What Can Vries Expect Under Khune At Chiefs?
What Virgil Vries Can Expect At Kaizer Chiefs?
Chiefs last month announced the signing of former Baroka goalkeeper Vries as back-up to Khune, with Brilliant Khuzwayo having departed Naturena in June before crossing the divide to join Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates.
Vries now arrives at Chiefs eager to make an impact, but what can the gloveman expect in his first season with a club who have so heavily relied on Khune between the sticks over the years?
The warning signs are already there for Vries, who takes over from an under-utilised Khuzwayo, with the keeper having managed just three Absa Premiership appearances last season - and only 26 in the league in total, during all of his six years at Naturena - while he featured in exactly zero of Amakhosi's seven domestic cup matches last term.
Khune, meanwhile, stood guard during all of the other 27 league games of the 2017/18 campaign, as well as keeping goal in their MTN8, Telkom Knockout and Nedbank Cup campaigns, with the semi-finals in the TKO the closest Chiefs came to silverware last season.
As such, Chiefs' heavy reliance on Khune could leave Vries reeling on the bench in Soweto, with the goalkeeper used to regular playing time in the South African top-flight, where he featured in over two-thirds of Baroka's matches last term, plus another two appearances in the Telkom Knockout.
However, Vries' statistics hardly make for impressive reading, having conceded 28 league goals in 20 appearances last term, while managing just four clean sheets during that time.
That could, instead, mean Vries has the opportunity to learn and perfect his game from the very best South Africa has to offer, with Khune still only 31 years old and seemingly with plenty of gas still in the tank, although he will already know his time in the professional ranks is starting to come to a close, and taking Vries under his wing could add to his lasting legacy in Mzansi.
Do you think Virgil Vries can make an impact at Kaizer Chiefs this season?