Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter opted to play Bernard Parker as an out-and-out striker in last night’s 0-0 draw against Bloemfontein Celtic in the Absa Premiership, with very… very little effect.
Having said that, here is why Hond is not suited for the number nine position at Amakhosi.
Parker Lacks Presence As A Target Man
Although Parker may possess a quick turn of pace upon receiving the ball, he lacks the presence of a big, strong target man. Pound-for-pound, Hond cannot compete with a huge commanding centre-back, and against Siwelele last night, Celtic dealt with the longs balls to Parker with consummate ease.
He Needs To Roam
The only way Chiefs will benefit from Parker's quality, is if they play to his strengths. We know he possesses innovation, deftness and creativity. Parker was very much limited playing as a number nine, and never looked a threat in the final third.
Parker Cannot Do The Nkhatha Job
This could be Baxter’s biggest problem in the striking department. Former striker Kingston Nkhatha was a vital cog in the Chiefs attacking line, as he played in a role which required him to basically make space for teammates to capitalise on by dragging defenders out of position. Parker is not the type of player who could go shoulder-to-shoulder with a defender for a full 90 minutes.
Do you think Baxter should rather play Parker as a number 10?