Kevin Deeromram: Used To Be A Swede Boy

 

Kevin Deeromram will be the focus of my next detailed look in to a Port player. The Thai-Swedish full back joined Port in a shock 40 million baht move from Ratchaburi FC on transfer deadline day. His arrival at Port was such a surprise as all of the rumours suggested he would be joining rivals Muangthong, but by rejecting the SCG and choosing PAT Stadium, Kevin became an instant Port favourite.

The move already looks to be a masterstroke, with Kevin replacing perennial weak link Panpanpong at left back, adding what could be the final piece to Jadet’s jigsaw. In just his second game for Port – against the team he rejected on deadline day – Kevin upstaged his opposite number and national team regular Peerapat Notechaiya, putting in a barnstorming performance in defence and attack, while his opponent capped off a miserable evening with an own goal.

Still just 20 years old, Kevin is showing all the signs that he will go on to have a sterling career at club and international level.

 


 

Kevin hails from Haninge, a suburb of Stockholm, where he was born to a Swedish father and a Thai mother in 1997. His football career began with Djurgardens IF, whose youth setup Kevin joined in 2011. By 2014, 16 year old Kevin had impressed enough to get his first international call-up, representing Sweden at u17 level under the tutelage of Roland Nilsson, a former Coventry player and manager.

 

 

Kevin scored twice and notched 5 assists for Djurgardens u21s in 2014, and while I was looking at his stats I noticed that he had crossed paths with compatriot and former Port player Niran Hansson. Kevin recorded an assist as Djurgardens defeated IF Brommapojkarna 2-1, with Hansson being subbed off at half time.

 

 

Kevin was playing almost all of his games at left back, with the occasional appearance on the left wing, and continued to chalk up impressive numbers in 2015, scoring a further 3 goals.

In February, Djurgardens opted to extend 17 year old Kevin’s contract for a further two years, but send him on loan to Werder Bremen II with the aim of getting him some more competitive experience. Kevin played a bit-part role for the German side, making 9 appearances and scoring one goal as Werder Bremen went on to clinch the Regionalliga Nord.

 

Kevin playing for Werder Bremen II

 

Djurgardens opted not to extend Kevin’s loan in Germany, instead sending him to Swedish second tier team Åtvidabergs FF in 2016. Academy director Tommy Davidsson explained: “Playing on loan for another team is nothing new to Kevin, who was loaned to Werder Bremen in the fall of 2015. There was very tough competition, and for a young player it is extremely important to play matches which makes Åtvidabergs a good starting point.”

 

Kevin playing for Åtvidabergs

 

Kevin was also continuing his development with the Swedish national team, who promoted him to the u19s, for whom he would go on to play 6 games. It was at club level that Kevin really got going though, playing 25 games for Åtvidabergs in 2016 and getting six assists as his club went on to finish sixth in the Swedish second tier.

Kevin was apparently garnering the attentions of a few different clubs as his contract with Djurgardens came to an end, but despite numerous contract offers in Sweden he chose his mother’s homeland and Ratchaburi FC to be his next stepping stone. Kevin signed a one year contract with an option to extend a further three years. Thankfully, he arrived too late to face Port in their opening day clash, which ended in a 1-1 draw, but the rest of the league weren’t so fortunate. Kevin scored a goal and racked up an impressive eight assists, convincing new Thailand manager Milovan Rajevac to include him in his first squad.

 

Keving playing for Thailand

 

Kevin went on to play 61 minutes in a team of fringe players including fellow Port newbies Nurul and Bodin, and although they slipped to a 2-0 defeat against Uzbekistan, both goals came after Kevin had already been subbed off.

 

 

Kevin’s final game of 2017 would be Ratchaburi’s 3-2 defeat to Port, although with both teams in mid-table the game was effectively a dead rubber. Presumably at about this time Kevin agreed to extend his contract by a further three years with Ratchaburi, because I find it hard to believe that even Port are mental enough to spend 40 million baht on a player who is out of contract.

 

Kevin playing for Ratchaburi

 

We don’t know exactly what happened on deadline day between Kevin, Port and Muangthong but what we do know is that one of Thailand’s most promising youngsters has been signed on a 4 year deal on a salary of 400,000 baht/month. If his career path to date and his performance against Muangthong are anything to go by, Port should have done a good bit of business!

 


 

Finally, for those wondering what to expect from Kevin in terms of his playing style, we turn to his interview with Fox Sports.

I see myself as a wingback and I like to be very offensive. My defence is not the best, more in the offence and I always like to be involved and make assists.”

 

Kevin playing for Port

 

Here’s to Kevin doing just that in Port colours for many years to come!

 

Tom Earls

Tom Earls

Having moved to Thailand aged 10, Tom has been playing or watching football in Thailand for more than 18 years. A keen follower of the Thai National Team and an avid fan of Port FC, he is a regular contributor to The Sandpit.

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