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THE BREAKDOWN: Who Would Replace Lebese?

George Lebese's Potential Replacement

By Kyle Smith - Aug 12, 2017 02:31 PM @KyleLaduma

With Kaizer Chiefs’ winger George Lebese completing his move to Mamelodi Sundowns, we take a look at the possible contingency plans that will put in place, now that he’s at the club.

Lebese Concludes Downs Deal, Contract Revealed

Lebese has reportedly requested a move away from the club and the Siya crew revealed in Soccer Laduma issue number 1035 that Pitso Mosimane wanted him at Mamelodi Sundowns, which has now turned out to be true. Therefore, Chiefs may have to put a contingency plan in place to ensure that they can succeed after Lebese’s departure. So, we take a look at the statistics and see who the man would be to replace the 28-year-old after his move away.

George Lebese

The man in question was the best scorer and creator in his position last season, scoring four goals and creating the most chances. However, he plays less of a supporting role, and tends to play more as an inside forward, forgoing dribbling by posing as a direct attacking threat, which is why he was capable of producing match winning moments last season.

William Twala

The former Chippa United man is regarded as a right winger, but is also capable of playing on the left-flank and would stake his claim to the role with his status as exceptional dribbler in the team, only behind Edmore Chirambadare in terms of the existing left sided midfielders.

However, his cross-completion rate leaves a lot to be desired and his shooting accuracy is poor. With 0.87 shot assists per 90 minutes, he seems to lack the necessary creativity and this is likely the reason behind Steve Komphela’s decision to use him mostly as an impact substitution option last season.

Edmore Chirambadare

The Zimbabwean, like Twala, is an exceptional dribbler and is the best in Chiefs’ entire squad, as per his performances in the league last season. He is left-footed and is naturally suited to the role. Over and above this, he has been good in terms of defensive duties, with exceptional tackling statistics, making almost three per 90 minutes. However, he is not a goal threat and failed to find the net at all last season. With just 20% of his shots coming from inside the box, he lacks the ability to get into dangerous parts of the pitch.

Siphiwe Tshabalala

Although “Shabba” has spent the majority of his career prior to last season as a left winger, he played in an attacking midfield, number 10 role and, even when deployed on the wing, tended to play away from the touchline. However, his chance creation and goalscoring ability could make him a valuable player in his natural position, although it is unlikely. For arguments’ sake, however, there is a chance that Steve Komphela will consider him as a candidate.

Philani Zulu

The new signing played a largely withdrawn role for Maritzburg United last season, which is why his defensive numbers are far better than his peers. However, he simply doesn’t match his competition in attack. With that said, Komphela could opt to change his system to accommodate a left wing-back, which would likely make Zulu the first choice for the role.

Lebese’s First Words As A Sundowns Player

It is clear that Lebese has been a key player for Amakhosi over the years and to replace him will not be an easy task. However, Komphela is not short of options and could even look for another player in the transfer market if his star man does leave.

 

Do you think George Lebese is replaceable? Which player do you think would take over his role now that he’s left the club?


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dlaisa charles Joined: 23 Feb 2017
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dlaisa charles Aug 14, 2017 11:30 AM
HOW ON EARTH CAN YOU REPLACE SAME1 ON BENCH
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Ngevenge Aug 13, 2017 09:11 AM
I think zuma can be good in that position.he must not be used as a striker
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peloj Aug 12, 2017 11:24 PM
Twala out Shaba cant be compared with Lebese where are the new signings?
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Dunu-Rats-Slayer Aug 12, 2017 10:42 PM
Fullish article
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Happy 2017 Aug 12, 2017 07:43 PM
Lebese wasn't play is these why he asked to leave Twala and chirambandare they are always play there. Shabbat, Parker and Twala anyone can play there.
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Pita Doski Mizzou Aug 12, 2017 06:14 PM
Some questions tho,The guy ddnt even start most of the games,or u mean by taking his bench?
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Hardcore-reloaded Aug 12, 2017 06:00 PM
Replacing him at the stands?
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quiero Aug 12, 2017 05:37 PM
And don't forget that Lebese was not a regular
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quiero Aug 12, 2017 05:24 PM
Shabba to accommodate Paez in the team. Edmore is old fashioned winger and the fullbacks are clever as they just push him to the corner and struggled to distribute quality crosses. Thwala is k as an impact player until he gets confidence and improve his disition making and finishing. As for Zulu its too early to tell as he need to adapt to Kaizer Chiefs system hance he failed in the previous game
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115045259 Aug 12, 2017 05:21 PM
Replace Lebese were at the bench
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Bskgomo Aug 12, 2017 05:16 PM
Lebese ws no longer playing n whn u said who wll replace him de tym ws in a bench who ws playing dat position?
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magada Aug 12, 2017 04:00 PM
The perfect replacement for Lebese would be Chirambadare. But his character and self-confidence are too fragile for a Chiefs player. The boy's has natural talent and highly polished skills. He needs to work with good motivators like Pitso, Baxter and Barker. Other than that, the only replacement is Ntshangase. He is Chiefs' future. When are our cries for Ntshangase be heard by Bobby??
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Phikza Aug 12, 2017 03:22 PM
Twala and Chirambandare
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mello.kunene@gmail.com Aug 12, 2017 02:58 PM
to be honest , i am a chiefs fan but none of these players will take Goerge 's place. all of them are playing different kind of disk. if i was Bobby i would buy siphelele ntshangase and see the different and the out come. these year is going to be tough, however , we are told that chiefs is ready for new season. to me those are purely lies. chiefs is not ready
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#pirates follow Swallows Aug 12, 2017 02:58 PM
How come to replace a womer banch?

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