Adam Taggart has capped off his stellar K league 1 debut season by becoming the first Australian to win the competition's golden boot
Socceroos striker Adam Taggart has capped off a breakthrough 2019 season by becoming the first Australian to win the K League golden boot award.
In his debut season with Suwon Bluewings, Taggart scored 20 goals in his 33 appearances in K League 1.
He won the award ahead of Ulsan Hyundai's Junior Negao, who scored 19 goals in 35 games and Daegu FC's Cesinha, who netted 15 in 35 appearances.
Taggart joined Suwon from Brisbane Roar in February and hit the ground running, scoring on his K League debut against Ulsan Hyundai and converting in 15 games - including scoring a hat-trick and three braces.
He quickly translated that form into national team goals, finding the back of the net twice against Taiwan, before scoring the winning goal against Jordan in November.
The 26-year-old headlines a number of Socceroos strikers in form ahead of February's World Cup qualifiers - an especially pleasing sign given the relative dearth of in-form No.9 options beyond Tim Cahill in recent years.
Of those in the A-League, Jamie Maclaren has been the clear stand-out.
The Melbourne City sharpshooter has scored nine goals in four A-League games this season - and when Socceroos and FFA Cup goals are added to the equation, his tally rises to 16 goals in nine games.
That included a hat-trick against Nepal and another strike off the bench against Taiwan, while Maclaren missed November's clash with Jordan with a hamstring injury.
Meanwhile fellow forward Nikita Rukavytsya is eyeing his first caps since 2017 after a good run of form in the Israeli Premier League.
The 32-year-old has scored seven goals in 10 appearances for Maccabi Haifa, where he plays alongside Socceroos defensive mainstay Trent Sainsbury.
That included the matchwinner in Sunday's 1-0 win over Hapoel Hadera.
Elsewhere, Apostolos Giannou is back playing with AEK Larnaca in the Cypriot first division after he had to withdraw from November's squad with a minor injury.