Super Eagles forward, Simy Nwankwo completed a fantastic 2019/2020 season with Crotone as he emerged the league’s most prolific striker with 20 goals to win the Golden boot award, AOIFootball.com reports.
The 28-year-old had already achieved his season objectives three weeks ago after he helped Crotone win promotion back to the Italian Serie A but despite firing blanks in his final two outings, the 2018 World Cup player held on to win his second career golden boot.
AOIFootball.com however takes u through how the lanky forward triumphed over criticism to become one of the country’s most lethal forward over the course of the 2019/2020 season.
The Nigerian started the season at home to Cosenza in August of last year but after firing blank on the opening weekend Simy struck twice seven days later to lat down a marker with the player then setting his goal on bettering his previous season haul of 14 goals.
However, he failed to score in his next four matches before turning on the heat in October where he scored 5 goals in four games to take his tally for the season to 7 league goals.
A goal and an assist in the second weekend of November was supposed to usher in a perfect end to the year but the striker however suffered a long drought as he went seven games without a goal before finally breaking the deadlock on the final league game of the year when he scored from the spot in a 3-0 win at home to Trapani.
Another blank followed suit in January of 2020 before Simy netted 3 goals in February to take his tally to 12 whilst also chipping in 2 assists in the process
The 28-year-old then started March with a goal against Pisa to earn his side a valuable 1-0 win and was hoping to capitalize on that performance before the world was thrown into the dark when the Covid-19 virus struck the entire globe.
A break away from football for four months almost put the season in jeopardy but a return to action in late June did not benefit Crotone and Simy as he failed to find the net in any of the three games before the end of the month as they failed to record any win.
July will, however, be the prolific month for the striker as he opened the month with a perfect hat-trick against Benevento which was then followed by back to back goals against Cittadella and Pordenone with Simy moving up to second on the scorers’ chart with 18 goals level on goals with then top scorer Pietro Iemmello.
A brace away at Livorno will then seal the golden boot for the Nigerian as he went two ahead of Iemmello with the Italian only managing to score once with Simy clinching his second career golden boot following his first with Gil Vicente in Portugal.