Port made two shock deadline day signings, addressing two key weaknesses in the squad and showing once again that a push for the top 5 is not out of the question this season. Kevin Deeromram was rumoured to be on his way to Muangthong, but in a dramatic last minute switch opted for Port instead, while Worawut Namdech joined on a loan deal from Chiang Rai.
In an action-filled day there were also two loan departures, with Bajram Nebihi finally losing out in his duel with Sergio Suarez and being loaned to Chiang Rai, and left back Yossawat Montha moving to Ubon after being relegated to fourth choice left back by the arrival of Kevin Deeromram.
Headlining for Port on deadline day was Kevin Deeromram. You’ve heard us prattle on ad nauseam about how much of a liability incumbent left back Panpanpong is, and we’d more or less resigned ourselves to continuing this ranting and raving throughout 2018, and then… Kevin!
What makes the arrival of the 20 year old Thai-Swede even sweeter is that he was rumoured to be on the way to Muangthong, before opting for Khlong Toei instead at the last minute. He’s only been here 5 minutes and is already trolling the Muangscum. What’s not to like?!
This lad is undoubtedly one of the most talented young players in the country. He represented Sweden at youth level, then after joining Ratchaburi in 2017 switched allegiances to Thailand and in just one season played for the under 23s and then became a full international. He also impressed for Ratchaburi, notching up 1 goal and 8 assists in 28 appearances.
Worawut Namdech won’t be well known to too many T1 fans after making just 8 league appearances in 2017 for Chiang Rai and Sisaket. He did make his name in the SEA Games though, captaining the Thai under 23 team to victory and conceding just 1 goal in 7 games along the way.
He probably arrives at Port below Rochela, Todsapol and Dolah in the central defensive pecking order, but there is every chance that the promising youngster could force his way in to the team if he performs well in training.
His arrival also probably means that Thanakorn Saipanya, who had not yet been registered in the T1 squad, will drop down to T4 to play for Port B in 2018.
Poor Bajram. What could have gone wrong did go wrong. Apparently Port thought they were signing a striker when they brought him in, and he had no idea that the foreign player quota was already filled. Then there was a lawsuit involving a former agent to complicate matters even further. Ultimately, despite some impressive pre-season performances, Nebihi never managed to move ahead of Suarez in Jadet’s estimations, and then Just when it looked as if Nebihi would be doing a Maranhao and kicking his heels for 6 month, Chiang Rai forward Gilbert Macena suffered a season-ending injury and Nebihi was quickly drafted in on loan as his replacement. Could Port yet regret letting him go to a team who should be our close rivals this season while we have only one back-up striker on the books? Only time will tell.
Port’s Yoss Ubon’s Gain
Did we just feel like we had to make up for sending poor old Ubon Wuttichai earlier in the transfer window? Possibly. This loan deal for Yossawat should make up for it, anyway! Poor Yossa was third in the left back hierarchy before Kevin arrived, so sending him packing was sadly inevitable. Hopefully he gets more first team chances in Ubon than he did at Port.
Confusion surrounds Marcel Essombe’s current contract situation after the Cameroonian’s work permit issues cost him his move to Police Tero. It’s not known exactly what prevented the striker getting his paperwork in order for 2018, but Police have made a late move to replace him, and it is thought that his contract with Port may have also been cancelled. Hopefully the big man manages to find a team soon, and doesn’t have to spend too much time in Chaeng Wattana. We wouldn’t wish that on anyone!