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Who are the bookmakers’ favourites to lift the Golden Boot this season?

Tom Dunstan in Editorial, English Premier League 25 Sep 2020

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While we might have only just opened the 2020/2021 campaign, strikers up and down the Premier League are desperate to get their year off to a flying start and will undoubtedly have one eye on a certain individual award.

With Jamie Vardy lifting the Golden Boot last season after bagging 23 top-flight strikes for Leicester, the bookmakers have drawn up their list of who the favourites to get their hands on the title this time around.

In a stacked list of striking superstars, who are the three attacking MVP’s leading the early odds in the race for this year’s Golden Boot?

Mohamed Salah – 4/1 with 888sport

While Mohamed Salah might have watched on as Sadio Mane’s brace helped Liverpool pick up a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, the Egyptian superstar has already opened the New Year with a flurry.

Playing another crucial role for Jurgen Klopp’s side last season and helping the Reds lift their first Premier League title earlier in the summer, the 28-year-old will undoubtedly be determined to recapture the Golden Boot this time.

Eventually finish four goals behind Vardy after recording 19 top-flight goals last season, Salah lifted the acclaimed award as an outright winner during the 2017/2018 campaign after recording 32 goals, the most by a single player since Alan Shearer in 1995.

Already opening the New Year with a hat-trick against Leeds on the opening weekend, Salah has already shown enough to the bookmakers to make him the leading contender to reclaim his Golden Boot this season.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 5/1 with Betfair

Putting pen to paper on a bumper new three-year-deal with Arsenal earlier in the month, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has only cemented his spot as the Gunners’ MVP after already opening his account this season.

Really spearheading Mikel Arteta’s North London resurge and finding the net as they lifted both the Community Sheild and the FA Cup titles at Wembley last month, the Gabon ace is seen to be the man to lead Arsenal back to the Champions League.

Scoring a sublime strike against Premier League returners Fulham on the opening weekend, Aubameyang has once again rekindled his partnership with Alexandre Lacazette.

Sharing the Golden Boot with both Salah and Mane at the end of the 2018/2019 campaign, the former BVB marksman also saw Vardy come out on top thanks to a single strike last season.

Enjoying arguably the brightest spell of his career, it is no surprise that many believe that Aubameyang is the man to beat this time around.

Harry Kane – 8/1 with Unibet

While Son Heung-min might have rightfully left the South Coast with all the plaudits after bagging four strikes against Southampton on Sunday, there is no doubt that one man remains Tottenham’s talisman after his own input.

Not normally renowned for his assists tally, the 27-year-old got all four assists for his South Korean teammate and also managed to once again write his own piece of Premier League history.

Kane became just the sixth player to assist four goals in a single Premier League matchup, and the first English player to achieve that feat. Indeed, he only assisted a pair of top-flight goals in the entirety of last season.

Also managing to open the 2020/2021 campaign with a strike at St. Mary’s over the weekend, Harry Kane will simply be hoping for a clear run at reclaiming his Golden Boot this season after a torrid time with injuries.

Now bagging back-to-back strikes across all competitions after helping Spurs avoid a stunning Europa League upset against Lokomotiv Plovdiv out in Bulgaria last week, the England skipper has not lifted that Golden Boot since 2017.


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan



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