Race For The Golden Boot
Updated: Monday, 8 April 2019
There are now just 5 Premier League games to go of the 18/19 season.
With plenty still to play for sides at both ends of the table,
I’m focusing on who will walk away with this season's Golden Boot.
Here are the current Top 5 contenders:
Perhaps not known for being a prolific goal getter,
Mane has been on fire for Liverpool over the last couple of months,
and is currently one of Europe’s most in form forwards.
Usually playing from the left side of the Liverpool front 3,
his movement in between defenders coming off the flank tends to create a lot of chances for himself, as
demonstrated by his goal away at Fulham last time out.
I think in previous seasons he could probably be criticised for not being clinical enough in front of the goal,
but with 17 Premier League goals already this season,
if he can make it to 20 by the end of the campaign then that can be considered an excellent return for a wide forward.
The Senegal International has scored 7 goals in his last 10 games,
and Liverpool will be desperate for his form to continue as they
battle it out for the Premier League title.
Well from a neutral perspective, it’s good to see an English striker
in the race for the Golden Boot yet again.
We’ve become accustomed to this from Kane,
who is always up there season in season out.
Kane had won it 2 years in a row, before narrowly missing out on what would have been a very
impressive Hat-Trick of Golden Boots, as Mohamed Salah won it by a couple of goals last season.
He’s the threat from anywhere, inside the box, outside the box, in the air, set pieces.
The Englishman even won the Golden Boot during the World Cup last summer!
Over the last 2 or 3 seasons, there wouldn’t be many that would debate the fact
that Kane is one of the Europe’s finest forwards.
Kane’s goals have been pretty consistent so far this year,
where in previous years he’s been a slow starter,
but ended seasons in red hot form.
Spurs will be hoping there talisman can produce
more of the same to keep them in one of those top 4 spots.
Since his move from Dortmund in January last year,
Aubameyang has been nothing short of a revelation for Arsenal.
With an excellent goal return of 27 Goals in 42 Premier League games since joining the Gunners,
I’m sure Arsene Wenger will wish he bought him to the club a season or two before he left the club!
One of, if not the quickest striker in the Premier League,
Aubameyang‘s pace makes him extremely hard to deal with.
He can run in behind if you play a high line, or drop off and run at you if drop deep.
He’s the most effective player in and around the penalty area,
but he does have the ability to pull a rabbit out of the hat,
like his absolute cracker against Spurs in the North London Derby earlier this season.
On current form, 3 goals in his last 10 games isn’t a fantastic
return for Gabon International, but you have to consider
he’s probably being rested as Arsenal are still competing in the UFEA Europa League too.
One things for sure, Arsenal will be dependant on him in the remaining games
as they are now in a huge tussle for a top 4 spot.
Well, for those who thought Salah was going to be a one season wonder,
last season's top scorer is certainly up there again this year.
Not an out and out centre forward, but blessed with speed and fantastic balance,
accompanied with quick feet and a deadly left foot, Salah can be really unplayable.
Salah started the season well, picking off where he left off
as the Golden Boot winner last season. Jürgen Klopp has even played him down the middle this season,
which he did to great effect away at Bournemouth back in December,
bagging a Hat-Trick as Liverpool running away 4-0 winners.
However, it hasn’t been a great month or so for Salah,
just 1 goal in his last 5 Premier League games,
and some particularly poor performances away at Old Trafford
and Goodison Park has seen the Egyptian come in for some criticism.
He’s missed some guilt edge chances, especially a couple of
one-on-one opportunities at Goodison Park which isn’t like him.
But the Liverpool number 11 is undoubtedly
still Liverpool’s key man,
and will no doubt play a key role as Liverpool
desperately chase down City at the top of the Premier League.
It doesn't come as any real surprise that Agüero is leading the way
in the Golden Boot race so far. Agüero has won the Golden Boot before,
4 seasons ago with a total of 26.
It would be going some for him to level/beat that tally again this season,
but with plenty to play for he’s certainly capable.
Agüero, very similar to Harry Kane, can score all type of goals.
Right foot, left foot, from poachers finishes to rockets from outside the area.
He’s a threat whether he’s running in behind, or dropping short to pick the ball
up to make space for players like Sterling and Sané to run in behind him.
Let’s face it, when you have the likes of David Silva & Kevin De Bruyne
providing the ammunition, opportunities are never far too away.
City have so much to play for over the next couple of months,
and it’s obvious Agüero will be absolutely key to their title charge.
After all, he has final day pedigree, just ask Manchester United fans!
Being so tight at the top, it’s hard to predict at this point! But I’m going for Agüero.
City are so creative, and seeing as they still have a lot on the line,
I think Agüero will benefit from having more chances than the others
in and around him, and he’s more than clinical enough to take them.