'Grobler suits Hunt, Chiefs need him'


Former Bafana Bafana striker Glen Salmon believes Bradley Grobler would be suited to moving to Kaizer Chiefs considering how he plays and what Gavin Hunt demands from his forwards.

Grobler has been charming many with his goals for SuperSport United – 14 so far this term and 17 last season – which explains why the volume of talk about him reuniting with Hunt has gone up despite him being set to turn 34 on his next birthday.

Major boardroom changes are also forecasted at Matsatsantsa at the end of the season, and Grobler will once again have a decision to make about where he wants to continue his career. 

"This is more about the club being in need of what he can offer," Salmon points out to KickOff.com.

"What I see of his game now is that he is not running around like a headless chicken. He is playing clever football so if his body can still give him another three years, then it is possible. Sometimes you get better with age and get to be at your best around 33 or 34, not in terms of running but rather intelligence on the pitch. So why not move?” argues Salmon.

Having played under Hunt for four years in the twilight of his playing career, Salmon understands very well how the Chiefs gaffer operates and knows Grobler can provide the answers in the pressure cooker environment around Naturena.

"That is a choice [joining Chiefs] that he [Grobler] has to make. In the last year [aged 34] of my career I played centre-back and it was a challenge that I took because I was up to it and it kept me motivated. You always need that challenge to keep you sharp and obviously being at a club like Chiefs you will get that.

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"So that is down to the individual and I am sure that if they sign a few players next season he (Grobler) will want to be at Chiefs and have a feel of a new challenge. It is down to him but personally it would be a good thing for the club as well because he adds value and will help the younger ones coming up.

"If he is healthy and fit there is nothing wrong with making that move at that age because there are many players who have made the move that late into their careers. If you are up for it then you can be as good as a 21-year-old or maybe even better. I think if the age is taken out of the equation then he is a player who can still do the job at a big like Chiefs if they feel they want him.

"Credit should be given to him for the way he has gone about his job. He is clever and a good team player. I understand what Gavin wants and I know that Gavin needs those type of players. He doesn’t like individuals. He likes his team to play with a striker who can benefit the team and not only that he scores a lot of goals but can create goals as well. If Gavin is looking for that type of player then who better in the league?" reasons Salmon. 

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