Chiefs’ transfer plans amid striker crisis


Stuart Baxter has revealed Kaizer Chiefs' January transfer plans amid the club's ongoing injury crisis.

The Amakhosi are currently without the services of Siyabonga Ngezana, Dumisani Zuma and Lebogang Manyama, while strikers Leonardo Castro and Samir Nurkovic were both recently forced to undergo surgery for their respective injuries.

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Speaking ahead of Saturday's match against Chippa United, Chiefs head coach Baxter revealed that he will consider making a January signing in order to ease the current crisis at Naturena but cautioned against panic buying. 

"I think we've got to be careful as a football club to not solve problems with a cheque book," he told the media on Thursday.

"I think a signing is very possible in January but it must be part of a strategy. It can't be just because the supporters expect us to make a signing or maybe, we think we can plug a hole by making a signing. We need to have a strategy and the signing needs to be part of that strategy.

"With the injuries we've incurred, we've got Samir [Nurkovic] and Leo [Castro] who, both of them foreign players, both expected to be a source of goals for us, and yet neither are anywhere near the field.

"So, you'd think that, maybe, if we can make a signing to strengthen the striking department it would be useful, and you'd be right in that assumption.

"But we've got to think, if we do our work on the training, how much can we compensate there? We raise the level of the players we have and then we make that marquee signing to enhance everything.

"You've got to be careful not to believe that we can just buy our way out of trouble because you can't."

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