Not too long ago, left-back Patrick Phungwayo was heavily linked with a move to Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns, as the club is on high alert for a quality left-back. Despite playing second fiddle to Thabo Matlaba in defence for Bucs, he is still a player rated highly at the club.
Having said that, is Phungwayo that important to us that we just cannot afford to let him go?
I believe so. Matlaba is one of the best left-backs in the country and filling in for him is no easy task. However, when called upon, Phungwayo steps up to the plate and performs every single time. I don’t remember a game in which Phungwayo was overwhelmingly poor, and that is testament to the 26-year-old’s importance to the team.
Also, strength in depth is vital when it comes to competing in more than one competition, and having two Bafana left-backs in the squad is certainly a luxury.
Matlaba’s versatility may even benefit Phungwayo with regards to game time, in the sense that with Matlaba being an attack-minded full-back, he could start on the left-wing and Phungwayo at left-back.
Yes, at one stage of the season, fans wanted to see both players on the pitch at the same time because of their quality out wide. Downs have every reason to feel that signing Phungwayo would be a fantastic deal, but we should do all in our power to keep the flying defender at the club.
Do you feel that Phungwayo is one of the most important members in the team?