Mongkol Tossakrai has become the first big-name arrival of the mid-season transfer window. He joins on loan from Army, although it is not yet known how long the deal is for.
Known as one of Zico’s favourites from his time with the national team, Mongkol is a hard-working right winger who has a knack for turning up in the box at the right time to get on the end of crosses. He’s not the most flair player in the world but is a reliable contributor to the team, which puts him in stark contrast to the potentially brilliant but very inconsistent Pakorn.
Mongkol is expected to go straight in to the starting XI, but it is not immediately obvious whether Zico will use him on the right wing or in the hole behind Josimar. His more natural position is undoubtedly on the right, but with Port having struggled to find a player who can operate productively with Josi, it is also possible that he will be used as a deep-lying forward. In his brief time at Muangthong, he was more often than not used in that capacity.
Regardless of how the manager plans to use him, Mongkol is not only an excellent addition to the squad, but also a very positive indicator that the Zico revolution is in full swing at PAT Stadium. One of the potential benefits of hiring the former national team manager was his relationships with Thailand’s best players, and those relationships are already starting to bear fruit for Port. With rumours also swirling around about fellow national team stars Kroekrit Thaweekarn and more recently Sarach Yooyen, it could be a hectic week. Let’s hope it’s a fruitful one!
Welcome to Port, Mongkol. An apology to Rochela and a promise to turn those elbows on Muangthong would be a good way to introduce yourself!