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Grading The Deal; A Delineation Of Darren Keet’s Homecoming To BidVest Wits

Returning home, to a club and an area he is familiar with, may be a masterstroke for Darren Keet and BidVest Wits as an organisationClick To TweetKeet Bafana Wits Logo

The silly season is fully underway, as club “think tanks” seek to delve into the transfer market and attempt to strengthen their teams going into the new season, while also ensuring that they get the best possible value for money deals in a very competitive and largely inflated global transfer market. We at GSV have taken it upon ourselves to give you a comprehensive breakdown of some transfer deals in our Grading The Deal supplement, an exclusive and comprehensive guide catered towards the purists who seek to know more than the average fan regarding the wheeling’s and dealings in football today. Enjoy!

#TheSuperMarket

When a nation is blessed with a world-class talent in a key position, particularly in goals, the players beneath him in the pecking order often get looked at as being of a marginally inferior class, regardless of their own merits. The rise of Itumeleng Khune seemed to overshadow the growth of other very good goalkeepers in his generation; the late Senzo Meyiwa, Ronwen Williams and Darren Keet have all had to play 2nd fiddle to SpiderKid over the last decade at different international levels.

Darren Keet looked to have escaped Itu’s shadow when he emerged as a top level player for BidVest Wits during his 1st stint at the club, earning him a move to KV Kortrijk in Belgium on a 4 year contract in June of 2011 for an estimated R 2m, where Popeye took some time acclimatising to life in a new country in his maiden season abroad, playing in the cup games and eventually breaking through as a regular in the latter stages of the 2011/12 Jupiler Pro League Playoff. The 2012/13 season saw Keet earning a role as a starter between the sticks for his club side, becoming the undisputed number 1 and only relinquishing his role for cup games, due to player rotation; Keet established himself as one of the premier stoppers in Belgium, and was awarded with the KV Kortrijk Player Of The Season Award for his impressive displays in what was just his 1st full season as a regular for the club. Often times in recent seasons, the numbers have suggested that Darren Keet has been the most consistent South African goalkeeper, in terms of performance and fitness, yet he hasn’t received the opportunities to prove his merit over a sustainable period for the national team, something that could be subject to change with a successful homecoming.

Returning home, to a club and an area he is familiar with, may be a masterstroke for Darren Keet and BidVest Wits as an organisation; the opportunity to complete against his main international rival, in Itu Khune, while also playing with an ambitious young side that will be in need of more leadership to fill the void left by Sibusiso Vilakazi, will create a perfect platform for Keet’s talents to shine through. I am personally not a fan of players appearing to take the easy way out by returning home, when they had the ability and opportunities to continue building a good career in Europe, but Darren Keet has actually enhanced his career chances by returning home to cement his reputation and fight for his Bafana jersey; Keet has returned home while he still has age on his side, at 26 Darren is very young for a goalkeeper, a good two seasons for Wits, and a spell as Bafana’s No: 1, would see his stock rise even further and open more doors abroad.

Darren Keet

Bio

DoB: August 5th, 1989 (26)

PoB: Cape Town; Western Cape

Nationality: South African

Caps & Goals: Bafana Bafana, 4 Caps | u/23, 3 Caps | u/20, 7 Caps

Position: Goalkeeper

Height: 1, 83m

Preferred Foot: Left

Club: BidVest Wits Football Club

Former Club/s: Vasco Da Gama (2007-2008) | BidVest Wits (2008-2011) | KV Kortrijk (2011-2016)

Development Nest/s: Ajax Cape Town Youth Development | Edgemead | Bothasig AFC

2015/16 Club Stats: 30 Games | 35 Goals Conceded | 10 Clean Sheets

Total Career Stats: 196 Games | 248 Goals Conceded | 60 Clean Sheets

GSV Deal Grader: Moeneeb Josephs from Ajax Cape Town to BidVest Wits on July 1st, 2006 (4/5)

Darren Keet has been a first teamer since the age of 18, the experience he has garnered as a player at the elite level has allowed him to develop well over the years; while he is far from the polished article as a goalkeeper, Keet is primed to enter his peak years, as a footballer, having built a solid foundation to truly excel at the elite level for the next decade. BidVest Wits have been accused of bringing in experienced elite level performers when they are past their prime, often demanding even more from their younger players, and creating a lack of sustainable balance within the side, something that may be hampering the success they have seemed to be on the cusp of for the last 3 seasons; the arrival of Darren Keet could herald a welcomed change in personnel recruiting policy and team mentality, as Wits seek to fulfil the potential they have shown over the past couple of seasons, and go onto win some major silverware in the coming season or two. Darren has gambled on himself as a free-agent, having turned down a new deal at KV Kortrijk in an attempt to take his career onto the next plateau, the motivation of proving any doubters wrong should inspire some great performances for The Students.

