We know that we got off to a poor start in the Absa Premiership this season, and before getting into the right gear, we found ourselves once again chasing the pack at the top of the table.
Yes we faced many misfortunes and it could explain why we had such sluggish start to the season. But, despite a change in coach and the death of Senzo Meyiwa being the biggest moments for us this season, has constant positional changes at the beginning of the season possibly had more of an affect than we thought?
In at attacking sense, we continuously chopped and changed players in the team and changed their positions.
Most notably, the duo of Kermit Erasmus and Lehlohonolo Majoro were alternated every other game, with both thriving and scoring goals freely. It was only until later, after giving into the requests from the fans to start both Major and Erasmus, did the coaching team pair the two together.
This yielded many fruits as they formed an almost telepathic relationship on the field. One can only but wonder what could have been if they were given the chance to start together much earlier in the season.
Also, Oupa Manyisa is one of our most influential players and he too has been thrown about with not much effect. Ace was used in both a deep lying play-maker role and in an advanced attacking midfield position this season. When playing just behind this striker, fellow teammate Mpho Makola was shifted out wide as a make-shift winger, which is not his best position.
When Manyisa was played deep, his quality upfront was missed. So in all, the balance in such changes may not have worked for both former coach Vladimir Vermezovic and caretaker coach Eric Tinkler. This showed in Manyisa’s dip in form.
This was a hot talking point at the beginning of the season, but do you think we made it harder for ourselves by making too many positional changes?