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Chiangrai’s Siwakorn Tiatrakul Attracts Interest From FC Tokyo

Gian Chansrichawla

Football Tribe SEA Editor


Chiangrai United midfielder Siwakorn Tiatrakul has caught the eye of J.League leaders FC Tokyo, who are reportedly willing to offer the midfielder a trial at the club next January, as reported by various Thai media outlets.

Siwakorn played a crucial creative role in midfield as his Chiangrai side sealed their first-ever league title last Sunday. He has also earned call-ups to the national team at the behest of new coach Akira Nishino and made a few substitute appearances for the War Elephants.

It seems as though the club will allow Siwakorn himself to make the decision on whether or not to make the move up North. It remains to be seen whether he will choose to go now or stay to compete in his club’s first AFC Champions League group stage campaign.

Originally an attacking midfielder and winger, Siwakorn moved into a more withdrawn role this season under the guidance of coach Ailton Silva, which has been crucial for his development. Regularly flanked by energetic and defensively able players such as Phitiwat Sukjitthamakul and Lee Yong-Rae this season, Siwakorn has been able to showcase the full range of his creative abilities. His match-winning performance against Chonburi on the 25th of August is an excellent demonstration of his ability.

Siwakorn is likely to be just the start, as interest in picking apart Chiangrai’s title-winning squad is going to be high. It has already been reported that youngster Ekanit Panya has been on the radar of J.League clubs, and Phitiwat’s stock is also rising as he has become a regular starter for the National Team under Nishino.