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Chiefs – Zulu To Play As Number Nine, Not Number 10

Newly signed Kaizer Chiefs striker David Zulu has revealed at a press conference that coach Stuart Baxter wants him to play as striker who will play on the half turn.

He said, “I’m playing as a forward, but a forward that has their body half open. If I receive the ball I need to be in a position to go forward or to play a one-two. I’m part of the strikers here, we’re all going to compete, and when I’m given a chance I’ll take mine.”

What would this mean for Zulu and the rest of the strikers at Naturena?

First and foremost, with Zulu going to be utilised as a number nine, he would have to compete with Siphelele Mthembu and Katlego Mphela upfront. Mphela and Mthembu are strikers who are strong and can hold up the ball, just as a number nine does.

Zulu, however, uses his trickery and innovation as his main weapon and that is why Baxter wants to play him on the half turn, feeding off one-two’s at the edge of the box.

Also, this would mean that Bernard Parker will most likely play behind him as a number 10 and not as a lone striker. Earlier in the season, midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane was played as a number 10, however with movements now taking place upfront, Yeye would ideally be penned back into his much preferred holding midfield role.

These could be the permutations of utilising Zulu as a lone striker, do you think he would thrive in this role?


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