Tom’s Transfer Talk: How Jadue?

 

Chilean-Palestinian attacking midfielder Matias Jadue has been pictured training with Port on Friday, raising yet more questions about which foreign players will be included in the T1 squad for the second half of the season.

Port currently have Rochela (22), Josimar (30), Genki (18), Suarez (5), Kaludjerovic (10), Asdrubal (27) and Maranhao (92) on the books, despite the fact that only 5 foreign players can be included in the T1 squad. With that in mind, the last thing we expected to see was another new foreign face, but clearly Port are still not convinced by the options they have available to them. Let’s break this down…

The two absolutely undisputed shoo-ins for the squad are Rochela and Josimar. Port’s best defender and best striker are not on the chopping block. We’re sure about that. Genki is a close third, with his versatility and hard work an integral part of the squad. In the next category are Suarez, Asdrubal and Maranhao, the 3 of whom seem to be competing between each other for 2 squad places. If we assume that, despite the Asian passport, Jadue is not going to be replacing Genki, then you can make that 4 players competing for 2 places. I’m not even throwing Kaludjerovic in to the mix as he is in the half-way-out-the-door category. If I did it would start to feel more like a Royal Rumble than a mid-season break.

So why, with the plethora of options available, are Port still looking to bring in a trialist? Because the management only really have faith in three of the foreigners at their disposal: Rochela, Josimar and Genki. Suarez has been too hit and miss; his inconsistency even led to him being dropped for the final game of the season and the two friendlies that followed. Maranhao is criminally underrated by the club, but despite looking bright in earlier friendlies has failed to convince alongside Josimar in recent weeks. Asdrubal’s fitness is still up in the air, as he continues to recover from a serious injury.

So, with the competition in mind, who is our latest trialist? Matias Jadue stands at 1.88m (6 foot 2). He is a 25 year old attacking midfielder born and raised in Chile who is eligible to represent Palestine at international level through his parents’ Palestinian heritage. This means he counts as an AFC player in the 4+1 quota, making him an attractive option for many Asian teams. Jadue most recently played for PKNS FC in Malaysia, who he signed for them in 2016, helping to secure them promotion to the Malaysian Super League by scoring 12 goals in a very successful debut season. Once in the Super League however, Jadue found life a bit tougher. He managed 3 goals and 5 assists in 10 games in Malaysia’s top flight, before being replaced in the squad for the second half of the season.

Are we likely to be seeing more of the Chilean Palestinian? We’ll have to wait and see…

 

Tom Earls

Tom Earls

Having moved to Thailand aged 10, Tom has been playing or watching football in Thailand for more than 18 years. A keen follower of the Thai National Team and an avid fan of Port FC, he is a regular contributor to The Sandpit.

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