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Tom’s Transfer Talk – Dropskovic

 

Port have continued to shake things up in the mid-season transfer window, making some bold and shocking decisions on both players that have arrived, and players who have been let go.

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Tom’s Transfer Talk – Mid-Season Roundup

 

OK, so Tom’s Transfer Talk hasn’t been particularly talkative so far this season. It has been a shockingly quiet transfer window by Port’s recent standards, but there have been a fair amount of low-key moves and juicy rumours, so let’s get up to date with exactly what’s been going on at Port in recent weeks.

 

Departures

First and foremost let’s get the bad news out of the way. Despite his exemplary commitment to training and his tenacious attitude on the pitch, Thai national team star and fan favourite Tana Chanabhut has been shockingly allowed to leave PAT Stadium. To add insult to injury, not only are Port being deprived of the services of one of the finest moustaches in world football, the forward has been sold to T2 team Nongbua Pitchaya FC, a side so far below his level I’m shocked he agreed to the move. No, wait a minute…

 

 

HAHAHAAAAA SCREW YOU TANA, YOU OVERRATED, LAZY GOOD-FOR-NOTHING WASTE OF A SQUAD NUMBER! NEVER, EVER, EVER COME BACK!

Ahhh, that’s better. Anyway, Port have also allowed young right-back Meechok Marhasaranukun to move on. After signing from TOT, Meechok broke in to Port’s starting XI in 2016 at the age of just 18, but was displaced by Nitipong at the start of 2017, and has spent the vast majority of the last season and a half on the bench. Now 20, it makes sense for Meechok to move on to a club where he can get more regular football, but surprisingly he has chosen to move to Suphanburi, where he is not expected to be getting an awful lot of playing time, either. Still, we wish Meechok, a good young player with a bright future ahead of him, all the best.

 

 

Port have surprisingly not moved to replace Meechok, so either versatile defensive midfelder Adisorn or left winger Chakrit Rawanprakone are expected to fill in if first choice Nitipong is injured or suspended.

Speaking of versatile central midfielders, Athibordee Atirat has also secured a transfer away from PAT Stadium, although his move is not permanent. Athibordee joins Navy on a 6 month loan, where he is expected to play a key role in midfield. He’ll need to perform miracles to keep Navy up, mind you. This move surprised me a little, as Athibordee had been seeing pretty regular action in midfield and defence, but he is obviously seen as surplus to requirements in the second half of the season.

 

 

There have been some other loan moves too, although it’s mostly players who were already out on loan moving on to different clubs.

Left back Yossawat Montha, who made 9 starts for strugglers Ubon UMT, has moved to Prachuap, where he will compete for a starting berth for 2018’s surprise success story. Unfortunately for Yossawat, he will likely be behind 37 year old Prachuap captain Adul Meunsamaan in the pecking order, whilst former Port teammate Piyachart Tamaphan will also provide competition.

 

 

Bajram Nebihi has also moved on from Chiang Rai, with Chonburi securing his services on loan for the second half of 2018. The big German didn’t strike up much of a partnership with under-performing star player Cleiton Silva, so it is no surprise that ambitious Chiang Rai are looking to rebuild their forward line without Nebihi. It was also no surprise that the player who had such a strong impact for Ubon in 2017 had numerous suitors. Talk of a move to Navy was rife, before he eventually signed for The Sharks.

 

 

Now we starts to get in to the weeds a little. Two players who, as far as I was aware, had already made permanent their moves away from PAT Stadium may still be on the books. It’s of little consequence that Thanakorn Saipunya is still a Port player, as he wasn’t given a squad number and was confined to training with Port B in pre-season. His move to Khon Kaen is apparently only a loan, but he will surely leave on a permanent deal at some point, without getting a sniff of first team action.

 

 

The other player in limbo is midfielder Tatchanon Nakarawong, who everyone including Chonburi seemed to think was a Chonburi player, but is now apparently on loan at Army from Port. Tatchanon arrived at Port from Army a couple of seasons ago, and despite impressing in pre-season was grossly underused by Port before being shipped out on loan to another club where he was very unlikely to see significant game time. Indeed, the youngster played just 7 times for The Sharks. He has finally done the right thing in joining a team where he is likely to be first choice, although with Army recently announced that they will be folding, he will likely have to move on again before long.

 

 

 

Arrivals

Now, I know I said things had been quiet, but I do actually have a couple of confirmed arrivals for you. This could be good…

Port have signed two young players who had been part of King Power’s ‘Fox Hunt’ project. Anon Samakorn and Somprasong Promsorn are the two players in question, and they look pretty promising. Anon, nicknamed Boat, is a 19 year old midfielder who has been on the books at both Leicester City and OH Leuven’s youth setups. Somprasong, nicknamed Toto, is a 21 year old right winger who has also been with both Leicester and Leuven. He looks pretty nifty in this video, playing for Leuven’s under 19 team in a 4-1 victory over Bierbeek, and showing some impressive pace and trickery. The video of Anon’s performance from the same game looks less exciting, although he does notch an assist with a clever through-ball.

