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The 2016/2017 season is upon us once again.

And the excitement that comes with it can rarely be described with words for the football lovers.

Top 5 Premier League golden boot contendersOne of the most exciting aspects of the game and ultimately more often than not, what matters, are goals.

We all love goals, some have preference to the type of goals they love (I prefer intelligent finishes to 30 yard screamers), to others it doesn’t really matter so long as the result is positive with respect to the clubs they support.

Ever since its inception, the Premier League has featured some of the best goalscorers in the world, from Alan Shearer, Michael Owen and Thierry Henry, to the more recent Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero, just to name a few. Of the more recent players, the likes of Suarez and Van Persie have since moved on, but the players that remain definitely do not disappoint.

The barrage of goals that these goalscorers achieve season after season not only helps their respective teams met their season’s objectives, but also determine who takes home the coveted Premier League Golden Boot.

Apart from the trophy that is presented to the player who scores the most goals in a given season, the award also serves a charitable cause, with £1000 given to each goal scored, which is then donated to a charity of the player’s choice.

Recap

Last season Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, who is a regular in the top five ever since he joined city in 2011, came just one short of eventual winner Harry Kane, with 24 goals to his name. Kane won it after scoring 25 times for Spurs as they finished third. Leicester City hot-shot Jamie Vardy came in a surprise third, also one shy of Kane.

Everton forward Romelu Lukaku came a somewhat distant fourth with 18 goals. In a season where Everton struggled for the better part of the campaign, Lukaku still proved his worth to the Toffees as he has always done.

Ever since his loan days at West Bromwich Albion, the big Belgian has scored 15+ League goals in all but one season since 2012/2013. Riyad Mahrez completes the top five scorers in the league last term with 17 goals from midfield, a pretty decent return for a player who is not primarily tasked with scoring goals, but it remains to be seen whether he can replicate that sort of goal scoring form in the League this season.

The likely lads

There has been significant activity in the transfer market, with new players and new managers alike joining and leaving their respective clubs and this will have an effect on who ends up the League’s top scorer. Significant activity has taken place at the clubs most likely to produce the winner of the golden boot this year.

1. Sergio Aguero – Manchester City

Aguero is considered the best striker in the League by many, myself included. With a new manager in former Barcelona and FC Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola taking the reigns at the Etihad Stadium this summer, the Argentine is expected to flourish in the attack minded manager’s reign. With the quality of players such as David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne pulling the strings for him, Aguero just needs to stay fit throughout the season and the accolade will most likely be his.

2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Manchester United

Manchester United have been formidable in the transfer market this summer, and the acquisition of the Swedish Legend on a free transfer from French giants PSG is one of the reasons why. The well traveled Swede joins Premier League on the back of an impressive 38 goals over 31 league appearances in Ligue 1 and has bagged goals in every league he has played in from his native Sweden, Spain, Italy and France.

United have also brought in Henrikh Mkhitaryan who had an excellent season for Dortmund last season, providing a goal or assist every 89 minutes and this sort of creativity is expected to ensure Zlatan continues his impressive goal-scoring form.

3. Harry Kane – Tottenham Hotspur

Having burst into the scene in the 2014/2015 season, Kane was an instant hit in the League, scoring an impressive 21 League goals and bagging the PFA Young Player of the year award in the process. Many thought he would suffer the dreaded ‘second season syndrome’ last year, but he proved the critics wrong, going four better than his previous season’s tally and bagging the Golden Boot.

Spurs have since brought in Vincent Janssen to help out in attack, and it remains to be seen whether the goals will be shared between the two. Be that as it may, I still expect the England international to be up there in the scoring charts come May 2017.

4. Romelu Lukaku – Everton

The Belgian International has never scored above 20 League goals, but is well within a shout of the top five goalscorers. With an average of 56% of his shots on target last season, coupled with a goal every 176 minutes out of a total of 3,174 minutes on the pitch last term, it would not be a surprise if he makes the top five once again.

5. Jamie Vardy – Leicester City

The Englishman had a dream season in 2015/2016 , scoring 24 times and setting the record for most goals scored in consecutive games last season , finding the net in 11 straight games. This is the type of consistency every manager wants with his striker, and the addition of the pacy Ahmed Musa can only improve his tally.

It is difficult to tell outright who will come out on top, but I definitely expect at least four of these five names to be in the top five at season’s end.

Here’s to an exciting season full of goals.

Originally published at oneshotfootball.com

Post written by Timothy Opiko
for One Shot Football, Blog: One Shot Football, Twitter: @O_S_Football

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