Football Tribe SEA Editor
Relegation-threatened Trat FC could be interested in taking Bangkok United’s El Salvadorian international striker Nelson Bonilla on loan when the Thai League season restarts.
Arguably the most lethal marksman in the league, Bonilla joined Bangkok United from Sukhothai before the start of the 2019 season. Despite an injury-ridden campaign, the forward managed 16 goals from 20 games.
Unfortunately, when an injury ruled Bonilla out of the start of the 2020 campaign, the Angels moved quickly to secure the services of Brazilian forward Brenner Marlos, who has since shown very encouraging signs in his first four games for the capital club.
The move could be to the benefit of all parties, as it could give Bonilla a chance to return to fitness and get regular football after being left out of Bangkok United’s foreign quota. Trat is also in desperate need of a striker, having lost all four of their opening games after selling top-scorer Lonsana Doumbouya in the off-season.
The White Elephants have also had success with Bangkok United loanees in the past, taking defenders Santhaporn Daengsee and Krisada Nontharath on a temporary basis last season.
However, the striker’s wages could be a potential stumbling block for the deal, according to this report from SiamSport. Sharp cuts to club revenue had made transfers difficult, so it remains doubtful whether or not large transfers will go through in the upcoming window.
Regardless, Bonilla in need of a return to regular action and Trat in need of a reliable goalscorer in their impending relegation battle, the move could well be on the cards.