Editorial: Will Manyisa justify his R29-million price-tag next season?

Goal takes a look at how Oupa Manyisa's gruelling season will affect his performance next season and if he will be able to cope with the R29-million price-tag placed on him by Bucs
Inexhaustible season

The Orlando Pirates midfield maestro played tirelessly in the Caf Champions League, Absa Premiership, MTN 8 and Nedbank Cup for the Sea Robbers. 

All in all, it culminates in 51 appearances, a total of 4693 minutes of action that played a preponderant role in the team reaching four consecutive finals and finishing fourth in the Premiership standings. 

His ever-present presence was hailed by many and going into the next one, they will no doubt anticipate similar displays coupled with more goals from the Mohlakeng-born star.

Will fatigue caught up with him?

Usually, players that play 90 minutes in all competitions feel the after-effects thereof as fatigue creeps in. In Manyisa's case, will the same occur in the 2014/15 season and will it lead to steady decline of the team or the exultation thereof?

"He is a complete team player. What I like about him is that he can play anywhere without any hassles, including defence," former Pirates coach Julio Cesar Leal said of him while speaking to the local media in 2011.

Those attributes clearly indicate that Manyisa, whether on the back of a tough season or not, will come good for the Buccaneers in all facets and inevitably all games. And with Issa Sarr alongside him, he will steer the Bucs ship to even greater heights next season.

Will he live up to his price-tag or will it be too heavy to bear?

A price-tag of around R29 million was and is still considered by many, including former Pirates wingers Steve Lekoelea and Helman Mkhalele too much for the 26-year-old. 

He was reportedly on the wanted list of African champions Al Ahly, PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns and a few unnamed European clubs.

Overall, how will such a massive tag affect his game? The notion out there is that it will be too heavy while some have it that he will come to the party and show to all that he is quality and he is worth the price-tag on his shoulders.

After all, most players with such a big price-tag, have always lived up to the expectations. Just look at Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, who is currently the world's most expensive footballer.