Who is PSL's Striker of the Season?

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Goal takes a look at the PSL's most prolific strikers who competed for the 2017/18 Golden Boot

The 2017/18 campaign was not a good one for Premier Soccer League (PSL) strikers as they failed to go beyond the 15 goal mark - but some caught the eye with their finishing abilities.

Goal takes a look the league's three finest strikers:


3. GIFT MOTUPA - BAROKA FC


Baroka, Gift Motupa

The forward had a spectacular breakthrough season in the PSL as he became one of the most lethal strikers in the top flight league while on loan at Baroka FC from Orlando Pirates - silencing his doubters in the process. Motupa was shipped out to Bakgaga on a season-long loan deal having struggled at Bucs where he seemed like an attacker, who was suffering from lack of confidence.

A loan move definitely did the 23-year-old player a world of good as he competed with some of most prolific strikers in the race for the PSL Golden Boot and he ended the campaign with nine goals - two behind joint top goalscorers Rodney Ramagalela and Percy Tau, who shared the accolade.  

Deployed as a mobile forward, Motupa showed his good technical ability and the ability to link-up play, while being able to score and create opportunities for his team-mates. His exploits did not go unnoticed as he attracted interest from Chippa United, who signed Motupa on a long-term deal from Pirates earlier this week.

Having said that the former South Africa under-23 international still needs to improve his game as he tends to be indecisive in front of goal at times, but he will look to build on his success from the 2017/18 campaign. 
 


2. RODNEY RAMAGALELA - POLOKWANE CITY


Rodney Ramagalela Polokwane City

The hard-running marksman proved that he remains one of the most dangerous strikers in the league as he spearheaded Polokwane City's attack which scored 33 league goals during the recent season, and he was one of the reasons why the Limpopo-based club survived relegation from elite league.

Ramagalela, who will receive the Golden Boot award at the PSL Awards ceremony on Tuesday, hit the back of the net 11 times and his great finishing ability, and athleticism made him a consistent attacking threat to PSL defences during another productive campaign in front of goal for the former Mamelodi Sundowns striker.

Nicknamed Rama G, Ramagalela, 29, took his tally to 21 goals in two seasons and he also reached double figures in successive seasons having netted 11 goals (2017/18) and 10 goals (2016/17). Rama G is the only player to do so during this period and his impressive scoring ability is said to have attracted interest from top PSL clubs. 

However, the Limpopo-born player still lacks consistency in his game as Tau was able to catch him in the race for the Golden Boot after Rama G had endured a goal drought in the second round of the recent campaign.


1. PERCY TAU - MAMELODI SUNDOWNS


Percy Tau of Mamelodi Sundowns end of season review
The talented forward enjoyed his best season after being converted into a striker by Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane, who has repeatedly backed Tau for the league's PSL of the Season accolade in a campaign which saw the Brazilians clinch a record eighth PSL title. 

Blessed with a special left foot and exceptional technique, Tau tended to get as involved in the orchestration of attacks as the Number 10, while also leading the attack thanks to his extraordinary energy and most importantly, the Mpumalanga-born player was able take his chances showing off his emphatic finishing ability.

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Tau, 24, contributed immensely to Sundowns' success as he scored 11 league goals and bagged 15 assists which saw the Brazilians beat Pirates to the most coveted trophy in the country, the PSL title. The South Africa international, who featured in all of Sundowns 30 league games, is destined to win several awards at the PSL Awards ceremony as a reward for his excellent displays during the 2017/18 campaign.

There is no doubt that Tau's ability to contribute goals and assists consistently has made him not only the best striker in the country, but Bafana Bafana's best player.

 

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