Kaizer to make Ek­stein call?

What the Siya crew has been told…

Soccer Laduma - - Siyag Bhoza -

Kaizer Chiefs’ Hen­drick ‘Pule’ Ek­stein is a player that di­vides opin­ion, and the fact that coach Gio­vanni Soli­nas – and Steve Kom­phela be­fore him – have not made him a reg­u­lar starter in their teams sug­gests that he’s not just a player that the Amakhosi faith­ful aren’t sure on.

Ac­cord­ing to Siya sources, the at­tack­ing mid­fielder’s fu­ture with the Glam­our Boys is up in the air at the mo­ment; how­ever, one ma­jor fac­tor count­ing highly in his favour is that club chair­man, Kaizer Mo­taung, is be­lieved to be a big fan of his.

Soli­nas has given Ek­stein just two starts in the Absa Pre­mier­ship this sea­son, fol­low­ing the ar­rival of play­ers such as Khama Bil­liat and Le­bo­gang Manyama, and there is talk that not ev­ery­body at the club is con­vinced that he has what it takes to con­tinue play­ing for a club of Chiefs’ stature.

How­ever, the Siya crew has been in­formed that man­age­ment – who ul­ti­mately make the de­ci­sions – are con­sid­er­ing hand­ing the player a lengthy new deal that would ef­fec­tively see him re­main with the club un­til he reaches his 30s. Soon to be 28, Siya sources have ex­plained ained that the club area pre­par­ing a new of­fero for Ek­stein that couldc span three years, thoug gh at this point in time there have been no in­di­ca­tion ns as to whether he wi ill sign it or not.

Tho ough he is co on­sis­tently touted d as ‘one for the fu uture’, ‘Pule’ is now w 27 years old and hash less than 80 first team ap­pear­ances s to his name, with his crit­ics in­sist­ing that he needs to start turn­ing it on soon if he is to prove him­self to be Kaizer Chiefs qual­ity. The prospect of a new deal could give him the im­pe­tus that he needs to re­ally take it up a notch on the field, and he will be buoyed by the fact that Mo­taung wants to see him suc­ceed. With a three-year deal on the card­scards, it does ap­pear that – reard­less of the plit opin­ion the at­tack­ing id­fielder does have a fu­ture at Na­turena, and he will be ea­ger to make sure that 2018/19 is his most ef­fec­tive sea­son to date in or­der to prove that he is wor­thy.

While there has been no of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion re­gard­ing the length of Ek­stein’s cur­rent deal, it has been pre­vi­ously re­ported by the Siya crew that it will ex­pire at the end of the cur­rentc sea­son, mean­ing that he will tech­ni­cally be able to open up talks with any other in­ter­ested par­ties come the turnt of the new year.

Ek­stein was heav­ily linked with a move to Chippa United to­wards the end of last sea­son, though in the end he stayed ono with Chiefs.

The Siya crew is aware that thet club ad­mires the player and,a while there has been non talk of a move in re­cent months, in­di­ca­tions are that they would wel­come his ar­rival, r given the op­por­tu­nity.

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