Wikipedia and one of the unofficial Port Facebook groups are tonight reporting that Spanish forward Félix Asdrúbal Padrón Hernández of La Liga side Las Palmas has joined Port FC. His Wiki entry currently says “On 3 January 2017, he played his final match for Las Palmas in a 0-2 home defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey, before moving onto Thai Port FC of the Thai League“.
The page contains a link to a Spanish news site in which Asdrubal, if the translation is correct, says that he didn’t want to be loaned out again (he spent 2016 on loan at Leganes), and preferred to make the move to Port. “I wanted to disassociate myself from Las Palmas because it was not the team’s primary bet, I got this offer and I was interested in it … I like the bet … because after so many sticks I try to find some peace in Thailand.” Amusingly, he also says “It’s a sporting and economical bet. Football futbolistically I’ve seen the Thai League and it’s not turkey mucus, with many European players and good level.” So there you go – Thai football: not turkey mucus.
Asdrubal, who can also play as a winger, made 53 appearances for Las Palmas, scoring 11 goals. At only 1.73m he’s not exactly the big foreign striker we were hoping for, but his La Liga pedigree should make him a cut above Port’s other attacking options and our existing Spanish contingent should make him feel at home. Benvenidos!