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Orlando Pirates shouldn’t bother with Lorch, yet here we are

News is filtering through that Thembinkosi Lorch has been offered a new deal with Orlando Pirates running until 2027.


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Orlando Pirates go out on a limb for Lorch

Thembinkosi Lorch has spent the better part of the last two years on the treatment table. In 2023, he’s courted all sorts of unsavoury controversy off the pitch. In the 2023-24 campaign, he’s yet to make an appearance for the club in any competition in a squad that is now packed with quality in the final third. Last season he made just 12 appearances in the league, exactly 40% of the DStv Premiership season he made just 15 league outings in the season before, do you see the trend emerging? Is Lorch worth the trouble?

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Monnapule Saleng scored 15 goals and supplied 11 assists in a sparkling 2022-23 campaign across all competitions. Whether or not the Bafana man sticks around for a couple more years is still up for debate but the Sea Robbers will be determined to keep him as long as possible.

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Saleng is a wanted man. ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Pirates have depth in numbers

With the additions of Katlego Otladisa, Patrick Maswanganyi and Lesedi Kapinga, the Buccaneers have serious options both in central and wide attacking midfield areas. Let’s also not forget the creative talents of fit-again Kabelo Dlamini. With all of those options, what exactly does Lorch offer, especially if he isn’t even fit?

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Orlando Pirates fans are expectant on Soweto Derby Day. Image: BackpagePix

Will Bucs management regret dishing out a new contract to 30-year-old Thembinkosi Lorch? Let us know your feelings in the comments. Lorch offers up way more questions than answers, that’s for sure.

Meanwhile, hit up James Freemantle for more insights, analysis and love for the beautiful game of football.

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