Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter, as we know, opted to play Bernard Parker as a number nine in Wednesday night’s Absa Premiership match against Bloemfontein Celtic. This tactic did not go as planned, and Chiefs were poor in the final third.
Also, Parker was being fed by the wide men in Mandla Masango and Siphiwe Tshabalala, however, their service was far from convincing and upon analysing the stats, here’s why.
In the game against Siwelele, Masango made seven crosses with only one being successful. This meant that he had a cross success rate of 14.29% in the 0-0 draw. Looking at the numbers retrospectively, service from the right side into the box via crosses clearly did not go as planned for Chiefs.
Shabba made eight crosses in the game, however to the surprise of many, only three of those crosses reached the intended recipient. With a cross success rate of 37.5% coming from the left flank, one can only but feel that Shabba, too, did not have his crossing boots on.
Reflecting on the stats, one could derive two possible conclusions. One, the crossing was not up to standard or, two, the attackers' positioning in the box was poor.
Having said that, with this tactic not being successful last night, should Baxter refrain from using it going forward?