Thai League 2021-22: Matchday 5 Best XI

Goalkeeper – Worawut Srisupha (Port FC): The only goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet for 90 minutes this week, Worawut did so in one of the most important fixtures of the season as Port earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over arch-rivals Muangthong United.

Defender – Irfan Fandi (BG Pathum United): The Singaporean international put in a third consecutive stellar performance for the Rabbits, following his displays on Matchday 2 and in the AFC Champions League against Jeonbuk. The side remain solid even in the absence of defensive stalwarts Tunez and Cardozo, largely due to how Irfan has stepped up and been the heart of their backline.

Defender – David Rochela (Port FC): Rochela played a crucial role in shutting out Muangthong, helping his team emerge victorious. Port’s captain also deserves credit for what was arguably the side’s most organised and disciplined performance in recent memory.

Defender – Tassanapong Muaddarak (Nongbua Pitchaya FC): The right wing-back helped his side keep a clean sheet against Police Tero and assisted Hamilton Soares for the only goal of the game.

Midfielder – Siwakorn Tiatrakul (Chiangrai United): Chiangrai’s number 10 didn’t manage a goal or assist of his own, but was a constant menace and helped set up many chances for his team. Whether he was dropping deep to control play or linking intricate passes in the final third, Siwakorn is consistently one of the most creative and dangerous players on the pitch.

Midfielder – Marco Sahanek (Nakhon Ratchasima FC): The Austrian midfielder helped his side fight back after they went behind against Suphanburi, scoring the equaliser from the penalty spot before setting up Kwame Karikari for the winner.

Winger – Tawin Butsombat (Chiangmai United): The 34-year-old captained his side to their first ever top flight win with their 3-1 triumph over Samut Prakan City. Deployed as a wing-back, Tawin shuttled the length of the pitch tirelessly and made a number of crucial defensive interventions to protect his side and secure the victory.

Winger – Pathompol Charoenrattanapirom (BG Pathum United): The tricky winger was a key attacking outlet for BG Pathum, and got his name on the scoresheet with a well taken first-time effort into the bottom corner.

Forward – Bill Rosimar (Chiangrai United): The veteran forward scored a hat-trick as Chiangrai managed an impressive 3-2 win away at league leaders Chonburi. Both of his open-play goals were incredible; a first-time half-volley from the edge of the area and a deftly placed effort into the top corner.

Forward – Samuel Rosa (Buriram United): The Brazilian scored his side’s first goal against Prachuap, and had an excellent all-round performance in terms of hold-up play and chance creation.

Forward – Yannick Boli (Chiangmai United): The Ivorian forward was clinical in front of goal, punishing Samut Prakan City’s defensive errors and scoring a brace to seal a massive victory for the White Elephants.

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