Nkosingiphile Ngcobo has turned into a fringe player at Kaizer Chiefs this season. This is because Stuart Baxter cannot place him anywhere in his system.
So too did Happy Mashiane.
However, since the arrival of Stuart Baxter, Mshini has seen his appearance dwindle. This is because Baxter does not know where to play Ngcobo.
“I think it is a few things.” Baxter told the media, when asked about Ngcobo.
“Mshini always works hard at training. He is a great lad.
“In the way that we are playing he is competing with players that we look at…Khama, Keagan, Bernard.
“He is competing with our senior players and there are many that he has to compete with.
“I have struggled. I have said this to the technical staff, and I have said it to Mshini.
“I have struggled to really find the best role for him and that isn’t saying he can’t play in the system that we play but we have tried him as a false nine and we have tried him coming in from the right.
“We tried him in the Nedbank Cup against TS Galaxy in a sort of pocket in between the midfield and the front players but I have just not gotten the best out of him as yet and that is maybe a little bit of my fault and maybe his fault in adaptation.
“But that doesn’t mean I’m giving up and it doesn’t mean I don’t rate him because I take every possibility that comes to try and get him some minutes so that he can feel comfortable with whatever role we give so with Mshini it is work in progress for both of us.
“I hope we find a role for him that he enjoys plus I hope the role will benefit the team,” Baxter lamented.
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