Cape Town - Orlando Pirates coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic believes Thabo Matlaba's presence in midfield adds more solidity to his side.
Matlaba has spent a large part of his time at Pirates playing at left-back, and has comfortably slotted in at right-back position on numerous occasions.
But this season the 29-year-old from Tembisa has been pushed into midfield, where he appears to becoming an increasingly influential and important member of the Pirates machine.
"Last season the midfield was very open and that is why we conceded over 40 goals. I had to reorganise the midfield between two playmakers (Mpho) Makola and (Musa) Nyatama," explained Sredojevic.
"One plays closer to attack (and another) one closer to defence. We need balance which will complement both of them, and Matlaba is doing that job well."
Bucs are joint top of the table (with three other clubs) after claiming eight points from four league matches this season, and the Serbian coach believes however that his side still has more to offer.
"We need to be much better and faster in ball circulation and build-ups. We need to have better solutions in finishing, especially from the flanks when the ball is crossed into the box of our opponents.
"We will look forward and correct all those things that we are lacking so far."
The Buccaneers welcome Cape Town City to the FNB Stadium on Tuesday evening for a Premiership clash.
Kick off is at 19:30.