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Who the PSL clubs will buy in the Premiership transfer season

Posted: 11 December 2012 Time: 3:25 pm

As the season nears the halfway mark, clubs are starting to think about how they can improve their squads – but how can 'small teams' compete with big clubs' greed?

We saw on the weekend how the ‘Big Three’ had the luxury of being able to introduce substitutes like Benni McCarthy, Kingston Nkhatha and Hlompho Kekana – just some of a multitude of top class players that were on their benches.

But for the smaller and less wealthy clubs, it is difficult to create a squad deep enough in quality to last the course of a season, and players are often forced to play out of position, or have to take to the field when they should be rested, leading to injuries and more problems.

Each time a new hot property appears on the scene, the player is inevitably snapped up by one of the big Gauteng clubs, which in terms of financial clout also includes Bidvest Wits these days.

Those clubs with shallower pockets and less cash to burn are left scratching their heads ahead of the January transfer window.

Unable to buy the best established local players, youth development (like at Ajax Cape Town), or looking further afield to the continent, Europe and even South America are among the only options.

But these days, with ever-improving communications technology such as Youtube and the other social networks, it is even harder for a hidden gem to stay hidden.

A team like Maritzburg United have in the past done well to think out of the box and have bought wisely in Africa, with purchases such as Onismor Bhasera, Rudolf Bester and Mor Diouf.

But having established themselves in the PSL, these players soon head for Gauteng. This means that every time the transfer window opens, there is a dogfight to try and beef up the respective squads.

This could also be the reason that we have seen a fairly large proportion of sub-standard foreigners arriving on our shores.

“It’s difficult to say this [player] is the one,” Maritzburg United coach Ernst Middendorp says when asked about whether he is looking to go into the market next month.

“Where are the top guys, the guys who really give you the quality? The problem for everybody is that you can have a nice wish list, but you are not the only team.

“AmaZulu will look for players, Ajax will look for players. Which pot can we put our finger in?

“It's not only about the transfer fee, you must go into the monthly payments. Some clubs spend a lot on this and we can’t go into competition with them,” Middendorp points out.

It is difficult to see how this issue will ever be resolved. Development is the obvious answer, not just in terms of each individual club, but in the country as a whole, so that there is in general a larger talent pool.

Safa claim to have some big plans underway in this regard, but it would not be advisable to hold one’s breath over that bearing fruition.

A bit more discretion and less greed in the market from the big clubs would also help, but again, don’t hold your breath.

What do you think of the current situation for the smaller clubs? Where do the solutions lie? Is the gap between the ‘Haves’ and the ‘Have-nots’ hurting our football?

Let me know on Twitter: @soccer_ant

 

Article by: Anthony McLennan

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 03:30 pm
But this kind of dilema is bedevilling the whole world, it not like it's an isolated incident. They'll be strong
Bucsaway Trebble Champ
posted: 03:33 pm
@ Mr. Editor you should have said Tough if you're not Orlando Pirates or Sundowns, these Tortoises buy Bafunny rejects while we buy quality, stop foolind them cause next leg they will be fighting to remain in the top 8
thuth teller
posted: 03:33 pm
I would like to see Mshumayeli Khuboni ,Erasmus , Billiat at Naturena come Jan transfer window.
S'javo
posted: 03:34 pm
Only sundowns and Pierats can answer that cause they are the main culprits when it comes to greedness.
thuth teller
posted: 03:35 pm
Oh I forgot that white Chippa midfielder,forgot his name but the one who dominated Gorillas midfield last week wednesday.
gogowami
posted: 03:38 pm
USELESS QUESTION, THIS IS HAPPENING ALL OVER. MAN CITY, MAN U, CHELSEA, REAL MADRID, BARCELONA BAYERN MUNICH ARE DOING THAT.
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 03:38 pm
There is no story hear... Middendraw you onced coached Chiefs and failed dismally with the support that they used to provide to you, shut up.
S'javo
posted: 03:38 pm
stayaway

posted: 03:33 pm | Report

@ Mr. Editor you should have said Tough if you're not Orlando Pirates or Sundowns, these Tortoises buy Bafunny rejects while we buy quality, stop foolind them cause next leg they will be fighting to remain in the top 8
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can you please name one reject from our current squad cause as things stand they are still important members of bafana bafana.

