One of the oldest clubs in the country, Port have spent big in their recent emergence as title challengers. They have had a journey from underdogs to nouveau riche under the presidency of Nualphan ‘Madam Pang’ Lamsam. While splashing the cash without a clear strategy has raised many questions, there is no doubt that Port’s playing squad is good enough to mount a bid for the T1 title to add to last season’s FA Cup success.
Head coach – Jadet Meelarp
Jadet Meelarp is in his third spell as head coach at the club, having twice been moved upstairs when it was decided that the club could do better. But Jadet was again the man they turned to when Choketawee Promrut left the club and the 48-year-old is seen as a safe pair of hands. Better known for his man management skills than his tactical nous, Jadet’s biggest challenge will be keeping his bloated squad happy. He likes his 4-2-3-1 formation and to stick with a settled side. Forcing him to tinker may be problematic.
Nelson Bonilla (STRIKER) – The El Salvador international was a surprise capture from Bangkok United on loan. Bonilla was a revelation with Sukhothai in 2018 and still impressed at the Bangkok Angels in 2019, though his season was affected by injury and international obligations. It remains to be seen why his club were willing to let him join a title rival, but if he can rediscover his best form, Bonilla should be key to Port’s title bid.
Go Seul-ki (CENTRAL MIDFIELD) – Go Seul-ki provides a good screen for the Port defence, while he can also pick a pass and pops up with a few goals. The South Korean may be 34, but he shows few signs of decline. Go is a key presence at the heart of the team and it is vital that he stays fit.
Kevin Deeromram (LEFT-BACK) – Kevin may already be a full Thailand international, but the Swedish-Thai is still just 22 years old and has much potential to fulfil. He was sorely missed in 2019 when he spent several months out injured. If fully fit, he could be a real asset with his energy on the left wing.
Notable former players
Leandro Da Luz & Steven Robb
What’s to like?
Port’s profile may have risen due to the club’s new-found riches, but the soul of the club remains with the passionate support. A full-house at the PAT Stadium provides arguably the best atmosphere in Thai football, with an extremely vocal home support right on top of the opposition players in a tight and atmospheric stadium.