New Mamelodi Sundowns signing Lyle Lakay is unfazed by the quality of players at the club, and says he will work hard to cement his spot in the starting XI.
The Cape Town-born midfielder joined the Brazilians last week and made his debut in Sundowns’ colours during the Shell Helix Cup match against Kaizer Chiefs last Saturday.
Although he played as a left-back, Lakay fitted in like a hand in a glove and did well to help the Tshwane side win the match 2-1 at the FNB Stadium.
Speaking about challenging for a place in the starting line-up, the former Cape Town City midfielder revealed what coach Pitso Mosimane told him before joining the 2016 African champions.
“Sundowns have many talented and quality players. Yes, people will always talk, but it all depends on you as a player to fight for a place in the team,” he told Isolezwe.
“In the end, people will not decide for you because if you put in extra work and do what the coach wants and take your chances, you will never know,” he added.
“Coach Pitso told me that he wants me to play for his team as we all know I play on the left wing,” said the midfielder.
“He told me he wanted me here and he wanted to use me at left-back because I have speed,” revealed the Mother City-born star.
“If the coach believes in you and that you can do the job, then why will I struggle to play?,” quizzed Lakay.
“I have accepted the role because in modern football, even if you play at the back, you spend most of the time attacking than marking an opponent,” he continued.
“My aim is to fight for a place in the starting line-up then catch up with the rhythm of the team as well as helping to win trophies as they always do in all these years,” concluded the 26-year-old.
Meanwhile, the Brazilians will be hoping to get their first win in the Caf Champions League this weekend when they welcome Togo’s AS Togo-Port at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.