Who is Mamelodi Sundowns' new signing Jose Ali Meza?

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Following the confirmation of Masandawana's latest signing, Goal takes a look at what fans can expect from the South American

With Khama Billiat having parted ways with Mamelodi Sundowns  and Percy Tau likely to follow suit, head coach Pitso Mosimane needed to once again scout for talent around the world.

Sundowns recently confirmed that Venezuelan attacker Jose Ali Meza would be joining the 2017/18 Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions.

This immediately had fans and pundits alike wondering just who the Sundowns newest acquisition is, and exactly what he will bring to the club.

When it comes to scouting international talent, Mosimane is definitely at the forefront and it was most recently seen after he brought in another South American in Gaston Sirino, who has taken the South African top flight by storm.

Mamelodi Sundowns, Pitso Mosimane

Fans will hope that Ali Meza will be just as influential, but it should be noted that while they do share similar traits, they are very different players.

For starters, Meza is more of a striker in the mould of Billiat and Tau and therefore would be an ideal replacemen, but what really stands out when analysing his stats is his goalscoring ratio.

While it has taken Meza some time to find his feet, Mosimane will be confident that the player he hired to put the ball into the back of the net obliges when called upon.

During the 2016/17 season, Meza scored 24 goals in 53 league appearances for Bolivian side Oriente Petrolero.

Meza would then go on to bag 12 goals in eight games in 2018. This will certainly have wet every Sundowns fans' appetite as they look to improve on their goal tally.

Mamelodi Sundowns

However, it should be mentioned that while Meza, who turned 27 in April, has built a reputation for himself in Bolivia

Prior to joining Petrolero, he was a journeyman having played for clubs in Venezuela as well as a short stint in Portugal with Feirense in the Segunda Liga.

His European journey would be less than enjoyable as he made just 15 appearances, failing to find the back of the net in the process.

The player then returned to Venezuela, only to move on to Petrolero where the rest is history.

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While Meza is a goalscorer of note, he is by no means an out and out No.9. He likely to play behind the top striker, but can also play as a ‘false 9’.

This should suit Sundowns’ game plan as Meza is a nippy little attacker who possesses immense skill and pace.

Meza is also comfortable with both feet and this could be useful as Sundowns’ attackers have a tendency of dropping deeper onto the wing.  

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