Tom’s Transfer Talk – Dropskovic

 

Port have continued to shake things up in the mid-season transfer window, making some bold and shocking decisions on both players that have arrived, and players who have been let go.

 

 

The arrivals of Piyachanok Darit (2) and Tanaboon Kesarat (71) were the first to be announced, signaling that Port were willing to continue spending in search of silverware. Then a curve ball. The return of Josimar (30) meant that, if he was to be included in the T1 squad, one of Suarez, Rochela or Boskovic would have to miss out.

 

 

Suarez, who has been one of Port’s top performers this year, was never in the frame. Early rumours suggested that Rochela, El Capitan and one of Port’s longest serving players, would be the man to go. An injury that kept him out for most of the first leg, plus the arrival of Tanaboon, who has played in central defence for the Thai national team on many occasions, made this a very plausible plan. Replacing a key foreign defender while bringing in a Thai replacement plus extra Brazilian firepower  up front is a risky move, but on such decisions titles can be won.

What perhaps Port didn’t expect was that after Josimar’s signing, Boskovic would make a desperate plea to be dropped. A run of appalling performances, particularly in the crucial losses against Buriram and Samut Prakan, were as bad as we’ve seen from a Port foreign striker since the dark days of Brent McGrath and Kayne Vincent.  Boskovic put himself in Port’s crosshairs, and it is now official that Pang has pulled the trigger. Boskovic has not been sold – likely no one has any interest in shelling out for one of the highest-paid strikers in the league when all he does is mope around on the left wing – but will only be available for FA Cup duty. Another striker on the scrapheap; a victim of Port’s incredible propensity for failing to get the best out of foreign forwards. No pressure, Josi.

 

 

 

The above timeline could of course be a figment of my imagination; it’s entirely possible that Port always intended on a like-for-like-but-actually-not-really-alike-at-all swap up top, and that the signing of Tanaboon is purely to add depth to Port’s squad. The fact that Port will be paying one of the highest paid Thai players in the league to sit on the bench, while paying one of the highest played foreigners a full salary to play a maximum of four more games for Port, makes me think it an unlikely strategy and more a last-minute fix. Then again, Port’s transfer ‘strategy’ is normally about as organized as Jadet’s tactics board, so your guess is as good as mine.

There are a couple of lower key new faces at training, too. Petcharat Chotipala is a young Muangthong defender who has been pictured training with Port, although this is likely still at the trial stage. He’s 21 and is yet to make his full debut for the relegation strugglers.

 

 

Goalkeeper Anipong Kijkam (77) who was Port B’s main stopper last season, has also become the second academy graduate to have been promoted to the first team. He will join Chanayut Jejue (14) in being promoted to the T1 squad. Anipong is second from the left in the photo below.

 

 

There have also been a few departures. Promising young attacking midfielder Sansern Limwattana (88), who managed just one start in the cup and two substitute appearances, has been sent on loan to Ayutthaya FC, where he ought to get plenty of regular first team football. Defender Worawut Namvech (24) has also been allowed to leave, with the arrivals of two defenders making his place in the squad untenable. He has since been pictured training with Chiang Mai. Finally, Yossawat Montha (32) has been shown the door having made just 3 starts and 2 substitute appearances in 3 seasons with Port.

Speaking of Port failing to get the best out of players, all 3 of the above have played for Thailand at various youth levels.

 

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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