Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says his new striker Emiliano Tade must work hard to earn his place in the team.
The Argentine striker made his debut for the Brazilians in the Caf Champions League Group A match against Ivorian giants Asec Mimosas last weekend where he netted the team's third goal.
“Emi (Tade) must know that you don’t just walk in, you must earn it. We didn’t buy him for two games. We know that he found us where we are on the log and let’s be honest, we want him to help us to win the league. Not to deliver the league to us,” Mosimane said to Phakaaathi.
“You found people playing, let’s give respect to those who are there and I like it because it puts pressure on those who are there,” the former Bafana Bafana coach concluded.
The reigning PSL champions have the likes of Jeremy Brockie, Lebohang Maboe, Anthony Laffor, Gaston Sirino and Themba Zwane in their attacking department.
“Lebohang Maboe is performing. Gaston Sirino provides 70 to 80% of our goals. Themba Zane was good (against Black Leopards), Anthony Laffor was good. I need the captain (Hlompho Kekana) because who is going to pass those balls?” he asked.
“I need Tiyani Mabunda to protect everybody at the back. Those are the six players in attack. If I take out Lebohang we don’t score. If I take out Gaston we don’t get those assists,” he concluded.
Sundowns will take on Mimosas away in a Champions League Group A clash next week Tuesday.