Moon and Zuma have both seen reduced game-time in recent months, but both managed minutes in their recent Nedbank Cup victory over ABC Motsepe League outfit The Magic over the weekend.
Middendorp has since explained that the fixture schedule has been part of the reason why neither have been able to break into the team, given their limited preparation time, but has reassured his faith in their quality and potential.
“It’s a bit of a pity situation for him. There’s no doubt about it, for a player in his position, where he played regularly and did well last season and even being called up to Bafana
“Of course, if somebody can really identify the strengths and potential of someone like Ryan Moon, there’s probably one – I brought him into the PSL, he played his first game in Pietermaritzburg and I identified his potential then already.
“I’m quite positive regarding his progress, what he went through in the past years with Steve Komphela and Giovanni Solinas, but the situation is the same for other players in his position, probably the same as Dumisani Zuma to mention another example.
“Both of them are players with huge potential, but Ryan in this moment faces a bit of a pity situation because there’s no real preparation time, where you can be looked at over a full week.”
The German tactician further explained that the last few weeks have afforded him more time to assess their progress and says it is now merely down to the technical team to decide when to use them.
“The last two weeks was when he really could make his mark in a way to show in training, but before we played on Saturday then on Wednesday, rush back to Naturena and try to prepare for the next game on Sunday, and then travel to Zambia, and so on," he added.
“This makes it difficult for these players, and Ryan Moon specifically, is not only talented but he’s qualified [good enough] and he’s really working hard to get his chance. It’s now up to us to make a decision [on when he plays].”