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Where will Erasmus fit in?

Cape Town City travel to SuperSport United for their first game of 2019 on Saturday in a fixture that will no doubt raise interest due to the possible PSL return of nomadic striker Kermit Erasmus.

The Citizens hold a proud record against their Pretoria rivals, having gone unbeaten in 90 minutes in their five previous meetings – their last encounter was September’s MTN8 final in which City emerged victorious on penalties after a goalless draw, having already beaten Matsatsantsa 2-0 in the league on the opening day of the season.

Saturday’s showdown will however garner a lot more interest from neutral fans, who will be keen to see if City’s new signing Erasmus will take to the field.

The 28-year-old was unveiled almost four weeks ago, and is now fully registered and available to take to the field for his new club in their first encounter of the new year.

No stranger to PSL football, having previously turned out for SuperSport and Orlando Pirates in the past, Erasmus has knowledge of the local game, but knows he has a lot to prove after a forgettable time abroad since leaving the Buccaneers three years ago.

After switching Mayfair for French top-flight club Stade Rennes, the forward failed to live up to his billing, scoring no goals in the 11 opportunities he received to play for the Ligue 1 outfit, while netting just once in his half-year loan move to second-tier club Lens. After being released last January, he endured unsuccessful spells at Swedish Second Division side AFC Eskilstuna and Portuguese top-flight club Vitoria Setubal, were he made just one substitute appearance, making his record over the last three years read 43 matches (including reserve team encounters), 4 goals.

New club City have enjoyed a relative scoring resurgence of late, netting 12 goals in their last six matches, while scoring three goals in a match in three of those fixtures – October’s 3-0 win over AmaZulu was the first time the side had scored three goals in a match in 53 games.

The goals have been spread across various players in the team, with Siphelele Mthembu leading his team’s scoring charts with five goals, closely followed by Ayanda Patosi on four.

The goals have been spread across various players in the team, with Siphelele Mthembu leading his team’s scoring charts with five goals, closely followed by Ayanda Patosi on four.

This then begs the question: where will Erasmus fit in?

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