Fowler praises Dangda
Dangda, who had a spell with Manchester City when former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra owned the club, is currently playing for La Liga side Almeria, having signed a one-year loan deal earlier this year.
He made his debut against Espanyol in August and became the first Thai player to feature in one of the European big leagues.
Fowler, who played with the Thai star during his short stint playing as well as managing Muangthong United in the Thai Premier League, was full of praise for his former team-mate.
“I thought he was a superb player and had everything,” the Liverpool legend told FourFourTwo during the opening of the first official LFC store outside of the UK at Lot 10 Shopping Centre in Kuala Lumpur. “He could be anything he wants on a football pitch.
“I thought he was always going to go on and play in a big league, so fingers crossed, he will do well.”
When questioned about the lack of Thais, or Southeast Asians for that matter, playing in Europe, Fowler believed the biggest obstacle was the sense of professionalism.
“I noticed that some of the Thai players were superb [during my playing time there], but I do not think they could quite grasp the idea of professionalism.
“That was one of the things I tried to change as a player-manager back then, getting them to be more professional, but it did not really work out.
“I think if they can get their heads around what it takes to be a professional footballer in terms of making sacrifices, eating the right food and doing the right things, I think we will see more Southeast Asian players in Europe.”