Kaizer Chiefs youngster Given Thibedi could be the club’s next Thabo Mooki, according to Swallows FC coach Brandon Truter.
Thibedi, 22, is currently on loan at the Dube Birds alongside two other Amakhosi players, Itumeleng Shopane (22) and Ayanda Rorwana (21), until the 2019/20 campaign comes to a conclusion.
The Emalahleni-born youngster has been one of the most outstanding players to watch this campaign, aiding Swallows to second spot on the GladAfrica Championship log standings, as they chase for promotion to the Absa Premiership next season.
“Yoh! The boy is exceptional. The boy is very good. I think he is ready, yes,” Truter told KickOff.com, when asked if he thinks Thibedi is ready to marshal Chiefs’ midfield next season.
“He’s got the passing-rate, he’s going box to box, he’s good on the ball, he’s got skill to get him out of difficult situations.
“He’s got an eye for the final pass, and he chipped in with two goals already, so he mustn’t be judged by his small frame. The boy is very good.
“If I was the Chiefs coach? Definitely you are putting me on the spot now [laughs]. But definitely I would retain him. But look, Chiefs play a different brand of football. It’s more about power, they use force up front, and with us it’s all about creativity,” he said.
“I think Chiefs at the moment is forcing mistakes out of the opposition with the power up front with [Samir] Nurkovic and [Leonardo] Castro, you understand. With us it’s more about the movement, opening up the opposition. With Chiefs it’s getting the ball in the danger areas and hoping for a mistake.
“Ja, he will bring a new dimension. I mean, players like [Siphelele] Ntshangase are not playing at the moment at Chiefs you know. All the skilful, talented players, the creative players at Chiefs, they are not really playing at the moment so it’s difficult to say man.
“Look, I’m not too sure about his contract, but with Chiefs having a transfer ban and there’s an option on his contract, in all likelihood they are going to extend it, because the boy is doing very well hey. He is very good.
“So I don’t know, you will have to speak with Chiefs about him. But right now he is still their player, he is on loan by us. We would like to keep him, I would like to sign him for next season. But for now he is their player.
“I think the ball is in their court at this moment. I would like to keep him, yes. I would love to keep him for another season,” the Swallows mentor added.
With George Maluleka already headed to Mamelodi Sundowns next season after signing a pre-contract, Thibedi has already been tipped as one of the players to replace him in the centre-park of Chiefs’ midfield.