Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp questions Leonardo Castro's ability to deal with pressure

The Amakhosi mentor has revealed that he expects more from the Colombian attacker following his recent dip in form

Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has revealed his concern surrounding the dip in confidence of striker Leonardo Castro.

The Colombian has come under immense scrutiny in recent times for his poor performances, and Middendorp has not been too impressed either with how the 29-year-old has dealt with the pressure placed on him.

“He didn’t travel with us to Polokwane… it was in the Cup game (Nedbank Cup against ABC Motsepe League minnows, Magic FC), the missing, getting hammered and he got a little sickness and a groin injury but don’t ask me how far he is (with recovery),” Middendorp was quoted as saying by Phakaaathi.

“The players don’t only play with the legs but with the mind as well and of course you could see he was not presenting the high level of confidence then he pulled out because of sickness, because of injury,” Middendorp suggested.

Middendorp though has stated that the club will continue to support Castro, but also admits much more is expected of the Chiefs player.  

“Yes, there is always the brand which is going to bring in high profile players, let’s take it from their side, as is expectation. But you have to do certain homework as you have to be very clear,” he said.

“Bringing a player into Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates with high expectation you must know that every test game, every league game and every cup game you have to win. If you do something not right you have to be strong enough to continue doing and showing your best,” he explained.

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“It was of course a surprise to see that there was a bit of a knock (in Castro’s confidence). Let’s take it from that side. It was disappointment on his side but I believe he needs the support and he will be able to give us a good run for the remainder of the season,” he concluded.