Mamelodi Sundowns To Part Ways With High-Priced Failure
Mamelodi Sundowns, one of the top South African football clubs, is renowned for recruiting South American talents, and while most of them make an impact, it is not a sure bet. Amongst their recent signings, Gaston Sirino, Erwin Saavedra, and Marcelo Allende stand out, with Allende being the most expensive of them all.
While Sirino has proved to be an essential player for the club, leading them to multiple championship wins, Allende has not delivered the stats associated with his hefty R50 million price tag. However, he has had a tremendous impact, building up play on the field. On the other hand, Saavedra, the Bolivian international, has not lived up to expectations since his arrival, featuring in only ten games in the DStv Premiership.
Reports suggest that Sundowns management is looking to offload Saavedra at the end of the current season. The midfielder has struggled with injuries since arriving in South Africa, making him a liability for the club.
“A player like Saavedra should add value to the club. You cannot be an import, but there is nothing that you add to the club. Some people at the club want him to stay, such as the coach, but the management does not want to invest in a player who does not produce the goods because these foreign players don’t come cheap at all,” a source from the club revealed.
Sundowns’ management is exploring options to loan him out to another team in the DStv Premiership or sell him off altogether. As the club already has plenty of quality in the midfield, letting go of Saavedra makes sense, and it could also fetch a decent amount of money in return.
Sundowns’ South American Signings
Sundowns have been successful in recruiting South American talents in the past, with Sirino being one of their most successful acquisitions. The Uruguayan has been instrumental in helping Sundowns win several championships, and his performances have earned him a lot of praise from South African football fans.
Allende, on the other hand, has not produced the stats that would justify his hefty price tag. However, he has been a valuable player, creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. Saavedra, unfortunately, has been a disappointment, failing to make an impact due to injuries.
Sundowns Management’s Decision
Sundowns’ management has always been clear that they will not invest in players who do not produce the goods, especially when it comes to foreign players who come with a hefty price tag. With Saavedra struggling with injuries and not contributing much to the club, it makes sense for the management to consider offloading him.
The club already has quality players in the midfield, and letting go of Saavedra would not affect their performance. In fact, it would free up some funds that the management could use to strengthen other areas of the team.