Football Tribe SEA Editor
2019 FA Cup runners-up Ratchaburi FC announced an impressive transfer haul in their press conference yesterday, unveiling a total of six new players.
The Dragons announced the capture of Nurul Sriyankem, Leon James, Chitpanya Tisud, Luke Woodland, Kiattisuk Jiam-Udom and Muhammadnasay Kolaeh.
Nurul Sriyankem is arguably the most notable signing of the bunch, having previously represented the Thai National Team. Considered one of the best talents in the country when he signed for Port at the beginning of the 2018 season, the diminutive winger struggled to find his feet in Klongtoey and was hampered by injury. Expected to return to Chonburi, where he came through the youth ranks and played over 100 games, his move to the Mitr Phol Stadium comes as a bit of a surprise, and certainly a welcome one for Ratchaburi.
While not one of the most celebrated players in the league, there is no denying that Chitpanya Tisud is an incredibly talented player. Formerly on the books of Buriram United and BG Pathum United, the attacking midfielder finally shone during his time with PT Prachuap. He helped guide the side to a remarkable 6th placed finish in 2018 and a League Cup trophy in 2019 and will welcome the chance to show off his creative abilities in Ratchaburi’s attack-minded side.
Leon James represents an interesting buy with an eye towards the future. The half-English midfielder came through the ranks at Leicester City’s youth academy, departing the club after featuring at a U18 level. The 18-year-old has also represented Thailand’s U19 side, and understandably attracted interest from a wide variety of Thai clubs. It will be interesting to see if the teenager can push his way into the Dragon’s starting lineup this season.
Lastly, Luke Woodland has previously played for Suphanburi FC in the Thai League and spent last season at Malaysia Super League side Kuala Lumpur FA. His versatility will add depth to the squad, as he is comfortable playing both in midfield and defense.
The side is looking to rebuild under the guidance of new head coach Nuengruethai Sathongvian, who is known for taking the Thai Women’s National Team to two World Cups and became the first female head coach to take charge of a professional male Thai club.