Fadlu Davids looking to strengthen Maritzburg United upfront
Posted: 21 December 2017 Time: 17:00
Maritzburg United coach Fadlu Davids is on the lookout for attacking talent and is targeting a top-eight finish with his youthful and versatile squad.
The Team of Choice are ninth on the table at the midway point of the season with 18 points from 14 games, and will resume their campaign against relegation-threatened Ajax Cape Town in the Mother City on January 5, 2018.
Davids gave an assessment of his side's progress in 2017/18 on the club's website.
“We have the youngest squad Maritzburg have ever had," he said. “We have brought the average age down to 23.03. We have the smallest squad we have ever had, 23 players, with eight Diski players included in that 23, plus four goalkeepers.
“We’re lucky that we have multi-functional players able to play in different positions. At least eight players are able to play in six or more positions.
“I don’t think anyone is able to see what we are doing, like I said, tactical flexibility. Sometimes a three defence line, sometimes a four defence line. Sometimes you see our line-up and you don’t know who is playing where because each player can play in different positions.
“Sometimes you overload on the side, sometimes our fullbacks are coming inside. So these are things we have been working on.”
He continued: “I think they have done so well. It’s normal for a young squad to be up and down. It's inconsistent performances, that is understandable. But we want to be able to build these young players to be able to help them develop.
“Like we have been doing with Lebo Maboe, Fortune Makaringe, Pogiso Sanoka, Bandile Shandu, Siphesihle Ndlovu. In their second season in the PSL, compliments to them. But challenges are coming, they have to handle the media, handle the stresses and it's our job to keep them grounded and focused.
“It’s no secret that we want to get into the top eight. Although these players are young, they have so much tactical flexibility. I think they are capable of getting into the top eight, but there’s lots of work to do before we start the second round.
“I will do a debrief, analyse the situation, watch all the games again. I know in our period of 10 days [before the break] we have been creating chances but not putting them away so definitely in the attacking department of the team we’ll look at finding a player with the capability to help us in that direction. Not necessarily a striker, but an attacking midfielder, a winger. Defensively, we’re one of the best in the league and we have to continue in that regard.”