Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Stanton ‘Stiga’ Fredericks says Hendrick Ekstein can become one of the club’s most important players with consistency.
Fredericks is pleased with how the attacking midfielder has performed this season having made 28 appearances in all competitions for Amakhosi.
“If I look at his form over the last four to five games, he has really come to the Chiefs team and added the creativity that I feel was lacking a bit after George Maluleka got injured,” Fredericks told Vodacom Soccer.
“But I am reluctant to say he is already fulfilling his role. Consistency is something you need to do for a season and the next season,” he continued.
The retired midfielder stated that Ekstein can learn from Chiefs’ veteran midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala, who is arguably one of the best players to have played in the Premier Soccer League.
“When I talk about consistency I talk about Shabba (Siphiwe Tshabalala). Now, that is consistency over many seasons. Our media sometimes I think get excited to quickly when someone performs well,” Stiga added.
In terms of Ekstein’s quality, you will not be at Chiefs if you do not have the quality, his quality has never been questioned, and I do not question his quality and ability. I have seen over the last five games that he is a good player, right.
“The fact that, like I mentioned, you don the Chiefs jersey if you are not exceptional. Yes, he has really been at the forefront of Chiefs last six or seven games. He has been looking more dangerous; he is creating and scoring goals. I think he has been the creative link."
Fredericks, who turned out for Amakhosi between 2001 and 2004, added that Ekstein can only fulfil his potential if he becomes consistent.
"By all means I back his quality, but I would like to see that consistency. So I will not jump up and down immediately,” he said about the 27-year-old Ekstein.
“I would love to see more consistency; you cannot say with five games that now Pule is the one. I would love to see more consistency, but I never doubt his quality. The quality is there,” he concluded.