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THE BREAKDOWN: Can Tyson Fix Pirates’ Defence?

Is Thulani Hlatshwayo the right man for Orlando Pirates?

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By Kyle Smith - Jul 08, 2017 11:58 AM @KyleLaduma

Orlando Pirates are targeting Thulani Hlatshwayo as a potential replacement for Lucky Lekgwathi and Siyabonga Sangweni and we now look at whether Hlatshwayo has what it takes to restore parity to the Bucs’ defensive line.

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In Soccer Laduma issue number 1030, the Siya crew revealed that Pirates have identified “Tyson” as a potential marquee signing, with his progression over the years and his leadership qualities making him a standout player in Bidvest Wits’ title-winning campaign in 2016/17. However, could the PSL Player of the Year nominee bring about the change that is desperately needed in the Pirates team that conceded 1.33 goals per match last season?

The story behind Pirates’ defensive record last season, where they conceded the fourth most goals (40) over the course of the campaign appears to come down to the 17.2 shots conceded per match, which was more than any other club in the league - the league average was 12.5.

However, 55.8% of those shots were conceded from outside of the box, which goes to show that the central defenders rarely allowed strikers to occupy dangerous parts of the pitch, but rather that they failed to close down oncoming attackers as tightly as they would have liked.

In terms of Pirates central defenders, the regular partnership was Happy Jele and Ayanda Gcaba. Their defensive actions (tackles, blocks, clearances), passes, number of balls won and aerial duels are very similar, with Gcaba winning a higher percentage of his ground duels and Jele winning more per 90 – so there’s not a lot to choose between the pair.

Hlatshwayo, in comparison, averaged more defensive actions per 90 minutes, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but did compete in more duels – winning more than double the number of aerial duels per 90 than either Gcaba or Jele – and won more balls per 90. Wits also conceded the fewest shots per match in the division (9.8 per match) and had the second-best defensive record (0.73 goals conceded per match).

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In light of this, it is clear that Hlatshwayo was individually superior to both Jele and Gcaba, but, perhaps even more importantly, he was a leader in Wits’ defence and the team as a whole, which allowed the team to stay solid at the back and achieve the kind of results that won them the league.

 

Do you think Hlatshwayo has what it takes to fix Pirates defence?


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Kobanini sidliwa? Joined: 12 Jul 2017
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Kobanini sidliwa? Jul 16, 2017 10:59 PM
Tyson could be no doubt be our rock solid defender,his strength and superb timeous tackles may be crucial. Its just a pure speculation though,as I dont think that Wits may let their standout player and captain leave for a local team.
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Mluh101 Joined: 18 Sep 2015
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Mluh101 Jul 16, 2017 05:34 PM
Yebo Yes... He have that kinda potential and Strength to fight... I wish we still have Edwin
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Brighton nyathi Jul 16, 2017 05:48 AM
Please sign Hlatshwayo we need him and he will help us at the back our defence is not solid
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simelanemgobas@gmail.com Jul 15, 2017 07:08 PM
We need him plz plz
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sphola38 Jul 15, 2017 06:47 PM
Big yesssssssssssssssss he can fit in very well we need him so bad
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Realydoctor10 Jul 15, 2017 02:43 PM
Khoza improve yourself that you still got money this guy can help us remember siyabonga sangweni,rooi mahamutsa lefted the club you didn't replace them thats why our defence is leaking and weak this season we want to see the strong one
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sivhaga Jul 12, 2017 09:47 AM
We need the guy Mr khoza plz make a plan with the player
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slivo ledimo Joined: 11 Sep 2016
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slivo ledimo Jul 12, 2017 07:25 AM
its evry supporters dream to have the boy at hes team.but we cant release Mubara for Hlatswayo.its like a step backwards.instead of moving forward.Wits can keep the boy.lets focus our energy on Nsabiyumva(jomo wil b happy to see the boy at Bucs) .jali(the boys has Bucs interest at heart).Mahachi(he luvs Bucs)Mothobi 'from Russia with luv)Dr khoza this boy is going places.hes mi homeboy.i saw him play.hes a real talent.he came from a humble family.he knows wat is needed from him.plz take him nd reap da reward.hes like mahamutsa.with the rite coach we can build our own Empire on this No name players
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slivo ledimo Joined: 11 Sep 2016
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slivo ledimo Jul 12, 2017 07:25 AM
its evry supporters dream to have the boy at hes team.but we can release Mubara for Hlatswayo.its like a step backwards.instead of moving forward.Wits can keep the boy.lets focus our energy on Nsabiyumva(jomo wil b happy to see the boy at Bucs) .jali(the boys has Bucs interest at heart).Mahachi(he luvs Bucs)Mothobi 'from Russia with luv)Dr khoza this boy is going places.hes mi homeboy.i saw him play.hes a real talent.he came from a humble family.he knows wat is needed from him.plz take him nd reap da reward.hes like mahamutsa.
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D'twice88(mighty buccaneer) Jul 11, 2017 11:35 PM
Sir Khoza bring de boy home plz
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SphaSomkhanda Jul 10, 2017 05:43 PM
If Pirates can sign Hlatshwayo that will be a big transfer coz we realy need a leader like him, his tough and his best
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TBS Jul 10, 2017 04:41 PM
@Yusfull I hear u.
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bongan west Jul 10, 2017 02:39 PM
gud leader plis khoza
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msanisto Joined: 19 Aug 2015
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msanisto Jul 10, 2017 11:20 AM
The fact that more shots were taken outside the box indicates that Pirates lacked a disciplined defensive midfielder. I have said before that Saar is ill-disciplined. He fails to do his primary job in the team
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Yusfull Jul 10, 2017 09:38 AM
@TBS Could be that he does not have to do much work because his organization of his defense is Good..I think!
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Mfanakamdala Jul 10, 2017 07:37 AM
I dont see Tyson leaving Wits.
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musa005 Joined: 19 Jun 2017
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musa005 Jul 09, 2017 08:27 PM
It's time for Tyson to move to bigger clubs because wits is not on that category
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Ntsunda11 Jul 09, 2017 06:51 PM
Hey hey guys I'm back just for few hours
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TBS Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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TBS Jul 09, 2017 01:55 PM
If the analysis is accurate, then he's no better than what we already have.
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Coach T Joined: 15 Feb 2017
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Coach T Jul 09, 2017 12:00 PM
No one can fix bucs but non other than the chairman.. No mourinho, no sir Alex can do it, but the chairman. 12 Cup finals in the last 7 years that tells you what is needed

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