The 2015/16 Premier Soccer League season is now officially underway, while football fanatics from far and wide all experience the mixed bag of emotions that come with being an avid football follower in such entertaining times, we at GSV have served you up a little morsel for thought as we begin to approach the end of the transfer window. Dished out for your reading pleasure, we present to you GSV Grading The Deal, were all the ABSA Premiership clubs will have their acquisitions dissected with the view of shedding more light on the shady world of transfer dealings. Enjoy!
Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club
Transferred From: Ajax Cape Town
DoB: January 22nd, 1993 (22)
Nationality: South African
Position/s: Winger, Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Trequartista (left/ Right/ Centre)
Transferred From: Platinum Stars
DoB: October 6th, 1990 (24)
Position/s: Winger, Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Trequartista, Deep-Lying Forward, Advanced Forward (Left/ Right/ Centre)
Fiston Abdul Razak
Transferred From: Sofapaka FC (Kenya)
DoB: September 5th, 1991 (23)
Position/s: Advanced Forward, Complete Forward, Poacher
The Grand Stand View
Mamelodi Sundowns have often been portrayed by many as the Manchester City of Mzansi diski, a football club with vast amounts of riches and little regard for blooding young players in at the first team level while spending their seemingly bottomless pit of money on stockpiling the best available talent in the league. This perception has been done away with for most parts at both clubs over the last two seasons; Mamelodi Sundowns have begun to recruit in a far more meticulous manner and the deals they have managed to secure in recent transfer windows will place their club in the best possible position moving forward as they now seem to sign players with good ability and great potential, instead of the players that are merely displaying a decent-to-good level of ability.
The balance within the squad should be the envy of many a local gaffer, Masandwana have quality in every department and that pedigree reflects the ambition and resource levels of the club; The Brazilians can afford to be far quieter in the transfer market now that they are beginning to reap the fruits of their labour at youth development level, Downs can now promote youth development players to add the depth they were buying for inflated transfer packages and that has placed the club in a more powerful position in the transfer market. If Mamelodi Sundowns are now only going to enter the market for specific transfer targets that they feel will add something unique to their squad, they can afford to play their cards better and refuse to be held ransom by clubs, players and intermediaries looking to milk them of their resources; a better Mamelodi Sundowns off the field could just translate into a settled and confident Mamelodi Sundowns on the field, as players have heightened job security and the freedom to play that Shoeshine & Piano brand of football on their way to some much anticipated and desired success.