Cape Town - Bidvest
Wits coach Gavin Hunt is confident that new signings Steven Pienaar and
Daylon Claasen will prove wise investments for the club.
The defending champions have picked up only two points from their
opening four league matches and lie third from bottom on the table.
There would have been high expectations from the Clever Boys
supporters in terms of the impact that former Bafana Bafana and Everton
midfielder Pienaar would make upon the team.
Pienaar's performances so far have been solid if unspectacular, but
Hunt is confident that with a bit more time to acclimatise, he'll play a
crucial role this season.
"As you know, we lost one or two players from last season, so we
obviously brought a guy like Steven in and I think he’s been hugely
influential in the dressing room," Hunt said after seeing his side
drawing 1-1 with Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on Saturday.
"He hasn’t got the legs anymore, but the brain moves and you saw
tonight. I thought he was excellent under difficult circumstances –
having gone a man down."
Hunt also believes that Claasen's best is yet to come.
"Daylon also didn't play much football last season, I'm also trying
to find out where he plays in the different systems or whatever you want
to call it.
"That also takes a little bit of time. Synergy takes time. But both
of them have been excellent in training, good professionals, good
ambassadors for the club, and good people – that's more important."
Wits next face newly-promoted Amazulu at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday with Hunt's side looking to build on a much improved performance against Chiefs.
Kick off is at 19:30.