Monday Aug 10, 2020. 13:00
Kenya international Michael Olunga has explained why he has been in prolific form in front of the goal at his Japanese club Kashiwa Reysol.
The towering marksman netted his 10th goal of the 2020 Japanese J1 League season during the 1-1 draw with Yokohama F Marinos on Saturday.
As a result, Olunga became the first player in the history of the league to reach the 10-goal mark in every division of the J League.
The former Gor Mahia striker has remarkably netted eight goals in his last five league matches.
“It is basically hard work because each and every game is a difficult game and the defenders in each and every team are now marking together,” Olunga said on Goal.
“You have to be on top of your game, you have to be ready to finish off the chances your team creates, so it is not an easy task, as a striker your main target is to position yourself well and make sure you are clinical in front goal, nothing else.
“You know [Marinos] played better, they had better ball possession but as strikers, you have to wait for your moment to come, be patient and when your moment arrives, be clinical, and thus the goals will come.”
Olunga has reportedly attracted interest from Turkish giants Besiktas ahead of the 2020/21 Super Lig campaign.
SporX recently reported that Besiktas have identified Olunga as a replacement for striker Burak Yilmaz, who has joined French club Lille OSC.
The 26-year-old player, who has netted 18 goals in 40 international matches for Kenya, played in Sweden for Djurgardens, before moving to China where he turned for Guizhou Zhicheng.
Olunga also had a spell with Girona in the Spanish La Liga during the 2017/18 season and he was then snapped up by Reysol.