Strengths

South African shot stoppers, and African keepers in general, aren’t renowned for their height, something that has historically negatively affected our goalkeepers in the past when they were being considered by European clubs and scouts. Standing at 1, 83 meters, Darren Keet is a tad bit taller than the average keeper from the Mother Land; aerial ability is one standout trait in his game, making him a dominant force when it comes to commanding his box, Keet is blessed with great organisational skills that will be an asset in a side with more young players than the average local team. Any side looking to compete for major honours requires a reliable goalkeeper; Darren Keet provides continuity to the backline, as Moeneeb Josephs nears the end of his career at 36, Keet’s ability to lead by example will allow him to quickly establish himself as an asset for his club and take on that much needed leadership mantle.

Weaknesses

The one chink in Darren Keet’s armour, despite his great development over the years, has been his inability to regularly keep clean-sheets, even when he is helping his side win more games than they lose or draw; whether its attributed to a lack of concentration during spells in games, or another weakness in his game, Keet will hope his gaffer takes a page out of the Claudio Ranieri book of management by buying pizza for the squad after every clean-sheet, to incentivise his teammates to protect him as well as possible. Darren Keet will also have to work on his positional play, if he is to refrain from pricking the ball out of his own net too often, in a league where players are inclined to shoot from range with a higher degree of frequency and some accuracy at times; Keet has all the tools to excel as an elite keeper in the ABSA Premiership, but his weaknesses will have to be worked on if he is to break through his current plateau as a player.

By @MCPeTjeIII

Grading The Deal; The Accession Of Ahmed Musa To Leicester City

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The silly season is fully underway, as club “think tanks” seek to delve into the transfer market and attempt to strengthen their teams going into the new season, while also ensuring that they get the best possible value for money deals in a very competitive and largely inflated global transfer market. We at GSV have taken it upon ourselves to give you a comprehensive breakdown of some transfer deals in our Grading The Deal supplement, an exclusive and comprehensive guide catered towards the purists who seek to know more than the average fan regarding the wheeling’s and dealings in football today. Enjoy!

#TheSuperMarket

Defending English Premier League Champions, Leicester City Football Club, have had to deal with the threat of their league winning side being raided by traditionally bigger clubs; after warding off interest from Arsenal for the signature of last season’s club top scorer, Jamie Vardy, The Foxes watched on in agony as Ngolo Kanté turned down a new deal and eventually chose to join Antonio Conte’s revolution in London. The recent weeks have seen the club’s marquee player, Riyad Mahrez, also turn down an improved deal from Leicester and angle for a move to a much bigger club, with Arsenal said to be leading the chase; the rumour mill has continued to tick with news of players leaving the club, as Jeffrey Schlupp and Ben Chilwell have both been courted by Premier League clubs in recent weeks.

Enter Ahmed Musa, the club’s record signing ,and a player that has the ability to make up for much of the losses Leicester have and may still incur, from losing players due to their unforeseen success. The Nigerian attacking dynamo nearly came close to signing for The Foxes in the January transfer window, but a reported £23m bid was rejected by CSKA Moscow, who he then helped guide to their 3rd league title in the last 4 seasons, with a 17 goal haul in all competitions. Securing the services of a young elite level talent like Ahmed Musa for a truly laughable fee of £16m, in today’s transfer climate, is another example of the great business done by Leicester City in recent years. The former CSKA & VVV-Venlo star brings with him a wealth of Champions League experience, to a team that will be in unchartered waters in the coming season; Ahmed has already amassed 24 Champions League appearances thus far in his career, and his expertise will come in handy for The Foxes.

The one undeniable quality Musa brings to Leicester City, apart from his blistering pace, is his ability to play on the flanks, behind the striker & upfront as well; the versatility of The Foxes new addition will afford them with the perfect platform to unleash him in areas where he can be most effective, against specific opposition, in Leicester’s highly effective counter-attacking game. The rise of The Foxes can be witnessed off the field as well, as Ahmed Musa reportedly turned down offers from Everton, Southampton & West Ham United prior to penning his 4 year deal with Leicester City; the one time Arsenal target is overjoyed to be finally fulfilling his dream of emulating childhood idol and friend Nwankwo Kanu, by starring in the Premier League and hopefully going on to become another Nigerian legend in the division.

