Port have made further moves towards cutting the size of their squad, and by the start of the season could well have the 25 man squad that we suggested back in 2017. Some Port players who were released have also found new homes, including Ekkapoom, who has joined T1 rivals Air Force.
The latest departure, if he ever really arrived, is Chilean-Palestinian Matias Jadue. Jadue was brought in in ludicrous circumstances, with 7 foreign players already on the books and absolutely no route in to the team for a player who had most recently been struggling for form in Malaysia. As precisely everyone could have predicted, he managed nothing more than a few friendly goals during his time with Port, failing to even be registered in the league squad let alone make a competitive appearance. The closest he got to seeing meaningful action was a cup game in which he got injured in the warm-up. At least Jadue’s time with Port got his foot in the Thai League door though, as he has now been picked up by T2 side Krabi FC. We wish Matias the best of luck, and hope that Wikipedia’s Krabi squad, which shows 5 foreign players already on the books, is a mistake rather than the sign of more troubles to come!
Former Port favourite Ekkapoom could well be making his return to Port in 2018 with Port’s oldest rivals Air Force. Air Force, led by former Port supremo Sasom, have been splashing the cash upon their return to the big time, bringing in arguably the most fearsome three-pronged strike force in the country. After Jaycee John and Renan Marques arrived from Bangkok United and Chonburi respectively, The Blue Eagles have further bolstered their attack with Leandro Assumpcao from Muangthong. And then there’s the Poom! With Leandro mostly operating on the left, it seems Ekkapoom will most likely be used as back-up on the wing, but with any luck will get a reasonable amount of playing time. As long as he doesn’t score against us, we wish him all the best!
Speaking of former Port players and Air Force, we have also just heard that Kayne Vincent has finally fallen prey to the Air Force spending spree, and has been moved on to T2 Kasetsart FC. Vincent will be replacing Brazilian striker Jonatan Fereira Reis at Kasetsart, who scored 28 goals as The Emerald Nagas finished in 13th place. With Vincent unlikely to provide anywhere near that much firepower, we can’t say things look good for Kasetsart this season. The transfer also brings to mind a recent Instagram post from Port’s most arbeitsverweigerung striker, in which he wished former Buriram teammate Charyl Chappuis a Happy Birthday, and said “See you on the pitch.” Well, there’s always the Cup, I suppose. Chappuis, the rather more realistic of the two, replied “See you soon.”
Another Port player to have found a new home is midfielder Siwapong Jarernsin, who was released late in 2017. He has joined up with Khon Kaen FC, where he will with any luck be linking up with Tana, if he ever manages to find a move away from Port that is!
Assuming that Tana does eventually move on and one of Suarez and Nebihi also don’t make the cut, that will leave Port with exactly 25 players, all of whom you can find about at our freshly updated Squad page. For more on which one of Port’s attacking midfielders is likely to make the cut, and which one will get the chop, you can find Tim’s analysis here.