Buchanan hopes to bring ‘new dimension’ to Chiefs’ midfield

Midfield playmaker Keagan Buchanan is hoping to make a greater impact in his second season with Kaizer Chiefs and wants to bring a ‘new dimension’ to midfield.

When Buchanan arrived at Amakhosi last season from Bloemfontein Celtic, he was still overcoming a long-term injury and was unable to hit the ground running and resultantly did not feature regularly in the starting XI.

But 12 months later the Cape Town-born midfielder says he feels a lot stronger and is hopeful of making a positive impact with the team.

“I was out for 10 months – that’s a long time. It took me some time to heal. But this time I have had full pre-season with the team, no injuries. So definitely I should get more game time than I did in my first season,” Buchanan told the Sowetan.

The 25-year-old accepts he faces a battle to become a regular, but is confident he can add something to the side when at his best.

“We have a competitive midfield, but I believe there’s a place for me in there. I can bring in something different, a new dimension,” he said.

“I know I have to work hard on certain aspects that the coach said I should work on, in order to gain a starting place.”

Key for success next season says Buchanan, is that results are improved against what he calls the ‘unfancied’ clubs.

“We have to do well in big games, but the unfancied teams are where we lost points last season. We need to win those games if we are to compete.”

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