Leicester’s Jamie Vardy won the Golden Boot last season after scoring 23 goals, but he is not among the favourites with the bookies to be the top scorer this season for some strange reason. So, who are the potential winners of the Golden Boot and how seriously should they be taken? Keep reading and all the answers will be provided.
There is one thing that Salah has on his side and that is his fitness levels. Salah, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Harry Kane, and Sergio Aguero were the four favourites for the Golden Boot in the 2019/20 campaign, but Aguero and Kane succumbed to regular injury problems, while the Egyptian carried on his merry way. His shooting ability, the fact that he always gets himself into dangerous positions, and his consistency is why he is one of the favourites to pick up the Golden Boot come the end of the 2020/21 campaign. He already has five goals to his name this season.
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There is arguably no player in the Premier League who has higher expectations for himself than Kane. Having scored 29 league goals during the 2016/17 campaign and 30 the following season, persistent injuries have prevented him from scoring more than 20 in the last two seasons. The England captain will be desperate to pick up the Golden Boot, but the only way that this is going to happen is if he stays fit for the whole season. If the likes of Gareth Bale can provide quality service into the box, then Kane will stick the goals away for fun. He already has three goals this season and that is before Bale has even played a game for his old club.
Since he moved to the Premier League nearly three years ago, he has shared the Golden Boot and finished as runner-up by just one goal. He has scored 55 goals in 89 appearance, which are some pretty impressive stats if you ask us. Mikel Arteta has mostly been deploying Aubameyang out wide, but this has not hindered his goalscoring ability. In fact, last season he was responsible for 41% of Arsenal’s goals, so it is little wonder why he was voted their player of the season. We expect him to score plenty of goals this season and put his name in the hat for Golden Boot winner.
With each passing season it becomes increasingly obvious just how important Mane is for Liverpool. In fact, he missed their recent game against Aston Villa and, unless you have been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you do not need us to tell you what the score was (it was 7-2). If Mane was playing in this game, we are certain it would not have been the same score line. Last season he scored 19 goals to help his team win the title for the first time in three decades, and they will need him to be in the same prolific form if they are to retain their title. However, he is a selfless player who will always pass to a teammate in a better position than have a shot at goal himself, so this could dent his chances of picking up the Golden Boot for the second time in his career.
We know the bookies are not giving him much of a chance of picking up the Golden Boot, but with five goals already this season, he has shown that he means business. We believe that the reason most bookies are not giving him a chance is because of his age, but Vardy has shown time and time again that age is just a number. If he does not go on to score at least 20 goals this season, we will be pretty surprised. We do not think that there are many defenders in the league who will be taking him lightly.
If there is one player that has been on fire this season, it is Calvert-Lewin. Everything that the Everton man seems to touch at the moment turns to gold, and he already has six goals in four games. He also scored a hat-trick against West Ham in the EFL Cup. He has been in such good form that he earned his first call up to the England side and scored on his debut in a friendly against Wales. With the likes of James Rodriguez, Allan, Andre Gomes, and Gylfi Sigurdsson in the midfield, Calvert-Lewin will get plenty of decent deliveries into the box to try and put away. If he keeps up this form, then there is no reason why he cannot challenge for the Golden Boot come May.