Sunderland boss David Moyes has explained why he opted to sign Steven Pienaar, who was linked with a move to Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.
The former Bafana captain joined Sunderland on a free deal and the Siya crew got hold of his new boss in England.
The Scotsman, who already coached Schillo during his time at Everton, insists Pienaar can add a lot of experience to his Premier League squad and hopes the 34-year-old can have a similar impact on left-back Patrick van Aanholt, as he had on Leighton Baines.
“Steven has been a great player and is someone who will help us to keep the ball better,” Moyes explained.
“He made Leighton Baines when he was at Everton and he will do a lot for Patrick (van Aanholt) as far as helping him join in, getting forward and getting crosses in. If he does that, then he will be very good for Patrick.
“He also gives us a little bit of experience, as we have just lost a few players who have been here for some time.
“He is only here on a one-year contract, but we will give him every opportunity to show that he is as good as he was in his early days. If he is not, then we will use him for his experiences at different times.”
Overall, Pienaar made 190 appearances under Moyes, scoring 25 goals and assisting another 43.
He already featured three times for Sunderland this season, but wasn’t in the squad for their 3-0 defeat to his old club, Everton.
Read an exclusive interview with Schillo where he talks about Orlando Pirates, his relationship with Moyes and whether a potential PSL return is still on the cards in this week’s Soccer Laduma, issue 990.