Golden Arrows target two striker signings during January transfer window
Posted: 11 January 2017 Time: 21:00
Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen has made it a priority to bring in two new strikers during the January transfer window.
Arrows started the first half of the season on a positive note but the issue of strikers and goals has been glaring despite signing Lerato Lamola from Bloemfontein Celtic and Colombian striker Mauricio Barrios during the off-season.
Abafana Bes’thende had to wait on Barrios to make his debut after he suffered a jaw injury at training and Larsen has said many times that it was always going to take time for him to settle in the PSL, making an example of former Kaizer Chiefs striker Jose Torrealba and Mamelodi Sundowns’ Leonardo Castro.
The club’s top scorer so far in the league is versatile winger Wayde Jooste, who has scored three league goals in the first half of the season, followed by Lamola with two.
Larsen feels if his side wants to cement their place in the top eight, strikers are needed to achieve their aspirations.
“We are basically looking to bring in a striker, maybe even two before the window closes,” Larsen tells KickOff.com.
Meanwhile, the former Bloemfontein Celtic coach has been boosted by the return of left-back Lehlohonolo Nonyane and goalkeeper Maximilian Mbaeva.
Nonyane has missed the last nine matches in all competitions after damaging his groin in his side’s win over Chippa United on October 15 at Princess Magogo Stadium.
Namibian keeper Mbaeva has missed the last three after sustaining a concussion against Polokwane City on November 30 and was taken off before the second half started and replaced by Nkosingiphile Gumede.
And Larsen, who has used Jooste and Clifton Miheso in the left-back position in the absence of Nonyane, says the former Mpumalanga Black Aces defender is back at training but currently doing light training while Mbaeva has recovered fully.
“Mbaeva is back and Nonyane is doing light training,” confirms Larsen.
“Nonyane, we haven’t done any test yet of how he’s come because he had a good rest now [during the festive break]. We will have to wait and see if the injury is healed fully but Mbaeva has recovered fully from concussion.”
Larsen’s side will get the second half of their season underway against league leaders SuperSport United on February 8 at Lucas Moripe Stadium.