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Who will be the League 1 top scorer 2019/2020?

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Who will be this Season’s League One Top Goalscorer?

As the beginning of the 2019/20 football season looms large, speculation is mounting as to who the standout players in each league will be...

One sure-fire way to enter oneself into this conversation is to score goals. Bags of them, ideally. A healthy tally is not only the best way to help your team rise through the divisions but also of acquiring copious amounts of personal glory.

The nature of the English Football League system is such that, in any of the three divisions, below the top flight, the same player is unlikely to be crowned top scorer in successive seasons. In the overwhelming majority of seasons, the player with the highest number of goals at the end of May is usually either promoted with his team or, alternatively, snapped up by a club from one of the higher divisions.

There are exceptions, of course, but this transitory state of affairs makes drawing up a shortlist of players who are most likely to take home the famed golden boot notoriously difficult.

The bookies have had a go, however. Without further ado then, let's take a look at the frontrunners for the coming League One season...

1)    Ipswich Town – James Norwood

Tractor Boys forward, James Norwood is something of an unknown quantity in the third tier of English football. He made a handful of League One appearances when he was a precocious talent at Exeter City way back in 2009. But, in the decade since, Norwood has spent the majority of his time in the lower divisions. However, he is, and with good reason, one of the favourites to net the most goals in the 2019/20 season having recently joined Ipswich Town in this summer's transfer window. Having been relegated last term, Ipswich will no doubt be seeking to bounce back at the first opportunity. As Norwood was the top scorer with Tranmere Rovers in League Two last year, Ipswich gaffer Paul Lambert will be hopeful the forward can maintain his strike-rate at this higher level. Norwood, now 28, will be hoping that Portman Road will be a happy home for him – he undoubtedly has the natural attacking instincts to make him a success here. Having arrived at the club on a free transfer, the Eastbourne-raised striker is a relatively low-risk addition to Lambert’s squad. He will face his old side, Tranmere, again this season having helped them gain promotion for League Two last campaign. Norwood will surely be keen to show them what they are missing.

2) Doncaster Rovers – John Marquis

A rarity in this list in that he has stayed in the same league in which he played last season, 27-year-old John Marquis will turn out again for Doncaster Rovers this season. The powerful striker was in fine fettle last season; he scored 24 times in 44 appearances, giving him an excellent goals-to-games ratio of nearly one in two. This is the kind of goalscoring form which can gift a team a significant nudge in the direction of promotion; sadly, for Doncaster Rovers, Marquis's tally alone wasn't enough to get them over the line. They did qualify for the play-offs, finishing 6th, but ultimately lost out in the semi-finals to the eventually promoted Charlton Athletic. Having scored nearly 70 goals over the last three campaigns with Rovers, boss Darren Moore will be anticipating a similarly impressive return in 2019/20 - Moore would be justified in thinking this will be enough to get Doncaster Rovers in the top six again, at the very least.

3)    Sunderland – Will Grigg

Many a football fan will be familiar with the 'Will Grigg's on Fire' chant that immortalised the Northern Irishman at the 2016 European Championships. Apart from being the subject of terrace jollity, Grigg is also an impressive goalscorer at League One level. He had half a season with Sunderland last season. He failed to hit top form with the Black Cats - but with the North East club one of the favourites for automatic promotion this year, it would be foolish to dismiss Grigg in the race for this year's Golden Boot. Amazingly, the forward has scored over a century of goals at this level. Admittedly, he will be under a great deal of pressure to maintain this magnificent goal scoring record. This stress will only be intensified by the weight of expectation which comes with playing for Sunderland, who are far too big a club to be competing in the third tier of the English football pyramid, in all honesty.


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