Hunt slams modern day full-backs

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Hunt is known to be an old-school character, who prefers results-driven football over fancy formations and tactics and has proven its effectiveness with his four league titles in the last decade.

The knowledgeable tactician is once again flying high on the log standings this season, occupying second spot and trailing Orlando Pirates by three points, while still having two games in hand.

The arrival of Robyn Johannes at the start of the season has seen him slot into central defence alongside Buhle Mkhwanazi and captain Thulani Hlatshwayo shifting to right-back.

Many would fail to understand this, given the presence of promising 20-year-old full-back Reeve Frosler, but Hunt is adamant ‘Tyson’ does the required job out wide.

“Tyson’s not going to give you [at right-back] what people look for these days. I don’t like the modern-day full-back,” said Hunt.

“Because you saw what happened when Baroka played Sundowns – there was no defensive full-backs and they got hurt there, and that’s why I say we need better people that can defend.

“Let’s be defenders first and attackers second, so for me, I don’t like those modern-day guys that are running up and down, because generally the ball goes into the stands after the cross.

“So, I’d rather have a winger crossing the ball than a full-back crossing the ball, that’s for sure… I think if you can get that area right, you’ve got half a chance.”

The former SuperSport United and Moroka Swallows mentor was not merely laying into The Brazilians system of play, as he also pointed to the shortcomings of full-backs at some of the world’s leading clubs.

“You watch any world football [powerhouse] – Real Madrid and Barcelona – I mean, their defending is shocking, I don’t care if it’s a top player, but their defending is atrocious, and they need better defenders,” he added.

“People say, ‘Oh, we don’t want to see that [type of defensive football]!’ But, if you work in football, you need defensive structures that need to be better.”