THE BREAKDOWN: Can Pirates Afford To Lose Mobara?
Abubaker Mobara Linked With Wits Move
With Bidvest Wits enquiring about the availability of Orlando Pirates utility player, Abubaker Mobara, we take a look at whether the Buccaneers should be considering offers for his services.
Click through the images above to see Abubaker Mobara’s stats for the 2016/17 season.
Mobara, who joined the club from Ajax Cape Town at the beginning of the 2016/17 season, was one of the club’s standout performers in his first season, winning the Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament award as a testament to that.
However, the highly rated player has caught the eye of reigning Absa Premiership champions, Bidvest Wits, as revealed in Soccer Laduma issue number 1034. It is said that Pirates could consider allowing the player to depart, should the offer make business sense and/or include another player as part of a swap deal. The question, therefore, remains, how much value does he add to Pirates’ current setup?
Perhaps Mobara’s most outstanding attribute is his ability to play in numerous roles on the pitch, with the 23-year-old starting as a defensive midfielder on 13 occasions in the league, as a right back in another four games and as a centre back in a further three.
He proved himself to be exemplary, in terms of defending, making 2.05 blocks, 6.41 clearances and 2.47 tackles per 90 minutes. In terms of the work he does in the middle of the park, with the ball at his feet, Mobara won 11.7 balls per 90, taking 53.7 touches per 90 and making 46.2 passes per 90 at an accuracy of 87%. He also proved his value in the air, winning 1.42 aerial duels per 90.
Over and above what is required for him in the first and second thirds, Mobara also showed that he can hold his own in the final third, making 3.6 final third passes per 90 at an accuracy of 89.7% and assisted 0.26 passes per 90, taking 0.42 per 90 himself. However, he scored no goals in the league and made no assists, while finding the target with only 9.1% of his 0.6 open play crosses per 90 minutes.
Mobara has proven himself to be a fine player in many respects but will need to work on his attacking attributes, which are vital for when he slots in at right back. Yet, at the age of 23, he still has a long time to work on that side of his game and the decision now rests with the Pirates management to make a decision about whether or not to let one of last season’s outstanding stars go. What is certain, however, is that his services will not come for cheap.
Do you think Pirates can afford to let Mobara go?