Versatility in football makes a player an instant asset to the club. The ability to play in more than one position could also be seen as a barometer of a player’s talents and those footballers generally go onto become star men for their teams.
Today we will look a few Premier Soccer League midfielders who have become highly rated because of their versatility.
Oupa Manyisa – Orlando Pirates
When it comes to authentic midfielders in South Africa, Manyisa’s name easily comes to mind. For his club, he was used as a number 10 holding midfielder, while at one stage he played right-back for the Sea Robbers. For Bafana Bafana, Manyisa was used as a make-shift left-winger in recent times, which is just an indication of the man’s football prowess.
Bongani Zungu – Mamelodi Sundowns
‘Ben 10’, as he is known locally, looks to be a player come into his own at an early stage of his career. At 22, Zungu has been used as a defensive midfielder, box-to-box general and as a number 10.
Sibusiso Vilakazi – Bidvest Wits
Vila was the darling of South African football last season after winning the Absa Premiership Player of the Year award as shined for Wits as a playmaker just behind the striker and even just as a general midfielder. Vila can also be seen drifting out-wide on either side of the flanks, beating full-backs with his trickery and innovation.
Siphiwe Tshabalala – Kaizer Chiefs
Shabba gets a mention in this regard because of his ability to play on either flanks or as a number 10 just behind the main striker. The Chiefs number 14 has long been one of the club's poster boys, and with him adding value to the team with his versatility… He will no doubt remain an important player for Chiefs in years to come.
What other versatile midfielders have impressed you this season?