Baxter opens up on Nurkovic form


Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has opened up on whether striker Samir Nurkovic may be suffering from a lack of confidence after a barren goalscoring run.

Nurkovic is without a goal since Baxter started sitting on the bench upon his return for his second stint and has now stretched his barren scoring run to six games with his last strike having been against Wydad Casablanca in the CAF Champions League.

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Of concern is that he is yet to score in four games this season which has ignited questions around his confidence and mental state considering that he has been a subject of transfer talk again with Egyptian club Pyramid mentioned as being interested.

"I think yes absolutely, Samir is not necessarily in a crisis, but he is a striker who lives and has lived for the whole of his career with goals as the gold standard," says Baxter.

"Even if he is playing well for the team at the moment and even if he is getting to goalscoring positions, he is not tucking them away and that displeases him immensely.

"It causes him frustration and therefore, yes, he is waiting for that goal to ease the pressure on himself, so I think that is a definite.

"So, what do I do? I have spoken to him individually and tried to reassure him that as long as he is working hard and as long as he is opening for other people then he is still doing a good job for the team. But the point when it becomes a problem, and he needs to take a step back then I will rest him by putting him on the bench or rest him completely.

"So, you can only do that because there are only a few tools that we have as coaches. That is what we can do. We can talk to him and reassure him and give him another run and when it comes to a point where I think should rest him now then we will do that.

"But then I think at the moment one goal will solve the whole thing. If he wasn’t getting into these goal-scoring positions, then I would be closer to probably resting him. Then he probably would need to take a step back and regroup.

"At the moment he is getting into good positions so he is doing a good job for the team, and I think we should have that little bit of patience," explains Baxter.

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