Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane has come to the defence of his under-fire hitman Jeremy Brockie.
The New Zealand international is yet to score a goal in an official match for the Tshwane giants despite signing for the defending Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions in January of 2018.
It has been a torrid time in front of goal for Brockie, who has carried the burden of expectations on his shoulders ever since joining the club.
However, as Sundowns continue in their struggle to find the back of the net, Mosimane has defended the player he once named ‘Sniper’, suggesting that it is not only his job to find the back of the net.
“The goal drought is not only about him. Themba Zwane has not scored also. Gaston Sirino scored against AS Togo-Port but that was months ago. Sibusiso Vilakazi scored against Golden Arrows, Lebohang Maboe last scored in Polokwane a long time ago,” Mosimane was quoted as saying by Phakaaathi.
In recent weeks, the topic of player criticism has come to the fore following Thamsanqa Gabuza’s recent 'melt down' during a PSL encounter.
The 54-year-old mentor admits that the former SuperSport United player is already under immense pressure and fans shouldn’t place even more pressure on his shoulders.
“If you personalise it on Brockie you create more pressure and more stress. Yes, his job is to score and that is why we brought him, let’s be honest. We have to keep going and keep him hungry… but we must not put too much pressure on him,” Mosimane added.
“When a striker faces pressure for not scoring, it doesn’t end well. We saw that happened in Polokwane. Let’s not create the same scenario with Jeremy and put him under so much pressure. His under so much pressure. His team mates can always help him… at this level, pressure is always there but we are professionals,” he concluded.