7 Players That Could Swap Downs For Pirates
The Players That PiratesCould Swap For Manyisa
Following Oupa Manyisa’s departure from Orlando Pirates to Mamelodi Sundowns, it has been suggested that a number of players may be heading in the other direction. We now take a look at those candidates…
As the Siya crew reported in Soccer Laduma issue number 1035, Sundowns are keen to offload Colombian striker, Leonardo Castro, and he could be headed for the Parktown-based club as part of the deal for the former Buccaneers captain. Along with Castro, it has been suggested that Siyanda Zwane, Asavela Mbekile, Mario Booysen, Cuthbert Malajila, Mogakolodi Ngele, Mzikayise Mashaba and Fiston Abdul Razak are amongst the other candidates that could form part of the deal.
With very little game time last season, a deal for Zwane wouldn’t make sense, especially considering that Pirates also have Nyauza, Matlaba, Mobara and Mthokozisi Dube (was on loan at Celtic last season).
He could provide cover in the defensive midfield position, but with only five league appearances last season it makes it difficult to tell how much value he would add in that position and, much like Zwane, a deal for Mbekile seems unlikely, considering Pirates’ options at right back.
Booysen appears to be one of the most logical options, given that Pirates would like to have more defensive cover. His 12.78 clearances per 90 minutes, as well as the fact that he won 61% of his duels at SuperSport United (on loan) last season, shows that he has the ability and the commitment to add something to Pirates’ struggling defence
Malajila enjoyed a fine season at Bidvest Wits, having scored four goals, and his shooting accuracy of 61.1% is relatively good for a PSL striker – a conversion rate of 22.2% is also exceptional in any context. What may be even more valuable is that 83.3% of his shots were taken from inside the box.
Ngele could prove to be the perfect partner to Tendai Ndoro, considering his ability to pick a pass in high pressure zones, having completed 77.1% of his final third passes. However, his crossing was poor, with just 7.7% of them finding the target. His conversion rate was just 8.3%, but this is likely due to the high volume of shots that he took (2.85 per 90).
Mashaba is an incredible option in terms of versatility and is capable of playing all over the midfield and across the back four. What was truly outstanding about him was that he won 69.2% of his duels last season and will be a good option when it comes to keeping possession of the ball.
Fiston Abdul Razak
Razak would provide strength and quality up front in the air, having won 3.66 aerial duels per 90 minutes last season. However, Pirates may be concerned about his return of just one goal in 14 appearances for Bloemfontein Celtic last season.