A lot of people go on about how Kaizer Chiefs had a brilliant transfer window, but did they actually?
QUALITY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN QUANTITY
Chiefs added nine new faces with a couple of top-class names in there. However, can it be argued that the likes of Tebogo Potsane should be playing for a title-challenging team? Surely not. Spiwe Given Msimango and Thatayaone Ditlhokwe have the potential to become a top-class pairing in defence, but that hasn’t happened yet and they’re both still relatively young in the lives of a central defender. Edson Castillo, on the plus side, has been an instant hit with the supporters for his classy midfield artistry, but where would they be without his four goals so far and what happens when those goals dry up? It’s not his primary role. The strikers Chiefs signed have also failed to fire so far, for a number of reasons.
SOME SIGNINGS ARE NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE
Even Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler knows what Chiefs’ best asset is; pace in behind. Why, then, did they purchase Jasond Gonzalez and Ranga Chivaviro to lead the line? Pule Mmodi possesses plenty of pace, sure, but the focal point of the attack needs to be a man who can work off the last shoulder of the defenders. Strikers should score goals and Gonzalez nor Chivaviro have any for the club yet.
KAIZER CHIEFS MUST WAIT AGES FOR THEIR NEXT GAME
After defeat to City, The Glamour Boys are now 13 points adrift of leaders Sundowns. The Brazilians can stretch that gap to 16 if they win their game in hand, so the title race in South Africa already feels like a formality once again in 2023-24. Chiefs next face Golden Arrows on Saturday, October 28th.
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