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THE BREAKDOWN: Chiefs’ Possible South American Connection?

Leonardo Castro & Gustavo Paez To Link Up At Chiefs?

By Kyle Smith - Aug 26, 2017 11:29 AM @KyleLaduma

Having been linked with a move to Kaizer Chiefs, we take a look at whether Leonardo Castro could form a deadly combination up front with his fellow South American, Gustavo Paez.

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In Soccer Laduma issue number 1037 the Siya crew revealed that Chiefs could look to complete a last-minute swoop for the Mamelodi Sundowns striker, which would give him the opportunity to link up with Paez, who has been a key player in the Chiefs setup since arriving at the club in January. However, are they compatible in terms of their playing styles?

At first glance, both players seem to be completely incompatible with one another, as both play in pure “number nine” roles. At Sundowns, Castro tends to drift wide in order to accommodate Khama Billiat, but, having completed just 37.5% of his open play crosses and made just 0.92 dribbles per 90 minutes, it is clear that he isn’t suited to any role other than as a striker that attacks through the middle. He also made 2,25 shots for every shot that he assisted, while taking 4,77 penalty area touches. 

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Paez, meanwhile, plays a similar role, making runs “off the shoulder” of opposing defenders. He has made just five final third passes and only 1.5 open play crosses per 90 minutes. He’s taken three penalty area touches and made just 13 passes per 90 and has hardly played a supporting role while taking two shots per 90.

Castro, therefore, would not be drifting out wide at Chiefs, who have five wingers on their books, and have used Hendrick Ekstein and Siphiwe Tshabalala out wide, giving them seven options out wide.

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It is rare in world football to see a team use two out-and-out strikers and, unless coach Steve Komphela is planning to undergo a complete, out of the ordinary, tactical reshuffle, Castro’s arrival at Chiefs would have to see either Paez or himself competing for the same role, rather than playing together on the pitch.

Do you think Kaizer Chiefs should sign Leonardo Castro? 

 


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Dzuni8 Joined: 26 Mar 2016
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Dzuni8 Aug 28, 2017 11:14 AM
we dont need him we more already
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nyovisto Aug 28, 2017 08:30 AM
mxm
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nyovisto Aug 28, 2017 08:26 AM
mxm
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Blaq T Aug 27, 2017 10:29 PM
We don't need him
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PeterMogoto26@gmail.com Aug 27, 2017 03:33 PM
Chiefs won't sign Castro unless he is a free agent everything is so expensive for chiefs alone that is the excuse we read about every year
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sebnzhino Aug 27, 2017 11:06 AM
Mnxm Cowditor
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gwebza Aug 27, 2017 06:40 AM
Sign him
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MSANDROTIC Aug 26, 2017 10:47 PM
If possible. They mustn't waste time
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@zamorano#$alas Aug 26, 2017 08:14 PM
I dnt see y not,,if Paez is having a bad day at the office we need sum1 to take the machine and do the job
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mfundini Aug 26, 2017 07:06 PM
He will only sign a contract only in Soccer Laduma. It will remain a rumour until we hear he has been signed bybsomeone else...
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Reason85 Aug 26, 2017 06:58 PM
Whether he signs or not Chiefs will always loose as long as komphela as coach ,khune ,parker, tshabalala ,katsande and mathoho still on starting berth #piratesreunited
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Ta Spanish Aug 26, 2017 04:03 PM
CHFS IS STILL IN TH PAST WHR PLYZ WUD KILL 2 PLY 4 THM. THRZ NO LOYALTY 4RM BTH SIDES HENCE PLAYERS R WISER 2DAE.VUKANI!
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Ta Spanish Aug 26, 2017 03:54 PM
Hvn ur hopes up wt kaizer chiefs signing playaz of quality. I wl blv it whn it hppnz. BOBBY PLZ SIGN QUALITY PLAYAZ GEEZ
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Lawrence lorry Aug 26, 2017 03:21 PM
Castro is a good striker but not Chiefs material
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hamphluhana@gmail.com Aug 26, 2017 03:08 PM
@RPK WHAT i wonder if achievement is only Star,There many cups that a player can achieve ngaphandle kwe star,so ur obsession for Chiefs will murder u.What did de likes of Sapula,Fetumba n other Legends achieved,!!!no star,Boss everything have its on time,it wad de time for de likes of Percy to achieve dat so be reasonable.
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siyah@ikhosi Aug 26, 2017 02:30 PM
indishi ke le esebeyifuna. chiefs r useless on da market. Castro is no better Dan Atleast parker.
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Armchair Critic Aug 26, 2017 01:54 PM
How many goals did castro scored? How many did paez scored? People use emotions not logic
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JugzenVanMokhzin Aug 26, 2017 01:49 PM
You smoked weed or benzina
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mbonanebongani60@gmail.com Aug 26, 2017 01:44 PM
Castro and his agent set to meet with Steve and Bobby Motaung pending possible transfer to the glamour boys.
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Xolisa4,Khosi Aug 26, 2017 01:40 PM
we don't need cowstro at Naturena, cowditor must get used to that

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