rd from the last year’s SPL, however, they will consider first to overcome the move of the SPL player of the year Faris Ramli. Although replacing the professional ace footballer attacker, who is now in the Terengganu FC club, it will be considered as no easy job for the players. Nevertheless, Hougang United head coach Clement Teo has the confidence of their signing the English midfielder Charlie Machell will go through some strategic path to replace the loss of a player who raided 16 goals within the last season of the Singapore Premier League. Charlie, a Cambodian champion from Svay Rieng FC last year, has considered opened his account for the new squad and in an astonishing style too. Securing into a header from the forward Stipe Plazibat, a 25-year-old unfolded an unstoppable half-volley towards the net within the last week’s 3 – 1 victory against the Lao Toyota within the AFC Cup or Asian Football Confederation. Coach Clement stated:

“He is technically very sound and he’s done very well so far, and has got on very well with the players here. He has shown in pre-season that he can prove himself in the league and in the AFC Cup. He can score goals, which is something that we will miss with Ramli being away. He makes the runs into the box and what really helps us is that he is really versatile. We like what we see him so far.”

Charlie can play within the defensive midfield, a playmaker or a box to box midfielder, has discussed with The New Paper that he believes to break the belief that he is only a:


“Typical English midfielder who just likes to get stuck in.”

The former Newcastle United younger player stated:

“I don’t want to be that typical English player how smashes people. I want to get involved in the game, create chances for my team and score goals. I have confidence in my ability to do that.”

As a Cambodian league champion last year. Charlie is determined to bring another SPL victory medal to his collection, and he is no doubt when asked if he thinks that Hougang United can do it. He responded:

“They had a great season last year. But, yeah, we want to win the league. It’s as simple as that. I don’t think I’d be here if the target was any different. And in the AFC Cup, we would like to go as far as we can. But, personally, I want to score plenty of goals and have lots of assists.”

Regarding the Hougang’s move has definitely had the same objectives as Charlie’s ambitions. When it comes to the local front, they have obtained two attackers, Sahil Suhaime and Shawal Anuar then also the defender Anders Aplin. Coach Clement is blessed to witness his team add experienced and quality players and Teo stated:

“Yes, they are all major signings for the club but it’s how the team does collectively that matters. We want to do better than last season. Everyone in the league has strengthened well and we will give it a shot.”

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