RTG
Mferefere Wa Kasi
posted: 03:39 pm
"Safa claim to have some big plans underway in this regard, but it would not be advisable to hold one’s breath over that bearing fruition."
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hahahahahaha ja ne wa tella mfana kikikikikiki.
MAMINZELA
posted: 03:40 pm
Chiefs have blood Money
gogowami
posted: 03:41 pm
This is useless editor.....its like saying y we are poor and while others are rich.....nxa
INCOGNITO
posted: 03:41 pm
We saw on the weekend how the ‘Big Three’ had the luxury of being able to introduce substitutes like Benni McCarthy, Kingston Nkhatha and Hlompho Kekana– just some of a multitude of top class players that were on their benches......is NKHATHA top CLASS??????????????????
Pelezinyo
posted: 03:44 pm
Smaller teams with less resources should rather focus their on the players in lower divisions as competition from the big three will be much less or absent. They should also invest in their development in order to feed the greedy 1s with money to burn rather than compete with them. Psl doesnt have enuff youngsters (under 19 players - real age), n even the fewer 1s who are lucky enuff to break into the 1st teams r nt given an opportunity to make mistakes n grow to become better players for the future. Ajax did a brilliant job of producing n nurturing talented youngsters but greed for a quick buck seems to be their downfall as they tend to sell them in bulks. Development is the answer here, festive season is the time to scout for young talent across SA, including rural areas
Bucsaway Trebble Champ
posted: 03:45 pm
@S'javoposted: 03:38 pm | Report

I don't need to name one cause it's all of them, the only player at Tortoises FC is Reneilwe Letsholonyane
The rest will be exposed in the 2nd leg
Greatness010
posted: 03:46 pm
It is not neccessarily about who you buy but how you buy.. Sundowns vs Platinum Stars and Swallows vs Pretoria University.. and again Supersport won the league three times with how they bought vs who they bought.. Pierates had always had decent group of players but only in the past few years they have been able to make some ground.. I am just saying.
Nebo
posted: 03:46 pm
Just imagine team like Tortoises fc sign Pelembe jooo Jessica will have to do afternoon work at Hillbrow in to raise some few bucks for him.

But dis happen worldwide a player like Dzeko who 's been used often at Man City can't move out and join small team like Aston Villa which for sure dey can't afford him. Hope teams like Chiefs, Sundowns and de Galaxy can release unused player to can have some game time with dis small teams look how Mthokozisi Yende s doing at Maritzburg as an example.
Anonymous
posted: 03:46 pm
The answer is simple (Die rede is eenvoudig). Teams must spend more money and time marketing themselves. They must be strategic and innovative while doing that. Chiefs went to the lengths and breaths of SADC to market itself and it worked. They spent money and time and ere very creative and innovative at that. Even going to the extent fo having a dress code for players. MaIvy. Thats was the strategy and foresight and it worked.
S'javo
posted: 03:51 pm
stayaway

posted: 03:45 pm | Report

@S'javoposted: 03:38 pm | Report

I don't need to name one cause it's all of them, the only player at Tortoises FC is Reneilwe Letsholonyane
The rest will be exposed in the 2nd leg
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So how come you failed to beat those rejects who nearly caused you heartattack on the weekend,even your so called myessi failed to pass the unfit masilela.
Footballlover
posted: 03:57 pm
these so called small teams must stop complaining, its competitive environment, they must ask Chiefs how we did it, when we came in we found house hold names such as Orlando Pierats, Moroka Swallows and the likes, but today we are bigger than them...come to naturena for a lesson on business admin...
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 04:02 pm
It happens in Spain...in England..in Germany...in Italy...so what are these minors crying for....There is no story here.....
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