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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, having shown great promise in those first few games before being unceremoniously dropped out of sight and out of mind. He would make just two appearances in 2019.

 

 

 

I thought Anon was a player with great potential, but apparently Port management didn’t agree, and have deemed him surplus to requirements for the following season. After the arrival of Kanarin Thawornsak, it was clear there was no future for Anon at Port, and hopefully he will find more opportunities to start games at his new club and fulfill his potential there. We’ll miss you, fella.

 


 

Other news from the first day of training yesterday were the confirmed arrivals of Thanasit Sripala, Nattawut Sombatyotha, Tanakorn Dangthong and the aforementioned Kanarin Thawornsak.

 

From left to right; Kanarin, Nattawut and Thanasit

 

Curiously, defender Worawut Namwech was also pictured training, which makes no sense to me as I thought he was only ever on loan at Port, and was moved from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai at the mid-season interval.

 


 

And finally, Madame Pang was yesterday pictured meeting with a BG big-wig, but there is no indication who or what she may have been discussing. Midfielder Thitipan Puangchan, a favourite of mine, will be returning to BG from the J League next week, so that could be a possibility. I mean it’s not like we just signed 3 midfielders or anything!

 

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 goals for Army in T2. That’s all the defence I can muster. I tire of regurgitating the same commentary every time we sign a Thai striker, but more often than not it’s on the nose, so here we go again. He’s not just not good enough, he’s not even close to good enough. The problem? Practically no one is. The standard of Thai strikers is painfully poor, and the few decent options are already at big clubs.

The really confusing part of this signing, though, is that we already have Arthit, who made some impressive cameos, netting 3 times from the bench in the first half of last season and providing a different tactical option. Surely a better option than Tanakorn. We then brought in Chenrop who offered next to nothing besides a bit of running around. He’s still got considerably more pedigree than Tanakorn. What do we want from a striker who admittedly scored many more goals than the above two, but was playing in T2, and has had plenty of T1 experience and very few goals to show for it? Answers on a postcard to Muangthai Insurance.

At least he’s only on loan though, right? Well, last night rumours surfaced that Army are potentially becoming the 87th club this off-season to fold, so we may well end up with him on a permanent deal. Swell!

 

 

Now, I did say earlier that there are no good alternative options, but let’s try to be very slightly creative and think about bringing in ASEAN forward. You know, in one of our two spare quota spots? Even besides the five foreign options I outlined in my ASEAN Strikers Scouting Report, there are players like Javier Patino available who have plenty of T1 experience and considerably more goals to show for it than Tanakorn. If we’re really going to think about challenging for the title next season we need to continue improving in the transfer market, and this signing, as well as the rumoured transfer of Kanarin Thawornsak, do not fit the bill.

I don’t want to complain too much, though. In general the continuity we’ve achieved from keeping a core of developing players together has served us well. The recent arrivals will likely be peripheral figures who won’t disrupt that. Last season we bided our time before making a couple of big money moves, and there’s a good chance that that’ll be the case again this year.