On the eve of the January transfer window slamming shut, Mamelodi Sundowns finally got their top target on board in Emiliano Tade from AmaZulu. This is the second January in a row where the club has spent big to sign a forward halfway through the season, having picked up Jeremy Brockie in January 2018.
Will Tade have a better time of it than his new teammate?
- Brockie struggles in stats
- Why was Tade targeted?
- Can the Argentine attacker adjust?
After joining Masandawana on January 15, 2018, it has been a tough ride for the Kiwi striker. It took him until the 7th of November to break his duck for the club, netting in the league against Free State Stars. He has since scored home and away in the CAF Champions League preliminary rounds against Leones Vegetarianos and appears to have been credited by CAF with a goal against Al Ahly Benghazi, despite his shot going wide of goal before being deflected in.
Jeremy Brockie’s Statistics at Mamelodi Sundowns in all competitions:
At this stage, Brockie has a goal every eight appearances in a Sundowns shirt, or every 4.76 games in terms of ninety minutes per game being used (minutes per goal divided by ninety minutes). Coach Pitso Mosimane and assistant coach Manqobe Mngqithi have spoken at length about Brockie struggling to adjust to the playing style at Downs. Considering that he had excelled at SuperSport United in a team who scored the vast majority of their goals from transitions or counter attacks, it is no surprise that Brockie has struggled to adjust to a possession-based side which often faces teams who play very defensively.
Why was Tade targeted?
The Argentine has had a very impressive six months with AmaZulu. He has netted five league goals (one penalty), has had 50 shots (fourth-most in the league) and had made an impressive 3.7 one-vs.-one dribbles in the PSL, fifth-most in the league. Perhaps his two displays against Orlando Pirates convinced Pitso Mosimane to move for him too. He scored a fine goal in the league meeting against the Sea Robbers, and across the two meetings against Pirates in league and cup, he excelled with eight shots and eight chances created over those meetings. In the Telkom Knockout meeting, he made massive nine dribbles, beating his man four times.
Can the Argentine attacker adjust?
This is the key question. At AmaZulu, he formed a superb relationship with Bonginkosi Ntuli, who would hold the ball up and occupy central defenders. Usuthu also had far more space to attack as teams looked to open up against them, whereas teams will often park the bus against Sundowns, meaning Tade won’t have as much space to operate. He scored on debut on the counter-attack against ASEC Mimosas and will certainly be a threat late in games when Downs are leading and opponents are chasing the game. However, whether Tade succeeds will be down to how he adjusts to playing as the main striker and how he adapts to playing in tight spaces against reinforced defences. His dribbling, long-range shooting (2.2 shots per 90 minutes from outside the box in the PSL – most in the league) and technical ability means that he could be considered as more suitable to Pitso Mosimane’s playing style than Brockie is.
Do you see Emiliano Tade being a success at Sundowns? Can Jeremy Brockie find his best form again with Masandawana? Let us know by commenting below.