A neck-to-neck race over who emerges top of the goalscoring charts; 1 or at most 2 goals separating the top 3 highest goal scorers; golden boot prize won on week 37 or 38; familiar scenes when the eventual goals king doesn’t get to win the league inclusive with his boot, welcome to the English Premier League, sweats and blood are the price to pay if you are to score goals aplenty. Are you good to go?
This looks like the manual of instructions handed to strikers and forwards in the top flight division before a ball is ever kicked prior to the start of a new season.
Even with the new rules and regulations the F.A has adopted to protect its officials ahead of the subsequent campaigns, those imaginary ones for anyone attempting to score as much goals as possible won’t be subject to change.
The race kicks off in 2 weeks’ time, and here are 5 players who will likely battle it out to win the crown and bragging rights for the EPL’s highest goal scorer.
If there is a player approaching his 35th birthday and will still likely emerge EPL’s highest goal poacher in a season, then its none other than Zlatan.
51 strikes in 50 games for PSG last season almost got him the European golden boot. And yes, we know the Premier League has high intensity and more physicality compared to France or Italy where Ibra reigned supreme in front of goals, but even bookmarkers won’t give a 5000-1 odds for him to score most goals next season.
It is very possible, especially given that Henrik Mkhitaryan will be right behind him to supply the many assists and create as many chances as possible. He won’t likely be starting and completing every other league game, and scoring against the Chelseas and Liverpools might not be achievable, but getting braces and hattricks against the likes of Swansea, Stoke, Hull and Burnley comes easy for a striker of his calibre.
Go for gold god Ibra!!!
Kun has always being in contention for the top prize every other season since he arrived the scene from the La Liga. Being a 2-time winner of the award, it’s expected he mounts another challenge for the 2016-17 edition.
With a more direct, more fluid and well-defined style of play emerging under Pep Guardiola, the Argentine will be well fed with countless and clear cut goalscoring opportunities.
He has the chance to hit that 30-goal mark in a league season under the tutelage of the new handler, and all he has to do is stay fit all season. Having Gundogan in the team will also be of great help to the 28-year-old.
The former AZ Alkmaar hitman topped the Eredivisie goalscoring table last season with 27 goals. At just 22 years, the Netherlands international still has a lot to learn, and he has come to the right place for that under Pochettino’s tutelage and guidance.
Kane already seem an almost-finished product with the help of the Argentine tactician, and he emerged top scorer last season with 25 goals, it could just be Janssen’s turn, provided he doesn’t follow in the footstep of the last Eredivisie goalscoring king that flopped in his debut EPL season.
Vincent is physical and strong, and such attributes, coupled with his speed are what it takes to excel in a striking career in England. He definitely will be taking a shot at the prize.
He might have fired blanks at the European Championships, but it can’t be denied what a good finisher the 23-year-old is. The England international turned up to the party late last season, going barren for more than 5 games before becoming unstoppable and putting 25 at the back of the net.
Set to put the Three Lions Euros campaign and last season 3rd place finish disappointments behind him, Kane will be coming all out next term to prove he’s not just a 2-season wonder or another flash in the pan.
The jury is out as to whether the highly-rated striker can emerge top scorer for 2 consecutive campaigns. Can he?
After a disappointing outing last time out, we should see a new Costa next season due to Conte’s influence. With a possible 5-man midfield to be deployed under the Italian when play resumes, the Brazilian-Spaniard will enjoy a lot of supplies.
Fabregas will finally get a chance to enjoy as much freedom needed in order to have all the time in the world to split defences with passes, and that will be made possible due to Kante’s protection. Will that guaranteed to be done on a consistent basis, Costa has a chance to steal the top prize with his goals.