South African football journalist Wright Mbongo runs the rule over the talent playing in the Premier Soccer League and nominates six players the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal should consider bringing to England.
While South Africa have only Kagiso Dikgacoi at Crystal Palace and Everton ace Steven Pienaar flying the colours of the rainbow nation high in England’s Barclays Premier League this season. There is talent here in South Africa that English clubs should be considering.
Here are six players currently are plying their trade in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League that I believe can be target for Premier League teams.
The off season Mamelodi Sundowns signing Dove Wome has already settled down in his new home and is gaining confidence in every match he participates in. The 22-year old Togolese international striker is a target man who crashes through defences and scores regularly. Boasting good mobility, he is a good finisher with both feet and a solid header of the ball.
The big striker featured for Togo in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations where they finished as runners-up, going down to Nigeria in the final.
The Kaizer Chiefs defender can be hard, solid rock at the back and can stop any striker on his day. Only 24 and playing for one of South Africa’s powerhouse clubs, the South African international centre-back could see himself on the books of a Premier League club if he reproduces the glowing performances that led him to international football back in 2011.
The former University Of Pretoria FC wonder-kid is continuing to show an ability to terrorise defenders with his tricky moves upfront for Mamelodi Sundowns. He is a preferred winger but can also play in the centre of midfield just like Kagiso Dikgacoi of Crystal Palace in England. The age to make it in the Premier League is still on his side as he is only 21-years old and he was part of the South Africa squad that failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil recently.
The Zimbabwean attacking midfielder, who can play either on the right wing or as a striker, is one of the most dangerous foreign players in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League. He is destined to leave for Europe in the near future. The 24-year old was mentored by Dutch coach Foope De Haan in his time at Ajax Cape Town before making a big money move to Mamelodi Sundowns, where he continues to show his greatness in front of goal. He has caught an eye of Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow.
Another great season with the South African big spenders might see Khama Billiat, who plays in the style of Everton’s Steven Pienaar, being targeted by one of the Premier League’s bigger clubs.
The new Orlando Pirates FC attacking midfielder has still some unfinished in Europe after having a short stint with Dutch side Feyenood. The 24-year old former Supersport United player can adapt to the Premier League style of play quickly having had European experience with another Dutch side Excelsior where he scored crucial goals before returning back home to become a fans favourite.
The 21-year old goalkeeper has been first choice at Supersport United for the past season in favour of former Bundesliga-based keeper Rowen Fernandez. The young, talented shot-stopper won the Premier Soccer League best young player of the season twice in row between 2011 and 2013.
The 1.84 m tall goal-minder has the ability to follow in the steps of Gary Bailey, the Manchester United FA Cup winner.
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