- Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker says attacking midfielders are the main reason why PSL strikers are scoring fewer goals
- The top PSL goalscorers have failed to average two goals every two matches in the last eight seasons
- Parker said in the modern game midfielders were the most influential players
Kaizer Chiefs striker Bernard Parker believes the modern game is changing and that attacking midfielders are the main reason for the drop in goalscoring from the top strikers in the ABSA Premier Soccer League (PSL).
Parker made the comments after the current PSL season ended. There has been widespread criticism of the fact that this season the golden boot was shared by Percy Tau and Rodney Ramagalela who both scored just 11 goals.
There has been a worrying trend of fewer and fewer goals in the PSL in recent seasons. The top PSL goalscorers have failed to average two goals every two matches in the last eight seasons.
Briefly.co.za gathered that no player has reached the 15 goals in a season mark since the 2010 World Cup was held in South Africa.
Parker holds the unenviable record of being awarded the golden boot with the fewest goals scored. He achieved this record in the 2013/14 season when he scored 10 goals.
Parker defended the quality of strikers who currently play in the PSL, he said there were proven goalscorers in the top flight, but Parker said these strikers were not being fed consistently due to some very creative midfield play.
“Not to take anything away from the creativity behind the strikers, but that’s where the game is going – wingers and attacking midfielders get Player of the Season and Ballon d’Or awards,” he said.
Sport24.co.za reported that Parker said midfielders were the ones who made things happen in matches and are the ones who are changing the outcomes of games.
Parker said coaches in the PSL needed to look at the scoring channels and how to best position their strikers to take advantage of some of the creative chances being delivered by midfield players.
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