Race for A-League Golden Boot heats up

With a third of the regular season already played, the race for this year’s Hyundai A-League Golden Boot is one of the most hotly contested we've ever seen.

Melbourne City’s marque marksman Bruno Fornaroli leads the pack with seven goals to his name.

His cross-town rival Besart Berisha at Victory is one back from two less appearances.

It’s no surprise to see City with three players inside the top ten as they lead the competition for goals scored by a whopping nine.

Last season Marc Janko took home the title with 16 goals for the Sky Blues, while Socceroo Adam Taggart scored the same number the year prior in his breakout season.

With the league averaging 2.77 goals a game this season - and our stars producing some absolute screamers, it remains to be seen just what the magical number will be for the 2015/16 campaign.

Here’s a closer look at the leaders.

Bruno Fornaroli (Melbourne City, 7 goals) – There were positive signs all the way back in pre-season that City had landed a gem in their Uruguayan marquee. While many overseas stars have taken time to adjust to the A-League Fornaroli has been a consistent contributor on the scoresheet, none better than the sublime team goal he finished last round.

Besart Berisha (Melbourne Victory, 6 goals) – Bes has consistently been near the top of the charts throughout his A-League career, however having come runner-up in the last two seasons he’ll no doubt be keen to re-claim the mantle he won in 2011/12 at Brisbane. The Victory striker has been rested from one match and still has a game in hand on his rivals.

Jamie Maclaren (Brisbane Roar, 5 goals) – The Olyroo striker was the early pacesetter this season, having no trouble slotting into Brisbane’s frontline when he bagged a brace in the season opener. Maclaren also has eight goals in 11 appearances for Australia’s U-23 side and will be a pivotal player in their quest to qualify for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio.

Mitch Nichols (Western Sydney Wanderers, 5 goals) – The midfielder is in a purple patch at the moment having netted three in four games. His goal of the season contender against his former club on the weekend ensured the Wanderers stretched their winning streak to six matches. Nichols’ form has many pundits spruiking a Socceroos recall.

Best of the rest (all with 4 goals).

Roy Krishna (Wellington Phoenix) – The Fijian flyer is undoubtedly having his best season in ‘Nix colours typified by his goal from an impossible angle and barnstorming assist against Victory last weekend.

Milos Trifunovic (Newcastle Jets) – Coach Scott Miller said he wanted a goal every other game from his Serbian striker and that’s precisely what he’s getting at the moment.

Brandon Borrello (Brisbane Roar) – Two braces at Suncorp to start the season saw the 20-year-old named the October nominee for the NAB Young Player of the Year award.

Harry Novillo (Melbourne City) – The Frenchman is quickly racing up the leader board with four goals in three games having missed the start of the season through injury.

Aaron Mooy (Melbourne City) – Arguably the form player of the competition, we’re running out of superlatives to describe Mooy’s influence. The Socceroo also has a league high six assists.