Itumeleng Khune’s name has once again been linked to a move abroad and there is talk over whether or not it is too late for him to make the step into Europe. Can Khune still make it in Europe?
Today, I look at a few factors that could work for and against Khune with regards to moving abroad.
Pro’s – Lack Of Height Not A Big Deal
Itu stands at 1.81m, a centimetre shorter than Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas. There is an assumption that all goalkeepers need to stand higher than 1.85m, but that is not necessarily true. What Khune lacks in height, he makes up for in technical ability.
Pro’s – His Technical Ability
Khune may not be a complete goalkeeper in terms of European standards, but he does possess great technical ability that few goalkeepers in the country have. He drops to ground easily, and is famous for his impeccable distribution. This is a skill that not all goalkeepers are blessed with.
Pro’s – Hunger & Determination
Khune is infamous for his passion, hunger and determination to succeed. Ask any famous person about how they came from nothing to become a success, they will tell you it was about hunger and determination. This is a key attribute Khune possesses, and one which will carry him a long way.
Cons – Injury Battles
In the last two seasons, Khune has struggled with a niggling ankle injury that has kept him out for large portions at a time. This has impacted his time out on the field and at the age of 27, European teams will take this into consideration.
Cons – Khune’s Age
By the time Khune becomes a free agent and able to move abroad at the end of the season, he would’ve turned 28. It is very rare to see a European club sign someone from outside of Europe at this age, and this would certainly not bode in Khune’s favour.
Cons – His Development Has Stopped
What made Senzo Meyiwa stand out from the crowd was the fact that he continued to grow at the age of 28-years-old; however, Khune has not developed in the last year or so. There is no doubting his skills, and that he is South Africa’s best, but Khune hasn’t shown signs of improving in the areas that needed improving.
Looking at these factors, do you think Khune will make it to Europe next season?