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THE BREAKDOWN: Celtic Attacker The Missing Piece In Chiefs’ Puzzle?

Kabelo Mahlasela Linked With Kaizer Chiefs Move

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By Kyle Smith - Aug 06, 2017 11:33 AM @KyleLaduma

Kaizer Chiefs have maintained their interest in Bloemfontein Celtic’s attacking midfielder, Kabelo Mahlasela, and we take a look at the possible impact that he could make at the club.

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Click through the images above to see a statistical comparison between Mahlasela and Kaizer Chiefs’ current attacking midfielders.

In Soccer Laduma issue number 1034 the Siya crew revealed that Kaizer Chiefs are still interested in the Celtic man, with his current club seemingly open to selling him. We take a look at what the stats have to say to find out what the 26-year-old has to offer.

While Mahlasela is a number 10 who can play out wide, he was used more often on the wing last season at Celtic, yet, if Chiefs were to secure his services, he would be competing with Siphiwe Tshabalala and Hendrick Ekstein at number 10.

Mahlasela played far less football last season than his counterparts, but in his per 90 minutes statistics, he is certainly comparable to either. While Tshabalala leads the pack in terms of goals and assists, Mahlasela plays more passes in the final third and took more penalty area touches per 90 minutes. However, he made fewer passes, at a poorer rate of accuracy, than both Tshabalala and Ekstein.

Curiously, he took fewer shots than both of his counterparts, despite spending more time in the final third than both. However, this is likely because Celtic was the lowest scoring team in the league last season.

With that said, Mahlasela was incredibly astute when it came to the accuracy of his long balls, with two of every three hitting the target. This indicates that he could be better suited to a more withdrawn midfield role. His success rate with duels is also the best out of the three, showing that he would also be able to win the ball back when called upon.

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In this respect, Mahlasela may not be the number 10 that Chiefs are looking for, but could make for a fine deep-lying playmaker, for which he wouldn’t be facing much competition. Furthermore, he would provide adequate back up in the number 10 role, should he be called upon.

Do you think Chiefs should sign Mahlasela?


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THE NK Joined: 28 Dec 2016
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THE NK Aug 07, 2017 12:32 PM
Ok
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Noko64 Joined: 12 Aug 2015
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Noko64 Aug 07, 2017 09:39 AM
Let the boy comes to the Mighty Bucs,I like him for the team.
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siyaz Aug 07, 2017 08:57 AM
Right now I think Chiefs needs one player, and that is Siphelele Ntshangase. But knowing Bobby we can expect any bench warmer from a relegation candidate team
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MALOSE Aug 07, 2017 08:34 AM
Pule Ekstein should be loaned out , an attacking player with 1 goal, no assists in 18 games? what was he doing in those 18 games defending ? loan him to chippa preferably maybe he will come back ready to fight
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Makarios Aug 07, 2017 06:24 AM
Chiefs is NOT a buying team.
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Baloni52 Aug 06, 2017 08:20 PM
Yes kaizer chiefs must sign him because he remind me thabang lebisi and Jabu mahlungu his Pace drblng and he trust him self he got pressure and we can use him to replace lebese if he living nomatter lebese is not living chiefs must get him and Ntshangase to replace tshabalala because tshabalala is getting old now and motoung can swap lebese to get qalinge from pirates or mahachi from golden arrows because I'm not happy with Jayiya performance and I don't think he will make it under Steve kompela
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mothapitso@gmail.com Aug 06, 2017 07:39 PM
We still need like yeye
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mothapitso@gmail.com Aug 06, 2017 07:37 PM
Way kaizer motaung dont sings ntshangase please
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Surprise kulani manganyi Aug 06, 2017 07:29 PM
Do u knw how creative is MAHLASELA guys.it seems lyk u DNT look da PSL games u only look at chiefs that's y u say no to MAHLASELA. Bobby MAHLASELA ND SPHELELE NTSHANGASE
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Iminald Khosified Aug 06, 2017 07:17 PM
Signing Mahlasela is a waste why not Siphelele Ntshangase? He is far better and a creator and goal getter as well
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Surprise kulani manganyi Aug 06, 2017 06:51 PM
Bobby sign that boy please we are in need of MAHLASELA he CN make it at chiefs we dnt need more strikers we r enough we need attacking middle field
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mzukzin Aug 06, 2017 04:15 PM
I think we need strikas. Not middlefilders. We have more than enough
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Shalom1 Aug 06, 2017 03:38 PM
Bob'steak, please get us this boy we want a healthy completion in number 10 and we have to conquer Africa. Otherwise we are heading for trophy less season again.
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senzosteven Aug 06, 2017 03:26 PM
Come and join the big city ikhosi alipheli umoya
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musa_magwaza Aug 06, 2017 02:48 PM
Mmmh
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Nozie 4 babaz Aug 06, 2017 01:43 PM
Sign him bobby please
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setlaboswana Aug 06, 2017 01:38 PM
@HERO THE GENERAL 8, no big club pay its players R5000.00 (five thousand rand) monthly salary.
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fisto vs starless trophyless donkeys Aug 06, 2017 01:28 PM
Mxxxm
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setlaboswana Aug 06, 2017 01:27 PM
Is he a free agent?
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nswanyo Aug 06, 2017 01:23 PM
Is his free agent? I remember chiefs coach said they cait spend millions on 1 player

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