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Playmaker's EFL 72: #14 Macaulay Langstaff

2024/05/07 14:12

Our quest to count down the top performers in the EFL this season nears its climax and, from here on in, each and every entrant is a statistical heavyweight!   

It's certainly been no easy task, but - just to clarify - our '72' is less a roll call of the best footballers in the EFL and more a tribute to those players who have enjoyed the most memorable seasons while racking up the most impressive stats.

Whatever the criteria, we're confident in our selections of the most outstanding players through the Championship, League One, and League Two and welcome any debate on the subject!

From nought to 70 in two seasons, Notts County goal machine Macaulay Langstaff is next to make the grade. 

Number 14: Macaulay Langstaff (Notts County)

Arguably the most self-absorbed breed of footballer, all true forwards - in Playmaker's incredibly unclinical opinion - have an addictive streak to their personalities. 

This season we spoke with Bradford striker Jake Young about his cravings while on loan at Swindon, and last term we chatted with a National League hotshot regarding his own insatiable appetite for football's number one currency: goals!

That fifth tier phenomenon has blasted his way to League Two's Golden Boot this season...and an incredible 70 league goals in just two seasons suggest there is much, much more to come from Notts County striker Macaulay Langstaff. 

Talking to Playmaker in January last year, Langstaff spoke of a mentality shift that has run parallel to his prolific goal-scoring. 

"I think the main thing for me, and I think a lot of centre-forwards have this, is that you get this sort of weird mentality when you start scoring regularly, where you get even more hungry. 

"Now I don't want to go back to getting one every three or four games. I want to score even more (regularly)..."

Averaging a goal every 144 minutes this season, Langstaff has seamlessly adapted to life in League Two and his 28 goals earned him the division's Golden Boot, along with a spot in the L2 'Team of the Season'. 

A hugely influential player in a team with the highest average possession share (65%) in the league, it is remarkable how singular Langstaff's contribution to the Magpies' cause is.   

The Stockton-on-Tees born forward was billed 'The National League Haaland' last term and, much like the Norwegian goal machine, Langstaff's involvement is almost exclusively limited to the ruthless business of scoring goals. 

While centre-back Aden Baldwin (91 passes-per-game) topped the charts for Notts in terms of passes completed this season, Langstaff ranked 22nd among Magpies players with just 15 successful passes on average per game. 

The 27-year-old's energies are almost exclusively funnelled towards his superpower of hitting the net, and Langstaff's shooting stats make for much more interesting reading. 

With 172 shots (150 from open-play), Langstaff fired in more efforts on goal and more shots on target (69) than any player in League Two - notably ranking sixth for headers on goal behind an imposing cast consisting of Matt Smith, Andy Cook, Harry Smith, Aden Flint and Oliver Hawkins. 

No mention of Langstaff's goal-scoring heroics would be complete with an honourable mention for Notts winger Jodi Jones, who broke the League Two assists record by supplying 24 goals during the 2023/24 campaign - including five for his prolific striker. 

The upheaval of a mid-season managerial change no doubt affected Notts County's promotion hopes and ending the season in 14th, saddled with League Two's worst defence, was not the outcome many had in mind for the Magpies given the verve and firepower in their ranks. 

Despite his team's vacillating fortunes, Langstaff has continued to score goals at an outrageous rate and with the likes of Sunderland, Coventry and Wrexham all reportedly keen on the striker, you can expect plenty of summer transfer speculation regarding his future. 

Playmaker's EFL 72...the countdown

15: Ephron Mason-Clark 16: Dan Kemp

17: Joe Taylor 18: Eiran Cashin 19: Ali Al-Hamadi 20: Jack Clarke

21: Isaac Olaofe 22: Carl Piergiani 23: Jaden Philogene 24: Alfie May

25: Will Evans 26: Jamie Reid 27: Morgan Whittaker

28: Conor Chaplin 29: George Thomason 30: Mickey Demetriou

31: Stephy Mavididi 32: Marc Leonard 33: Josh Sheehan

34: Matt Smith 35: Kwame Poku 36: Illan Meslier 37: Aden Flint

38: Ronnie Edwards 39: Josh Sargent 40: Alex Gilbey 41: Ben Sheaf

42: Jobe Bellingham 43: Devante Cole 44: Jacob Greaves 45: Paddy Lane

46: Herbie Kane 47: Dan James 48: Archie Collins 49: Karamoko Dembele

50: Haji Wright 51: Dan Crowley 52: Cameron Brannagan 53: Aaron Collins

54: Andy Cook 55: Connor Shaughnessy 56: Jannik Vestergaard

57: Willy Gnonto 58: Ellis Simms 59: Charlie Hughes 60: Fatawu Isshaku

61: Sam Hoskins 62: Paul Mullin 63: Chris Martin 64: Omari Hutchinson

65: Isaac Hutchinson 66: Sam Tickle 67: Ben Hinchcliffe 68: Michał Helik

69: Lewis Wing 70: Rob Apter 71: Kyle Walker-Peters 72: Alex Palmer

Macaulay Langstaff
NameMacaulay Langstaff
Born/Age1997-02-03(27 -yrs-old)
PositionForward (Striker)



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2024-05-07 16h30m by jgibsonson
Wow, this list keeps getting better and better! Number 14, Macaulay Langstaff of Notts County, definitely deserves a spot here with his amazing goal-scoring record. As a football fan, I can't help but admire his dedication and addictive personality that makes him a true forward. Definitely a top performer in my book!
2024-05-07 16h12m by ocollinsworth
Wow, what a list! Excited to see who will make the top 10. For me, Langstaff definitely deserves a spot. He's been a goal machine for Notts County and has shown an addictive streak in his personality on the pitch. Can't wait to see the rest of the countdown!
2024-05-07 15h31m by eyoungs8
As a football fan, I have to say I am impressed with Macaulay Langstaff's performance this season. It's not easy to score 70 goals in just two seasons, so he definitely deserves his spot on the list. Plus, the fact that he plays for Notts County, a smaller club in the EFL, makes it even more impressive. Great job, Langstaff!
2024-05-07 15h06m by sparkerfield
As a football fan, I have to say that I'm eager to see who makes it into the top performers list for the EFL this season! It's always a tough call, but looking forward to seeing who has the stats to back up their impressive performances. Macaulay Langstaff definitely deserves his spot at number 14, his goal-scoring abilities have been on fire for Notts County. Can't wait to see who else makes the cut!
2024-05-07 14h33m by a_12_shawcross
As a football fan, I have to say that I am absolutely content with this list and the choices made. It's clear that the players selected have not only put up impressive stats, but have also made a lasting impact on their respective teams. Well done on the selection process!
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