Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy says he will deploy new signing Kermit Erasmus as a number nine or 10 upfront.
City unveiled the 28-year-old Erasmus to the media at the Waterfront in Cape Town last week following his arrival from Portuguese outfit Vitoria de Setubal earlier in the month.
Needless to say there’s been big talk regarding Erasmus’s role in City’s team and how he will fit in with McCarthy’s attacking plans and formation.
McCarthy has shed some light on the matter, saying Erasmus will compete with the likes of strikers Matthew Rusike and Siphelele Mthembu for game-time.
“When I met Kermit that is the position that he played, so I don’t want to change anything,” McCarthy told KickOff.com.
“Kermit is a nine or a 10. That’s one of the few positions we were struggling in, you know. I don’t want him to come from the midfield because we’ve got Teko [Modise], [Roland] Putsche, [Thabo] Nodada and Mpho Matsi … we are okay, we are okay in that department.
“So, I want him upfront for goal-scoring as he’s got a natural eye for goals and yeah, I think that is where I want him to play.”
McCarthy pointed out that he can already see the difference Erasmus brings to his squad and feels the Port Elizabeth-born player will keep his fellow attackers on their toes.
“They will provide healthy competition for each other,” McCarthy said. “And already in training we saw how Kermit’s presence can change the mindset of the strikers – they were flying. And I ask myself, why the hell now? Maybe it’s a good time.”
City recruited Erasmus after troubled forward Tokelo Rantie stopped training with the side, having never featured for the club following his signing in August.