Maclaren takes goal streak to ten as European chatter warms up again

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On a warm evening in Melbourne, history was made when Melbourne City striker Jamie Maclaren scored a goal in his tenth consecutive match.

Although at this point, are we even surprised anymore? Maclaren has been Melbourne City’s main goal scorer since he signed with the club in January 2019. Since then, the poacher has managed to score a whopping 82 goals in 95 games.

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‘He scores when he wants, he scores when he wants, Jamie Maclaren, he scores when he wants.’ It’s become routine now for that chant to echo through the stands of AAMI Park.

The chant rings true though, as it seems like whenever the match and whoever the opposition, Maclaren can find himself in acres of space, allowing him to calmly place his shots where he has the best chance of scoring.

It’s a credit to Rado Vidosic and his coaching staff at Melbourne City that they have been able to keep Maclaren’s scoring form after the World Cup break and through the transitional period after Patrick Kisnorbo’s departure.

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“We just maybe try to obviously keep the ball on the ground, said Vidosic.

“We try to bring the ball in a more organised way into the penalty box.

“He’s unbelievable. He can score goals from a build-up, he can score from a counterattack, he can score goals from just being in the right spot in the right moment.

“So, it’s very hard to predict how he’s going to score his goals,” said Vidosic.

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With Maclaren looking like he is going to stroll his way to a fifth A-League Men’s Golden Boot, questions could be asked whether clubs in Europe may want to take a punt on him in the currently open January transfer window.

However, with Maclaren being the focal point of Melbourne City’s attack, it would be unlikely that the club would be willing to sell. I mean come on, he’s scored more goals on his own this season than five A-League clubs have managed in total. That’s ridiculous.

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“Look, he’s our key player, he’s our key goal scorer,” said Vidosic.

“He’s been overseas, he’s experienced and he’s playing in the form of his life. He’s chasing records.

“I don’t think that would be on his mind. He’s enjoying his football, and this is his hometown.

“I think he loves every minute that he has been with us.”

Maclaren is now only ten goals away from overtaking Besart Berisha as the A-League Men’s all-time leading scorer. It would be unlikely that Maclaren, 29, would be looking for a European move. Now is his time to cement his legacy as an A-League icon.

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Caydn Foley
Football Fanatic. Journalism student hoping to make this a career. Covering Melbourne City for the 22/23 A-Leagues season.

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