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2020 Vision: BG Pathum Utd

 

After their shock relegation in 2018, BG Pathum Utd – aka Bangkok Glass – made an immediate return by winning T2 2019 at a canter. And after adding some real quality to their squad they’re expected to perform strongly this year. Here’s anonymous Thai football blogger and BG fan Tactics Times with his look at the Glass Rabbits’ chances…

How did your team perform in 2019? Where do they need to improve?

Won promotion to T1 as T2 champions. Made loads of signings but, lost the squad cohesion they had in the first leg of 2019, must get the current squad ready ASAP.

Transfer window – which new signings are you most excited about? Which departing players are you sorry to see go/happy to see the back of?

Santipap Channgom from Police Tero FC. We’ve been calling out for a right-back for at least 2 season so this is perfect – he can also play as a right midfielder, did well in our friendlies too. Sarawut Masuk – didn’t really fit in with the team. Nice guy, hope he can get back to his best elsewhere.

Happy with your club’s coach?

Mixed. Not a fan of his football. Don’t feel he is tactically good enough to get the best out of the squad. Still, I hope he gets the chance to see the season out.

What are your realistic ambitions for the 2020 season?

Expectation are high, a lot of money were spent in the transfer window, but I don’t think BGPU is strong enough to break into the top 5. Top 8 plus a decent cup run is a realistic target.

Which teams will be in contention for the title? Which teams will struggle to survive?

Bangkok United will improve from last season. Rayong FC will struggle but will also be a great team to watch, mainly to their head coach all or nothing mentality – they don’t play for draws, only win or lose.

What 3 things would you change about Thai football?

I wish one of the cup competition kick off slightly earlier to fixture don’t pile up towards to end of the season when it typically rains and matches are postpone. I hope Thai referees uses VAR as a tool to help them and not the other way round. I pray we don’t have a 2 horse race for the title.

 

Thanks Mr Times and see you at Leo Stadium later this season – good to have you back in T1!

 

Tim Russell

Tim Russell

The founder and editor of The Sandpit, Tim has been in SE Asia since 2003 and in Bangkok since 2012, where he runs a travel tech business. Tim has followed Port FC since 2014, and is also a fan of his hometown club Coventry City, and French club AS St-Etienne. He has written for the likes of Football365, ITV.com, NME and The Quietus, and is a regular contributor to God Is In the TV. He's a keen photographer and his work can be seen on his website.

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