There are more rumours than I can keep up with today, and it seems like a few of these may well become signings. The focus of my last gossip piece – Kroekrit Thaweekarn – hasn’t signed on the dotted line yet, but rumours persist that he will be released from Chonburi and join the man Thai national team fans jokingly refer to as his father – Zico – at Port.
Another extremely juicy rumour that gained traction yesterday was about injured central midfielder Sarach Yooyen. Sarach is a defensive midfielder of supreme ability, who has captained the Golden Generation Thai under 23 team to SEA Games glory, and at the age of 25 already has 35 caps for the full team. This rumour is, to me, by far the most exciting of the season so far, as the prospect of replacing Adisorn with Sarach could completely transform the way Port play. Of course, it is also the most unlikely. Sarach has been a key part of the Muangthong starting XI for a few years now, although injury has kept him out of action for the last few months. I fully expect him to go back in to the team when fit, but some have speculated that the performances of Wattana Playnum in his absence – as well as the signing of Charyl Chappuis – could indicate that Sarach is no longer held in such high esteem at the SCG. I’d be extremely surprised but extremely happy if this one happened!
Additionally, there are reports that 25 year old Ratchaburi winger Rungrath Poomchantuek and 18 year old Buriram striker Supachai Jaided may be on the verge of joining the Zico revolution.
Rungrath – or ‘The Rugrat’ as I call him when he plays for Thailand – is another right winger, meaning he will be in competition with both Mongkol and Pakorn for a place in the starting XI, although presumably Zico has a plan for how to use his new signings on the pitch at the same time. As we mentioned in our piece on Mongkol, he does have experience playing as a second striker. The Rugrat, as the nickname suggests, is small but very mobile and tricky.
Supachai looks like a very talented youngster, having scored 9 goals in 16 games for the Thai under 19 team and making 5 substitute appearances for Buriram this season. At 1.80m or 5″11 he is fairly tall, and if he joins Port will be joining a team desperate for more options up front, with the ageing duo of Wuttichai and Tana having shown nothing to suggest that they can make a meaningful contribution in the second half of the season.
According to Buaksib the signing of Supachai is already complete, whilst negotiations are well under way with Rungrath, too. This one can’t go in the confirmed column yet, but it looks to be close. Over to your Instagram, Madame!