Southeast Asians Abroad: Chanathip continues to shine as MSL sides with Singaporeans struggle

A select group of talented Southeast Asian players continue to ply their trade abroad. Thailand's Chanathip Songkrasin is one who has impressed and here’s how he and the others fared in August and early September... 

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Chanathip Songkrasin, Japan

Chanathip, the first Thai player to ever feature in the top-tier J.League, is having a great time overseas.

Chanathip has yet to score a goal but his performances have impressed teammates

The twinkle-toed midfielder started six consecutive matches for Consadole Sapporo in August and September and has become very popular among the local fans.

He has yet to score a goal but his performances have impressed teammates.

Shinji Ono, a former Japanese football star who currently plays alongside Chanathip, even said the little dyanamo would do well in the league.

Sitthichoke Paso, Japan

The 18-year-old rising star had disappeared from the media headlines for months and his last appearance for Kagoshima was on May 6 - four months ago.

Sittichoke has taken some time to get used to his new environment

He eventually featured last weekend as a substitute in the last minute of the game against Tochigi, where his team lost 5-1.

In total, he has played four matches so far in J.League 3.      

Jakkrit Wechpirom, Japan

After training for only a few days with FC Tokyo, Jakkrit sustained a left knee ligament injury, taking over a month to recover. 

He eventually returned and made his debut in J.League 3 for Tokyo's under-23 side in a match against Numazu on September 2.

The team lost 5-0 and Jakkrit was substituted in the last 28 minutes of the game.

Jakkrit featured in a 5-0 loss to Numazu early this month

But despite the result, it was a huge step for him.

He said: “I was very happy with this opportunity. I appreciate my coach and fans who always support our team but I have a lot of work (to do) to improve myself.

"I want to have more contributions to the game and want to score or make some assists."