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Thailand right-back Tristan Do show off impressive finishing skills on Instagram

True Bangkok United (BUFC) is well-known for their thrilling attacking style of play and from the looks of it, the Angels can expect a few contributions from right-back this season.

Tristan Do, 27, has featured for the full 90 minutes in all of BUFC’s game ahead of the Thai League 2020 lockdown – helping the side to the top of the league table with 4 wins from 4. Starting his career as a winger, there is no surprise that attack is one of Tristan’s biggest quality.

Robert Procureur, BEC Tero Sasana’s technical director at the time, invited the Clairefontaine-academy product for a trial in Bangkok and, impressed with what he saw, quickly completed the deal. With another promising right-back Narubadin Weerawatnodom in the way, Tristan spent most of his early days in Thai football as either a right-winger or on the bench. However, Tristan began to start more games as he got used to the hot and humid climate and at the end of the season led the club to their first trophy in 11 seasons.

“The language was not easy. At that time, I didn’t speak English very well and I didn’t have any Thai. I also remember the weather was horrible – so humid. In France it’s hot, but we don’t have the humidity.” Tristan 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup told the-afc.com

“The first training session I did, I felt like I was playing against Real Madrid players because I could not keep up with them, I couldn’t run fast, I could hardly breathe. In my first season, I only played a little towards the end because all my documents needed to be prepared, but we won the Thai League Cup and I played in the final.”

The transfer to powerhouse SCG Muanthong United in 2016 was another vital step on in Tristan’s career as it tested his consistency playing for a title-challenging side as the first-choice right-back. Teaming up with the fantastic Heberty Fernandes ahead of him, Tristan recorded 15 Thai League goals involvement (6 goals and 9 assists) from right-back – his career-high in terms of offensive stats thus far.

Even so, 2018 wasn’t a year to remember for SCG Muanthong United who finishes 4th on the table, recorded the club’s fewest number of top-flight league wins per season till that point, and Tristan was subsequently sold to True Bangkok United. Since then, Tristan has been a regular in Mano Polking’s XI, appearing 23 times across all competitions in 2019.