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Can Baxter Only Field His Strongest XI?

For the last couple of seasons, our coach Stuart Baxter was praised for his man management skills and his astuteness when rotating the squad.

In recent times though, his policy of swopping players has not paralleled the results and looked shaky after a host of changes being made within the starting XI. With that said, can Baxter only field his best XI?

There is no shortage of quality within the current Amakhosi side as the club will only pride itself by fielding the most talented players in the country. It’s a tough ask becoming a star at Chiefs and those who hit those high notes usually go on to become club legends more often than not.

Apart from the quality on the field, we have to think about the players who wait for their chance to shine. It’s a cut-throat environment trying to prove your worth at a big club like Chiefs and many players fall short of those requirements.

Baxter gave 10 of the players, who may not make the starting XI too often, a chance against National First Division side Black Leopards in the Nedbank Cup this past weekend. This plan back-fired as we crashed out of the tournament through a 2-1 loss at the FNB Stadium, with many of the fringe players failing to show why they need to be in the star-studded line-up on a regular basis.

On the face of things, Baxter’s side look rather thin and lack serious quality in depth, and this could have been avoided during both transfer periods this season. At the very least, we could have done with an experienced player in each department of the squad.

Looking at the situation, can it be said that Baxter only feels comfortable by selecting his regular starting XI?


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