The Incumbent: Tebogo Langerman (32 years old)
Since following a familiar path of being converted from a winger into a rampaging fullback, Langerman has been a very consistent performer for Sundowns, playing 21 or more league matches in each of the last four seasons. He has already seen off competition from Mzikayise Mashaba and Fares Hachi in recent seasons, but now faces a new challenge from Lyle Lakay, another one of Mosimane’s famous winger-to-fullback conversions, and a player about to hit his peak. With Langerman turning 33 by the end of the current season and, crucially, suffering some inconsistent form in recent months, he may not have long left as first choice.
The Successor: Lyle Lakay (27 years old)
Initially, Lakay went on trial at Sundowns in November 2013 to try to earn a move from Bloemfontein Celtic. He was used at left back during those couple of weeks, but the club decided against signing him. Now, nearly five years later, he is at Chloorkop and has found himself converted from a winger to left back. Lakay has started four games this season in defence, impressing against Chiefs and Cape Town City in particular, but has since lost his spot. His energy, excellent crossing and dribbling will suit the role well, but Langerman has better positional awareness and is better at dealing with aerial duels at the back post. Verdict: It seems just a matter of