It is now official that the deal for Thai national team winger Mongkol has fallen through. Earlier this week it was widely reported (including by us) that he had joined Port on loan, but Mongkol has instead opted to join Pattaya United.
It’s little wonder Zico was unable to convince him to move to Khlong Toei considering the chaos of Port’s transfer window. Early on, there were several arrivals, but almost all were players who were never likely to be regular starters at PAT Stadium. Transfers like Pummared and Narakorn from BBCU are hardly inspiring. The real chaos has been regarding Port’s foreign players, though. T1 rules state that only two foreign player swaps are allowed mid-season, and by swapping Maranhao in for Kaludjerovic for the Suphanburi game, then Kaludjerovic back in for Maranhao for the Bangkok United game, Port’s two swaps have already been made. Unbelievable incompetence, which for our more sensitive readers can be read about in fairy tale form here.
As well as the Mongkol deal being off, Supachai has said he wants to move somewhere where he will start regularly, and the deal for Ratchaburi winger Rungrath has also fallen through. For all the excitement and rumours of last week, not a single signing has been made, and with Josimar picking up an injury, Port’s dearth of options going forward is really being put in focus.
It seems likely that either Kaludjerovic or Suarez will start in place of Josimar in today’s crucial clash against Thai Honda. If they don’t perform, Port’s management during this crucial part of the season will surely come in for some deservedly heavy criticism.