Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt has lauded Njabulo Blom as 'the future' after his impressive display in their MTN8 comeback win over Maritzburg United.
Chiefs looked to be starring down the barrel of yet another defeat to the Team of Choice but managed to turn the tide in emphatic fashion as Yagan Sasman's second-half brace overturned Thabiso Kutumela's opener.
While Hunt admitted they were below par in the opening 45 minutes, he conceded the 20-year-old made a huge difference when he introduced him at the break for Anthony Akumu.
"We weren't picking up the second ball in midfield, weren't getting our foot in, weren't getting close to them and this youngster we got, [Njabulo] Blom, I think he's the future, he's got huge ability but I've been impressed with him," Hunt said.
"I didn't want to start with him, I should've maybe but in hindsight, everything is easy in football but I thought he certainly one for me. He can cover distances, he's got a great engine and he can play.
"He came on and in the first 30 seconds he gave a long ball to Parker and he could have scored. He's got a good range of passing, the full package in midfield, he's got it. He's a young player so I'll give him time, show him a few things and let's see how it goes."
Blom featured just five times in the Chiefs first-team last season but looks set for a more prominent role under Hunt with the Soweto giants still restricted by the FIFA transfer ban.
Scroll through the gallery to see where Blom ranks amongst Chiefs' youngest ever debutants since 2006