THE BREAKDOWN: Brockie The Solution To Chiefs’ Struggles Up Front?
Do Kaizer Chiefs Need Jeremy Brockie?
With Kaizer Chiefs reportedly showing interest in SuperSport United’s Jeremy Brockie, we take a look at whether the New Zealand international has what it takes to help Amakhosi find the back of the net on a regular basis.
In Soccer Laduma issue number 1027, it was revealed that the Glamour Boys have joined Mamelodi Sundowns in the race for the highly-rated striker and, with a bid of R12 million already being turned down by Matsatsantsa a Pitori for the Kiwi, will he be worth the money?
The most important factor in a potential deal is Brockie’s goalscoring prowess. The 29-year-old has scored eight Absa Premiership goals in 2016/17, 11 in 2015/16 and a further seven in 2014/15. Meanwhile, no player in a Chiefs’ shirt has managed to score more than seven league goals in the past season. More importantly, however, is that Chiefs haven’t been able to rely on their strikers for goals, with Siphiwe Tshabalala and Willard Katsande being the club’s top scorers for the 2016/17 and 2015/16 seasons, respectively.
Brockie could be the reliable frontman that Chiefs have been missing as of late with his consistency in front of goal. However, he has more to offer than just that.
Brockie has been the last scorer in a match on four occasions in the 2016/17 Absa Premiership season, which goes to show that he can handle the pressure and seal the result ion the final moments of the game. Chiefs faced a lot of criticism when failing to finish games off, as was the case against the likes of Baroka FC, Polokwane City and Cape Town City, where the club lost and drew games towards the end of the game, dropping points courtesy of late goals. With Brockie up front, they could turn that around and rather gain points from late goals.
Furthermore, Brockie took 22 shots on target throughout last season, the seventh most in the league. Chiefs, on the other hand, had the fifth worst team shots tally in the league. However, Chiefs did have the fifth highest final third passes per match tally with 82.7, which shows that they are able to put the ball into dangerous zones and that their strikers were simply unable to take the shots to convert the creative opportunities into goals. Brockie is clearly not hesitant to squeeze off shots and, more importantly, he tends to find the target. This would be a massive asset to Amakhosi.
Therefore, in terms of his goal contribution, his ability to score under pressure and his sheer instinct, Brockie would prove a valuable asset to Chiefs and could reclaim the glory days. Chiefs may need to part ways with a lot of money to secure his services, but bringing him into the club could be justified by the added threat that he would provide in front of goals.