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2016/17 Golden Boot Race Hots Up

2016/17 Golden Boot Race Hots Up

With 22 Premier League games played in the 2016/17 season, this year could see a record number of players break the 20 goal mark.

With goalscoring so far this season, the Golden Boot race is set to be the most competitive in the last 20 years with three players already only six goals shy of the 20 mark and a further five players already in double figures for the campaign.

Top PL Scorers 2016/17 So Far
Player
Goals
Diego Costa, Alexis Sanchez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic
14 goals
Harry Kane
13 goals
Jermain Defoe, Romelu Lukaku

12 goals

Sergio Aguero
11 goals
Dele Alli
10 goals


At current goalscoring rates the top six in that table will break the 20 goal mark before the end of the campaign, and Sergio Aguero will hit 19.9 goals himself but clearly some players will improve form and others will drop off in the second half of the year.

As things stand though, with six set to break 20 goals it would be the first time since 1994/95 where that number of players hit the ceiling and back then the Premier League was a 42 match division.

The reduction in games is worth noting because the Premier League has only registered five or more players scoring 20 or over on three occasions - six in 1993/94 and 1994/95 with 42 games, and then five in 2009/10.

Top PL Scorers 1993/94
Player (Club)
Goals
Andy Cole (Newcastle United)
34 goals
Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers)
31 goals
Matt Le Tissier (Southampton)

25 goals

Chris Sutton (Norwich City)
25 goals
Ian Wright (Arsenal)
23 goals
Peter Beardsley (Newcastle United)
21 goals
Top PL Scorers 1994/5
Player (Club)
Goals
Alan Shearer (Blackburn Rovers)
34 goals
Robbie Fowler (Liverpool)
25 goals
Les Ferdinand (Queens Park Rangers)
24 goals
Stan Collymore (Nottingham Forest)
22 goals
Andy Cole (Newcastle United/Manchester United)
21 goals
Jurgen Klinsmann (Tottenham Hotspur)
21 goals
Top PL Scorers 2009/10
Player (Club)
Goals
Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
29 goals
Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
26 goals
Darren Bent (Sunderland)
24 goals
Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)
23 goals
Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
22 goals


With so many players potentially up for the Golden Boot this year it could rival the closest finishes for the trophy which occurred in back to back seasons in 1997/98 and 1998/99 where Dion Dublin, Michael Owen and Chris Sutton shared with 18 goals - Dennis Bergkamp, Kevin Gallagher and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink shared 16 a piece - and the following year Owen, Hasselbaink and Dwight Yorke shared 18 goals also - Nicolas Anelka and Andy Cole shared 17 a piece.

The 1997/98 campaign also saw eight players separated by only three goals as Andy Cole and John Hartson were also tied on 15 goals and with Dele Alli sitting on ten so far this year that could also be potentially repeated.

It's not just the top eight though, there are a number of players who could be quickly into double figures with a good run of form and in with a shot at the Boot.

Top PL Scorers 2016/17 So Far
Player (Club)
Goals
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
9 goals
Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
9 goals
Michail Antonio (West Ham)
8 goals
Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace)
8 goals
Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
8 goals
Adam Lallana (Liverpool)
7 goals
Salomon Rondon (West Bromwich Albion)
7 goals
Robert Snodgrass (Hull City)
7 goals
Charlie Austin (Southampton)
6 goals
Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)
6 goals
Leroy Fer (Swansea City)
6 goals


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Date:Friday January 20 2017
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