Bright young centre-forward Jack Marriott currently tops the League One scoring charts, with 26 goals from 41 games, but what fate has befallen the most recent previous winners?
Here are our last 7 League One top scorers: Where are they now?
7. Billy Sharp - Sheffield United
Last seasons League One top scorer, Billy Sharp bagged 30 league goals as Sheffield United romped to the title, making a much-anticipated return to the second tier. Sharp has always been good value for goals at that level, with a terrific record in League One, and last season was the joint best league campaign of his career. Now aged 32, Sharp is still with the Blades, and he has had a decent return this season in the Championship, having scored 12 goals in 30 games.
6. Will Grigg - Wigan Athletic
William Grigg of Wigan Athletic with fans on the pitch after the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester City at DW Stadium on February 19, 2018 in Wigan,...
There are some players who just seem to be too good for one league and not good enough for the one above it. You could argue that Will Grigg falls into that category, since the Northern Irish international bagged 25 goals in League One a couple of seasons ago, only 5 in the Championship last season, and is now back at it in League One with 17 goals. One of few players more famous for a single chant than their actual ability or achievements on a football pitch, Grigg scored a memorable winner against Man City earlier this season.
5. Joe Garner - Ipswich Town
After scoring no goals in 15 games in his first season with Preston North End, Joe Garner really turned it around over the next two, bagging 24 and then 27 goals. 25 of those 27 in the 2014-15 season came in League One, which saw him beat Ian Henderson to the Golden Boot and helped Preston return to the Championship. He couldn’t replicate that goal scoring form in the Championship though, and after one difficult season, he headed north of the border in a move to Rangers. The 29-year-old former Watford man lasted just a single season in Scotland, and is now back in the Championship with Ipswich Town.
4. Sam Baldock - Brighton & Hove Albion
Yohan Cabaye of Crystal Palace is challenged by Sam Baldock of Brighton and Hove Albion during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace at...
Sam Baldock is a talented centre-forward who has had his difficulties with injuries in recent seasons. A product of the MK Dons academy, he joined West Ham in 2011, after a brilliant start to the 2011-12 season. He ended up back in League One after relegation with Bristol City though, where he topped the division's scoring charts with 24 goals in 45 games. That tally was only enough to help the Robins finish 12th, but Baldock returned to the Championship with a £2 million transfer to Brighton. After two patchy seasons, Baldock hit double figures and was an important player as Brighton won promotion from the Championship last season. He’s made just two appearance for the Seagulls in the Premier League, against West Brom and Leicester.
3. Paddy Madden - Fleetwood Town
Paddy Madden is another player who has had very patchy form throughout his career. He often appears to be a star in League One, but really struggled in his solitary campaign in the Championship, and no second tier club has taken a chance on him since. Capped once by the Republic of Ireland, it was in the 2012-13 season that Madden topped the League One scoring charts, with 22 goals in 35 games. That haul inspired Yeovil to a shock promotion to the Championship, but they were immediately relegated, with Madden failing to score in 9 outings. Following a near-five-year stay at Scunthorpe United, Madden joined Fleetwood in January, where he has since scored 5 goals in 16 games.
2. Jordan Rhodes - Sheffield Wednesday
Angus MacDonald of Hull City wins the ball from Jordan Rhodes of Sheffield Wednesday during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday at KCOM Stadium on...
Remarkably prolific and consistent in both League One and the Championship for almost eight years, Jordan Rhodes seemed like a Premier League player in waiting. He had an outstanding record for both Huddersfield Town and Blackburn Rovers, and in 2016 he got his shot at top flight football. After a January move to Middlesbrough worth over £10 million, he helped them win promotion to the Premier League. In the top flight though, he played just 6 games and failed to score. He joined Sheffield Wednesday in the summer, again for a reported £10 million, and having scored just 3 goals last season, he has narrowly improved on that this season, with 6 goals in all competitions.
1. Craig Mackail-Smith - Wycombe Wanderers
The player playing at the lowest level in this seven right now - though that might not be the case next season, as Wycombe Wanderers are firmly in contention for promotion from League Two. Mackail-Smith began his career in the non-leagues, but like so many forwards, he made his name with Peterborough United. He scored 99 goals in 212 games for the club, including a division-topping 27 goal haul in the 2010-11 League One season. He joined Brighton the following summer, where he had a couple of decent seasons before going on a run of 42 Championship games in which he scored just one goal.
He ended up in League Two with Luton, but the goals continued to desert him. Having joined current club Wycombe in the summer, the 34-year-old has improved slightly, with 8 goals in 37 games to aid their promotion push.
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