Just 11 goals each — those are the PSL’s top goalscorers
● With one game to go in the Premier Soccer League, there is a tie at the summit of the sharpshooters’ standings.
Rodney Ramagalela and Percy Tau are each on 11 goals for the 2017-18 season.
That’s two goals less than the 13 scored by Lebogang Manyama to take home the 2016-17 top scorer accolade, also known as the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot.
Manyama’s tally was a goal shy of the tally of 14 that Collins Mbesuma scored during the 2015-16 term.
In the Spanish La Liga, three players are on 11 goals like Ramagalela and Tau.
They are Mikel Oyarzabal, the Spanish left winger who plays for Real Sociadad, the Spanish attacking midfielder Portu who plies his trade for Girona, and Sergio León, the Spanish forward who turns out in the colours of Real Betis.
Here’s the thing; Oyarzabal, Portu and León are, wait for it, 15 places behind Lionel Messi, who is the king of goals in La Liga, topping the charts with 32 goals.
Let us move to another little magician who many have dubbed the Egyptian Messi.
Mo Salah has scored 31 goals for
Liverpool in 34 English Premiership matches.
He and his partners of the fearsome attacking triumvirate — Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane — have rattled the net on 56 occasions.
They’ve been the backbone of the Reds’ preposterous Champions League run to the final.
The trio have been the most prolific partnership in the Champions League campaign, combining for 29 goals.
That beats the record of 28 goals scored by Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema for Real Madrid during the 2013-14 season.
Our players are horribly found wanting when it comes to finesse.
Yes, that impressive delicacy and skill deserts our scorers with great disappointment.
They have a propensity for poor decision-making, often going for the wrong option.
Blast instead of placing.
One extra touch instead of a first-time shot. Mamelodi Sundowns man Tau in particular, much as he has mesmerised and wowed us with wonderful football, will be the first to raise his hand that this is an area of his game that needs spit and polish to take him to an even higher level than the one he has propelled himself into.
His coach Pitso Mosimane sounds like a stuck record when he oft repeats this.
He once challenged him to decide whether he wants to be a Messi, Ronaldo or Hazard.
Tau, a shoo-in to scoop the Player’s Player and Footballer of the Season awards — like his former teammate Khama Billiat did in the 2014-15 campaign — has to move heaven and earth to correct this.
We don’t want him in this league anymore. His talents deserve to be enjoyed by the rest of the world ala Salah and Messi. Pronto.