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THE BREAKDOWN: Can Lebese Replace Dolly At Downs?

Can George Lebese Succeed At Mamelodi Sundowns?

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By Kyle Smith - Jun 24, 2017 02:56 PM @KyleLaduma

With his future up in the air at Kaizer Chiefs, George Lebese could find himself at Mamelodi Sundowns next season and in the breakdown today, we take a look at whether the winger would be able to fill Keagan Dolly’s boots on the left-wing.

What Would It Take If City Want To Sign Chiefs’ Lebese?

It was revealed in Soccer Laduma issue number 1028 that  Sundowns could be one of the clubs that would pounce for Lebese’s signature, should he depart Naturena, having hinted at frustration due to his lack of playing time with his current employers. 

The player would be an attractive option for the Chloorkop-based outfit as a Mamelodi-born star and if that weren’t reason enough, his ability on the wing could also serve as a solution to fill the void vacated by  Dolly at the club, after the Montpellier wide man departed the club in January.

His departure resulted in a difficult season for Leonardo Castro, who did not play much due to injury and left Khama Billiat to carry the bulk of Sundowns’ attacking movements, even though Percy Tau was a standout star throughout the season.

Lebese would offer Sundowns another creative outlet, as he averaged 1.91 shot assists per 90 minutes last season. He didn’t cross the ball as much as his counterparts (2.3 open play crosses per 90 minutes), trailing Anthony Laffor, who was joint-third in the PSL with 5.1 open play crosses per 90 minutes.

While Kaizer Chiefs were a mid-table team for open play crosses per match (15.5 per match), their average was only slightly below Sundowns’ (15.8 per match). However, Lebese’s open play crossing accuracy (25%) was above the PSL average 21.2%, although the only Sundowns player to fall below average was Percy Tau (12.7%).

One concern for Sundowns, however, would be that Lebese appears to be reluctant to pull the trigger, having taken just 1.47 shots per 90 minutes and the only comparable player to have attempted less is Themba Zwane.

With that said, he did create more shots than he attempted with 0.77 shots per shot assist. The Chiefs man also made 9.4 final third passes per shot and therefore, even though he doesn’t offer the kind of goalscoring prowess that Billiat does, he seems to have a more creative focus, much like  Dolly last season, who only scored four goals, but assisted six and could be considered the creative force behind the famed ‘CBD’.

In fact, Lebese’s 2016/17 goal tally matched Dolly’s in 2015/16, while he managed two assists, despite falling behind Edmore Chirambadare and William Twala in Chiefs’ pecking order for the left-wing position.

THE BREAKDOWN: What’s Next For Lebese

With this in mind, Lebese has a mountain to climb in terms of Dolly’s incredible reputation with Sundowns fans, having led them to a monumentally successful 2015/16 campaign, but as a Mamelodi born player, he has a foot in, sentimentally. On the pitch, it would appear that he has a lot to offer nonetheless.

 

Do you think Lebese can be a success if he were to sign for Sundowns?


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Hope Lebese Joined: 24 Jun 2017
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Hope Lebese Jun 27, 2017 02:42 PM
I think so,if he can get game time at sundowns he might b de next Keagan Dolly...coz at chiefs he's not given enough game time to prove himself n Steve Komphela will mic him coz GL is de best can be,de best can was,de best can ever will be at Chiefs
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luvline Jun 27, 2017 09:34 AM
laat hy gaan
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hoji Jun 27, 2017 02:28 AM
No... Ntlaba will do better... Pitso promote tgat striker man... Sibanyoni or sumthing lik tht... Was injured last season at the mdc... That boy is a germ
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RhinoCR7 Jun 27, 2017 01:02 AM
Tau Lebese Billiat Zwane Mohomi Kekane Tebogo Nacimento Cotzee Morena Onyango Sub: Moween,General,Zakri,Mabunda villa,Madisha.....
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Joey Negro Jun 26, 2017 03:18 PM
Then lets leave him as a Glamour boy
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The sky #$ Jun 26, 2017 11:21 AM
Lebese deserve what is happening to him, next he will be stucked again with his Mr Dictionary at Nazoooorena
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The sky #$ Jun 26, 2017 11:19 AM
Cowditor please stop linking any Tom & Jerry to the mighty Downs, we don't sign sesis at Sundowns but men with steel balls
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llumadi Jun 26, 2017 08:08 AM
Nothing can stop Sundowns to sign him if they really want him
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fransmatume Jun 25, 2017 11:11 AM
Ok
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StringoRejoice Jun 25, 2017 10:54 AM
@yamkeliano that won't happen but keep on dreming
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Bragibbz Jun 25, 2017 10:47 AM
Lebese must go where he wants he has done so little at chiefs and chiefs wont be rensome by him chiefs is a big club we know how to bounce back in the league and its cups so for me he must go football is about being loyal and show quality when given a chance for me he didnt do good for us hes lazyness of not making runs its giving him less game time he supouse to know it by now!
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thember tp Jun 25, 2017 08:32 AM
We need him, please Sundown managemet try to get this player
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SISCO725 Jun 25, 2017 08:20 AM
You're selling our players to your team #Dunu now cowditor,#GL17 is a Chiefs player and is not going anywhere anytime soon,the fact that he is from Mamelodi doesn't mean he's a #Dunu material.
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Mdumaizadumisani.@gmail.com Jun 25, 2017 08:16 AM
Come boy to sundowns
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Jardowns Jun 25, 2017 07:29 AM
Born in Mamelodi n play for Mamelodi Sundowns it makes sense. Plus he is mnadi
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ndleleni_89 Jun 25, 2017 07:20 AM
let him come under Pitso this boy will shine he can use him exactly as he did with Dolly then PSL teams will be in troyble.KBY
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Gandanga Jun 25, 2017 07:06 AM
Teko came and made it. Let Lebese come to Sundowns may be he can give us joy just like Teko did. This is football anything can happen.
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ntsako101 Jun 25, 2017 07:04 AM
Yes lebese can success at sundowns once if pitso manage to sign hm this coming window transfer cos just look at how pitso is doing at sundowns playing with young talent players.
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Mongstarr Jun 25, 2017 06:34 AM
STOP WITH THE LAME, PROPAGANDA!!! Lebese is a Phefeni Glamour Boy, he's not going anywhere- Kompela we'll leave before GL17.
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Shaunaer Jun 25, 2017 05:48 AM
I would be much happier to see him at sundowns or playing for other team. He's a good player who need Good coach.

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