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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.

 

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What is Love? Baby Don’t Hurt Me: Jadue is Back

 

A quick recap, for those of you who either missed it or have undergone expensive therapy in order to forget it, of Port’s activities during the June transfer window. Port went into the window with seven foreigners on the books – Rochela, Suarez, Josi, Kalu, Genki, Asdrubal & Maranhao. Too many foreigners obviously, so Port addressed this by bringing in an eighth in the form of Chilean-Palestinian Matias Jadue. Then Maranhao was brought into the squad at the expense of Kalu, and played very well at Suphanburi. Then Maranhao suddenly signed for Sukhothai, and was replaced with Kalu, thus using up the club’s two permitted foreign transfers. Jadue disappeared again, and Asdrubal moved to Australia. Kalu came back into the team and scored a couple of goals, then broke his contract and returned to Serbia last week to be closer to his family, only to pitch up in New Zealand this morning. All clear so far?

Well if coach Zico’s Instagram feed is any indicator, and given that Instagram is Port’s preferred means of announcing transfers it probably is, Jadue – pronounced Had-way, hence the hilarious headline of this article – is back in training with Port, presumably as cover for Josimar in cup games as we don’t think he’ll be allowed to play in T1 given that Port have already used up their foreign transfers for the season.

We saw Jadue in a friendly a few weeks back and he didn’t look like he was any improvement on what we had already (ie Maranhao or Asdrubal). However with Port’s attack now looking emptier than Jadet’s salad drawer, Jadue at least gives Zico another option either in attack or just behind the strikers, and has to be a better substitute option than Tana or Wuttichai. Welcome back Matias!

 

 

Tom’s Transfer Talk: How Jadue?

 

Chilean-Palestinian attacking midfielder Matias Jadue has been pictured training with Port on Friday, raising yet more questions about which foreign players will be included in the T1 squad for the second half of the season.

Port currently have Rochela (22), Josimar (30), Genki (18), Suarez (5), Kaludjerovic (10), Asdrubal (27) and Maranhao (92) on the books, despite the fact that only 5 foreign players can be included in the T1 squad. With that in mind, the last thing we expected to see was another new foreign face, but clearly Port are still not convinced by the options they have available to them. Let’s break this down…

The two absolutely undisputed shoo-ins for the squad are Rochela and Josimar. Port’s best defender and best striker are not on the chopping block. We’re sure about that. Genki is a close third, with his versatility and hard work an integral part of the squad. In the next category are Suarez, Asdrubal and Maranhao, the 3 of whom seem to be competing between each other for 2 squad places. If we assume that, despite the Asian passport, Jadue is not going to be replacing Genki, then you can make that 4 players competing for 2 places. I’m not even throwing Kaludjerovic in to the mix as he is in the half-way-out-the-door category. If I did it would start to feel more like a Royal Rumble than a mid-season break.

So why, with the plethora of options available, are Port still looking to bring in a trialist? Because the management only really have faith in three of the foreigners at their disposal: Rochela, Josimar and Genki. Suarez has been too hit and miss; his inconsistency even led to him being dropped for the final game of the season and the two friendlies that followed. Maranhao is criminally underrated by the club, but despite looking bright in earlier friendlies has failed to convince alongside Josimar in recent weeks. Asdrubal’s fitness is still up in the air, as he continues to recover from a serious injury.

So, with the competition in mind, who is our latest trialist? Matias Jadue stands at 1.88m (6 foot 2). He is a 25 year old attacking midfielder born and raised in Chile who is eligible to represent Palestine at international level through his parents’ Palestinian heritage. This means he counts as an AFC player in the 4+1 quota, making him an attractive option for many Asian teams. Jadue most recently played for PKNS FC in Malaysia, who he signed for them in 2016, helping to secure them promotion to the Malaysian Super League by scoring 12 goals in a very successful debut season. Once in the Super League however, Jadue found life a bit tougher. He managed 3 goals and 5 assists in 10 games in Malaysia’s top flight, before being replaced in the squad for the second half of the season.

Are we likely to be seeing more of the Chilean Palestinian? We’ll have to wait and see…