Jordan Rhodes, Rickie Lambert and Paddy Madden are three strikers who between them have over 500 club career goals. They also hold the honour of having each won the League One Golden Boot trophy. This particular trio of forwards help show off the diverse range of strikers that shine at League One level. Where Lambert is a powerful talisman, Paddy Madden is a deadly poacher, yet both thrived in the third tier. In the case of Rhodes and Lambert, winning the Golden Boot in this league can elevate players to not only the next level, but the top level of the footballing ladder. So who are the top five players hoping to replicate this success, and fighting for the coveted personal accolade this year?
The early favourite; and joint-leader at the time of writing, is Adam Armstrong of Coventry City. The teenage hotshot is on loan to the Sky Blues from Premier League outfit Newcastle United. He got off to a blistering start to life in League One, netting 12 goals in his first 14 league games. As a result, he began to attract the attention of the national press. With Newcastle off to a poor start and struggling to score goals, Armstrong was touted to return early to his parent club. By 3rd January, Armstrong had 16 league goals, yet Coventry were able to secure his services until the end of the season. Although his form has dipped slightly; with only a trio of goals in his last seven games, Armstrong continues to impress. Helped by the fact Coventry have arguably one of the best midfields in the league, the chances for Armstrong will continue to come. It’s hard to see past him becoming the Golden Boot winner.