Why PSL's most valuable star flopped

Premiership

After walking away with top honours at the PSL Awards in 2019 and shooting up the charts in the most valuable rankings, it has been explained why Mwape Musonda flopped this season.

Musonda bagged the Absa Premiership Golden Boot award for 2018/19 after netting 16 goals in 28 games - seven better than his nearest rival Thembinkosi Lorch, who claimed the Footballer of the Season gong.

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The Zambia international, who is worth an estimated R15.2-million according to transfermarkt, has this season been a shadow of himself – scoring just five goals in 19 league appearances – and his coach Alan Clark has explained why.

"I think it's a holistic issue that I look at when it comes to Mwape – what an incredible striker; a prolific striker," Clark told the South African Football Journalists' Association.

"It wasn't only last season, I think if you look at his career averages in front of goal, he really is a prolific goalscorer, and I think someone that we need at this time in the remaining six games.

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"So, he's critical and of vital importance to us in the next six games, and when I have a look at it from the outside in one moment, I don't think Musonda was part of Leopards' pre-season.

"So he started very late, he was in and out... I'm not sure what the exact situation was, but I know he didn't start the pre-season with the club, so he's been playing a little bit of catch-up to be honest.

"Then, I think the expectation of everybody, with him coming into the team again, is that he just starts banging in the goals when that ground work and foundation wasn't put back in.

"And the issue is, when you do so well, you become a marked man. I think the challenge for strikers... if you look at the top goalscorers throughout the world, they have to work harder and harder every season to maintain their scoring form, let alone improve it."

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Scroll through the gallery below to view the full list of most valuable strikers in the PSL in 2019/20

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