Ahmed Musa

Bio

DoB: October 14th, 1992 (23)

PoB:  Jos, Plateau State; Nigeria

Nationality: Nigerian

Caps & Goals: 58 Caps, 11 Goals & 6 Assists

Position/s: Inside Forward, Winger, Deep-Lying Forward, Poacher (L/R/C)

Height: 1, 70m

Preferred Foot: Either

Club: Leicester City Football Club

Jersey No: #7

Contract Expiry: June 30th, 2020

Transfer Fee: £16m

Former Club: Jos University Teaching Hospital Football Club (Loan, 2008 – 2009) | Kano Pillars (Loan, 2009 – 2010) | VVV-Venlo (2010 – 2012) | CSKA Moscow (2012 – 2016)

Development Nest: GBS Football Academy (2008 – 2010)

2015/16 Club Stats: 44 Games, 18 Goals & 6 Assists

Total Career Stats: 253 Games, 86 Goals & 41 Assists

GSV Deal Grader: Trevor Benjamin from Cambridge United F.C.  to Leicester City F.C. for £ 1.3m on July 12th, 2000 (3/5)

The Grand Stand View

The former Nigerian Premier League record goalscorer, a record he had set at 17 years of age with 18 goals for Kano Pillars, Ahmed Musa has made great strides in his career thus far; a Nigerian International at 17, after making his debut on August 5th of 2010, Musa has gone onto net 10 further international goals after scoring his 1st for the Super Eagles in March of 2011, as a 17 year old prodigy. It seems almost unfathomable that the diminutive attacking marvel hung up his gloves at age 12, after playing as a keeper since he was 10, to become an infield player that has terrorised shot-stoppers since.

Strengths

One trait that immediately stands out about Ahmed Musa’s game is his electric pace; the lad is well versed in the art of accelerating quickly, while maintaining his top speed and balance, often leaving his marker eating dust when he’s on one of his trademark mazy runs. A technically gifted attacking weapon with bags of tricks to unleash on any marker brave enough to square up against him, Ahmed uses his low centre of gravity to evade opposition defenders with ease; a trait that makes him a commodity in the game today, where players have to work even harder to create space for themselves or their teammates. Agile and capable of running hard for the entire duration of a game, Musa is a player that stays a threat for 90 minutes, and often punishes the opposition late in games as they tire of chasing him about. A consummate finisher, Ahmed Musa knows how to find the back of the net, while also creating his fair share of chances for his teammates as well.

Weaknesses

The one downside to playing Ahmed Musa on the flanks is his lack of an end product as it pertains to crossing or looking to pick out better positioned teammates 1st, prior to digging into his bag of tricks to create a better chance for himself to score. The lack of composure in the final third is rather surprising, for a player with the goal & assist tally that Ahmed boasts, something he will have to improve upon as he acclimatises to life In the Premier League. Despite being naturally diminutive, Musa will need to strengthen his body, if he is to truly succeed in a fiercely competitive league; his all action game and trickery will naturally invite tougher treatment from opposition defenders, and a stronger body will be crucial to remaining fit for each battle.

Grading The Deal; The Laudable Lewis Cook to AFC Bournemouth

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The silly season is fully underway, as club “think tanks” seek to delve into the transfer market and attempt to strengthen their teams going into the new season, while also ensuring that they get the best possible value for money deals in a very competitive and largely inflated global transfer market. We at GSV have taken it upon ourselves to give you a comprehensive breakdown of some transfer deals in our Grading The Deal supplement, an exclusive and comprehensive guide catered towards the purists who seek to know more than the average fan regarding the wheeling’s and dealings in football today. Enjoy!

#TheSuperMarket

Leeds United Football Club can hang their hat on the club’s youth development academy’s ability to produce elite level ready young talents, many of whom often go onto have successful professional football careers in the game. Lewis Cook has followed Sam Byram by joining an ambitious English Premier League club after earning his stripes at Leeds United, while Byram chose to sign for West Ham United in January of 2016, Lewis watched on in agony as his move to The Cherries fell-through at the eleventh hour, when odds looked on for him to join Benik Afobe as the other hot English prospect signing for AFC Bournemouth. Eddie Howe is said to be a keen admirer of Lewis Cook and what he brings to the table, having scouted the wunderkind on numerous occasions over the course of last season, Cook will have been reassured of the opportunities he will have to further his development, in a team that seems perfectly suited to his dynamic game play.

