Recently appointed Kaizer Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt is still familiarising himself with his new surroundings but has been in Naturena long enough to know that he has an incredible talent on his hands in Njabulo Blom.
Hunt joined Chiefs on September 17 and while he is still getting to know the many people who call the sprawling facility in the south of Johannesburg home‚ the 20-year-old Blom has already made a huge impression on the wily mentor.
Blom came on as a second half substitute in Chiefs’ come-from-behind MTN8 quarterfinal 2-1 win against Maritzburg United on Sunday and while Hunt initially struggled with his name after the game‚ he is unlikely to forget the young defender again after he delivered a masterful display.
“This youngster we’ve got…. errrr what’s his name‚ Blom?” asked Hunt.
“Ja‚ I think he is the future‚ you know I think he has got huge ability.
“I’ve only watched him for a week but I have been really impressed with him.”
Hunt raved about the talented player and said he would work with him very closely in the coming weeks.
“I did not want to start him [against Maritzburg on Sunday] and I should have‚ maybe‚ but obviously with hindsight everything is always easy for you‚” Hunt said.
“I thought he’s certainly one for me‚ he can cover distances‚ he’s got a great engine and he can play.
“I mean he came on [in the second half] and in the first 30 seconds he played that big long ball to (Bernard) Parker and Parker could have scored.
“So ja‚ he’s got range of passing‚ I mean he’s a fullback‚ he’s a midfielder and I think he’s got it.
“You know it worked [on Sunday] but he is a young player‚ he needs a bit of time and I will give him time.