When he signed for Motherwell, Louis Moult set his sights on hitting the 20-goal mark. Whether down to sheer coincidence or through his self-belief, the former Wrexham striker has adorned that number on the back of his shirt since his arrival.
Wes Fletcher may have been preferred at the start of the season but, after his initial run in the side, which included a stretch of five goals in six matches, Moult has never looked back. Another stretch of eight goals in nine matches meant that by January, he had already endeared himself to the Motherwell support.
Mark McGhee may have dropped Moult from the starting line-up for two weeks in February, but this was at a time when the entire side was struggling for any kind of form and his manager was frantically experimenting with different combinations in order to find his best eleven.
Since his return to the side, Moult has found his shooting boots once more and is currently on a run of five goals in five matches, leaving him just two short of his initial target of 20. He continues to sniff out opportunities in the six-yard box, scoring no fewer than eleven of his goals within it.
Another factor in Moult regaining his excellent form is the change in system from his manager recently. In his first spell as Motherwell boss, McGhee found success with an attacking 4-3-3 system. He adopted a more cautious approach to begin with after arriving back at Fir Park in October before briefly experimented with a back three. Over the past few weeks however, has reverted to his preferred three striker system.
And, as Scott McDonald pointed out on BBC Radio Scotland recently, it’s not a 4-5-1 paraded as a 4-3-3 as it contains three central strikers. Marvin Johnson, a winger by trade, has been asked to take up a more central role and his pace, power and dynamism along with McDonald’s intelligence and Moult’s predatory instincts have Motherwell in with a decent chance of taking fourth spot and possible European qualification.