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Does Andile Jali have a place at Kaizer Chiefs?

22:59 GMT+3 05/06/2018
Bafana Bafana Andile Jali, November 2017
While Downs appear likely to land Jali's signature ahead of next season, Chiefs cannot be ruled out altogether. But does Jali have a place at Chiefs?

The race for Andile Jali’s signature has reportedly been reduced to two clubs - Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs, and the player will undoubtedly offer a lot at any club he chooses to sign for.

With the media left to only speculate regarding Jali’s next Premier Soccer League destination for now, Goal takes a look at how he can fit in at Chiefs.

A lot has been said about the midfielder’s options in terms of partnership at the Brazilians, options could be somewhat less with the Soweto giants, but it is worth exploring how he can fit in.

A new coach could use different tactics or formations based on the material at his disposal, and Jali might have a role to play at Naturena should they manage to convince him to sign with them.

3-4-1-2 FORMATION 

Amakhosi usually play on a counter using their two left and right full-backs to push forward. Philani Zulu and Ramahlwe Mphahlele could be the right men to offer those runs on the flanks.

For the midfielders, Jali could be Willard Katsande's perfect partner and link up with the attack-minded players.

Jali and Katsande's partnership can work because they have similar qualities to complement each other with or without a ball – they can both shoot, lay off a pass and they are gifted in reading the game to intercept attacks.

It is an open secret that Siphiwe Tshabalala is a different player when given defensive responsibilities – in this formation, he can just help to close the channels on the left hand side.

4-1-3-2 FORMATION 

Under Patrick Mabedi’s tutelage, Chiefs employed two different formations as they faced the Golden Arrows, the Urban Warriors and Maritzburg United.

Against the Abafana Bes’thende and against Muhsin Ertugral’s troops, they played using the 3-4-2-1 whilst the Flames legend opted for a 3-4-3 tactic against the Team of Choice.

Amakhosi bagged two wins out of three matches under Mabedi and the results could somewhat suggest the new coach might dump the 3-5-2 format ex-coach Steve Komphela mostly preferred in his tenure.

However, with Jali a much more offensive approach would do, with the former Bucs midfielder sitting in front of George Malueka, who has become more defensive in recent years. 

Siphelele Ntshangase could also have the freedom to cut inside from a wider position or even drift inside when Mphahlele makes those telling runs on the right hand side.

This formation would also allow the new coach to utilize two of Amakhosi strikers in Gustavo Paez and Castro - both whom are good holders of the ball.