Loren Morón currently leads the way as the top scorer in La Liga with seven goals to his name. The forward, 25, has hit the high notes with a scintillating start to the season. His seven goals in just eight appearances means he has already scored more goals in the league than the entirety of last season when he scored six in 33 outings.
It is early days, but he is on the summit of a league which hasn’t seen a Spanish born Pichichi crowned since 2007/08 when Dani Güiza topped the charts and entered his footballing throne - by plundering 27 goals for Real Mallorca. Notably, none of them goals were penalty kicks. The top scorer in La Liga will once again be one of the main markets for betting of football this season.
Loren has progressed substantially since scoring his first professional goal on 30th September 2012 for Unión Estepona in a 4-1 win against Vélez. Two and a half years later, on the 29th January 2015, he was move from hometown side Marbella to Real Betis and assigned to Betis Deportivo, the club’s academy team.
After some notable performances – scoring 17 goals in 23 matches in Segunda División B in the first half of the 2017/18 season - he was promoted to the first-team in January 2018 by the then Betis manager Quique Setién. The striker had an option to sign for Real Zaragoza in the Segunda División but the manager saw enough to persuade him to come into his first team plans and convinced him to stay.
The managers wisdom was richly rewarded when a fresh-faced Loren would score two goals on his debut in La Liga - a 2-1 home victory over Villarreal. He would go onto score another five goals in the final stretch of that season to help Betis secure European football and personally won the Segunda División B Pichichi award with his 17 goals, despite playing with Betis Deportivo only until December.
A disappointing following campaign ended in the forward scoring one goal less over the entirety of the 2018/19 season than in his debut half season - managing just six strikes. Ironically, now he is on the same figure as his debut season once again. The magnificent seven is he indeed.
The marksman from Marbella almost changed clubs over the summer with a juicy offer on the table incoming from Russian outfit Lokomotiv Moscow. But the striker decided his best option would be to stay loyal to the club which gave him his big break. According to an interview conducted with the club’s official television station, Loren stated that it was a sheer gut instinct that swayed his decision to remain at the Andalusian club.
For Loren to stay within football’s royalty and continue at the top of the charts, he will have to rely on better service from his fellow teammates. It is quite an unusual scenario that the country’s top scorer currently finds himself at the wrong end of the table in the relegation zone as Real Betis are with nine games gone.
The striker’s sights will next be targeting the surprise package of the season, in form Granada, who await Real Betis in an eagerly anticipated Andalusian derby this Sunday afternoon. Another opportunity for Loren to add to his goal scoring tally and remain the current king of La Liga.
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