Entries by Tom Earls

Port’s ACL Opponents Confirmed: Ceres Negros 3-2 Shan Utd

  Heavy favourites Ceres Negros survived a late scare to scrape through the first round of the AFC Champions League qualifiers, ultimately running out 3-2 victors over Shan United. Ceres, who dominate the Philippines Football League year after year, have some top quality talent at their disposal, but they did little to suggest that they […]

Tom’s Transfer Talk: Paking His Bags?

  We’ve heard plenty of rumours linking Muangthong players with Port in recent weeks, but nothing in the opposite direction. Until today that is, when a massive Port name was rumoured to be heading to the SCG Stadium on loan. Yes, love him or hate him, rate him or slate him, Pakorn is a player […]

Tom’s Transfer Talk: New Year Transfer Roundup

  We’ve had a lot of comings and goings this transfer window, and it’s not even 2020 yet. By my count there have been 14 arrivals (7 permanent signings, 2 loan signings and 5 players returning from loans) and 9 departures (6 permanent departures, 1 loan departure and 2 players returning to their parent club […]

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 […]