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Mthembu - Chiefs' Parker & Musona Solution?

With reliable sources reporting that Kaizer Chiefs are interested in signing Platinum Stars striker, Siphelele Mthembu, the Siya crew looked at where the forward could fit in within Stuart Baxter's attack.

Could the big centre forward be Chiefs' solution in the event Bernard Parker and Knowledge Musona aren't available?

With Parker ruled out with an ankle injury until at least sometime in September, it means Chiefs' attack will likely have to be carried by the likes of Kingston Nkhatha, Katlego Mphela and even Matthew Rusike.

Knowledge Musona's future at Naturena is also very uncertain as the Zimbabwean is currently back with Hoffenheim in Germany - it's unclear at this stage if a deal can be agreed and he will return to Naturena.This means Amakhosi's frontline may have to rely on the sometimes erratic Nkhatha as a source of goals.

Mphela recently returned to goalscoring form, however the Siya crew recently outlined why 'Killer' is ineffective if he isn't scoring. In the 12 matches we studied where Mphela was involved, the striker made just 10 passes per game or less on nine occasions. This shows clearly he is not getting on the ball very much at all when it comes to building up the play.

In addition, it appears Matthew Rusike isn't really seen as a first choice striker at the club, and in fact he is perhaps more influential in an attacking midfield role (when he plays).

In other words, if Musona wasn't to return to Chiefs and Parker misses the critical opening games of the campaign, it's likely that Nkhatha and Mphela will be leading the attack in 2014/15. This could prove challenging for Chiefs, because if Nkhatha continues to miss chances and Mphela doesn't hit his straps early - problems in scoring goals and winning games might arise.

However, a potential solution to this conundrum could be the in-form Mthembu. He tallied nine goals and six assists in 2013/14 for Dinaledi, and seems to be a man at the top of his game.

With his ability to hold up the ball, bring others into play and create chances with his big frame - Mthembu could be the missing link the club need until at least say Parker returns. His recent eye for goal also adds to his value as well.

The 26-year-old would certainly give Baxter options during what will undoubtedly be a testing time if Musona and Parker remained unavailable. While the Siya crew understands that talks are still in the very early stages for the player to possibly move to Chiefs, it remains to be seen if any deal will go through at this stage.

Yet, it appears without doubt that Mthembu will offer the club value during what will be a potentially difficult time without Musona and Parker available.

Have your say - Will Mthembu be a good option if Parker and Musona are out? 

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