11 Th1 2022 | 08:13
If Chanathip can play well at Kawasaki Frontale, he will prove that Southeast Asian players are fully qualified to play at the strongest clubs in the continent.
Moving to Kawasaki Frontale Club is the biggest step in Chanathip’s career, after playing for Consadole, Muangthong United, Police Tero. Chanathip’s new team is being evaluated as the strongest in Japan with 4 J1 League titles in the last 5 seasons, 2 Emperor’s Cup championships (2020) and J.League Cup (2019).
In the continental playground, Kawasaki has been a familiar face in the AFC Champions League since 2007, regularly reaching the knockout round, with the best performance being in the quarterfinals of the 2007, 2009 and 2017 seasons.
Kawasaki’s reputation helps this team become one of the prestigious transshipment points to Europe for Japanese players, the latest being Ao Tanaka (to Fortuna Dusseldorf), Reo Hatate (to Celtic) or Kaoru Mitoma (to San Diego). Union Saint-Gilloise). In the past, goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima also played in teams in Belgium and France after becoming famous in Kawasaki.
Being able to play in such a team is a great success for Chanathip. He is currently the only Thai player still playing in the top Japanese league. If he can shine, Chanathip will continue to pave the way for Thai players, beyond Southeast Asian players to compete in teams of similar level from the number one Japanese league to the playing field. continents.
In the past 4 years, many of Chanathip’s teammates in Thailand such as Theerathon Bunmathan, Teerasil Dangda or Thitiphan Puangchan have turned to J1 League. Bunmathan won Japan and participated in the AFC Champions League and became the best left-back in Southeast Asia.
The fact that Thai players go abroad in turn also helps this country’s football have a strong team. Proof of that is the last 3 AFF Cup championships of the Thai team over the years. The team with many players who have confirmed their name in the top clubs in the continent deserves to be the number one in Southeast Asia.
Chanathip is not tall (only 1.58 m tall), nor is he young (now 28 years old). Kawasaki Club can be the place where “Messi Thai” dedicates the best left of this player.
According to Matichon , Kawasaki spent a large amount, estimated at 3.4 million euros, to own Chanathip’s signature. The highest transfer value of “Messi J” was previously around 2.4 million euros, according to Transfermarkt .
Kawasaki did not spare money to break Chanathip’s contract with Consadole, which has a term of nearly 3 years, to serve the goal of defending the J1 League throne and winning the Asian Cup. That is enough to prove how valuable Chanathip is in Japan.
According to MGR Online , recruiting Chanathip is a serious plan of Kawasaki club. He is the necessary addition after this team parted with the pillars to play in Europe. With the gap left by Ao Tanaka or Kaoru Mitoma, Chanathip will have the opportunity to show his talent.
Sponichi (Japan) said Kawasaki often plays with a 4-3-3 formation. Chanathip can play well in this system as an attacking midfielder or on the flanks of attack. The way “Messi J” plays is also considered to be in line with the philosophy of head coach Oniki Toru, a former midfielder.
“It is a big challenge. I will try my best to help Kawasaki Frontale achieve its goals in the new season,” Chanathip shared.