Kaizer Chiefs top earners Keagan Dolly and Khama Billiat have been told to improve their performances if the Soweto giants are to revive its fortunes this season under Arthur Zwane.
Dolly has one goal in eight appearances this season, while Billiat has provided a solitary assist in seven appearances which has been a huge contributing factor to Chiefs being third from bottom in the standings.
Of the six goals scored by Amakhosi in eight games across all competitions to date, the pair have contributed in only two.
“Football is a business, and it is structured in a way that top performers should be earning better and are those two players’ performances living up to their earnings. I say no,” former attacker Norman Smith tells KickOff.
Both players are believed to be each earning over R8 million per annum.
“What you get must be determined by your performance.
“If you don’t deliver yet you are going home with that big salary it becomes a problem and even you as the earner must feel the guilt that so much is being invested in you, but you are not delivering.
“It is the same with Keagan and Khama.
“Imagine how it feels for a person earning peanuts yet delivering every week, it becomes a bitter pill to swallow for that player.
“To be fair up until this point they haven’t delivered on their worth this season when measured against what they are earning at the club and they must be told so,” Smith added.
Since Dolly arrived at Chiefs last year both players have featured in 36 games each.
Dolly has nine goals (plus five assists) through his time at Chiefs while Billiat has eight goals (plus nine assists) since reuniting with former Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town teammate.
“I think they are trending based on what happened on previous occasions with them at another club.
“I hope that they get their form back sooner than later because so much is always expected from them based on their earnings.
“Based on their earnings they must be carrying the team every week, but they are not because Chiefs is sinking in the league.
“If they don’t perform nothing happens for Chiefs so they must both come to the party instead of blaming the surroundings which if it was me, I would have preferred as it would have meant lifting the team,” says Smith.