Former coach 'surprised' by Solomons' meteoric rise


Dillon Solomons’ former coach has highlighted the crucial factors that will determine if the Kaizer Chiefs' new signing grows to become a success at the club.

Solomons has joined Chiefs from Swallows where he put in a solid shift of 29 appearances with a return of four goals after joining from Cape Town All-Stars.

He has signed a four-year deal and previously played for Milano United, Royal Eagles and Stellenbosch.

"I’m surprised that he has jumped so quickly into a big club, but they liked what they saw in him, and this is the reward you get for consistently performing," Dylan Deane tells KickOff.

Deane ran the rule while Solomons was at All-Stars.

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"It will be interesting to see where Chiefs use him but I’m sure Arthur Zwane already has a plan. 

"Swallows played him at right-back and that was the first time I saw him playing there.

"Prior to that he has always played in offensive areas as a right-winger because he uses his pace is most effective used where it hurts the opposition the most," points out Deane while recalling his earliest meeting with Solomons at All-Stars.

"I always first look at the attitude of the player before anything else

"Dillon has a fantastic attitude and works with the plus being that he is a professional which counts a lot in this game.

"Then because he is a young player, he has one element which will always give you the edge in any sport throughout the world and that is ‘he is so unbelievable quick’.

"In the last two years that I have watched him, he has developed his game nicely though he still has certain elements of the game to learn.

"With Dillon in one-on-one situations, he is dangerous because of his speed. His crossing is one of his key weapons because he always gets quality balls into the box.

"It is an interesting signing for Chiefs because he will give them pace out wide and deliver quality crosses into the box.

"The fact that he plays with a lot of confidence and belief in himself will help him in dealing with the demands and expectations that come with being at Chiefs," says Deane.

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