Maccabi Haifa’s Striker Dilemma
Maccabi Haifa will have to make some major changes this summer, but among the key decisions for the team are what to do with its surplus of strikers. With strikers Mohammad Kalibat, and Shlomi Azulay returning on loan, Maccabi Haifa will have eight strikers to deal with. It’s likely Chen Azriel will either leave on loan, or be directly sold to his old club, Beitar Jerusalem, after a poor season with his new club. Croatian striker Danijel Cesarec has also failed to impress and is a lock to leave as he has only scored one goal in his half season with Haifa. It is likely Haifa will try to bring in a good foreign striker to replace him. In my opinion Shlomi Azulay should have a place in Haifa’s team next year as a center forward, and not play out on the wing. I think he can be much more effective in that position with his height, speed, and ball skills. When he has played there he has been very effective for Haifa and Kiryat Shmona on loan. Mohamed Kalibat will probably go back on loan to Maccabi Netanya. Shoval Gozlan is a very promising youth player, and will stay with the team. Wiyam Amashe was Haifa’s best player this season and their highest scorer, until he was injured, a healthy Amasha will feature in Haifa’s attack next year. Alon Turgeman has had a promising season for Haifa and if he continues to develop he will add some depth to Haifa’s attacking corp. Mohammad Ghadir’s future is questionable, as he has failed to show the promise he was touted for. He has stated he will only play for Bnei Sakhnin outside of Haifa in the Israeli League, or he may go abroad. Ghadir is still young and still has time to develop into a good player. Overall I think, this position is definitely a strength for the Greens. The acquisition of a good foreign striker will help Haifa round out its biggest strength as a club.
In: ( Good foreign striker)
Out: (Mohammad Kalibat-on loan), (Chen Azriel-on loan), (Mohammad Ghadir-on loan), (Danijel Cesarec – free transfer)