South African fans regularly ask why Bafana’s Dean Furman is not playing at a higher level than England’s League One, with supporters believing that he deserves better.
In an exclusive Supporter's Club interview with Soccer Laduma, Furman’s agent, Matt Kleinman, explained the difficulties surrounding a move to a ‘big league’ for the Bafana captain, and why the market is tighter in the UK.
“The type of player that Dean is, there are a number of them available, and on free transfers like him. He’s the sort of player that is combative, somebody that will win the ball in midfield, do it simply and be very efficient.
“He’s always very critical of his own performance, but I think his strongest trait is his consistency. He’s very rarely less than a seven out of 10 in games. Where Dean is different from 99% of players is his attitude, he is on a totally different level to most.
“One thing I’ve always said this about Dean, ever since he was 15, is that he has an innate ability to adapt to the level that he’s playing at, he’s like a chameleon. I think that’s why he’s been so successful at international level with South Africa, for instance playing against a world-class team like Spain, where he was outstanding. I have no doubt that, whatever level he’s asked to play at, he could cope.
“Unfortunately there are plenty of players like Dean Furman in England, whereas there aren’t many in South Africa, and that’s why he stands out.”