This season’s Premier League title race looks set to be one of the most thrilling and unpredictable for many years, with just seven points currently separating 1st and 6th place, but it also looks like it’s sure to be a close-run thing in the race to be top scorer as well.
It’s very difficult to predict a clear winner for the Premier League Golden Boot right now, with as many as seven players in the frame, and maybe even more.
Here are the current standings and a look at their credentials as they chase the prestigious top scorer prize…
13 goals – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Currently top of the pile, Mohamed Salah has twice won the award before, so could be a decent shout to do it again.
The Egypt international claimed the Golden Boot in 2017/18 when he scored a stunning 32 league goals in 36 appearances for the Reds.
He then won the prize jointly the following season alongside Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, albeit on just 22 goals that time.
12 goals – Harry Kane (Tottenham)
Another two-time winner of this prize, Harry Kane was the Golden Boot winner with Tottenham in 2015/16 and 2016/17.
The England international achieved this with 25 goals the first time he won it, and 29 goals the following year, and he currently looks very capable of a similar tally this term.
12 goals – Son Heung-min (Tottenham)
Another player who might be an outside shout for the Golden Boot is Kane’s Spurs team-mate Son Heung-min, who is also on 12 goals at the moment.
The South Korea international has been a joy to watch in 2020/21, but we imagine he might just fall short of the kind of tally required to finish in first place here.
11 goals – Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)
Another high ranking player who isn’t a striker, Bruno Fernandes’ goal tally is hugely impressive, even if it’s aided by being on penalty duty for Manchester United.
The Portugal international also hits a mean long-range shot and free-kick, so if he can keep this up he may well be there or thereabouts for the Golden Boot come May, though it would be quite a stunning achievement if he actually won it.
11 goals – Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)
Last season’s winner could be a very decent bet for this term, with Jamie Vardy on 11 goals at the moment, though also out with injury.
The 34-year-old remains a clinical finisher and a hugely important part of this Leicester City team, who continue to look like they may be serious title contenders under Brendan Rodgers.
If Leicester keep performing, then Vardy will surely be a key part of that, so may have a genuine shot at another Golden Boot win.
11 goals – Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
One of the surprise packages of the season, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is also in fine form and the Everton man has to be considered a Golden Boot contender.
Admittedly, the youngster’s form has dried up a little bit more of late, but he’s still very much in the running right now.
10 goals – Patrick Bamford (Leeds United)
Showing what he can do in the Premier League at last, Patrick Bamford is having a fine season and could be another decent outside bet to finish as top scorer.
Admittedly, he’s got some top players ahead of him so it won’t be easy, but Bamford deserves to be up there with the best Premier League finishers at the moment.