The race for the EPL Golden Boot is already underway, and there are a couple of names who seem to be running away with it already. However, there are still dozens of games left to play, and we’re not even halfway through the season yet.
While the Premier League Golden Boot may be an award many players won’t openly say they want, once they start scoring, you know it’s definitely on their mind. Here are the leading players that are in serious contention to earn the Golden Boot this season.
The man of the moment just has to be Erling Haaland. The big Norwegian is tearing the league apart, and with 15 goals and three hat-tricks already, he is surely the main contender to win the Golden Boot. We’re only nine games into the season, and already some rival fans are joking that he needs to get injured just to let the others catch up!
Haaland’s on-field partnerships with Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden have created a deadly triangle that can’t stop assisting or scoring goals, no matter who they play against.
While Spurs haven’t won anything of late, Harry Kane is arguably the best English goalscorer we’ve seen for years. He currently has eight goals, and while that’s still falling way short of Haaland’s tally, you write Kane off at your peril, especially with his wealth of experience in the Premier League.
While it will be tough to catch up with City’s Norwegian superstar, it’s not an impossible task, and Kane certainly has the required skill and goalscoring prowess to make it happen.
Arsenal has turned a new leaf this season, and Gabriel Jesus has proved himself to be exactly the player they needed at exactly the right time. The Brazilian has netted five goals for the Gunners and has assisted three. While his numbers could be better, he should easily reach double figures this season, and possibly score over 20.
However, Jesus’s goal numbers are tied to Arsenal’s performances; therefore, as long as Arsenal keep playing as they are, there’s no reason he can’t keep scoring.
With one member of Liverpool’s Three Musketeers gone, Darwin Núñez has stepped in to try to fill the considerable shoes of Sadio Mané. His goal tally isn’t close to where it should be, but if Liverpool begins to fire, then Darwin certainly has the ability to score whenever and however he wants.
Chelsea is in a strange position where they are scoring goals, but they don’t have an outright striker leading the way. However, their acquisition of Raheem Sterling is already proving fruitful. Alongside Aubameyang up front, Sterling has been netting goals, and has the caliber to keep on putting the goals away as the season progresses.
Mohamed Salah hasn’t been the same player since Mané left, and Liverpool hasn’t been the same team, either. However, a recent record-breaking hat-trick in the Champions League could be the spark Salah needs to return to his goalscoring best. Don’t write the three-time Golden Boot winner off just yet; the season has only just begun.
Aleksandar Mitrović has always been a goalscoring machine. The Serbian has been the man to help get Fulham promoted multiple times now, and his six goals so far this season have helped propel Fulham into ninth place. While he has only an outside chance of finishing in the top three goalscorers, don’t be surprised if he ends up being one of the deadliest strikers this season.
Manchester United has been in and out of a slump of late. Ronaldo has barely been playing and scoring, and they don’t have an outright goalscorer they can rely on. However, after a rather dismal 2021-22 season, Marcus Rashford has once again stepped up to the plate.
The young Englishman has only three goals to his name so far, but with United coming into form again, expect him to be finding the back of the net more and more as the season goes on.
A player that many thought was on his way out at Liverpool, Bobby Firmino has turned the corner and is now back scoring goals for fun. With six goals under his belt so far, the loss of Mané has seemingly revitalized Firmino, and made him work for his place in the team. When you’re outscoring someone like Mo Salah, you know you’re doing something right!