THE BREAKDOWN: What Does Downs’ Defender Have To Offer Pirates?
What Does Siyanda Zwane Have To Offer Orlando Pirates?
Orlando Pirates have been offered Mamelodi Sundowns’ Siyanda Zwane after he fell down the pecking order with his club and now we take a look at whether the club would benefit from signing the out-of-favour defender.
In Soccer Laduma issue number 1032 the Siya crew revealed that the right back has been offered to the Buccaneers as Pitso Mosimane looks to reshuffle his squad for the 2017/18 season. Yet, with Zwane spending such a little time on the pitch, would it be worth it to secure his signature for Pirates?
It’s very difficult to gauge Zwane’s qualities after he played just 63 minutes in two appearances last season and, therefore, the focus is likely to be shifted to what has gone wrong with the Buccaneers.
Pirates’ tally of 40 goals last season (1.33 per match) was the fourth worst in the league and the 17.2 shots conceded per game was the highest tally across the board, with the league average being 12.5 per match.
With that said, 55.8% of the shots they conceded were located outside the box, although that still means that they conceded 7.6 shots per match inside the box (the second most in the PSL). Things did improve under Kjell Jonevret (with 0.92 goals conceded compared to 1.59 prior to his arrival), but part of that improvement was due to opponents hitting the target and converting fewer shots (with 14.4 shots conceded compared to 19.2 prior to his arrival).
In fact, looking back at their historical record, this was the first time that Pirates conceded more than a goal per game since conceding 36 in 34 games in 1999/2000 (1.06 per game), and it’s the most goals they’ve conceded in a season since 1993 (42 goals in 38 games – 1.11 goals conceded per match).
Despite Zwane’s lack of game time this season, he averaged 7.14 defensive actions (blocks, tackles and clearances) per 90 minutes, while winning 1.43 aerial duels per 90 at a rate of 100%. He also won 100% of his 2.86 duels per 90, which exemplifies his quality when he did see time on the pitch. Furthermore, he won 10 balls in his 63 minutes on the pitch and also has a lot to offer in attack with 55.7 touches per 90, 42.9 passes (with an accuracy of 93.3%) and 7.1 long balls at an accuracy of 80%.
In essence, Zwane has been behind in the pecking order at Sundowns but has shown quality when given the opportunity to prove himself. The decision ultimately rests with Kjell Jonevret and whether he believes that Zwane can play with the same level of consistency over the course of a full season.
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