Asdrubal Padron and Matias Jadue have reportedly both ended their time with Port, having played precisely zero minutes of competitive football. These reports are not yet officially confirmed, but it seems likely that they will be soon.
Asdrubal Padron arrived to much fanfare, looking to be Port’s marquee signing for the 2017 season, but a knee injury he sustained in training ended his season before it began. Although the 26 year old forward recovered much sooner than expected, he was not selected for the second leg of the season, despite his performances in mid-season friendlies suggesting he could have had more to contribute than some of his peers. Even if he needed some more time to reach match fitness, his inclusion in the squad seemed like a no-brainer to most who watched him in action. Asdrubal is rumoured to be heading to Australia, although no deal has been confirmed as of yet.
Matias Jadue has apparently also left Port. Why he even joined in the first place I have absolutely no idea. When he was signed, he was the eighth foreign player on Port’s books, and looked very much from his profile and his one friendly appearance like the runt of the litter. Unsurprisingly, the 25 year old Chilean Palestinian was not even considered for a place in the T1 squad, leaving him only the cup games to participate in. While warming up for his debut appearance against Royal Thai Fleet on a waterlogged pitch, however, Jadue crocked himself. Despite recently returning to training, Jadue has now agreed to move on, ending his bizarre, unhappy stint with Port.
In other rumours, there are whispers that Tachanon (39) is unhappy following his loan move to Chonburi. It looked to be a very strange decision to send a young player desperate for first team action to a top-half T1 team, and so it has proved. Tatchanon has not broken in to the team, and once again finds himself struggling to even get a place on the bench. Tatchanon is very well thought of by his fellow Port players, a few of whom have sung his praises and expressed surprise that he didn’t break in to the first XI in the first half of the season. He has been criminally overlooked, though, first by Jadet and then by Zico. Tatchanon started just one game under Jadet – when his disciplined midfield play lead to Port keeping a clean sheet against Navy – and Zico hasn’t involved him with the first team at all in the second half of the season. He was shipped off on transfer deadline day, although the club even managed to make a mess of that. A loan move to T2 would surely have made much more sense than sending him to Chonburi, where his development will continue to stall through lack of competitive action.
In team news for the upcoming run of 4 games in 11 days, it seems likely that Josimar (30) and Kaludjerovic (10) will be Zico’s first choice striking options in a traditional 4-4-2, meaning that Suarez (5) will drop to the bench. This is based on pictures from Port’s training camp in Khao Yai, where an ‘A’ side featuring the two foreign strikers faced off against a ‘B’ side in which Suarez was the lone foreigner. Wuttichai (14) and Tana (99) were the front pair for the ‘B team. *shudders* Please don’t get too experimental this Wednesday against Ayutthaya (previewed here), Zico!