Entries by Tom Earls

Tom’s Transfer Talk: Meerkat to Swat Cats

  Anon Samakorn, known by me as ‘the meerkat’ for his head-swiveling awareness in midfield, has finally ended a frustrating spell with Port and joined Korat on a free transfer. Anon, who briefly broke in to the team shortly after his arrival from OHL Leuven in 2018, was underrated and underused by successive Port managers, […]

Tom’s Transfer Talk: Port Loan T2 Striker

  Port are reported to have brought in Army striker Tanakorn Dangthong on loan for 2020. Tanakorn is a 29 year old who has spent most of his career with Army, scoring 29 goals in… drum roll… 142 games. Sigh. In Tanakorn’s defence, he has just come off his best season to date, netting 16 […]

ASEAN Scouting Report: Strikers

  In the final installment of our 5 article series on ASEAN player scouting, it’s the turn of strikers. A perennial problem position throughout ASEAN national teams, this is also the position in which the biggest improvements could be made. Port have long struggled with finding both foreign quota and Thai strikers, so bringing in […]

ASEAN Scouting Report: Wingers

  In my penultimate ASEAN scouting article I’m looking at wingers. We’ve covered goalkeepers, defenders and midfielders, so next we have our creative geniuses, our speed demons and some really big names with even bigger price tags. Is it realistic to think that Port could sign most of these guys? No, not really, but it’s […]

ASEAN Scouting Report: Midfielders

  In the third of my five articles about scouting ASEAN players we are looking at midfielders. Here are the previous two, which cover goalkeepers and defenders. I’ve separated wingers in to a separate category, so today we’re just looking at defensive, central or attacking midfielders. I should also clarify something which I’ve had a […]

ASEAN Scouting Report: Defenders

  In the second of my series of articles on ASEAN scouting we look at defenders. To see the first article about goalkeepers, click here. As I’m looking at players who Port could benefit from signing I’ve left out several full backs who would be fantastic signings for other T1 sides. These 5 players therefore […]

ASEAN Scouting Report: Goalkeepers

  This is the first of a new series of articles in which I’ve identified 25 players who could in theory be brought in to fill Port’s two spare ASEAN quota slots. All of these players are dual nationality, with most sharing European and South East Asian ancestry. We’ve seen a host of players of […]

Tom’s Transfer Talk: Kanarin In

  Port are reportedly close to signing young box-to-box midfielder Kanarin Thawornsak. The 22 year old has been on the books at Ratchaburi since 2016, but has been loaned out every year of his stay. His latest loan spell was with Sisaket, who enjoyed a superb season, only narrowly missing out on promotion despite being […]

Mission Accomplished: Tom’s 2019 Season Review

  It’s been quite a season for Port. Third place and a cup win represents our best effort in at least 20 years, and there’s plenty of acclaim to go around. Port’s owners have invested heavily in the team, the fans have come out in numbers we haven’t seen in recent years, the players took […]