Mokotjo has over the years proven himself to be one of the most consistent performers and he has gone from strength to strength since leaving PEC Zwolle. But with Mokotjo’s impressive performances in the Dutch topflight catching the eye of numerous admirers, he may be tempted to finally move on to greener pastures with several clubs reportedly interested in the 26-year-old’s services.
The former SuperSport United Academy graduate has never been short of suitors, having previously attracted interest from clubs in Russia and most notably the English Premier League. But any hopes of a move had diminished when he found himself in the national team’s wilderness, subsequently making himself ineligible for a work permit. However, this time around the midfielder is expected to have no such problems after he acquired dual citizenship, meaning a move to one of Europe’s top leagues may finally be on the cards.
A quick glance at Mokotjo’s statistics over the past 12 months, and you will quickly understand why the defensive midfielder is so highly regarded. According to Opta statistics, Mokotjo has started 32 games in all competitions and has accumulated 2831 minutes of football. The Bafana Bafana star has also proven to be highly influential as he has overseen eleven victories in his 33 appearances, contributing one goal and two assists.
But the most standout feature of Mokotjo’s game continues to be his passing. Mokotjo holds an 87 percent passing accuracy after distributing 1864 successful passes out of a possible 2140, which puts him amongst some of the best players in the Dutch league. This stat would certainly see him fit well into any of the top teams in Europe.
Nonetheless, Mokotjo has also created 28 chances and has a tackle success percentage of 70%. But if Mokotjo does make the move to a bigger team, one aspect of his game that he may need to improve on is his propensity to lose possession. Mokotjo has lost possession on 366 occasions, but it should also be noted that he has made 284 recoveries in the process.
Although, Mokotjo has been such an instrumental player for The Tukkers, a move could be likely as Mokotjo approaches the final year of his contract, and the club could look to cash in on its prized asset. Most importantly, the allure of European football is something that has alluded Mokotjo, and at Twente it remains unlikely that he will have that opportunity in the near future, with the club currently serving a three-year ban following the contravention of third-party ownership rules.
Nevertheless, this opens the door for a move to a number of big clubs. It still remains to be seen if club’s such as Southampton, who were previously interested in the player would return as it would be an ideal stepping stone for Mokotjo, but there is also the possibility of a move to Germany with a number of Bundesliga clubs also rumoured to have enquired about him.
Despite all the interest surrounding Mokotjo’s services, one thing is certain is that he has the talent, quality and experience to succeed at the highest level. After all it was that importance which saw him return to the Bafana Bafana fold.