Where will Jose Ali Meza fit in at Mamelodi Sundowns?

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Goal looks at where Masandawana's new signing will fit in at the Chloorkop-based outfit

Jose Ali Meza - this is a name that will leave many Mamelodi Sundowns and Premier Soccer League (PSL) fans perplexed.

But the Venezuelan forward could very much be the answer to Masandawana coach Pitso Mosimane’s wishes.

The attacker might be unknown to South African audiences, but he comes highly recommended having scored eight goals in just 12 appearances this year already.

With Khama Billiat having left and Percy Tau also believed to be eyeing greener pastures, Meza could be in for a baptism of fire as he will have an important role to play at the club.

The South American is likely to lead the line, but once again, Mosimane’s intense scouting has produced a player that is versatile and can play in a number of positions.

However, Meza has been brought in as an out-an-out goalscorer in the mould of Billiat, and he is likely to be utilised in a similar role. Not only can the 27-year-old lead the line but he can also play just behind the lead striker.

Sundowns are known to utilise a 4-3-3 formation primarily, and this will suit Meza. The attacker is not the biggest of players but he is certainly skilful and pacey which could make him an ideal option as a 'false 9'.

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Nonetheless, Meza might also triumph playing off a big forward like Jeremy Brockie. This may be a tactic that Mosimane could employ particularly in Africa, with Brockie able to compete physically up top, and Meza using his skill to open up the game.

This may give Sundowns' technical team something to think about, but it would also depend on the form of the New Zealand international, who is yet to find the back of the net for his new club.

Another option which could also see Meza come to the forefront at Sundowns is in an attacking midfield role.

Meza is a typical South American player who enjoys having the ball at his feet and playing slightly deeper behind a striker may benefit both him and the Brazilians. Perhaps a 4-3-2-1 would be ideal for Masandawana to unleash their new acquisition.

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Nevertheless, Meza is comfortable on both feet, and playing as a playmaker would allow him to not only create opportunities but also showcase his goalscoring prowess.

While Sundowns' loss of Billiat and potentially Tau will come as a massive blow, what's evident is that they have found a like-for-like replacement.

Now, what remains to be seen is just how quickly he adapts to South African football.

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