In the Absa Premiership there are youngsters that have been thrown to the deep end and not disappointed.
Njabulo Blom of Kaizer Chiefs is a prime example at the moment. The 19-year-old defender has won the heart of the Amakhosi faithful.
Blom was promoted to the first team in March and penned a 4-year contract, after his impressive performance for the reserve side in the Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC).
He has started two games in the league, including in the 2-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns in Pretoria last weekend.
Unsurprisingly, Chiefs coach Ernst Midderndorp has been singing Blom’s praises.
“He wouldn’t be on the field if I wasn’t 100% convinced that he’s prepared to do the job. He played in the (FIFA U20) World Cup in Poland against Argentina and in different positions,” said the German tactician.
Blowm is set to make his first ever Soweto Derby appearance when Kaizer Chiefs meet rivals Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Knockout quarterfinals at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.
Here are a few more youngsters who are making an impact at their respective clubs in the Absa Premiership.
Sipho Mbule (SuperSport United)
The 21-year-old has delivered some man of the match performances since being given an opportunity by head coach Kaitano Tembo this season. He was promoted to the first team in 2016 by then coach Stuart Baxter. This season, he has become a regular with 14 games in all competitions. Mbule has an eye for a pass and his good movements around the middle of the park are noticeable.
Thabiso Monyane (Orlando Pirates)
Despite the youngster being caught up in the mix of an Orlando Pirates defence that has been conceding quite a number of goals, the 19-year-old, who was converted to right-back from a striker, has displayed some qualities on the field and shows that he still has the traits of a striker with him bagging an assist for his club.
Reeve Frosler (Kaizer Chiefs)
Frosler has made his made his ambitions loud at Amakhosi since joining, having gotten ahead of Bafana Bafana international Ramahlwe Mpahlele at right-back. Frosler, 21, has now become a must-have on the starting XI and it’s a pity he would miss the clash against Orlando Pirates on Saturday, because of an injury. Not only does the defender solidify the defence, but assists going forward as well. He has played 9 games for Amakhosi across all competitions in the 2019/2020 season.
Jamie Webber (SuperSport United)
The 21-year-old is starting to show why the Tshwane club snapped him up from Stellenbosch, who were then in the then National First Division (now called the GladAfrica Championship). Webber has had a phenomenal season so far with one of his strengths being his ability to exploit open spaces. The midfielder has started 10 games across all competitions. He boasts 2 goals and 2 assists.
Keanu Cupido (Cape Town City)
Cupido has been likened to Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid by coach Benni McCarthy. The 21-year-old centre-back is one of those defenders that play a role in forward play. The SA U23 international seems to have also slowly cemented his place in Benni’s matchday squad starting 7 matches so far across all competitions.