Picks for Premier League Golden Boot
The 2019/20 Premier League soccer season is firmly underway in England and the league’s most prolific goalscorer’s are getting into their stride. At the end of each season, the player who has scored the most goals over the 38 games, is rewarded with the Golden Boot trophy and title. This season we have one of the toughest races for the Golden Boot with some real world class talent in the league.
Last season the Golden Boot was split between Mo Salah (Liverpool FC), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) and Sadio Mane (Liverpool FC). All three finished on 22 goals for the season. This is the third time that the award has been split between three players.
We are now 12 games into the season and the odds are showing some surprising candidates. If you went off the bookmakers favorites then you’d see Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) and Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) amongst the favourites.
But who do we think really has the best chance of winning the title come May 2020?
Sergio Aguero - Manchester City
The Argentinian striker is currently joint favourite with most bookmakers with Jamie Vardy at around odds of 7/2. With nine goals already this season, we expect him to be right up near the top come May. He is in a fantastic Manchester City team that score goals for fun and with Kevin De Bruyne in his team he’s bound to get chances.
Aguero is the most experienced goal scorer out of all the favourites. He has won the Golden Boot before, in 2015, and out of all players to have scored over 100 goals he has the best goals to game ratio of 0.69.
In his last five seasons he has averaged 22 goals and hasn’t once played in more than 33 games. Should he keep himself fit and get closer to 38 games, then he has every chance of winning his second Golden Boot.
Mo Salah - Liverpool FC
Surprisingly the winner of the last two season’s Golden Boot is not one of the favourites this time around. Typically found at odds of 6/1, Mo Salah should definitely be fighting it out for the award again this season.
He has started the season with six goals from his first 11 games. If he kept this up he would finish on around 20 goals by the end of the tournament. Liverpool have already faced the ‘Big Six’ teams so taking this into account it means Salah is now going to face the lesser teams with potentially worse defences. Which means potentially more goals for him.
What else benefits Salah is the team he is in. Manager Jurgen Klopp doesn’t sit back and likes his players to keep scoring goals. Couple this with the fact he is in one of the best front three’s in world football and you would expect that goal tally to go way past 20 for the third season in a row.
Harry Kane - Tottenham Hotspurs
Recently regarded as the best number nine in the world by his new manager Harry Kane joins Mo Salah at around the 6/1 price. Last season he only scored 17 times in the Premier League but this wasn’t helped by missing 10 games through injury. In his first four seasons with Spurs he averaged 26 goals showing how clinical he is.
Kane may still be young at just 26 but he already has two Golden Boots to his name, in 2016 and 2017. He takes all the penalties for his side, unlike Sergio Aguero and Mo Salah, and this could be the difference come the end of the season.
He has just finished England international duty and came away with 12 goals in just eight games. He’s on form and with Jose Mourinho now in charge he could turn Spurs form around and see Kane smashing his current tally of six goals.