As his side continues to take shape, Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer will have to make a decision on the future of nine of his first team players whose contracts are up in June.
The Buccaneers experienced a mass exodus that saw a host of players exit the club either permanently or on loan at the start of the 2019/20 season.
Still, there are a few players who are in limbo as to whether they form part of coach Zinnbauer’s plans or not.
One such player is striker Jean-Marc Makusu, who is on loan at the Buccaneers until the end of the season, although Pirates do have the option of buying him outright.
However, since coming in, in November 2020, the 28-year-old has not really set the scene alight for Pirates, who are experiencing somewhat of a striker crisis at the moment, with the likes of Zakhele Lepasa and Tshegofatso Mabasa out with injury.
Despite the club’s lack of strikers, the Congolese international has not started a single match for Pirates. He has featured as a sub on six occasions in all competitions and even then, he has looked like a player lacking in confidence.
In terms of goals, Makusu has only managed to register one strike for the Buccaneers which came in their 3-0 CAF Confederation Cup win over Jwaneng Galaxy at the weekend.
It remains to be seen whether his goal has convinced the German that he is worthy of more game-time, perhaps as a starter – although time is running out for the attacker to convince Pirates of making his stay in Parktown a permanent one.
Scroll through the gallery above to see the Pirates players whose contracts are expiring in June