Former Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns striker Kenny Niemach believes Leonardo Castro would be the ideal target man for Amakhosi.
According to Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, Castro and Khama Billiat are set for exits at Chloorkop and the coach is already looking for replacements. Castro has been linked with a move to Chiefs and is said to have already agreed to join the Soweto giants. It’s unclear if he will join the club in January or sign a pre-contract and only team up with them next season.
Niemach says Castro would be the perfect target man for Amakhosi.
“I think if the coach [Steve Komphela] is looking for a target man, Castro would be an ideal fit. Technically he’s good and his movement is also very sharp. I’m not sure if he fully appreciates the culture of Chiefs and Sundowns and what it means to move between the two clubs, given the opportunity I do suspect he will excel as he has the fundamentals.”
Niemach says Castro would need to hit the ground running at Naturena, if he ends up joining the club, because they are in a tough situation.
“Kaizer Chiefs as a club wants a finished product in a striker not someone who is gonna take time as their situation requires a top finisher. The (Chiefs) fans will have little tolerance if he doesn’t hit the ground running. He needs to ready himself as the environment at Chiefs and the expectations are far more intense.
“On his ability he is a natural goalscorer with great physic and a high work ethic, he needs to take his chance when he gets it and show his quality to get the fans on his side.”