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COMMENT: Kaizer Chiefs look 'a scary team' with Leonardo Castro

18:16 EAT 23/01/2018
Leonardo Castro and Joseph Molangoane of Kaizer Chiefs
The two players have fitted like a hand in a glove at Naturena, but there’s still a lot in store for Amakhosi fans

Leonardo Castro recently joined Kaizer Chiefs from Mamelodi Sundowns, and his arrival was met with criticism from a section of football fans, who felt he'd lost his bite.

The Colombian striker introduced himself to the Amakhosi faithful with a ferocious strike against Baroka this past weekend; the goal which saw the Naturena-based outfit register their first win over Kgoloko Thobejane's men in seven years. 

For years, Chiefs has been missing a striker that can score 12 goals or more per season, and Castro, with his proven goalscoring record, appears to be the right man to lead their attack for the next two seasons. 

Interestingly, Chiefs have not produced a PSL top goalscorer since Bernard Parker’s 10-goal haul three seasons ago

While his confidence suffered a knock in the past 10 months or so whilst on the books of Sundowns, Castro looks sharp and eager to prove a point to those who doubted his ability as a striker.

Prior to his goal against Baroka, the South American marksman had not scored since March 2017, but with time, he is likely to get better under the guidance of Steve Komphela.

In a season or two, if utilized on a regular basis, Castro can be the striker the Glamour Boys have been looking for by scoring goals and helping them fight for major titles.

Of course Castro cannot do it alone, and he will need his teammates to become the main man at Chiefs – that’s where players such as Siphelele Ntshangase, Joseph Molangoane and Kabelo Mahlasela (currently injured) come in.

Ntshangase is undoubtely a talented player, and although he doesn’t have too many goals in his tank, his passing game will play a huge role in ensuring that Castro shines upfront.

Soon after joining Chiefs, the 24-year-old vowed to make the club fans ‘happy’ with his 'champagne passes', and in the two games that he’s played, both coming off the bench, he’s already shown that he's got a lot to offer the team.

His performance could get even better once he gets used to his new surroundings, and this should give the rest of the PSL teams something to worry about when facing Chiefs.

Amakhosi’s defence is solid and hardly concedes a goal, and that’s one of the reasons they’re still in the title race, and four points behind log leaders Sundowns even without a natural striker.

Their midfield is solid as well although there’s still room for improvement, and with Castro in the team alongside Gustavo Paez, Bernard Parker and Ryan Moon, Chiefs look a scary team that’s ready to take the PSL by storm again.

The next four months will certainly paint a clear picture of Chiefs' plans for the new season, especially with the Nedbank Cup competition getting underway in the upcoming months and the title race still open.

After directly having a hand in 24 goals (16 goals and eight assists) in 62 official matches for the Brazilians, Castro surely understands the South African football better now, and he is where he feels most appreciated, meaning that he has no reason to fail or disappoint those who still hold him in high regard as a striker.  

Pitso Mosimane has already said he's 'scared' of Chiefs, probably because they have Castro as their player. And that says a lot about the quality of players Steve Komphela has at his disposal, but most importantly, the arrival of the 28-year-old marksman makes opposition look at the Soweto giants differently.