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Why Memela Is Key For Bucs Next Season

With the PSL season getting underway soon, one man who could be crucial to Orlando Pirates is creative midfielder, Luvuyo Memela, according to his impressive stats.

2017/18

In Milutin Sredojevic’s first season in charge, Memela was one of Bucs’ best performers. He was the side’s top PSL scorer, top PSL assist provider, delivered more crosses than any other player and had an outstanding 43.4% shooting accuracy. Unfortunately, he got injured in April and was out for the next five months.

2018/19

Despite playing just 948 minutes all season, the equivalent of 10.5 full nineties, Memela delivered highly impressive numbers. He scored four goals and added seven assists, meaning a goal contribution every 86 minutes on the pitch.

Goals To Minutes Ratio – PSL:

Mahachi – 115 mins per goal (3 goals)

Memela –176 mins per goal (4 goals)

Lorch – 221 mins per goal (9 goals)

Shots To Goals Ratio – PSL:

Mahachi – one goal every 3.33 shots

Memela – one goal every 5.00 shots

Lorch – one goal every 6.44 shots

Shot Accuracy:

Lorch – 53%

Mahachi – 50%

Memela – 40%

Pule – 38%

These stats show that Memela had a big impact in his limited outings on the field, and if they could have kept him fit for more games, perhaps Pirates could have finished ahead of Mamelodi Sundowns. Thembinkosi Lorch was the PSL Footballer of the Season yet Memela outperformed him in two categories, but injuries disrupted the progress of the 31-year-old's season. 

Pre-Season

Memela has had a strong pre-season for Pirates, scoring goals and staying clear of injury. With Thembinkosi Lorch having been involved with Bafana Bafana until 10 July and currently enjoying a much-needed break, Memela could be Bucs’ main man in the early part of the season.

Who would be your first choice attacking midfield trio for Pirates in the opening PSL game? Let us know by commenting below! 

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