Japanese top tier league J1 entered her seventh round with every place trying to get a space. Such is the competition that the race for the top scorer seems to be widening up after each game. A week has not passed since Michael Olunga helped his side to secure their third win of the season. That win not only helped his club win the all-important match but it worked in helping him as well.
After starting their season this particular campaign, Olunga had struggled to get back on form as he was while playing the J2 league. It’s in J2 league that he scored a number of twenty-six goals and was almost winning the golden boot. It was however the Brazilian Leonardo of Albirex Niigata FC who would eventually win the award. Everbody however wished that he replicates last season’s fine run. His prowess helped his side to get promoted to the top tier league.
Having played now the seventh round of the league, here are some of the front runners for the golden boot award for the J1 league.
- Michael Olunga
Despite starting the season on a slow pace, Olunga seems to have regained his form and is ready to go. The Kashiwa Reysol FC has up to now eight goals to his name. This is after he scored his maiden hattrick in the top tier league on Sunday. He managed to top the tables as his side whitewashed Vegalta Sendai 5-1 in a six-goal thriller on Sunday.
Even after one of his goals was denied, the former Gor Mahia FC striker now looks more focused on the award. If he manages to win the top scorer of the season, he will be the first Kenyan and African to achieve such fate in Japan.
2. Kyogo Furuhashi.
The Japanese born striker falls barely below Olunga in the quest for the golden boot. Turning up for Vissel Kobe who lies just below Kashiwa Reysol, Furuhashi is a man that many people must watch. His current standing of four goals at the start of the season is something that should worry many people. Will he be able to replicate Leonardo of Brazil in upsetting Olunga’s dream? Only time shall tell.
Close to the two close contenders are Japanese Yu Kobayashi of Kawasaki Frontale, Brazilians Leandro Pereira, and Marcos Junior of Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Yokohama F. Marinos respectively. The last in the category of top contenders being Musashi Suzuki of Consadole Sapporo FC who all among them shares a goal tally of four goals each.
Considering that various teams depend on the form of their players, it is more likely that many middle based teams will take J1 lead. This can be as a result of one single factor that the majority of the top contenders currently belong to the middle table teams. Teams such as FC Tokyo and Kashiwa Reysol are more likely to dominate the league as it progresses. This is as a result of many fine scorers that they have.