The 5 Early Contenders for the Premier League Golden Boot Race

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The main focus during the season is on the club who will become the new champions of England as well as the other teams who will finish in the top-four or bottom-three, though, there are also individual honours that players take pride in and in this situation it’s the Premier League Golden Boot.  

As we are currently going through the international break with a few days left until gameweek twelve, here are the five Premier League players that have been bagging the goals right away since the start of the campaign and are a seen as candidate for the 2017-18 Golden Boot award…

 

Alvaro Morata – Chelsea

There were always going to be questions on whether Alvaro Morata is the right man to replace the out-of-favour and goal-scoring machine in Diego Costa, and up till now of the season, he has confidently silenced his critics as he has bagged seven goals and three assists in ten league appearances.

He started the campaign off very well, with an assist and goal on his league debut against Burnley within a 30 minute display off the bench.

The Spaniard continued his form as he completed his first hat-trick for Chelsea on a cold and windy day away at Stoke City. After that, he suffered a goal drought of his own within the league but got back on to the score sheet once again as he produced a sweet header to give Antonio Conte’s side the three points against Manchester United.

Given that there’s a world class player in Eden Hazard to linkup with week in and out, there’s no doubt that Morata will receive a lot of goal-scoring chances on a regular basis.

 

Harry Kane – Tottenham

When you have a playmaker like Christian Eriksen behind you as well as the attacking full-backs crossing regularly into the box from the flanks through Ben Davies and Kevin Trippier, then there’s no chance that Harry Kane cannot be mentioned as one of the contenders to win the Golden Boot.

The 24-year-old has won the last two Golden Boots and is aiming to complete a personal hat-trick of individual honours, as he continues to make a name for himself as one of the best forwards in Europe.

Although he was once considered as a one-season wonder, the Tottenham hitman is now on over 80 Premier League goals and will surely be looking to go for Alan Shearer’s record of 260 Premier League goals. Having this in mind, Kane will want to reach a figure between 25 to 30 goals this term like he had done so over the past two campaigns.

On that note, the Englishman is showing his consistency after suffering a slow start to the 2017/18 season.

 

Mohamed Salah – Liverpool

At the start of the season, Liverpool had the common issues within the backline but the surprising problem was the amount of chances that they had created but hardly any of them was taken.

However, things changed quickly due to the immediate impact of summer signing, Mohamed Salah, who burst onto the scene to help Jurgen Klopp’s side to get going when the other key players weren’t around. In his first season back into the top-flight of English football, the winger has so far notched seven goals and two assists in 11 league appearances.

Given his unbelievable speed of pace and impeccable movement, Salah will always make sure that he is a dangerous threat in the final third no matter what defensive strategies the opposition have in store for him. He might not have the finishing instincts like his team-mate Sadio Mane, on the other hand, he has scored eight times in the last ten fixtures in all competitions.

Liverpool may not be seen as title contenders at this moment of time, but if they are to give it their all then it would come down to the contributions made by Mo Salah.

 

Romelu Lukaku – Manchester United

The past month or so has been a period that Romelu Lukaku will want to forget, as the lack of service to him in attack has been embarrassing in the big games, and he’ll want to start fresh once again after the international break is over.

He kicked his Manchester United career off to a superb start, with six goals in his first six league appearances, before he and the team suffered a small downfall, mainly due to the injury to Paul Pogba which has limited the side’s approach on the attacking side of the game.

Nonetheless, the Belgian international will be on the score sheet once again for the Red Devils, soon or later, and it will be hard to stop him after that.

The former Everton and Chelsea player finished second to Harry Kane in last season’s race for the Golden Boot, though, he’ll want to claim the prize this season as long as the service provided to him at Old Trafford improves before the contest is over.

With not many crosses coming into the box from the flanks, Lukaku will have to take drastic measures and take matters into his own hands if he wants to win the Golden Boot.   

 

Sergio Aguero – Manchester City

The likes of Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling have proven to be deadly and ruthless for Pep Guardiola’s side so far this campaign, though, the experience and reliability of Sergio Aguero is what puts him ahead of the rest as Manchester City’s best candidate to win the Golden Boot award.

He is currently on eight league goals along with Harry Kane, who has played 250 minutes more than the Argentine. Also, Aguero’s 3.6 shots per game compared to the other strikers in the league is what gives him a huge probability of converting a few chances per 90 minutes.   

Aguero is arguably the most consistent striker the Premier League has witnessed over the last five to seven years and has also produced a name for himself as one of the best forwards within Europe.

After becoming Manchester City’s all-time top goalscorer at the start of November, the 29-year-old will be expected to continue his fantastic form in front of goal as he has completed over 20 league goals in four out of the six seasons he has had at the club.

 

Written by Asif Norat

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