Former Orlando Pirates star Steve Lekoelea says Kaizer Chiefs may be too big for Hendrick Ekstein
Posted: 8 January 2017 Time: 14:54
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Hendrick Ekstein divides opinion like few other players in the top flight and inevitably comes under more scrutiny playing for a South African powerhouse.
In the January issue of KICK OFF a pair of former stars dig into what Ekstein needs to do in order to establish himself as a bona fide star which, at 26-years-old, is a transition he needs to make sooner rather than later.
Speaking to the magazine former Orlando Pirates magician Steve Lekoelea speculates as to whether Ekstein may excel at a smaller club where the weight of expectation is lessened.
"Ekstein is a good player, but Chiefs is a big club, maybe too big for him. There is a totally different mentality than at a small team like Maritzburg United or Bloemfontein Celtic," Lekoelea stated.
"It is not good enough to have three good games and then a bad performance. The supporters will be on to you. And someone like Ekstein cannot have three good games and think he has 'made it'.
Meanwhile, former Chiefs midfielder Siyabonga Nkosi, who often offered Ekstein advice whilst the latter was still climbing that ladder at the club, noted that it was imperative the diminutive midfielder began making more of an impact on games.
"I told him he has to have the opposition making plans to stop him. If they're not making those plans, he can't claim to be an influential player," Nkosi says.
"Playmakers, in an attacking sense, really need to stamp their authority on matches because so much of the play goes through them."
Does Ekstein have what it takes to become a Chiefs great? Grab the latest copy of KICK OFF Magazine, on shelves now, to read more about what Nkosi and Lekoelea think! Prefer reading KICK OFF Magazine on screen? DOWNLOAD a digital copy of the magazine here!