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THE BREAKDOWN: What’s Next For Castro?

Leonardo Castro linked with Sundowns exit

By Kyle Smith - Aug 13, 2017 10:04 AM @KyleLaduma

Mamelodi Sundowns striker Leonardo Castro appears to be on his way out of the club and now we take a look ahead to what the future might hold for him.

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The Siya crew revealed in Soccer Laduma issue number 1035 that Sundowns are looking to offload the Colombian during the July/August transfer window, rather than losing him for free at the end of the 2017/18 campaign. As part of the story, he was linked with a swap deal as part of the Oupa Manyisa deal that brought him from Orlando Pirates to Chloorkop. Castro has also been linked with Pirates’ Soweto rivals, Kaizer Chiefs, in the past and we now take a look at his performances and what his next move may be.

Following an incredible 2015/16 campaign alongside Keagan Dolly and Khama Billiat in the lethal ‘CBD’ trident, Castro was used largely as a substitute, due to Percy Tau’s emergence as the team’s first choice false nine, which also means that his stats will be inflated if measured on a per 90 minutes scale. Therefore, his stats don’t necessarily provide the full story, but will at least provide an indicator of what he’s done in the last year.

Castro in 2016/17

The 28-year-old started just four games last season, coming off of the bench 10 times, but did impress with 45,6 touches and 31.2 passes per 90 minutes. His passing accuracy was poor though, with just 68.2% of them finding the target, which would have cost him in terms of build up play and the effect that he made on the pitch, while not getting into the box. 4.77 penalty area touches per 90 minutes was also unimpressive and showed that getting into dangerous areas was not a strong point for him either.

However, when he did find himself in front of goal, he managed to take 3,3 shots per 90 minutes, of which 77,8% came from inside the box. with a shot accuracy of 33,3%. Unfortunately, he didn’t score a single goal, which, ultimately, will count against him as a striker. However, Castro did an incredible job of winning the ball back, with 7,1 balls won per 90, meaning that he is capable of winning the ball back in dangerous areas – something that can be useful for his teammates in attack. The question is how this could help his potential suitors?

Kaizer Chiefs

Chiefs’ biggest problem up front comes down to scoring goals, which Castro was unable to do last season, but he was able to get into the positions that could be useful and, having taken a reasonable number of shots per 90, perhaps, with a bit of luck, he could provide the end product that the Naturena-based club so desperately needs.

Orlando Pirates

Pirates’ primary issue up front last season was their reliance on Tendai Ndoro, with the Zimbabwean scoring four times as many goals (12) as Pirates’ second top goalscorer, Dove Wome (3). Castro wouldn’t only be able to be a partner to Ndoro, but he could renew his 2015/16 goalscoring form, where he scored 10 goals, if he finds refreshment in a new environment.

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Castro may be able to negotiate a new contract with Mamelodi Sundowns or he could move onto greener pastures at either of the Soweto giants. However, he simply can’t afford to find himself in an environment that would lead to another goalless season and the time is now for him to make a decision on his future.

What do you think Castro should do? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Ta Spanish Aug 13, 2017 02:02 PM
Cum 2 chiefs LEO pliiz
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George Lebese Aug 13, 2017 01:47 PM
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WT_Mashigo Aug 13, 2017 01:13 PM
No news here.
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Caeser Wa LeKhosi(SothoBoy) Aug 13, 2017 12:43 PM
We need this kind of a player if we are to challenge for honours!..Bobby should use Lebese deal to get Castro as Parker seems to have passed his sell by date
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Eric nkovani Aug 13, 2017 12:40 PM
Sundpwns Sundowns must release dis Cow Malajila is back we r sick n tired of this cow he want special treatment always Castro hamba we play more games without you
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Dangerous when provoked Aug 13, 2017 12:31 PM
@mlingo s - as much as 0-1 is the same as 0-5 in terms of points some have also not forgotten the 5nil drubbing by Bloem Celtic.
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Dangerous when provoked Aug 13, 2017 12:27 PM
I like what Bobby always say. He says that he will sign and pay for the player who likes Kaizer Chiefs and the player who wants to play for Chiefs.The typical examples are Mathoho and Jayiya. Same thing applies to a player who wants to leave. Chiefs accepted the offer from Sundowns of a mere R3,5 mil because the player wanted to leave and was unhappy. Its a meagre amount but the was no other way as a result.
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115045259 Aug 13, 2017 12:27 PM
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Relocater Aug 13, 2017 12:25 PM
admin how can u say Rats and idiots fc are greener pastures, u crazy neh?
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CCL CHAMPS+SUPER CUP Aug 13, 2017 12:19 PM
Sell him
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Mr_Down Aug 13, 2017 12:12 PM
Mara wena cowditor o le chips
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indidane Aug 13, 2017 11:52 AM
No£ long ago, We were told that Billiat wud be Unveiled by Cape City ... And Idiots were Celebrating .... Now Cowditor is fooling them again ,. Trying to make them forget about Suprtsport Loss ...kikikik
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mlingo s Aug 13, 2017 11:47 AM
Yes asikakhohlwa zebra 0-1 ssunited chiefs out of competition kikiki
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RPK WHAT Aug 13, 2017 11:41 AM
@Pmblanie_waMaritzburgUntd THAT MARITZBURG OF YOURS WILL BE OUT OF THE MTN8 TODAY AND YOU WILL DELETE THAT USERNAME TODAY
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RPK WHAT Aug 13, 2017 11:39 AM
@Dvdee THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN,
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Max A Aug 13, 2017 11:35 AM
I would like to see him playing at pirates partnering with Kuthumelo because our current strikers are lazy Ndoro is finished Gabuza is the worse striker at Pirates
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Ndabayakhe Aug 13, 2017 11:19 AM
Let him leav..he z no more d same
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Dvdee Aug 13, 2017 11:14 AM
Chiefs can you please sign castro and Billiat

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