After starting his career rather quietly at Kaizer Chiefs, signs are there that George Lebese seems to be establishing himself finally as a reliable performer for the club. Maximising his potential to the fullest is something Lebese admitted he is striving for in edition 848 of Soccer-Laduma.
He said, "I think if you ask Cristiano Ronaldo the same question, he will also say he hasn't reached his ultimate level yet. I'm not even halfway to where I think I should be. Hopefully I will reach my full potential soon."
The 24-year-old has shown himself to be more of an out-and-out left winger who stays wide and tries to deliver good balls into the box. But is he offering enough playing in this role? We put Lebese under the microscope to see whether he's offering enough in attack for Chiefs.
The PSL average for wingers in crosses made is 2.6 per game. Lebese is above this average with 3.25 per game. PSL wingers also penetrate the final third on average five times per match. This is where Lebese's numbers fall short as he does so just 2.25 times every game. The player is also below the average when it comes to getting on the ball in the opposition's penalty area.
If you contrast this with the high performing Siphiwe Tshabalala's numbers then the findings seem significant. 'Shabba' succesfully gets into the final third 6.64 times per game. He also gets into the 18-yard area 3.55 times per game. It's true that 'Shabba' is more of an attacking-midfielder who is given a freer role in going forward, however it could be that Lebese could learn from his teammate's numbers.
It would appear that for 'Finidi' to maximise his potential as he has pointed out he's striving for, he needs to find ways to become a more versatile attacker like 'Shabba'. Yes, he's well suited to staying out wide, isolating his defender and then delivering a cross.
But to really become more of an offensive weapon, the numbers suggests that he needs to get further forward, find space and get on that ball in the box. If it means taking a few more risks and switching up his position at times more centrally, it seems that this could be the way to go.