Ekstein Game Analysis - Stats are like Bikini...- Komphela
News articles has painted a bad picture of Ekstein, however, those are misinformed stats, based on Ekstein's position, and the level of SA football.
Here is an analysis...
Ekstein has been playing more as a 'creative midfielder' than an attacking midfielder.
A creative midfielder is responsible for making the team play, and initiating attacks.
He (Ekstein/creative midfielder) would start the attacks in the midfield or from defensive third and would mostly pass to wingers who cross for strikers to score.
How do you expect a creative midfielder to pack up assists when your attack is wing based.
Against Highlands, He was deemed the second best after Parker for Man of the Match.
Parker's goal against against Highlands, Ekstein himself won/intercepted the ball, passed it sideways to Castro who laid for Parker.
The third goal scored by Zuma, again it was an interception by Ekstein, He passed to Maluleka, who passed to Zuma to score.
Rama has an identical assist where Ekstein initiated the attack, passed the ball to the wing.
Against City, Benni madde a perfect analysis of How Ekstein did a great job commiting the defenders and making it easy for Parker and Billiat to find space, which is what He is good at and should be used, creating space and initiating attacks.
Ekstein picked 2 (if not 3) man of the match this year alone, He was singled out as Chiefs' best player away to Zesco away.
Look at One of the creative midfielders who actually was a box to box was Letsholonyane. He was the best at Chiefs but would go with 1 assist and 0 goals in a season.
Parker had 2 goals and 0 assists in 2015/16 but was there next season still, Ekstein bettered these with 15 games this season alone because of being played regularly.
Ekstein has played half of these games from the bench, which limited his contribution.
The PSL strikers go 2 seasons with 6 goals and it is normal or good return by PSL standards, but a creative midfielder in Ekstein is expected to bang in goals..
The stats used against Ekstein is a facade in reference to PSL standards and the position he played.
Another ignored aspect is, Ekstein was the only 'attacking player' found often in chiefs defensive third, and when there was a corner, Ekstein would be in a defensive position and defenders would be in the box for height reasons I believe, how do you expect him to pack up goals and assist?