Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie…
There have been many memorable Premier League goalscorers over the seasons.
As defences improve however, it’s become increasingly harder for any Golden Boot winner to hit the magical 30-goal mark. In fact, only Mohammed Salah has managed that feat in the last five seasons, scoring 32 goals in his outstanding debut campaign for Liverpool.
Last year, the prize was shared between three players for the first time in the award’s history. Notably, the 22 goals scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah was the lowest tally needed to claim the prize since 2010/11.
Could any players hit the 30-goal mark in 2019/20?
We assess the Premier League outrights markets for this season’s Golden Boot contenders…
The 30 Club – Premier League Goalscorers Who Could Hit 30 Goals This Season
The Usual Suspects
With a Euro 2020 campaign in his crosshairs, the England captain will be desperate to top the charts again for the first time since the 2016/17 season. Injury spells have dented his charge in recent campaigns. If the Spurs man can benefit from a clean bill of health, he’ll be in contention to go at least one better than his current record league tally of 29.
Seems the obvious choice as the only man on this list to successfully smash through the 30-goal barrier two years ago. Fatigue may be a factor after World Cup and African Cup of Nations campaigns to contend with over consecutive summers.
Shared the spoils last years and has been a phenomenally prolific goalscorer for over a decade now. He’s also previously hit the 30-goal mark with Borussia Dortmund in 2016/17 (31 goals in 32 appearances). At 30 years old, he may never get a better opportunity.
The Argentinean has been a consistent presence towards the top of the Premier League top goalscorer charts since joining Man City in 2011. Perhaps surprisingly, however, he only has one Golden Boot to show for his extraordinary output. Will surely be there or thereabouts, as always.
Surely surpassed even his own wildest expectations in grabbing a share of the prize in 2018/19 with a 22-goal haul. With 13 goals his previous best at Premier League level, the jury’s out on whether he can realistically exceed that feat this time around. In a Liverpool side happy to share around the goals, you would be foolish to completely rule out Mané challenging from midfield.
The New Signings
At 24, Pépé has enough experience of top-flight football to make an instant impact in the English game and scored 22 goals in Ligue 1 last season. That would have been enough for him to share last season’s prize. His biggest stumbling block will be the challenge of outflanking two contenders from his own frontline in Aubeymang and Alexandre Lacazette.
The Hammers’ new 6’3’ battering ram scored 15 goals in the Bundesliga last season and could be a flat-track bully in the mould of Romelu Lukaku. The Golden Boot looks a stretch but expect him to rack up a healthy tally, particularly against weaker Premier League defences.
It’s probably too early to expect the hugely promising 19-year-old to make an immediate breakthrough towards the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts. Expect Marco Silva to manage him carefully, but if he adapts quickly, he could be one to watch next season.
The Possible Value
Rapidly shortening in price after a blistering opening to the 2019/20 campaign with a hat-trick against West Ham. The Man City midfielder has scored 18 and 17 goals respectively in his last two Premier League seasons and at 24, is still moving towards the peak of his career. All being well, this should be the year he cracks the 20-goal mark.
At 32, age is against him to keep up his remarkable Premier League output, but Vardy still has the pace of a man 10 years younger. He could thrive yet again with better support with Brendan Rodgers smartly upgrading the Foxes’ frontline during the summer transfer window.
It feels like he’s been around forever, so it’s easy to forget Rashford is still only 21. The England man hit double figures for the first time in the Premier League in 2018/19 season. It would take a monumental effort to more than double his goal return, but could this be the year he really makes a mark ahead of Euro 2020?
Could the apprentice become the master this season? The 22-year-old looks ready to step up and rival his mentor Sergio Agüero in the goalscoring stakes after netting 21 goals last season. Only seven of those came in the Premier League, but increased playing time could help his cause.
The Bournemouth man is a leftfield option given he plays for a likely relegation struggler. However, Eddie Howe is a manager who always sets his teams up on the front foot. Wilson is a natural goalscorer and will be handed plenty of chances to improve on his 14-goal haul from last season – if he can stay fit.
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