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Tom’s Transfer Talk: Sonic ‘Poom

 

Port have made further moves towards cutting the size of their squad, and by the start of the season could well have the 25 man squad that we suggested back in 2017. Some Port players who were released have also found new homes, including Ekkapoom, who has joined T1 rivals Air Force.

The latest departure, if he ever really arrived, is Chilean-Palestinian Matias Jadue. Jadue was brought in in ludicrous circumstances, with 7 foreign players already on the books and absolutely no route in to the team for a player who had most recently been struggling for form in Malaysia. As precisely everyone could have predicted, he managed nothing more than a few friendly goals during his time with Port, failing to even be registered in the league squad let alone make a competitive appearance. The closest he got to seeing meaningful action was a cup game in which he got injured in the warm-up. At least Jadue’s time with Port got his foot in the Thai League door though, as he has now been picked up by T2 side Krabi FC. We wish Matias the best of luck, and hope that Wikipedia’s Krabi squad, which shows 5 foreign players already on the books, is a mistake rather than the sign of more troubles to come!

 

 

Former Port favourite Ekkapoom could well be making his return to Port in 2018 with Port’s oldest rivals Air Force. Air Force, led by former Port supremo Sasom, have been splashing the cash upon their return to the big time, bringing in arguably the most fearsome three-pronged strike force in the country. After Jaycee John and Renan Marques arrived from Bangkok United and Chonburi respectively, The Blue Eagles have further bolstered their attack with Leandro Assumpcao from Muangthong. And then there’s the Poom! With Leandro mostly operating on the left, it seems Ekkapoom will most likely be used as back-up on the wing, but with any luck will get a reasonable amount of playing time. As long as he doesn’t score against us, we wish him all the best!

Speaking of former Port players and Air Force, we have also just heard that Kayne Vincent has finally fallen prey to the Air Force spending spree, and has been moved on to T2 Kasetsart FC. Vincent will be replacing Brazilian striker Jonatan Fereira Reis at Kasetsart, who scored 28 goals as The Emerald Nagas finished in 13th place. With Vincent unlikely to provide anywhere near that much firepower, we can’t say things look good for Kasetsart this season. The transfer also brings to mind a recent Instagram post from Port’s most arbeitsverweigerung striker, in which he wished former Buriram teammate Charyl Chappuis a Happy Birthday, and said “See you on the pitch.” Well, there’s always the Cup, I suppose. Chappuis, the rather more realistic of the two, replied “See you soon.”

 

 

Another Port player to have found a new home is midfielder Siwapong Jarernsin, who was released late in 2017. He has joined up with Khon Kaen FC, where he will with any luck be linking up with Tana, if he ever manages to find a move away from Port that is!

Assuming that Tana does eventually move on and one of Suarez and Nebihi also don’t make the cut, that will leave Port with exactly 25 players, all of whom you can find about at our freshly updated Squad page. For more on which one of Port’s attacking midfielders is likely to make the cut, and which one will get the chop, you can find Tim’s analysis here.

 

MATCH REPORT: Siam Navy 2-1 Port FC

Siam Navy overcame an experimental Port side 2-1 in Thursday’s pre-season friendly.

Despite our shiny new sponsorship deal with The Sportsman, The Sandpit is not in the business of sending it’s minions to Sattahip for a weekday friendly, so this is less match report and more highlight report.

Port fielded a strong side in the first half, including regular starters Rochela (22), Meechok (20), Siwakorn (16), Ekkapoom (8) and Pakorn (9), new signings Sergio Suarez (5) and Elias Dolah (4) and French trialist Saer Sene (24). Wachara (1) who spent last season on loan at BBCU was a surprise starter in goal, and he looked determined to impress coach Jadet, coming off his line quickly to thwart a few early Navy attacks, before saving well from a free-kick. There were two players – presumably trialists – that we haven’t seen before, playing at left back (19) and centre midfield (27).

Port created a host of chances, most of which fell to Saer Sene, but the big man looked a little short of match fitness and luck, frequently hitting the target but not finding a way past the Navy ‘keeper.

In the second half Port made 9 changes, with only Dolah and Sene staying on the pitch. It didn’t take Navy long to punish the weakened side. Adisorn (13) was left for dead by a sharp turn from Navy’s left winger, and his cross was met with an unstoppable strike which went in off the crossbar.

Navy soon doubled their lead from a corner. A deep cross was headed back across goal, and neither Piyachart (23) or Todsapol (6) could react quickly enough to prevent the shot, which easily beat the flat-footed Worawut (36) in goal.

Late in the second half, Port claimed a consolation goal. With Pakorn not on the pitch free-kick duty fell to new signing Siwapong (39), and he proved himself an able deputy, finding the top left-hand corner with a well placed strike.

Port host Malaysian side Pahang FC on Sunday at PAT Stadium, where there will likely be more experimentation from Jadet. The Sandpit expects to see more game time for Sene, who will need to find the net if he is to convince the coach that he is the man to spearhead the team in the TPL.

Highlights have just appeared on Youtube, so here they are for your viewing pleasure!