Former Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Farouk Khan says Amakhosi shouldn’t panic and sign players out of desperation in the January transfer window. Many Chiefs fans have called for the signing of another out-and-out striker as Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana is currently injured, however, the renowned coach disagrees.
Khan pointed out Mamelodi Sundowns, who played without a target man in the Carling Black Label Cup, still rattled the back of the net seven times. He believes Chiefs can do that too. He says the Glamour Boys should give opportunities to their reserve team players who were introduced during the Carling Cup rather than splashing money on new signings.
“Most of the clubs have made quite a number of signings, you don’t sign for the sake of signing and I think sometimes desperation comes in with pressure from the fans,” Khan told ThisIsFootball.Africa.
“I look at a lot of people saying that they [Kaizer Chiefs] need another number nine because Caleb [Bimenyimana] is injured now, but I watched [Mamelodi] Sundowns this weekend [in the Carling Black Label Cup], they played without an out-and-out striker and they scored seven goals.
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“So, is it the players or the fact that we can do it without a number nine, you look at Man City there’s [Erling] Haaland and if he doesn’t score, they have a team effort. City are more than a one man scoring team.
“So, I don’t think Chiefs should panic and go in the market, I hear there’s a 32-year-old striker they are going to buy.
“The fact of the matter is, if you look at the fact that there are players who have done so well this past weekend who are from the Chiefs academy. When are those boys gonna get game time if teams are going to keep on looking at the market and buying players.”
The 62-year-old coach added that Chiefs have a “formidable squad” and says fans should be patient with the likes of Keagan Dolly, who’s been demonstrating recently what he can do. He is showing his real self now, but as yet hasn’t lived up to expectations.
“I think sometimes in my opinion, you mustn’t buy out of desperation. If you ask me now, I would say Chiefs have a formidable squad, I really think so. With Caleb coming back, they have got a good out-and-out number nine,” he added.
“I think they have a fantastic attacking midfielder in the form of [Keagan] Dolly, he scores goals, they need to be patient with him.”