Heberty Signs for Bangkok United

Prolific Brazilian forward Heberty has just completed a move to join Bangkok United ahead of the second leg of the 2020-21 Thai League campaign.

Bangkok United have confirmed the signing of 32-year-old Brazilian attacker Heberty Fernandes from Muangthong United to add to their foreign player quota for this season. The league’s second-highest all-time goalscorer is expected to add much-needed firepower and cutting edge to the Angels front line as they chase a top four finish this year.

The Brazilian forward spent the first half of the campaign at Port FC, on loan from Muangthong, due to financial constraints faced by his parent club.

Heberty first arrived in Thailand in 2014, joining Ratchaburi from J.League side Vegalta Sendai. His arrival immediately lifted the Dragons, as he scored 26 goals in 36 games, helping the side finish fourth and winning the league’s top scorer award. His spell at Ratchaburi ultimately lasted three seasons, where he scored 65 goals from 90 league appearances before departing to join Saudi side Al Shabab.

Despite performing well in the Middle East, Heberty longed for a return to Thailand and eventually got his wish when he was courted by then league-champions Muangthong United. A successful spell with the Kirin followed, as he netted 59 goals and registered 33 assists in 93 games over the next three seasons to establish himself as a one of the club’s all-time greats.

This season, Heberty made a surprise move to join Muangthong’s rivals Port FC on a loan deal to soften the financial burden on his parent club. He went on to score 7 goals from 9 games at the PAT Stadium, but his time at the club ended prematurely due to an injury sustained last month.

Upon joining Bangkok United, he will reunite with former coach Totchtawan Sripan, who he worked with at Muangthong in 2017. He will also be expected to replace one of the existing foreign players in the squad, with either Vander Luiz or Brenner Marlos touted to make way for his arrival at the club.

gianchansrichawla

Thai League fan and writer. Editor at Football Tribe Asia. University student.

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