Ghanaian midfielder James Kotei is yet to play a competitive since joining Kaizer Chiefs last window.
The highly-rated central midfielder won the Tanzanian League’s midfielder of the season at giants Simba SC before getting on a plane to sign for Chiefs in Soweto.
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Kaizer Chiefs have signed James Agyekum Kotei on a three-year contract.
The 25-year-old defensive midfielder hails from Ghana. He joins Amakhosi from Simba Sport Club in the Tanzanian Premier League. #Amakhosi4Life pic.twitter.com/2ws82kIAmg
But things have not gone well for Kotei.
While many suspect that Kotei’s style of defensive midfield is not to the preference of what coach Ernst Middendorp needs for a six - instead preferring a box to box type - the German has said that it is an issue of adapting to a new league.
“You would be surprised, but research in general in professional soccer shows that players start to perform if they come from another country or continent, most of the time build up to their best at the earliest in their second season,” Middendorp told Kick Off.
“If you have sometimes a lucky moment that certain players can do it immediately, that’s fine, but I’m not irritated in the moment.”
“If we can have [Kotei ready by] next season, then we can talk about [regrets]. But it’s still too early to make a final assessment about it,” Middendorp added.
Amakhosi’s midfield area currently has three very mobile and attack-minded central midfielders in Willard Katsande (re-inveted from a sitting six), George Maluleka and Kearyn Baccus.