Struggling Kaizer Chiefs striker Lazarous Kambole has received backing from coach Ernst Middendorp, who believes everyone will one day see his true quality.
Kambole joined Chiefs under much fanfare at the start of the season in what was said to be a record transfer for Zambian giants ZESCO United.
The 25-year-old, however, has yet to prove his worth with at least a single goal in six appearances thus far, and has since been placed under increasing pressure by supporters.
But Middendorp has since leaped to the Chipolpolo forward’s defence, insisting that, according to research, players only reach their potential in their second season at a new club and further believes people will see realise his value as one of the best in the PSL.
“Kambole is an outstanding player; research has – okay, it’s only my research, but it’s proven most of the time that the real value of a player in the higher professional soccer level, which includes South Africa, comes only in his second season,” said Middendorp.
“He’s here now without having any break after COSAFA Cup, playing cup competition until June 20 in Zambia and then coming here on June 25 to start training with us, so we’ve had to balance it a little bit.
“But I think one day he will start scoring and one day everybody will talk about how he’s the most valuable player, in terms of the forward position, in the country.
“I’m so convinced about him, he’s probably running a little bit around having possibilities and not doing the right stuff, but we can wait for him, it’s not a problem.”