Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler says he will not stress himself about the interest in Khanyisa Mayo with the transfer window is around the corner.
He said as long as Mayo keeps on scoring goals and remains focussed on his game his dream move will eventually be realised because that is what he will be judged on.
Mayo was on the score sheet as City beat Golden Arrows in a misty evening at Mpumalanga Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
That goal saw Mayo climb to seven goals on the PSL scoring charts this season, one above Moroka Swallows’ Tshegofatso Mabasa, having shared the Golden Boot award with Peter Shalulile on 12 goals last season.
Despite having started slow, Mayo has already reached half of the goals he scored last season for the Citizens.
“You can’t worry about that [transfer speculation], Mayo needs to worry about what he is doing now,” said Tinkler.
“Opportunities come off the back of scoring goals, winning competitions and winning cups, winning leagues.
“It’s not one performance that is going to get you the move, it is going to be many performances. Mayo still has a lot of work that he needs to do in his game, to really reach the level that I think of the higher standards.”
It was the second time Mayo had scored against Golden Arrows this season, having done so in the Carling Knockout Cup Last 16 at the same venue last month where, unlike on Sunday, City lost but Mayo walked away with Man of the Match award, which was also again the case this Sunday in Hammersdale.
As that was a record-sixth successive league win for City this season, which is the club’s best run in history, Tinkler said Mayo should have plundered more than one goal.
“He missed a couple of good chances that he should have put it away,” said Tinkler.
“The top strikers, the expectations are – they do that [put those chances away].”
– Advertisement –
The win for Tinkler’s side saw them move to the top of the DStv Premiership standing with 25 points after 13 matches.
However, the Citizens have played five matches more than Mamelodi Sundowns, who dropped to second, with Tshwane giants having not played a league match since September.
City, as they are out of the Carling Knockout, will have a breather this weekend, before taking a short trip to face Stellenbosch FC at Danie Craven Stadium on Friday next week.