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3 Favourites for Premier League Golden Boot

Sunday 13th August 2017
The Premier League is the world's most exciting for the sheer number of goals it produces. In turn, that makes the race for the Golden Boot all the more compelling.

Yes, I've heard of Barcelona, AS Monaco, and Real Madrid. All three (116, 107, 106 respectively) embarrassed opposing goalkeepers more than a hundred times in league play.

Yet, there was a steep drop-off in La Liga and Ligue 1 scoring below those three clubs. Atletico Madrid led all other Spanish sides with 70 goals. Paris Saint-Germain (83) and Lyon (77) were the only two French teams to surpass 70, other than Monaco, and 28 of OL's markers now wear an Arsenal kit.
No Premier League clubs approached 90 goals, much less a century. Nevertheless, five struck for 77 or more. In 2016-17, England's top 20 clubs scored 1,064 goals in 380 games. La Liga was slightly better (1,118) thanks to the Clasico duopoly. Ligue 1 (991) lagged behind.

The important distinction is that scoring in England is more equitably distributed. Increasingly, clubs would rather attack than defend. Look to the goalfests that have occurred on the Premier League season's first two days. Even though Diego Costa's future is up in the air and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be available until the New Year, presuming Manchester United agree terms with the Swede, there are several candidates who could compete for the Golden Boot.

Here are three favourites.

Alexandre Lacazette

After scoring his first goal in the Premier League, with his first chance, it would be rude not to consider the Frenchman for the Golden Boot.

The 26-year old showed Arsenal fans why he had the highest conversion rate (33%) among scorers with 20+ goals in the top five leagues. At Lyon, Lacazette scored 100 goals in just over 200 matches. He was born to be prolific.

Arsenal's midfield set-up will only aid his goal scoring prowess. No player has been more instrumental in the final third than Mesut Özil in recent seasons. The German has directly contributed to 65 goals in 117 PL appearances. He has completed 7,504 passes in the process. Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey flank Ozil. Left back Sead Kolasinac has already made his presence felt in the opposing 18 as well. Such a creative force can onlyenhance Lacazette's chances for being the Premier League's top scorer.

Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian was able to land a superb 25-goal tally, last season. Only one came from the penalty spot.

Establishing himself with sub-par sides at Everton and West Brom, Lukaku managed 85 goals in 186 PL appearances. At Manchester United, the 24-year old will enjoy much better service from creative players such as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Michael Carrick, and Anthony Martial.

The ex-Toffee maintained a deadly 50% shot accuracy last season, He scored 12 goals with his left foot, seven with his right, six with his head. A well-rounded striker who can play with his back to goal and on the counter, he's truly going to excel at Old Trafford. Expect to hear his name often.

Harry Kane

The Tottenham forward could become just the third player to win three consecutive Golden Boots in the English top flight. Kane has scored 21, 25, and 29 goals respectively in his past three campaigns. Last year's total was all the more impressive given the Spurs talisman missed eight matches.

Kane has yet to deliver on the international scene but the Premier League is his bread and butter. In 116 PL appearances, Kane has 78 goals averaging 0.67 goals per match.

The only factor that may slow the Englishman down is that Spurs will be playing their home games at Wembley, this season. Kane feasted at White Hart Lane, scoring 49 of his league goals there. It will be interesting to see how the 24-year old (and Tottenham) adapt to Wembley's wider pitch dimensions
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 

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