Adam Le Fondre celebrates his goal against Brisbane Roar. Picture: AAP
Adam Le Fondre celebrates his goal against Brisbane Roar. Picture: AAP

Sydney FC striker's chilling warning for A-League rivals

HIS coach calls him a "machine", but the A-League's top scorer has a chilling warning for defences in coming weeks - this is just the start.

Adam Le Fondre's two goals against Brisbane on Saturday took Sydney FC to second place on the A-League ladder and established the Englishman as the highest scorer so far with nine goals in 10 games.

Remarkably it places him ahead of Bobo, the Brazilian striker who set a season record last year with 27 goals for Sydney - but who after 10 games had just six strikes to his name.

But the striker, known universally as 'Alf', revealed he has been dissatisfied with his own performances since arriving at the club, thirsting to increase his tally and bring Sydney more success.

"I've probably been a bit frustrated the way I've been playing, not been at my best in a lot of the games," he said.

"I've been scoring which is contributing but like anyone, I always want more. I won't settle for two goals, I want three or four.

"If you're just satisfied with things you'll never get better. Even at 32, I want to get better as Father Time waits for no one. I want to continue on an upward curve, playing as good as good as I can for as long as I can."

Le Fondre has a better strike rate after ten games than Bobo did last year. Picture: AAP
Le Fondre has a better strike rate after ten games than Bobo did last year. Picture: AAP

Sydney coach Steve Corica is the beneficiary of one striker's determination to eclipse another, as well as Le Fondre's movement and stamina off the ball.

"He's like a machine, really," Corica said of his No.9.

"He just keeps going, doesn't he? For me, his workrate is exceptional. He works defensively, he makes great forward runs and, of course, he scores goals.

"Knowing him, he wants to beat Bobo's record, I would say. He obviously loves scoring goals and that's his job. For me, most importantly he does the work for the team which he does do."

Fan favourite Bobo won the Golden Boot and Player of the Year awards for Sydney FC last season. Picture: Getty
Fan favourite Bobo won the Golden Boot and Player of the Year awards for Sydney FC last season. Picture: Getty

Le Fondre admitted that Bobo's record remains a long way off, but he has other goals to pursue as well.

"I came in on the back of Bobo and trying to catch 27 goals is a huge effort," he said. "I just thought that if I get anywhere near we're going to be successful.

"The whole point is to win things - the last two years the club has been undoubtedly successful - I've come to join that and help that.

"I'm a little bit ahead of the curve (in following Bobo), but the most important thing was that we got the victory. We probably should have had more but maybe that's being greedy.

"Any sort of chance I get, header, left foot, right foot, all I want to do is score goals. I've been like that since I was a kid, anything there I'll try to gobble up."

News Corp Australia


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