Muangthong United have continued their busy transfer window with the signing of Thai duo Marco Ballini and Ernesto. The Kirins have made numerous foreign signings in the aim of quickly improving their league position, however these two signings appear to have been made with a long term plan in mind.
Marco Ballini was brought in from Chainat Hornbill FC where he has had a couple of successful years. The 21 year old centre back, grew up in Italy, coming through the youth ranks of A.C. Cesena before playing in the regional leagues for Alfonsine FC 1921. He eventually moved to Thailand where he has preformed well and represented the country at both under 21 and under 23 level. The defender stands tall at 6ft 6, and Muangthong will look use his physical presence and mould him into one of the most dominant defenders in the country.
Ernesto Amantegui Phumipha was signed from Port FC where he had spent the season at. However, unlike Ballini, Ernesto has had very little football in recent months due to the form of current left back Kevin Deeromram. Ernesto will hopefully get more game time at his new club, as they have been unable to find a permanent replacement for Theerathon Bunmathan. Ernesto was born and raised in Spain, to a Spanish mother and Thai mother, and came through the youth set up of Real Oviedo. Following this Ernesto spent a few years playing in the lower divisions of Spanish football with CD Mirandés and Sporting de Gijón before moving to Thailand with Buriram United. After playing Thai League football for 7 seasons at some of Thailand’s best clubs, Ernesto will look to settle in quickly at Muangthong United, though he will have to compete with new signing Daisuke Sato for the starting position.
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