Akira Nishino has selected a squad of 59 – yes, fifty-nine – for Thailand’s training camp ahead of their match against a Thai League all-star side on November 15th.
Head coach Nishino has gone for quantity over quality as he tries to give opportunities to some of the players who have clearly impressed him and / or his staff since the Thai League resumed in September.
There is also a clear attempt to integrate some of the players from the U23 squad who impressed at the AFC U23 Championship at the beginning of the year. The plan is to cut the squad down to 23 ahead of the upcoming friendly match.
There is a place for highly-rated 18-year-old Chonburi left-back Chatmongkol Ruengthanarot, and another left-back in Ratchaburi’s Kiatisak Jia-Udom, who is rewarded for his impressive early season form.
BG Pathum United’s talented midfielder Chaowat Veerachat has a big opportunity to work his way into the final cut as he seeks to finally fulfil his potential as a regular national team player at the age of 24.
Somewhat surprisingly in such a bloated squad, there is no place for Siroch Chatthong. The attacker may be erratic but on his day, he can certainly be an asset as he showed in BG Pathum United’’s victory over Sukhothai at the weekend.
Of course, there remains the possibility that some of these players will pull out injured, while some clubs will be reluctant to release such a large contingent. Indeed, Buriram United face Rayong in a rescheduled fixture on November 11th which will cause immediate disruption.
Despite their early season struggles, nine players from Buriram United feature, including goalkeeper Nopphon Lakhonphon, who is currently on loan at Nakhon Pathom United. There is also heavy representation from champions Chiangrai United (7), Bangkok United (7), Port FC (7), while current T1 leaders BG Pathum United have six in the squad.
There is also space for an incredible eight goalkeepers, which may be some kind of record.
Of course, the 59 does not include the Japan-based quartet of Chanathip Songkrasin, Theerathon Bunmathan and Teerasil Dangda and Kawin Thamsatchanan – four players who would be in any squad in normal circumstances.
It will be interesting to see how many of the squad list report for training on November 11th, but it would be a surprise if the number remained at 59 on that day.
Siwarak Tedsungnoen (Buriram United)
Chatchai Budprom (BG Pathum United)
Thanachai Noorach (Nakhon Ratchasima)
Worawut Srisupha (Port FC)
Kwanchai Suklom (Prachuap)
Peerapong Ruenin (Sukhothai FC)
Saranon Anuin (Chiangrai United)
Nopphon Lakhonphon (Nakhon Pathom United, on loan from Buriram)
Suporn Peenagatapho (Muangthong)
Saringkan Promsupa (Muangthong)
Chatchai Saengdao (Muangthong)
Nukoolkit Krutyai (Sukhothai)
Shinnaphat Lee-Oh (Chiangrai)
Philip Roller (Ratchaburi)
Kiatisuk Jia-udom (Ratchaburi)
Suphanan Bureerat (Samut Prakan City)
Jakkaphan Praisuwan (Samut Prakan City)
Pansa Hemviboon (Buriram)
Korrakot Wiriyaudomsiri (Buriram)
Narubadin Weerawatnodom (Buriram)
Manuel Bihr (Bangkok United)
Chatmongkol Ruengthanarot (Chonburi FC)
Elias Dolah (Port FC)
Kevin Deeromram (Port FC)
Nitipong Selanon (Port FC)
Sorawit Panthong (Muangthong)
Weerathep Pomphan (Muangthong)
Phitiwat Sukjitthamakul (Chiangrai)
Chotipat Poomkaew (Chiangrai)
Somkid Chamnarnslip (Chiangrai)
Ekanit Panya (Chiangrai)
Peeradol Chamrasamee (Samut Prakan City)
Pathompol Charoenrattanaphirom (Police Tero)
Kanokpon Buspakom (Police Tero)
Rattanakorn Maikami (Buriram)
Chaowat Veerachart (BG Pathum United)
Sarach Yooyen (BG Pathum United)
Thitipan Puangchan (BG Pathum United)
Sumanya Purisai (BG Pathum United)
Wisarut Imura (Bangkok United)
Thossawat Limwannasathian (Bangkok United)
Krisada Kaman (Chonburi FC)
Panuphong Phonsa (Chonburi FC)
Bodin Phala (Port FC)
Akarawin Sawasdee (Chiangrai)
Jaroensak Wonggorn (Samut Prakan City)
Teeraphol Yoryoei (Samut Prakan City)
Arthit Bootjinda (Police Tero)
Supachai Jaided (Buriram)
Supachok Sarachart (Buriram)
Suphanat Mueanta (Buriram)
Chenrop Samphaodi (BG Pathum)
Sittichok Phaso (Trat FC, on loan from Chonburi)
Anon Amornlerdsak (Bangkok United)
Nattawut Suksum (Bangkok United)
Chananan Pombuppha (Bangkok United)
Adisak Kraisorn (Port FC)
Breakdown by Club
Buriram – 8 (+1)
Chiangrai – 7
Bangkok United – 7
Port FC – 7
BG Pathum – 6
Muangthong – 5
Samut Prakan City – 5
Chonburi – 3 (+1)
Police Tero – 3
Ratchaburi – 2
Sukhothai – 2
Nakhon Ratchasima – 1
Prachuap – 1
Trat – 1*
Nakhon Pathom – 1*
* on loan