What Sundowns have bought in Brockie
Posted: 16 January 2018 Time: 17:15
Following confirmation from SuperSport United of the sale agreement of striker Jeremy Brockie to Mamelodi Sundowns, KickOff.com looks at what he could bring to Chloorkop.
Brockie arrived in South Africa in January 2015 as a relatively unknown attacker from Wellington Phoenix, with a dismal record of just one international goal in 46 All Whites outings.
The 30-year-old Kiwi has since established himself as a top marksman in the Premier Soccer League, having tallied up 54 goals in 125 appearances in all competitions, across three years at Matsatsantsa.
Brockie’s record in full:
Appearances: 81 Goals: 28
Appearances: 5 Goals: 4
Appearances: 8 Goals: 3
Appearances: 14 Goals: 9
CAF Confederation Cup
Appearances: 17 Goals: 10
His move to one of the PSL’s ‘big boys’ comes as no surprise then, with Sundowns having pulled out all the stops to beat the likes of Orlando Pirates to make the deal happen, despite SuperSport’s attempted resistance.
Brockie will be a welcome asset to Pitso Mosimane’s side when they begin their quest to reclaim the CAF Champions League crown, which they relinquished to Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca last year.
His style of play brings a new dimension to Mosimane’s attack, as he enjoys being in and around the box, while his ability to accurately shoot with both feet will make him a huge threat to the opposition – both locally and on the continent, as shown with SuperSport in the Confederation Cup last year.
He's strong in the air, which means Sundowns have the option of whipping those crosses into the box, knowing that the ball will meet Brockie's head.
It will be interesting to see how the striker's arrival will change coach Mosimane's starting line-up. Sundowns have not really played with a target man, a system which allows Sibusiso Vilakazi to get into the box and get onto the crosses delivered by the likes of Percy Tau and Themba Zwane.
Vilakazi could be sacrificed to accommodate Brockie upfront, or Mosimane could go without one of his central midfielders. He has been playing with Hlompho Kekana, Tiyani Mabunda and Oupa Manyisa in the middle of the park.
Having spent only three years in the country thus far, Brockie is not yet eligible for permanent SA residency and will therefore occupy one of Sundowns’ five foreign spaces, meaning one of Yannick Zakri, Brimah Razak, Fares Hachi, Bangaly Soumahoro or Ricardo Nascimento will need to be sacrificed.