FFT's 2015 Team of the Year – Forwards
Written by Kritikorn Thanamahamongkhol, James Dampney, Vijhay Vick and Tio Utomo
Arguably the No.1 striker in the country, the 27-year-old just helped Muangthong United finish second in the Thai Premier League.
Club: Muangthong United
National team appearances: 70
Despite initially being blighted by a lack of motivation and confidence after returning from La Liga side Almeria, Teerasil Dangda gradually rediscovered his form, going on a great run as the main man for club and country, particularly in the latter half of 2015.
His personal statistics may not be as remarkable as when he was crowned top scorer back in 2012. But it’s overall been a good season considering he started in every league game possible, leaving his mark with 11 strikes from 34 appearances.
His vital goal past Singaporean goalkeeper Hassan Sunny secured a 2-1 over Army United and sent Muangthong to the semi-final round of the FA Cup, where they surrendered to arch-rivals Buriram United on Boxing Day.
As the season progressed, it became evident Teerasil Dangda had rediscovered his old flair and swagger, effectively camouflaging his dwindling pace by adding another dimension to his game. Taking on the role as the link between midfield and attack, his understanding with his attacking counterparts and killer passes regularly saw him initiate moves in the opposition half.
Add this to his total tally of 18 goals in all competitions and there can be no doubt why FFT has chosen him to be in the shortlist for Team of the Year. – KT