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The Key Transfer Questions Facing Pirates

The Key Questions Facing Orlando Pirates In The Off-Season Transfer Window

By Soccer Laduma - May 07, 2018 12:40 AM
With thoughts at Mayfair already turning to next season, Soccer Laduma identifies some of the positions in which Orlando Pirates could strengthen in the transfer window.
 
It was a case of close, but no cigar for the Buccaneers this term as their Absa Premiership title bid was ended in the penultimate round after they slumped to a 1-0 loss against Cape Town City.
 
 
Already, the powers that be at the Orlando Stadium will be turning attention to the transfer market, but in which departments should the Soweto giants be looking to improve?
 
Top Priority: The Defence?
 
When considering the Buccaneers' overall league form, the first red flag would be the fact they have drawn a third of their top-flight matches this season (10) - twice as many as champions Mamelodi Sundowns.
 
 
Lending to the Bucs' penchant for dropping points is the fact they have managed only 11 clean sheets from their 29 top-flight matches this season, three less than the champions-elect - highlighting where the seven-point gap at the top stems from.
 
Milutin Sredojevic's men also have the worst defensive record of the top four, having been breached on 24 occasions during the course of the 2017/18 campaign, highlighting the need for a more structured back line if they are to launch a sustainable title charge.
 
Second On The List: The Goalkeepers?
 
Pirates' above-mentioned defensive record this season would suggest the goalkeepers have been equally culpable, although Jackson Mabokgwane and Wayne Sandilands have performed admirably when called upon in the Bucs' keeper rotation policy, with both keeping five clean sheets from 12 and 10 league appearances respectively.
 
However, the pair did contrive to let in a combined 18 goals during that time, while Siyabonga Mpontshane's season sheet makes for poor reading, having kept just two clean sheets in six league appearances, conceding four times in the process.
 
That could hint at the need for increased competition between the sticks in Orlando, although Micho may prefer to retain their current goalkeeping options and instead focus improving the set-up in front of the glovemen.
 
What About The Attack?
 
Finding the back of the net is not really something Pirates have struggled with this season and the Soweto giants boast the second most lethal attack in the league with 39 goals from 29 games, behind only the Percy Tau-led Sundowns, who have bulged the back of the net 10 times more.
 
That does, then, perhaps highlight the need for a striker capable of reaching double figures in a single campaign, with Pirates' top league scorer this term coming from midfield, with Luvuyo Memela having bagged five goals, less than half the tally of Golden Boot favourite, Tau.
 
Where do you think Pirates most need to strengthen in the transfer window? 
 

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Mtwesi Joined: 17 Aug 2016
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Mtwesi May 07, 2018 02:54 PM
Buy ayabulela konqobe from chippa
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Sbo$Bucs Joined: 21 Oct 2015
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Sbo$Bucs May 07, 2018 12:51 PM
Goalkeeping department.we real need a quality goalkeeper
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@azzaniawest May 07, 2018 12:00 PM
WHY THE MEDIA LIKES TO PUT THEIR NOSE IN OUR FAMILY MATTERS, ONLY ONE KNOWN CLUB THAT IS A MEDIA POWERED, ZEBRA FC!!! AND ONE COACH WHO LIKES TO COMPLAIN, PITSO!!! HANDS OFF AMABHAKABHAKA!!! WE NEED TO REST
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JAWS OF LIFE May 07, 2018 11:52 AM
Pirates have a s0lid defender in Justice Chabalala but they d0n't want t0 use him.
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Mthiziman May 07, 2018 11:31 AM
With Sangweni and Sarr offloaded and Jali uploaded, I think everything is in order unless Hlatshwayo is brought in to strengthen competition in defense considering CL ahead.
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chiefs is useless Joined: 11 Jul 2016
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chiefs is useless May 07, 2018 11:00 AM
And khompela to be our spin doctor since he talks too much...
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chiefs is useless Joined: 11 Jul 2016
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chiefs is useless May 07, 2018 10:59 AM
We need to sign the fat one Khune to be our ball boy
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Deftman05 May 07, 2018 10:57 AM
I think we need to release players like Issa Sar, gabuza,sangweni and acquire the services of the experienced Andile Jali, to bolster the middle field, we should also retain Tercious Malepe from Ajax. As for Foster,I think he is a natural born striker and will be stronger next season; we are yet to see his best.
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shashisto Joined: 14 Aug 2016
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shashisto May 07, 2018 09:15 AM
Up the bucs
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Schakos May 07, 2018 09:15 AM
They look pretty good with what they have .
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Daniel Madenza Kutumela May 07, 2018 09:02 AM
Striking department for more goals
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Dlamini Wabantu May 07, 2018 08:34 AM
Add Kompela and you will be fine.
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setlaboswana May 07, 2018 08:22 AM
@Mavee52, yes, Gabuza is a workaholic, he may be of great assistance in builders' CCL campaign.
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Theemba M Joined: 05 Jan 2018
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Theemba M May 07, 2018 08:15 AM
Let's add Thulani Hlatswayo at the back only
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Theemba M May 07, 2018 08:15 AM
Let's add Thulani Hlatswayo at the back only
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Banda.com May 07, 2018 08:14 AM
We have Munetsi,Mlambo,Thami Sangweni,Nyatama and Sarr so tell me what are we gonna do with Andile Jali,there's no space for him plz Mabhakaniya stop making noise
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llumadi May 07, 2018 08:02 AM
@Mavee52 there i agree with u about keeping Gabuza foR CAF @Xolile X-Man those players will need them for Caf they a strong and can handle the ball u c what happen to Sundowns those guys a strong
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Xolile X-Man May 07, 2018 07:57 AM
I just hope they add Hlatshwayo n Jali n realise Saar n Gabuza
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SowetoBOY May 07, 2018 07:56 AM
We will be formidable with few additions coming in with sealed deaks so far Khuzwayo,Mahachi and Motshwari and i wonder how will they deal with loaned players especially Tercious Malepe.
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Mavee52 May 07, 2018 07:45 AM
@setlaboswana Gabuza will put him against team of africa his strength its advantage

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