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THE BREAKDOWN: Manyama, Mekoa, Lebese – Who Should Be Downs’ Priority?

WHich players should Sundowns chase?

By Kyle Smith - Jul 09, 2017 08:55 AM @KyleLaduma

Mamelodi Sundowns are on the lookout for a top-quality attacking player and have identified Lebogang Manyama, Deolin Mekoa and George Lebese as potential targets. However, given the choice between the three, who would be the best option?

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In Soccer Laduma issue number 1030, the Siya crew revealed that Aubrey Ngoma’s injury could open the dorr for Sundowns to target Mekoa and Lebese, while it has also been reported that Cape Town City’s attacking midfielder has had a R14.4 million price tag and, considering that price, Sundowns will have to ask themselves if he is the best man out there to add impetus to their attack. Manyama’s performances last season, which saw him score the league’s best of 13 goals, effectively render him as an ideal candidate between the three.

However, his price tag could make the Brazilians hesitant when it comes to the necessity a potential signing, especially given that they need to fill the void left by Keagan Dolly on the left wing. So, let’s take a look at what the stats say when it comes to deciding between the three.


Looking at last season’s statistics, if Downs want an offensive threat, Manyama is the player to target. His 13 goals scored is, more than double the other two players combined, as he also averaged more non-penalty goals per 90. He also attempted more final third passes, open play crosses, shot assists and shots on a per 90 basis – and his shot accuracy and conversion rates were also higher. Lebese did average more passes per 90 and was more successful with his crosses, while Mekoa led the set in assists. Although, both Manyama and Lebese did have more shot assists per 90.

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Effectively Manyama is the superior player when it comes to the threat that he provides in front of goal. However, the likes of Percy Tau, Themba Zwane and Khama Billiat have also proven capable of finding the back of the net with seven, eight and eight goals to their names respectively last season. Where Sundowns were found wanting last season, with numerous players inconsistently occupying the role, was an effective, natural left winger that could provide the creative impetus for players like Tau and Billiat to use as a platform for scoring goals. Therefore, Pitso Mosimane needs to make a judgement call on what he wants to prioritise. Would it be another in a line of goalscoring stars that he wants to bring on board, or would he like to bring in a player that can offer something different?

 

Which of these three players would you like to see Sundowns sign?


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Carder305 Joined: 19 Apr 2017
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Carder305 Jul 10, 2017 08:55 AM
Lebese,
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l.k.n95#Downs Joined: 06 Jul 2017
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l.k.n95#Downs Jul 09, 2017 10:02 PM
Mokoa nd Lebese,Manyama is too old for R14m.
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Papasmofokeng Jul 09, 2017 07:00 PM
GL to wear no 7 please Ntate Motsepe
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Delicious1 Jul 09, 2017 06:40 PM
Lebese is the one for Downs
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mina-nawe Jul 09, 2017 06:09 PM
Pitso pls sign Lebese he's gud
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kolobe@kby Jul 09, 2017 05:37 PM
George Lebese is the best choice his age means less threat from teams abroad unlike Mekoa and again his price tag will be less than that of Manyama.
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robert m Jul 09, 2017 05:23 PM
george lebese
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fisto vs starless trophyless donkeys Jul 09, 2017 03:51 PM
All of them
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Candy Cola Jul 09, 2017 03:47 PM
Where is our Star in our logo?we re not starless.never use our logo with no star even if it pains you
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Candy Cola Jul 09, 2017 03:47 PM
Where is our Star in our logo?we re not starless.never use our logo with no star even if it pains you
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Candy Cola Jul 09, 2017 03:41 PM
Editor we know you hate that Downs have a fresh star but please pretend to be happy and we demand our Star in our logo,we are not like your favorite,starless club.
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Candy Cola Jul 09, 2017 03:41 PM
Editor we know you hate that Downs have a fresh star but please pretend to be happy and we demand our Star in our logo,we are not like your favorite,starless club.
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Candy Cola Jul 09, 2017 03:40 PM
Editor we know you hate that Downs have a fresh star but please pretend to be happy and we demand our Star in our logo,we are not like your favorite,starless club.
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Candy Cola Jul 09, 2017 03:40 PM
Editor we know you hate that Downs have a fresh star but please pretend to be happy and we demand our Star in our logo,we are not like your favorite,starless club.
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mario@orcawireless.co.za Jul 09, 2017 03:19 PM
Manyama he is goal hunter
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Tabali Jul 09, 2017 02:31 PM
I think Lebese is a good deal, sign him Pitso.
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bhsayi Jul 09, 2017 02:29 PM
if we can't get Manyama we rather get Lebese
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Sam-4-Downz Jul 09, 2017 02:08 PM
We need Manyama and Brockie
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CapeDawanoh Jul 09, 2017 02:01 PM
A Big NO to Manyama and Mekoa. Lebese YEEEES. The price tag for Manyama is ridiculous
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Bob Dawana Jul 09, 2017 01:56 PM
Pitso can make Lebese the best. He must come and i don't want Manyama, he's going to be the waste of money. He can't play the same to us just like someone i like

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