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FEATURE: Where Kermit Erasmus will fit in at Cape Town City

14:50 WAT 12/12/2018
Lens, Kermit Erasmus
Goal takes a look at where the experienced forward is likely to fit in at the Citizens after joining the club from Portuguese side Vitoria Setubal

Cape Town City  pulled off a major transfer coup after securing the services of South Africa international Kermit Erasmus.

Benni McCarthy is hoping that he has finally found a forward who will get into double figures and boost the team's chances of challenging for the PSL title.

Erasmus arrives at the Mother City having endured a frustrating spell in Europe where he scored a mere four goals in three years.

The diminutive forward, who left local giants Orlando Pirates for French side Rennes in January 2016, is returning to the PSL with a point to prove.

Goal takes a look at how McCarthy could utilise Erasmus in the City team:


WINGER 




Erasmus is able to operate as a winger and play on the right or the left of the field with his primary role of making runs on the flank while combining with the main striker and also being able to shoot on goal.

The former South Africa under-20 international is blessed with good dribbling skills and pace, and he would flourish in a 4-3-3 formation as one of the two wingers on either side of the main striker.

Erasmus shone in a similar formation during his days with Pirates as he started alongside Sifiso Myeni and Thamsanqa Gabuza in a three-man attack which played an important role in helping the team reach the 2015 Caf Confederation Cup final.

At City, the Port Elizabeth-born player would face competition from wingers such as Bradley Ralani, Craig Martin and Riyaad Norodien if McCarthy decides to utilise Erasmus as a winger.


SECOND STRIKER




Erasmus is a versatile attacker, who can also play as a second striker or a deep-lying forward between the midfield and the main striker.

Blessed with excellent playmaking abilities, Erasmus would have all the freedom to roam offensively and act as a link between midfield and attack, while getting into goalscoring positions.

The 28-year-old player flourished as a second striker just behind Bradley Grobler during his second spell with SuperSport United and he also occasionally operated in a similar position at Pirates.

Erasmus would compete with Ayanda Patosi, who remains McCarthy's first-choice playmaker, while Tokelo Rantie and Matthew Rusike can also operate as a second striker.
 


STRIKER


Furthermore, Erasmus can be partnered with a big centre-forward, who is capable of holding the ball up and laying it off to the former in a 4-4-2 formation.

The speedy forward is able to run off his partner, whose primary role would be to use his physical strength to hold off defenders and bring his teammates into play.

This is the one position that Erasmus has played the most in his career and it usually brings out the best in him.

The former Feyenoord player would surely establish a good partnership with City's bulky striker Siphelele Mthembu, who is known for his ability to use his physical strength to hold off defenders and combine with his team-mates.