Lewis Cook has made great strides in his relatively young professional career thus far, the lad has progressed in many regards due to regular first team exposure at a highly competitive level; while his potential ceiling remains extremely high, many have questioned just how far he could be in his development, were it not for having to play under 7 coaches during his time in the Leeds United first team, a spell that coincides with the rule of enigmatic & controversial Leeds United manager axing owner Massimo Cellino. A fresh start, and the lure of stability, in a culture that is not too dissimilar to what Leeds United have been aspiring to recreate within their illustrious club, will only serve Lewis Cook well as he continues to develop into the world-class talent he promises to become.

The departure of Matt Ritchie to Newcastle United for £12m had created a void in the Bournemouth midfield, Lewis Cook’s experience playing in multiple positions, and his effectiveness in different roles, garnered from playing differing systems, will have been great preparation for his new challenge in a team that looks to play their passing game while also adapting their structure to combat specific opposition threats. In Lewis Cook, AFC Bournemouth have secured the services of one of the hottest young prospects in English football, the transition from Championship to Premier League level will not necessarily be easy or without obstacles, but the structure in place at the club should allow the transition to be one that only progresses Lewis Cook’s development.

Lewis Cook

Bio

Full Name: Lewis John Cook

DoB: February 3rd, 1997 (19)

PoB: York, North Yorkshire; England

Nationality: English

Caps & Goals: u/16, 5 Caps | u/17, 15 Caps | u/18, 1 Cap | u/19, 9 Caps

Position/s: Deep-Lying Playmaker, Box-To-Box Midfielder, Attacking Midfielder, Advanced Playmaker, Trequartista, Inside Forward, Winger (L/R/C)

Height: 1, 75m

Preferred Foot: Right

Club: A.F.C. Bournemouth

Jersey No: Not Yet Assigned

Contract Expiry: June 30th, 2020

Transfer Fee: £6m + add-ons up to £10m

Former Club: Leeds United Football Club (2014-2016)

Development Nest: Leeds United Youth Academy (2004-2014)

2015/16 Club Stats: 47 Games, 2 Goals & 3 Assists

Total Career Stats: 85 Games, 2 Goals & 5 Assists

GSV Deal Grader: Matt Holland from West Ham United FC to A.F.C. Bournemouth on a Free Transfer in 1994 (4/5)

The Grand Stand View

Leeds United gaffer Garry Monk had withdrawn Cook from the England u/19 squad to compete in the 2016 UEFA European u/19 Championship, as he looked to work with the young starlet for a full pre-season, a decision that could eventually come back to benefit Eddie Howe and his Bournemouth side in the coming season, as they now have enough time to get Lewis up to pace with his new teammates. The England youth international was one of the talented young players who went onto win the 2014 UEFA European Championship in Malta; Lewis Cook is also one of the few players from that successful side to progress into fully fledged professionals, after that breakthrough tournament for many in the team, something that may translate into progress at the senior national team level over time, and with great effort invested.

Strengths

Dynamic young attacking English talents with potential world-class ability often catch the eye, due mainly to the rarity of such talents in English football, Lewis Cook is blessed with that almost unEnglish ability to take on players with his dribbling ability, and create space to be exploited simply via his ability to beat his marker 1v1. Blessed with a high level of creativity, to compliment his impressive technical gifts, Cook uses his attacking gifts extremely well and his movement on and off the ball allows him to remain a constant threat in midfield. While his final product still needs some work, Lewis has the ability to distribute the ball well at the elite level, and create attacking opportunities for his side when he goes on one of his mazy runs, that often destabilise opposition defensive lines.

Weaknesses

The lack of consistency in playing one specific role, where he can acclimate to playing for a prolonged period of time, has hurt Lewis in many ways; while the lad is blessed with the potential to do magical things on the ball, his decision making and anticipation of in-game situations has to improve, if he is to fully translate his potential into regular displays of elite level ability in the Premier League. Final product is a great issue of concern for many gifted young players, the pace of football today is prone to expose a player’s lack of composure or execution, now that one has even less time on the ball; Lewis Cook has to work on his final ball or action in attack, his assists and goals tally is not a true reflection of his ability as a player. If Lewis Cook is to eventually progress into playing his more naturally suited role of the deep-lying playmaker, his tackling and anticipation of space on the defensive end will also need to be worked on, yet there is no denying that the lad has many of the intangible gifts truly needed to flourish in a role that he has all the attacking traits to star in at the elite level.