Thai dynamo tipped to scale Suzuki Cup's all-time scoring charts

Having shot to the top of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup goalscoring charts, Thailand’s Teerasil Dangda has been backed to go on and reach the all-time mark before this year's tournament is done.

That backing has come from the man Teerasil eclipsed to become Thailand’s second highest scorer at the regional showpiece, after he grabbed both goals in the War Elephants’ 2-0 defeat of Myanmar in their semi-final first-leg clash in Yangon.

He’s playing very well and I’m sure he can score even more goals in this tournament and make the new mark

- Zico

The laconic marksman entered that clash on 12 career goals, level with his coach Kiatisuk Senamuang, but rather than being slightly miffed at his mark being passed, the boss urged him to keep the goals flowing.

“I want to say congratulations to Teerasil and I have no doubt that he can – if we have another three matches – go on and set a new record,” the man known as Zico told FourFourTwo.

His brace against Myanmar took him to 14 Suzuki Cup goals, three shy of Noh Alam Shah’s all-time mark, and his coach was full of praise for a run of form that has him on five goals from just three matches at the current edition.

The No.10 has been performing at a very high level

“He’s playing very well and I’m sure he can score even more goals in this tournament and make the new mark.”

TOP AFF MARKSMEN

  • Noh Alam Shah: 17 goals
  • Worrawoot Srimaka: 15
  • Le Cong Vinh: 15
  • Le Hyunh Duc: 14
  • Teerasil Dangda: 14
  • Kurniawan Dwi Yulianto: 13

Still only 28 years old, the Muangthong man also earned the praise of his teammates for yet another star showing, with fullback Tristan Do telling FourFourTwo that Teerasil is a joy to play with.

“It’s great for us to know that we have a player like him in our team and he’s always there creating and scoring goals for us at important moments.”

Zico was also full of praise for what he termed an “impressive” team performance in what was ultimately a fairly straightforward victory over Myanmar and one that has set Thailand up perfectly for the return leg in Bangkok on Thursday.

“I don’t look at my team in separate parts such as attack or defence, but rather we have one unified goal and approach,” he said.

“We don’t look at individuals within that system, we have a team tactic although we had a couple of chances and maybe should have scored even more goals.”

Thailand returned home on Monday with that two goal cushion and are now close to unbackable favourites to reach their third straight final, with a frontman in a rich vein of form as he chases a personal milestone to go with the team achievement.