Brockie, who was unveiled at Chloorkop by club president Patrice Motsepe on Wednesday, has not found the back of the net since October, in a Telkom Knockout match against Bloemfontein Celtic. He only has one league goal, but Mosimane is delighted to see how Brockie is already starting to gel with the more skillful players on the training pitch.
Brockie is not going to offer what the likes of Percy Tau, Themba Zwane, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Anthony Laffor do, but he is the type of player Sundowns need upfront to finish off the many chances these enterprising attackers create.
“Who in this country has scored 54 goals in about 109 games, except for Jeremy Brockie? So it’s almost a goal every two games. You might make a mistake [in signing him], but it’s a good mistake. We say a lot of white people struggle in Africa – saying it’s too hot and there’s mosquitoes – but the guy went there and scored 10 goals [in the CAF Confederation Cup], so he ticks all my boxes,” Mosimane said.
“[Luis] Suarez can never do what [Lionel] Messi does. [Alvaro] Morata can never do what [Eden] Hazard does. He [Brockie] is a different player and we need that at Sundowns. When I watched training, I said ‘for now I have not made a mistake’.
Mosimane says Brockie, who is available for Saturday’s Absa Premiership match against Platinum Stars, will play in the same role Leonardo Castro did.
“We had Castro, so Brockie will come in that role.”
The arrival of Brockie means there will be less pressure on Downs’ top scorer Tau to find the back of the net, according to Mosimane.
“Probably we are over-relying on Percy. Sometimes we should not stifle his development,” the coach said.