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Tom’s Transfer Talk: Flash Back to Borneo

 

Crowd favourite and renowned speed demon Terens Puhiri headlines the latest batch of Port transfer news. The Indonesian spent 2018 on loan with Port, but was used sparingly by Jadet, with the 3+1+1 quota rules meaning that in order for Terens to play, one of the other foreign players would have to miss out. He managed just one league start, where he was forced to play at wing back for the majority of the game, and although he featured fairly regularly off the bench he rarely had more than a handful of minutes to make an impact. Few who were sat in Zone B behind the goal Port were attacking in the final home game of 2018 can forget screaming at the team to give Terens the ball to give the little man a chance to open his Port account, before the unselfish Terens squared to Bodin, giving a tap-in to his teammate rather than going for goal himself.

Popular with teammates and fans alike, it’s a shame that Terens has opted to return to his parent club Borneo FC, although he can hardly be blamed after being given so little time to impress in 2018. The real shame for Port is that with the new 3+1+3 quota, ASEAN players can be used alongside all other foreigners, meaning Terens was set to play a bigger role in 2019 than he had last season, but alas we won’t be seeing Flash in the PAT again anytime soon.

 

 

The next two names reported to be on the chopping block are Jetjinn Sriprach and Sammy Slot. This comes from goal.com’s list of confirmed transfers, although we are yet to see official confirmation byt he club or either of the players.

It would certainly be no surprise to anyone if Jetjinn has received his marching orders, with star youngster Kevin and Jadet favourite Panpanpong consistently favoured over the former Honda full back. One way or another, the writing is clearly on the wall, with Yossawat returning from his loan spell and Port bringing in Fox Hunt youngster Nutchanon Sojit there are currently five left backs, and Jetjinn may well be number 5 in the reckoning.

 

 

The situation with Sammy Slot is a little different. Apparently signed on a long term deal from under the noses of Muangthong, Thai Danish forward Slot was given a few minutes off the bench in the second half of the season, although we didn’t really get a chance to see enough of the youngster to determine if he was up to scratch or not. His one assist, achieved by tackling an opponent in the box before Siwakorn curled in a spectacular finish, was his only contribution of note. If goal.com are to be believed we might never find out if he’s any good or not, and more importantly the Sandpit writers will never get to write the headlines that could have been. Oh, how they could have been…

 

Confirmed Signings

 

 

Finally, my investigative Instagramming last time out turned out to be on the money, and we finally have the awkward hostage-style Pangograph to prove it. Fox Hunt duo Jirattikan Vapilai and Nutchanon Sojit are now Port players, and will hopefully be given the opportunity to impress in pre-season and make a case for first team involvement in 2019.

 

And Finally…

 

 

The Spherical Supremo takes radical steps to get the best out of his squad. Dolah up front and Rochela in goal? In Jadet we trust!

 

Tom’s Transfer Talk: Left Back in the Changing Room

 

Confirmed Transfers IN

 

Yossawat Montha

This youngster reminds me a lot of Nitipong (34). He joins Port from Buriram, having represented Thailand at under 23 level. The 21 year old is an attacking full-back who possesses quick feet and a cultured left foot, which will hopefully give Port another set-piece option on the all-too-common occasions that Pakorn (9) is misfiring. Expect Yossawat to be challenging Panpanpong (19) for a place in the First XI from the off, although with Jadet’s proclivity for more experienced players, he may have to wait longer than we would like. Read Yossawat’s player profile here.

 

Jetjinn Sriprach

Jetjinn is another young-ish left-back, emphasizing how unhappy Jadet is with his options in that position. The arrivals of Jetjin and Yossawat almost certainly signal the exit of Piyachart (23) and Suchon (11), who are out of favour and well down the pecking order at PAT Stadium. 25 year old Jetjinn, who joins from Thai Honda, is most likely to start out at third choice behind Panpanpong (19) and Yossawat, and will have to impress in training and friendlies to get his chance. He looks to have decent pedigree, having played 10 games for Honda (including the 5-1 thrashing of Port) in the first half of 2017. Interestingly, he played half of those games in left midfield, where he could also be challenging for a spot on the bench with Tana (99) and Ekkapoom (8). For Jetjinn’s player profile click here.

 

Narakorn Khana and Pummared Kladkleep

Narakorn and Pummared both join from defunct BBCU, and are expected to add depth to the squad rather than challenge for first team places. Red-haired Narakorn is an attacking midfielder who could be an option to come off the bench when Port are chasing a game. Before representing BBCU, the 25 year old played for a host of teams in the top two tiers. Blonde bombshell Pummared is a central midfielder with a good range of passing. He started out at Chamchuri United from before jumping on to sinking ships at Khon Kaen and BBCU. Pummared joins a whole host of midfielders already on the books at Port, and will most likely be competing with the likes of Ittipol (7) and Tatchanon (39) for a place on the bench. Read Narakorn’s player profile here, and Pummared’s here.

 

Watchara Buathong

Port’s erstwhile odd man out at PAT Stadium has been loaned out for 2 seasons in a row, and is only back because of BBCU’s dissolution. He’s a good young goalkeeper to be fair – much better than Weera (1) – but it’s probably not in his or Port’s interest to have him kicking around as a third choice when he could be starting for a lower-league team. Expect him to find another club on loan, possibly Super Power (remember their goalkeeping nightmare?) or another T2 team. Check our Watchara – or as he is also known, W-Hot – rapping here (seriously, do it right now, you won’t regret it!) and his player profile here.

 

Rumoured Transfers OUT

 

Wanchalerm Yingyong

It’s fair to say that Wanchalerm’s (40) time at Port has been a waste of everyone’s time. The young defensive midfielder who is on loan at Port from Chiang Rai has made just one appearance, and despite some promising performances in friendlies Jadet clearly doesn’t rate him. He will likely be loaned out to another club where he will get more minutes.

 

Piyachat Srimarueang

Piyachat (88) has failed to break in to the first XI, but is still first-choice back-up to Adisorn (13) and Siwakorn (16). There are rumours that the midfielder will head back from whence he came, joining Sukhothai in a loan deal. The arrival of two new midfielders would seem to support this rumour, although I doubt that either Narakorn or Pummared are better players than him. File this one under doubtful.

 

Andrija Kaludjerovic

Kalu has one foot out of the door already. The one-goal Serb has not been a hit at PAT Stadium, being replaced by Josimar (30) in the starting XI, and failing to even make the match day squad for the last few games of the first leg. Kalu has been casting flirtatious glances back to Lithuania, where he scored 21 goals in 19 games before joining Port. The move makes sense for everyone, so will likely be concluded sooner rather than later. For The Sandpit’s analysis of who will be replacing Kalu, check out Episode 2 Part 3 of our new podcast The Portcast which will be going online on Thursday.

 

As always, I will be trying my best to keep the squad list (click here) up to date, but I will not be adding squad numbers for the new arrivals until the official list is announced. Until they are official, they’re liable to change every week and confuse the hell out of us!