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THE BREAKDOWN: What Pirates’ Midfield Could Look Like

Analysing Orlando Pirates' midfield

By Kyle Smith - Jul 16, 2017 10:56 AM @KyleLaduma

With the addition of Thamsanqa Sangweni to Orlando Pirates’ midfield, we take a look at how the team could take shape in the middle of the park in the 2017/18 season.

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Click through the images above to see a detailed statistical comparison between Thamsanqa Sangweni, Abbubaker Mobara, Gladwin Shitolo, Issa Sarr, Mpho Makola and Oupa Manyisa.

In the central midfield positions for Pirates’ 2016/17 Absa Premiership campaign, the club interchanged between Oupa Manyisa, Mpho Makola, Issa Sarr and Abubaker Mobara in the various games throughout the season, while Gladwin Shitolo was fielded sporadically. Now, with the club adding Thamsanqa Sangweni to their books, Kjell Jonevret will be looking to find a tried and tested partnership that can create consistency in the central roles.

A lot of what is expected to transpire will depend on Kjell Jonevret’s tactical setup, where he could play three central midfielders or a defensive pivot with an attacking midfielder or various other combinations. But, for now, it would be wise to address which midfielders are suited to defensive and/or creative roles.

For a defensive midfield options, Sangweni appears to be the best of the group statistically, having made more tackles than the rest of the players listed. And he won the second highest number of duels, as only he and Sarr won more than 50% of their duels. He also attempted a high number of passes per 90 minutes, with all of the midfielders achieving pass success rates above 80%. However, Sangweni was also more successful with long balls, as his 66% long passing accuracy ranked third in the PSL, within the parameters of a minimum of 50 long passes.

However, the former Chippa United man was unable to measure up to Manyisa or Makola, who both made four assists and achieved more shot assists per 90. Makola also attempted the most final third passes out of all of the players and attempted the most shots as well.

Sangweni therefore appears to be Pirates’ best option for a holding midfield role, while Makola is statistically Kjell Jonevret’s best option in a creative, attacking role.

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Yet, as we’ve already noted, it is Jonevret’s tactics that will dictate how his midfield will take shape.

 

How would you like to see Pirates line-up in midfield next season?


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Skizo@bucs Joined: 12 Jul 2017
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Skizo@bucs Jul 17, 2017 01:50 PM
Dr.Khoza please we need Andile Jali, Thulani Hlatswayo, Aiyanda Xulu & Revaldo Coetzee. Just break the bank for this player's wil be much happy to see this player's at Pirates.
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MT Gailele Jul 16, 2017 10:18 PM
We need Andile Jali back and try harder to sign Thulani Hlatshwayo and Moyo from Zimbwabe and Como Cosmos Captain Defender and Xulu and Coetzee to join Pirates please Dr Khoza Please
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Madondo Jul 16, 2017 07:48 PM
Issa Saar is needed, Pirates should use a five man midfield, SNGWENI, SAAR, MAKOLA, NORDIEN, MORRISON
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nhlaks tsh Jul 16, 2017 07:37 PM
Issa Sarr must be placed on transfer. Sarr is a reject who doesnt even feature in the Senegalese squad. This means the Senegalese people dont value this player. He must go
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chris kris Jul 16, 2017 04:46 PM
Young Manyisa BENCH,, Makola BENCH,,
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Unicorn Jul 16, 2017 03:14 PM
Makola and Isa saar must be removed in this list
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Khegu Jul 16, 2017 02:56 PM
Khoza bought yougsters before and they were not used now he bought those that are equally on pension. Downs is smiling
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Khegu Jul 16, 2017 02:54 PM
Editor..apply for the coach job and stop this please
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slivo ledimo Jul 16, 2017 02:49 PM
sometimes Khoza wil puzzle you.we want a quality defender he comes with a striker.mid fielder nd goalkeeper.we recommend names like jali.hlatswayo.mahachi nd Risike.bt he wants opposite.mbekile.sandilands nd co.
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same_size Jul 16, 2017 02:22 PM
Umsangano lo
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Coach T Jul 16, 2017 02:21 PM
Makola, manyisa issa don't deserve a chance cause they played more than 45 games and bucs is no where near top 3 for 2 seasons so what chance do they deserve? As for sangweni lol
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sgelekeqe the return Jul 16, 2017 02:14 PM
@SowetoBOY bro you are 100% right. For me Sarr should stay and manyisa should be dropped and youll see good football. This thing of loyalty and emotions and corruption is killing our team.
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sgelekeqe the return Jul 16, 2017 02:07 PM
Play sangweni, Sarr, Mobara & Makola. Manyisa needs to be benched. he is too negative and quiet for a captain. Sarr and Mobara can be rotated around sangweni. Makola is a better playmaker than manyisa.
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Vusi83.mbatha@gmail.com Jul 16, 2017 01:42 PM
Let these other cows go we only need sangweni
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sicknote Jul 16, 2017 01:39 PM
Manyisa will be our playmaker.
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Magulezinyanga Jul 16, 2017 01:34 PM
Any outcomes on the meeting you mentioned cowditor about the future of coach Kjell
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bhkabhakalokuqina1 Jul 16, 2017 01:34 PM
Sangweni can be our central defending midfielder instead of Sarr, Norodien and Lorch be our wingers and attacking most midfielder be Kutumela/Nkosi den we can be covered with that midfield and let Qalinge/Rakhale/Memela be on the bench
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Poviedj Jul 16, 2017 01:28 PM
They must sign defenders
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mavhayisi Jul 16, 2017 01:27 PM
Sangweni and manyisa dan right Qalinge left lorch or norodien
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king Bucs Jul 16, 2017 01:21 PM
SANGWENI....NORODIEN...SARR N LORCH .....up the bucs

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