Robert Procureur: Teerasil is better than Patino

The BEC Tero Sansana director has come out to say that the Thailand star is the best striker in Asean, ahead of his half-Spanish half-Filipino counterpart
Teerasil Danga is the best striker in Southeast Asia according to BEC Tero Sansana director Robert Procureur, who rates the Thailand ace ahead of Philippines hotshot Javier Patino.

Both forwards currently ply their trade in the Thai Premier League (TPL), where Patino has scored 11 times for Buriram United, behind teammate Carmelo Gonzalez, who has 15. Teerasil has only seven goals for Muangthong United, but Procureur believes goalscoring is not all that matters.

"Although Teerasil didn't get many goals, but he is very involved in games and helps to make goals for his team, and I sure he will make us [go] crazy [in defending against him] in this Sunday's game," he told the BEC website before their match against Muangthong on Sunday.

"In my opinion, Mui [Teerasil's nickname] is the best striker in Southeast Asia. It is true that Patino is top form right now, but Mui shows us [his quality] consistently. For me, he is the best."

His words proved prophetic, as Teerasil subsequently struck twice to help Muangthong to a 3-1 victory. They remain second behind leaders Buriram, who thrashed Bangkong United 6-2, with Patino netting once.

Patino, who was born in Madrid, Spain, is now turning out for the Philippines national team, for whom he is eligible due to his Filipina mother. The 25-year-old joined Buriram from FC Cordoba in March and also bagged a brace on his Philippines debut as they thrashed Cambodia 8-0 in a qualifier for the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup in the same month.

Thai star Teerasil is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the region and has voiced his aim to play overseas, following a short two-week stint at La Liga side Atletico Madrid in January after his impressive displays in the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup.