Has Castro done enough at Chiefs?


Colombian forward Leonardo Castro is spending his latest injury-enforced absence on the sidelines as the Colombian is set to complete a milestone at Kaizer Chiefs.

Castro is only expected back in action towards the end of the year having last featured for Chiefs in the CAF Champions League semi-final tie against Wydad Casablanca in June.

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Ahead of the Carling Black Label match against Orlando Pirates on August 1, Stuart Baxter confirmed that the 32-year-old will be out for up to 16 weeks.

His predicted return would likely then be around the halfway stage of the season as Chiefs go in search of finally ending their trophy drought.

Since arriving at Chiefs in January 2018 from Mamelodi Sundowns where he won four trophies in two and a half years, Castro is yet to win any silverware and now only has the league and Nedbank Cup available before the expiry of his contract next June.

By the time he completes four years at Chiefs in January, he will have not won any silverware as well and will have done enough reviews of his time at the club.

At present, the Colombian has a return of 29 goals (plus 10 assists) from 110 appearances for Chiefs.

Last season he scored nine from 39 appearances matching the number that he managed in the 2018/19 campaign he also came just one shy of double numbers.

His goals return has never been in double numbers through a single campaign meaning though he is a centre forward he doesn’t score an avalanche of goals.

Castro’s numbers show that he scores a goal in every fourth appearance he makes and from the 110 appearances he has played from start to finish in 33 games.

He has played at least 45 minutes in another 62 games which means 95 of his appearances have been at least 45 minutes.

For all the three full seasons that Castro has spent at Chiefs, he has had injury concerns through all of them at one point missing at least four games on each occasion.

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