Who will be this season's Top Scorer? Introducing the candidates! (Part 1)

Who will be this season's Top Scorer? Introducing the candidates! (Part 1)

This season’s MEIJI YASUDA J1 League kicked off on February 21. The race for the top scorer promises to be very interesting.

Last year, Teruhito Nakagawa and Marcos Junior shared the honor as they managed to score 15 goals each. It was the first time in J.League history that two players from the same team became the top scorers. The attacking duo of the defending champions can lead the race this season too.

Especially Nakagawa deserves attention. His performance in 2019 resulted in many goals which led the team to the title. He was genuinely impressive and as a result he was awarded the season’s MVP prize. 

Nakagawa’s typical goal is scored with his left foot, after cutting in from the right flank with a speedy dribbling. He can also dash into the box and finish off a cross, as well as find the net with a header even though he is only 161 cm tall. Since other teams are now more aware of his capability, it would be interesting to see whether he can keep up last year’s impressive form.

FC Tokyo’s Diego Oliveira is another strong candidate. His goal record has been consistent in Tokyo, with 13 goals in 2018 and 14 in 2019. His team is counting on a similar or even better performance this season.

The Brazilian combines speed and power, in addition to great skills. His powerful sprints make him the perfect target-man to complete FC Tokyo’s short counter-attacks.

The attacking trio, which also includes new signings Leandro and Adailton is possibly one of the deadliest in the league, and, supported by his new team-mates, Diego Oliveira might be able to focus on finishing even more than in the past season. If wingers can penetrate into the box area often and earn penalty kicks, he could also have more opportunities to score from the spot.