With the current Coronavirus issues putting a halt to the Thai League season, a transfer that may have gone unnoticed is that of Brazilian forward Jonatan Reis moving from Suphanburi FC to Korean side Busan IPark.
Jonatan Reis had made a name for himself in Thailand, having first moved to Kasetsart FC in 2016. The Brazilian’s first season in Thailand was very successful scoring 28 goals in 36 games, finishing the top scorer of Thai League 2 which helped the club avoid relegation.
His form earned him a move to Nakhon Pathom United FC, where he subsequently moved straight on loan to PT Prachuap FC who were about to begin their first season in Thai League 1. It was during this season where Jonatan Reis really made a name for himself in Thailand, once again finishing top scorer in the league, however this time in Thai League 1. Jonatan Reis formed a deadly partnership with Lonsana Doumbouya, with the duo contributing a combined 42 goals. This form helped relegation favourites finish in a very respectable 6th place.
Jonatan Reis would go move to Suphanburi FC for the next season, however injuries and a loss of form meant that Jonatan Reis was not able to make the impact that he had hoped. Towards the second half of the season Reis also lost his place in the team with the arrival of fellow Brazilian Cleiton Silva.
As the 2020 Jonatan Reis’s squad was less than certain, meaning that the Brazilian was available for a move. He appears to have done well in making this move, having lost his place in a relegation fighting team in the Thai League to moving to a team in the Korean top division. It will be interesting to see if Jonatan Reis can regain the form that he showed a few seasons ago.