Friday, 14 October 2011

Malaysian born Scotsman - Shaun Maloney - One to watch

One to watch: Shaun Maloney

"Roberto Martinez rates Shaun very highly and has every faith that he will do well"

Many of you may not have heard about him, but he was once touted as a future star of Scottish football.  Born in Sarawak, Malaysia, he is currently playing in the Premier League for Wigan Athletic and is currently listed as a midfielder in FPL, but can also operate as a forward.  As is evident from the video below, he has a tenacity to score from set pieces.  No wonder why he was a fans' favourite at Celtic and won multiple SPLs with them.  His previous stint in the Premier League with Aston Villa wasn't as successful and he will be hoping to prove his real worth with Wigan.

At this moment in time I would not recommend buying him for your first XI team.  He may be a steal at 4.9, but he is not currently a regular for Wigan.  Moreover they have too many midfielders currently in their team (Ben Watson, 5.4, may be more ideal for bargain hunters).  At the very least I would suggest that you keep an eye on Shaun Maloney or have him as one of your cheap subs.  He hasn't had a regular run with Wigan as of yet, considering his potential and SPL successes.  Surprisingly, he hasn't been a regular feature in Scotland's national team either since his debut in 2005.  Perhaps he should have represented Malaysia and tapped into the lucrative offers of the South East Asian market?  Regardless, what's done is done and he probably has a couple more good years still left within him.  So keep watch of him...