PSL transfer window power rankings: The Best 10 signings - From Gonzalez to Maswanganyi and Jali

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Gonzalez, Jali, Maswanganyi & Dzvukamanja, August 2023
With Gonzalez moving to Chiefs and Maswanganyi joining Pirates, some big deals have been done in the current transfer window.

The PSL transfer window officially opened on July 4 and many deals have been confirmed as clubs reinforce their squads including Ranga Chivaviro's transfer to Kaizer Chiefs and Andile Jali's move to Moroka Swallows.

GOAL has created a power ranking for the 10 best acquisitions of the current South African winter transfer window which is set to close in September 2023.

We take into account the quality of the player in question and how much his new club needed his services as well as his ability to change his team's fortunes.

  1. Jasond Gonzalez
    Kaizer Chiefs - Twitter

    #10 Jasond Gonzalez

    With their only proven and experienced striker Ranga Chivaviro struggling with injuries, Chiefs decided to sign Gonzalez on loan from Bolivian club Real Santa Cruz.

    The tall centre forward is highly-rated in Bolivia where he netted eight goals from 17 matches in the country's top flight in the ongoing 2023 campaign.

    Gonzalez should be quite a handful to the opposition's defenders in the PSL due to his imposing physique, and incisive runs which make him unpredictable and dangerous.

    Chiefs should also benefit from his goalscoring ability as the 24-year-old Colombian has proved that he has an eye for goals.

  2. Etiosa Ighodaro
    SuperSport United

    #9 Etiosa Ighodaro

    With Thamsanqa Gabuza released by SuperSport United, coach Gavin Hunt needed another striker to compete with or play alongside Bradley Grobler and Matsatsantsa signed Ighodaro from Mamelodi Sundowns on loan.

    The Nigerian marksman will definitely bring goals to the Tshwane side if he gets the right service from his teammates having hit the back of the net ten times in the league for Chippa United whilst on loan from Sundowns last season.

  3. Junior Mendieta
    Mamelodi Sundowns

    #8 Junior Mendieta

    With Gaston Sirino injury prone and in the twilight of his career, Mamelodi Sundowns decided to reinforce their midfield department with the signing of Junior Mendieta from Stellenbosch FC.

    The Argentine playmaker was one of the best players in the country last term and he is at the peak of his powers which means Sundowns are bound to benefit from his creativity and goalscoring ability as Masandawana target an elusive second Caf Champions League title.

  4. Thabiso Kutumela

    #7 Thabiso Kutumela

    Since losing Kermit Erasmus to Mamelodi Sundowns in 2020, Cape Town City have lacked a proven goalscorer.

    The signing of Kutumela from Sundowns on loan is a massive one for the Western Cape side as they look to secure a top-three finish in the PSL and qualify for a Caf inter-club competition.

    The 2015/16 NFD Golden Boot winner will be looking to replicate the form he displayed in the 2020/21 campaign which earned him a nomination for the PSL Footballer of the Season award.

    City have reinforced their squad with a player who will bring goals and a winning mentality having lifted four major trophies with Downs.

  5. Given Msimango

    #6 Given Msimango

    One of Kaizer Chiefs' main problems in the recent campaign was their leaky defence which conceded 33 goals from 30 league matches and the Naturena-based club has since signed Msimango from TS Galaxy.

    The lanky central defender will bring much-needed leadership and stability to the Amakhosi backline having formed an integral part of a Galaxy defence that impressively conceded just 22 goals from 30 league games last term as an inspirational club captain.

  6. Terrence Dzvukamanja

    #5 Terrence Dzvukamanja

    The Zimbabwe intenational joined SuperSport from Pirates in a shocking move that left many local football fans stunned.

    Dzvukamanja, who was one of Bucs' key players as they clinched a cup double last season, has reunited with his former coach, Gavin Hunt at Matsatsantsa.

    Hunt was able to bring out the best in Dzvukamanja during their time together at Bidvest Wits and the 29-year-old forward's Big Match Temperant and winning mentality will enhance SuperSport's chances of winning a trophy.

  7. Ranga Chivaviro
    Kaizer Chiefs

    #4 Ranga Chivaviro

    Kaizer Chiefs lacked a reliable goalscorer last term with their players failing to reach double figures in terms of goals scored and the Soweto giants have snapped up Chivivaro from Marumo Gallants.

    The Limpopo-born marksman established himself as one of the top strikers not only in SA but in Africa as he netted 17 goals across all competitions including seven in the Caf Confederation Cup and he can be the solution to Amakhosi's scoring problem as the team looks to end its eight-year trophy drought.

  8. Tshegofatso Mabasa

    #3 Tshegofatso Mabasa

    Ever since Siyabonga Nomvethe left Moroka Swallows at the end of the 2015/16 season, the Soweto giants have lacked a reliable goalscorer.

    In Mabasa, the Beautiful Birds have a proven lethal finisher who just needs a coach who believes in his ability and brings out the best in the Orlando Pirates loanee.

    Mabasa displayed his goalscoring ability at the 2023 Cosafa Cup in Durban where he scooped the Golden Boot award and he will surely bring goals to Steve Komphela's side.

  9. Patrick Maswanganyi
    Orlando Pirates

    #2 Patrick Maswanganyi

    There was a bit of over-reliance on Monnapule Saleng at Orlando Pirates last season and the Buccaneers beefed up their squad with the acquisition of Maswanganyi who impressed with his creativity at SuperSport United.

    The 25-year-old winger showed during the recent Spanish tour that he is also able to score goals having found the back of the net as Pirates defeated Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv and Independente del Valle of Ecuador. The 2023/24 term could turn out to be Maswanganyi's breakout season in the PSL if he carries his pre-season form into the new campaign.

  10. Andile Jali

    #1 Andile Jali

    Swallows relied heavily on their club captain Tlakusani Mthethwa last season with the team inconsistent in the league and the arrival of Jali should ease the pressure on the former.

    The man nicknamed Mhlekazi will also bring some much-needed winning mentality and impeccable experience to the Amaswaiswai squad. A player of Jali's caliber can transform a team into a serious contender for trophies if he stays focused and disciplined.