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Tom’s Transfer Talk: Port Drop Weera

Yes, we know, Weera is usually the one dropping things…

With Jadue’s signing making it 7 new arrivals already confirmed at PAT Stadium, it is of course inevitable that there will be a similar amount of departures before the transfer window closes. Wanchalerm (40) and Weera (1) are the first out of the door, having played a total of just 144 minutes of T1 football between them in 2017. Both managed just one league appearance – in the disastrous 5-1 write-off at Thai Honda – so it is no surprise to see them move on.

 

Confirmed Departures

 

Wanchalerm training at new club Prachuap FC

 

Wanchalerm (40) was on loan at Port from Chiang Rai, and initially looked like a pretty good signing, both in terms of his ability and where he would fit in to Port’s squad. The midfielder – described by Josimar as the most physical player at the club – impressed in a few pre-season friendly appearances with some disciplined play in front of the back four. It was a surprise, then, when Piyachat (88) and Adisorn (13) were both picked ahead of Wanchalerm. Adisorn went on to cement his place in the side, and Wanchalerm continued to be overlooked. His only ‘chance’ came as a substitute with Port 0-1 down against Honda, but Wanchalerm could do nothing to prevent Port conceding 4 more goals in a dire second half performance. Wanchalerm only made the matchday squad on one more occasion, so it is no surprise that he has moved on to Prachuap in T2, where he will likely get the opportunities he deserves.

 

 

Whilst Wanchalerm was doomed by his lack of opportunities, the opposite is true of Weera (1). If Weera had never played, then maybe no one would have realized just how bad he is, and he might have flown under the radar for another half season. Alas, he was bizarrely picked ahead of both Rattanai (17) and Worawut (36) against Honda, when he made two ridiculous blunders and looked more like a pub player who’d had a skin-full before kickoff than a professional footballer. Due to Rattanai’s injury later in the season, Weera went on to make the matchday squad 13 times, but thankfully never made it back on to the pitch. After the return of the younger, better Watchara (37) from his loan at BBCU, Weera has now been released, but has yet to find a new club. Don’t worry, Weera. Super Power seem to have a proclivity for washed up Port goalies who are as useful as a one legged man in an arse-kicking competition.

 

Confirmed Arrivals

Joining Yossawat, Jetjinn, Narakorn, Pummared, Pravinwat and Watchara (check the squad list for player profiles.) in the arrivals lounge, we can now officially confirm that attacking midfielder Matias Jadue has become Port’s eighth (yes, EIGHTH) foreign player, despite the fact that only five can be included in the T1 squad for the second leg of the season. For more on the latest newbie, check out the last edition of Tom’s Transfer Talk and his player profile.

 

 

The fact that Jadue plays in the same position as Sergio Suarez (5) likely means that the Spaniard is now deemed surplus to requirements. Nothing is set in stone until the squad is announced, but my best guess after the latest arrival is that we will be seeing Rochela (22), Josimar (30), Genki (18), Jadue and Asdrubal (27) make the squad, with Kalu (10), Suarez (5) and Maranhao (92) heading for the exit. Take my prediction with a pinch of salt, though, as I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve changed my mind over the last few weeks! As always, continue to watch this space…

 

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…

 

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!