Yes, we know, Weera is usually the one dropping things…
With Jadue’s signing making it 7 new arrivals already confirmed at PAT Stadium, it is of course inevitable that there will be a similar amount of departures before the transfer window closes. Wanchalerm (40) and Weera (1) are the first out of the door, having played a total of just 144 minutes of T1 football between them in 2017. Both managed just one league appearance – in the disastrous 5-1 write-off at Thai Honda – so it is no surprise to see them move on.
Wanchalerm (40) was on loan at Port from Chiang Rai, and initially looked like a pretty good signing, both in terms of his ability and where he would fit in to Port’s squad. The midfielder – described by Josimar as the most physical player at the club – impressed in a few pre-season friendly appearances with some disciplined play in front of the back four. It was a surprise, then, when Piyachat (88) and Adisorn (13) were both picked ahead of Wanchalerm. Adisorn went on to cement his place in the side, and Wanchalerm continued to be overlooked. His only ‘chance’ came as a substitute with Port 0-1 down against Honda, but Wanchalerm could do nothing to prevent Port conceding 4 more goals in a dire second half performance. Wanchalerm only made the matchday squad on one more occasion, so it is no surprise that he has moved on to Prachuap in T2, where he will likely get the opportunities he deserves.
Whilst Wanchalerm was doomed by his lack of opportunities, the opposite is true of Weera (1). If Weera had never played, then maybe no one would have realized just how bad he is, and he might have flown under the radar for another half season. Alas, he was bizarrely picked ahead of both Rattanai (17) and Worawut (36) against Honda, when he made two ridiculous blunders and looked more like a pub player who’d had a skin-full before kickoff than a professional footballer. Due to Rattanai’s injury later in the season, Weera went on to make the matchday squad 13 times, but thankfully never made it back on to the pitch. After the return of the younger, better Watchara (37) from his loan at BBCU, Weera has now been released, but has yet to find a new club. Don’t worry, Weera. Super Power seem to have a proclivity for washed up Port goalies who are as useful as a one legged man in an arse-kicking competition.
Joining Yossawat, Jetjinn, Narakorn, Pummared, Pravinwat and Watchara (check the squad list for player profiles.) in the arrivals lounge, we can now officially confirm that attacking midfielder Matias Jadue has become Port’s eighth (yes, EIGHTH) foreign player, despite the fact that only five can be included in the T1 squad for the second leg of the season. For more on the latest newbie, check out the last edition of Tom’s Transfer Talk and his player profile.
The fact that Jadue plays in the same position as Sergio Suarez (5) likely means that the Spaniard is now deemed surplus to requirements. Nothing is set in stone until the squad is announced, but my best guess after the latest arrival is that we will be seeing Rochela (22), Josimar (30), Genki (18), Jadue and Asdrubal (27) make the squad, with Kalu (10), Suarez (5) and Maranhao (92) heading for the exit. Take my prediction with a pinch of salt, though, as I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve changed my mind over the last few weeks! As always, continue to watch this space…