 

Anon (l) and Somprasong (r)

 

Both players have been given first team squad numbers, with Anon taking number 20 and Somprasong number 14, although it is thought that both will start out with Port B before joining the big boys.

 

Rumours

Now for the rumours. We’ve been hearing Ratchaburi’s Thai-German right wing back Philip Roller’s name over and over again in recent days. He has been linked with both Port and Muangthong though, in a situation eerily reminiscent of the saga that led to Kevin Deeromram signing for Port. Roller is a superb player, but would find very stiff competition for a place in Port’s team. I do think that he’s a better player than Nitipong, but there’s certainly no guarantee that he would nail down a starting place, whilst his ability to play further forward would be of little value to Port, who already possess a surfeit of right wingers. As much as it pains me to say it, I think a move to the Theatre of Corrugated Iron makes sense for Roller, with Tristan Do having moved on to the wing and midfielder Wattana Plainum currently playing out of position at full-back.

 

 

We also heard numerous rumours that Port’s third choice goalie Watchara Buathong was on the way out, but as far as we know the perennial back-up to the back-up is still kicking around at PAT Stadium. He must like the easy life.

 

Tom’s Transfer Talk: Kevin!

 

Port made two shock deadline day signings, addressing two key weaknesses in the squad and showing once again that a push for the top 5 is not out of the question this season. Kevin Deeromram was rumoured to be on his way to Muangthong, but in a dramatic last minute switch opted for Port instead, while Worawut Namdech joined on a loan deal from Chiang Rai.

In an action-filled day there were also two loan departures, with Bajram Nebihi finally losing out in his duel with Sergio Suarez and being loaned to Chiang Rai, and left back Yossawat Montha moving to Ubon after being relegated to fourth choice left back by the arrival of Kevin Deeromram.

 

Kevin!

 

Headlining for Port on deadline day was Kevin Deeromram. You’ve heard us prattle on ad nauseam about how much of a liability incumbent left back Panpanpong is, and we’d more or less resigned ourselves to continuing this ranting and raving throughout 2018, and then… Kevin!

What makes the arrival of the 20 year old Thai-Swede even sweeter is that he was rumoured to be on the way to Muangthong, before opting for Khlong Toei instead at the last minute. He’s only been here 5 minutes and is already trolling the Muangscum. What’s not to like?!

This lad is undoubtedly one of the most talented young players in the country. He represented Sweden at youth level, then after joining Ratchaburi in 2017 switched allegiances to Thailand and in just one season played for the under 23s and then became a full international. He also impressed for Ratchaburi, notching up 1 goal and 8 assists in 28 appearances.

 

Loan Star

 

Worawut Namdech won’t be well known to too many T1 fans after making just 8 league appearances in 2017 for Chiang Rai and Sisaket. He did make his name in the SEA Games though, captaining the Thai under 23 team to victory and conceding just 1 goal in 7 games along the way.

He probably arrives at Port below Rochela, Todsapol and Dolah in the central defensive pecking order, but there is every chance that the promising youngster could force his way in to the team if he performs well in training.

His arrival also probably means that Thanakorn Saipanya, who had not yet been registered in the T1 squad, will drop down to T4 to play for Port B in 2018.

 

Byeram Nebihi

 

 

Poor Bajram. What could have gone wrong did go wrong. Apparently Port thought they were signing a striker when they brought him in, and he had no idea that the foreign player quota was already filled. Then there was a lawsuit involving a former agent to complicate matters even further. Ultimately, despite some impressive pre-season performances, Nebihi never managed to move ahead of Suarez in Jadet’s estimations, and then Just when it looked as if Nebihi would be doing a Maranhao and kicking his heels for 6 month, Chiang Rai forward Gilbert Macena suffered a season-ending injury and Nebihi was quickly drafted in on loan as his replacement. Could Port yet regret letting him go to a team who should be our close rivals this season while we have only one back-up striker on the books? Only time will tell.

 

Port’s Yoss Ubon’s Gain

 

 

Did we just feel like we had to make up for sending poor old Ubon Wuttichai earlier in the transfer window? Possibly. This loan deal for Yossawat should make up for it, anyway! Poor Yossa was third in the left back hierarchy before Kevin arrived, so sending him packing was sadly inevitable. Hopefully he gets more first team chances in Ubon than he did at Port.

 

Essomb-Eh?

 

 

Confusion surrounds Marcel Essombe’s current contract situation after the Cameroonian’s work permit issues cost him his move to Police Tero. It’s not known exactly what prevented the striker getting his paperwork in order for 2018, but Police have made a late move to replace him, and it is thought that his contract with Port may have also been cancelled. Hopefully the big man manages to find a team soon, and doesn’t have to spend too much time in Chaeng Wattana. We wouldn’t wish that on anyone!

 

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!