Junior Khanye has told Kaizer Chiefs to pay Njabulo Blom what he is worth and put to bed the ongoing contract dispute with the unsettled young midfielder.
“Pressure is on Kaizer Chiefs to sort out the contract dispute with the youngster. Blom has proven his worth in the last two months. I don’t know whether it’s from working hard or the impact that Arthur Zwane has had but what is not in dispute is that the player has become key for the club,” said Khanye.
The skillful former Kaizer Chiefs winger, who played alongside the golden era of the late Scara Ngobese and present Amakhosi coach, Arthur Zwane, is worried about the growing interest from other clubs at a time when the expiry of Blom’s contract is fast approaching.
“Let’s not kid ourselves. Blom has a very connected agent in Rob Moore. He is an agent with great contacts here and overseas. It does not help that Blom has less than eight months left before the contract expires. As you know, the boy can start talking to other clubs as early as January,” said the 37-year-old Khanye.
He warned that Mamelodi Sundowns were watching the developments at Naturena with keen interest.
“People are talking about Supersport and Orlando Pirates wanting to snatch Blom but I can tell you now that Sundowns are the club Kaizer Chiefs should worry about. They will pay him what he is worth. Sundowns are in my view not the best destination for him. He will simply earn big money for sitting on the bench given the quality at the club right now. Chiefs remains the best place for him to develop his game,” said Khanye.
The outspoken former Amakhosi winger who is now better known for his no holds barred analysis of matches as a television soccer pundit, slammed the past development of young players for creating the pay crises at the Kaizer Chiefs.
“We need to be honest as former players and call a spade, a spade if things are to improve at Kaizer Chiefs. You see all the players that came from development structures have been a total disappointment. Njabulo Blom is only blossoming now despite being promoted in 2017. The club were right not to reward mediocrity, but this boy has now come right. He deserves to be paid,” said Khanye.
He further said the high wages of “so-called big-name players” who did not perform was causing friction at the club.
“Anthony Agay came to Chiefs and earned big money for nothing. They are many more that have been paid big money without producing. Blom is the future of this club. At 22 years-old, he can offer the club many years. I really hope that his contract is sorted very soon. We really need him at Chiefs,” said Khanye.