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How will William Twala improve Kaizer Chiefs?

Posted: 14 January 2016 Time: 14:04

Kaizer Chiefs have signed William Twala, but how will he improve the team as they continue their title defence?

READ: Chiefs sign William Twala

Coach Steve Komphela has not settled on a regular starting eleven since taking over at the start of the season, although the midfield is the most settled part of the team.

So to assume Twala will just slot in at right-wing could be premature.

Komphela prefers a traditional 4-4-2 formation (4-5-1 when Bernard Parker drops deep) and his most common midfield this season has been Siphiwe Tshabalala (RM), Reneilwe Letsholonyane (CM), Willard Katsande (CM) and George Lebese (LM).

Playing Tshabalala at right-half allows him to cut inside onto his left foot and thread those through-passes, which is a potent weapon in itself but it means that right-back Siboniso Gaxa has to provide width down the right flank.

With Twala now an option as an out-and-out right-half, the coach has more options for how to deploy Tshabalala, who can also play as a number 10 or on the left side of midfield.

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Lebese has excelled in that position this season so it is unlikely that Komphela will move him to accommodate Tshabalala at left-half so that Twala can play on the right flank.

Unless Lebese’s groin injury is more severe than the club has indicated, the energetic Twala will most likely be used as an impact sub late in the game to replace tiring players.

Chiefs have not had a proper right-half for a long time, and Twala could represent that if he is given an opportunity.

However, it would mean moving Tshabalala out of that right-half position, which means other players will also need to shift around, and that is something Komphela may not want to tinker with too much considering the pressure he is under.

What Twala certainly does bring to Chiefs is an outlet down the right side and pace on the counter-attack, which is an option Komphela has not yet had, or if needed he could play on the left and invert the 'Shabba dynamic' by cutting inside onto his right foot.


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