“I didn’t think Dolly was bad, but…”

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Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has highlighted his advice to Keagan Dolly as the former youth international works his way back into the groove of playing regular football again.

Dolly was the marquee signing for Chiefs in the last transfer window and expectations are that he will have to provide much of the creativity that AmaKhosi so desperately need in opening up opposition defences this term.

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While he has shown glimpses of being able to do that especially when he links up with Khama Billiat he hasn’t been back at his best as yet since returning from French club Montpellier.

His performance over the weekend in the humiliation by Royal AM laid bare all concerns. 

"I think when you have been out for a long time like Keagan, I think it is quite normal that once you get back you push and push and when you are back you sort of breath out a little bit," says Baxter about Dolly.

"I think he may have had that little breath out tonight. He has to regroup. He has to reassess himself. I didn’t think he was bad, but I just thought he was off the pace and off his best. He showed some flashes of his quality which is undoubted but can affect the game a lot more," says the Chiefs coach.

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Being amongst the better earners at Chiefs, Dolly will feel the weight of pressure on his shoulders as the club also hopes to find a way of bringing their trophy drought to an end.

The 28-year-old has been thrown into the deep end from the word go despite his fitness having been evidently not up to scratch and has featured in all five games to date.

He was the star man in the win against Baroka but was far from convincing this past weekend.

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