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Tom’s Transfer Talk: Paking His Bags?

 

We’ve heard plenty of rumours linking Muangthong players with Port in recent weeks, but nothing in the opposite direction. Until today that is, when a massive Port name was rumoured to be heading to the SCG Stadium on loan. Yes, love him or hate him, rate him or slate him, Pakorn is a player who has made a massive impact since his arrival in 2016, and his magnificent but oh so inconsistent right boot could be pinging freekicks at the Yamaha Ultras next seen. It just seems wrong, and I’m struggling to come to terms with the possibility. He’s been the subject of rumours linking him with moves away in previous seasons and he’s stayed put, so perhaps there’s nothing to this, but it’s being very widely reported.

The rationale for the move is apparently that Heberty will be used wide on the right, from where he will cut inside and wreak havoc with his trusty left foot, while new loanee Adisak will lead the line, supported by Suarez in the No.10 role.

What we were originally expecting to see was Heberty and Suarez being used as a front two, although neither of them are natural strikers, but if Pakorn is indeed departing then Port are leaving themselves far too light on the wings to make that formation work. Bodin and Thanasit are the only T1 standard wingers on the books, with Pinyo and Chakrit surely inadequate cover should either pick up an injury. Kevin provides another option on the left, but there’s no one else on the right, unless Port dip back in to the transfer market, which begs the question: why let first Nurul and then Pakorn go in the first place?

Now, remember this is still just a rumour, and there may well to be no substance to it whatsoever. Muangthong have been spending the entire transfer window letting players go to slash their wage budget, and bringing in a high earner like Pakorn on loan would be a surprising move to say the least.

 


 

While the Pakorn rumours have been the ones making waves, there are also a couple of low key arrivals to make note of.

 

 

Port academy youngsters Watcharaphon Chumking and Partchya Katethip have been promoted to the first team, joining academy stopper Anipong Kijkam, former fox hunt duo Peemawat Cheewayapan and Chanchai Phonchamroen, and newly signed forward Patchara Chainarong, who are all also 20 years old or under. With Port once again not fielding a B team in 2020, these two have been selected to make the step up, although having watched all of the above besides Chanchai and Patchara, I doubt any of them will feature for the first team this season.

 

Honda Pity: Port FC U19 3-0 Thai Honda U19

 

Port U19s continued their impressive form in the Thailand Youth League, securing a comfortable 3-0 victory over Thai Honda at PAT Stadium. I was spoiled last time I came along to watch Port’s academy, seeing two superb long range goals as Port ran out 4-1 winners, and Port’s youngsters once again delivered in spectacular fashion, striking twice from free kicks. Watch your back, Pakorn!

It was mostly supportive mothers in attendance in Zone A, with a total of maybe 40 people there for kickoff, although that number probably doubled by the time by the time some of the locals took up residence in Zone B, whiskey in tow. Just on the other side of Zone C the U17s had kicked off thirty minutes earlier with an even smaller crowd and even fewer places to hide from the early afternoon sun.

 

 

Port wasted no time impressing their mothers, with the first goal coming after just 7 minutes. Winger Chitnuphong (59) surged past a couple of chances before being upended, and captain Chanayut (99) was always going to shoot with the ball placed in an ideal position for the right footer. His strike was textbook, dipping over the wall right in to the top left hand corner.

I was less than complimentary about Port’s little goalie Jedsadakorn (83) last time out, but this time he made a crucial interception on 13 minutes. With the offside trap beaten, he sprinted right out of his area and tackled the opposition forward, who to be fair made a hilariously inept attempt to get around him and find the empty net.

Port were clearly the better side though, and Suriya (85) could have doubled their lead if he had found the corner with a curling effort on 27 minutes. Winger Watcharaphon (78), who scored a worldie last time out, was to make no mistake 4 minutes later, although he could probably have called his mum down from the stands to stab home from a yard out, so easy was the chance presented to him by teammate Partchya (56). Normally a winger but playing as a no10, Partchya skinned one defender and took the ‘keeper out of the game with his cross, leaving Watcharaphon to score his first of the day.

The only reason Port were not able to add more to their lead seemed to be the lack of a real striker. Warayut (79) has played there twice, but all he’s done is miss chances. Man of the match last time out Phonsat (80) was for some reason left on the bench, despite being absolutely miles better. Picking the best players never has been in vogue at Port, I suppose. Why should the academy be any different?

 

 

Port only became more dominant in the second half, although they contrived to miss quite a few simple chances. The funniest was a goalmouth scramble which involved centre back Teera (51) almost beheading a teammate with a vicious strike, before a Chanayut volley was saved and the ball was somehow scrambled away.

Suriya was guilty of a really poor miss when clear through on the ‘keeper, so it was once again left to Watcharaphon to show the other boys how to finish. Honda were lucky not to have a man sent off for the challenge which gave Port the freekick, but Watcharaphon handed out the appropriate punishment himself. A very similar effort to Chanayut’s opener, he curled it in to the top corner, drawing the first big cheer of the night from the increasingly lubricated group of fans in Zone B.

The win sends Port equal top of the Bangkok & Samut Prakan region of the Thailand Youth League. Assumption United’s 0-0 draw with Deffo FC moves them level on points with Port, as well as having an identical goal difference.

 

The Sandpit’s Man of the Match

So far Chanayut has been Port’s standout youngster almost every time I’ve had a chance to see the academy in action, and today was no different. His turn of pace to go past players in the final third is the most impressive element of his game, but his passing and dead ball shooting is also excellent.

 

 

The other star man was central defender Teera (51). I saw him for the first time a couple of weeks ago and he impressed me with his no-nonsense style, but what really stood out on Sunday was his communication. He’s seriously gobby, and in a team, and a club in general, where most players stay very quiet on the pitch, it makes a big difference to have someone barking out instructions and warning teammates when they’re under pressure. Teera is very much my kind of player, as he showed late on in the match when he flagrantly blocked the opposition goalkeeper’s attempt to throw the ball out for no apparent reason. He was booked for his trouble. Good lad!

An honourable mention must also go to Watcharaphon who continues to impress with his shooting from distance. Chanayut shades it, but only just.