PETALING JAYA: Selangor coach Tan Cheng Hoe says their new striker Ayron Del Valle (pic) just needs a little more time and will then be an able replacement for Herlison Caion.
Caion, who has signed for Kuala Lumpur, scored 24 goals with Selangor last season.
Cheng Hoe is optimistic the Colombian will be firing on all cylinders when he has adapted to the Red Giants’ style of play.
Del Valle had his first taste of competitive match in Malaysia when he played for 20 minutes against Kedah in a friendly held in Penang on Thursday.
“We expect Ayron to fill in Caion’s shoes,” said Cheng Hoe. “Of course, we will give him time to adapt and understand the game in Selangor.
“The most important thing is that his teammates also need to support Ayron so that he can give the best for the club.”
On the game against Kedah, Cheng Hoe admitted that he is still not satisfied with the team’s finishing. But on the positive side, the players, especially the new signings, have been following his plans.
The match ended 0-0 in regulation time before Selangor won 6-5 on penalties.
Although it was only a friendly, the intense action displayed by both teams gave Cheng Hoe the opportunity to evaluate his players’ performance more closely.
“I see a lot of positives from that match.
“Every one gave their best.
“From the goalkeeper, defence, midfield and attack, I don’t have much complains.
“We created a lot of chances and the only thing we need to improve more is in our finishing.”