Earlier this season, captain Alje Schut announced that will be leaving Chloorkop at the end of the current campaign - as he had already set his sights on returning to his homeland.
This set panic alarms off amongst the supporters, but I feel there is no need to stress about Schut leaving. Also, many fans feel that despite Schut leaving, we could easily replace him by going into the market for a top class centre-back.
Here are the many reasons why we don’t have to buy players to replace Schut.
Booysen was signed at the beginning of the Absa Premiership season and proved to be a consistent performer for Downs whenever called upon. To some extent, he demonstrated that he is of Downs quality with his composure and excellent tackling abilities.
Although loaned out, there is no doubt that Sumaila is a top quality defender. Last season in the Absa Premiership, particularly in the first half of the season, the powerful centre-back showed signs of great promise, and I believe he is a top candidate to replace Schut.
He may be viewed as a utility player for his ability to play in more than one defensive position, but I do feel that in time he could become an important player for Downs. Like Schut, his strength and grit could be what Downs need when the captain leaves at the end of the season.
With that said, do you feel these are worthy replacements of Schut?