Premier Soccer League giants Orlando Pirates have already made some smart acquisitions this winter.
The Soweto giants have a solid foundation to their team having challenged for the PSL title and they qualified for next season’s Caf Champions League after finishing second on the log.
One of the Buccaneers’ new signings is Meshack Maphangule, who is set to move to the Houghton-based side from newly-promoted PSL side Black Leopards in July.
Maphangule, who played an instrumental role in helping the Limpopo side secure promotion to the PSL will join the Soweto giants from Lidoda Duvha on a free transfer.
But how exactly will the attacking midfielder fit in at Pirates with the current crop of players?
Goal takes a look at some of the potential formations that Mulitin 'Micho' Sredojeivc could use to accommodate Maphangule:
Maphangule is a versatile attacker who can play in midfield or upfront. The 26-year-old showed that he can be comfortable on either wing during the recent PSL promotional/relegation playoffs. This means Maphangule can adapt to quick, tactical changes required by Micho.
The former Dynamos Giyani player has the ability to create and score goals, but he will face stiff competition from such as Luvuyo Memela, Thembinkosi Lorch and Thabo Qalinge, who all established wingers.
Due to his speed and ability to cross the ball, Maphangule will no doubt be an asset to the Pirates squad. The gifted attacker also has an eye for goal having hit the back of the net three times for Lidoda Duvha last season.
Maphangule may be able to compete for one of the two forward wing positions available in a 3-4-3 formation.
Maphangule could also flourish in a 4-3-3 formation as one the three midfielders. The formation involves a defensive midfielder and two attacking midfielders, who are expected to assist both defensively and offensively.
As a versatile player, Maphangule has a good vision, work-rate and passing ability which makes him a decent midfielder who can be able to do the job in central midfield.
With Musa Nyatama having established himself as Pirates’ first-choice central midfielder, Maphangule would be deployed next to the experienced player and along with Xola Mlambo in the middle of the park.
Maphangule would compete with either Mpho Makola, Xola Mlambo and Siphumelele Mbulu for the two attacking midfielder spots available in a 4-3-3 formation.
The 4-2-3-1 formation could unleash the best out of Maphangule as a playmaker. In this formation, a playmaker is deployed between two wingers and behind the main striker.
During his days with Leopards, Maphangule was able to provide assists, through-balls, and initiating attacking plays as a playmaker alongside Mwape Musonda, who benefitted from the former’s creativity.
Justin Shonga, Augustine Mulenga and Memela were all Micho’s preferred front three towards the end of the season, and Maphangule would able to operate just behind the forwards which could help unlock his true potential at Bucs.