The Mamelodi Sundowns ‘Shoe Shine and Piano’ philosophy is a possession style of play, which requires midfielders to slowly carve their way into the opposition half by means carpet style, passing football.
Naturally this would mean the Downs midfielders would have to get in among the goals themselves, as they sway passes at all angles. For this reason we ask, are the Downs midfielders scoring enough goals to complement their style of play?
This season in the Absa Premiership, Downs have had 12 different midfielders making appearances, with only five of them getting on the scoresheet - racking up a total of 13 goals so far.
It is only fair to then compare the Downs midfield to that of Kaizer Chiefs’. Like the Brazilians, Amakhosi also have five goal scoring midfielders in their camp in the Absa Premiership so far, with their players scoring 18 goals between themselves.
The Chiefs players may have the upper hand in this regard, as they have been playing together for quite some time now. As for Downs, it can be said that coach Pitso Mosimane could well be looking to try out different midfield combinations more often than his counterpart Stuart Baxter.
In terms of unity, that may slow things down for Sundowns, but in terms of Downs' playing philosophy, goals from the middle of the park remain key.
What are your thoughts on this, should the Brazilians midfielders be scoring more goals?