The Race for the Premier League Golden Boot

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City and Chelsea’s Diego Costa are currently at the head of the Betfair.com Premiership Golden Boot market, but will they stay there? Injuries and loss of form can hamper players throughout the course of the season so in this article, we will discuss the merits of these two high-class strikers, and take a look at others who could yet stake a claim for the Premier League’s Golden Boot.

Current leader

The current leader of the race for the Golden Boot is Sergio Aguero who has already bagged 12 goals in just 11 games – with only nine starts in that period. The Argentinian hitman shot to the top of the charts with a four-goal haul against Tottenham Hotspur back in October. Aguero was also the man who decided the Manchester derby with a solitary strike, and followed that up with a brace in the 2-2 draw against Queens Park Rangers.

One word of caution for backers of the Argentine would be that the diminutive forward has a history of injuries – and hamstring strains in particular. Aguero has been out of action three times in the last year with that complaint alone but if he can keep healthy for a sustained period of the season, then the 26-year old is likely to take some catching at the top of the charts.

Cult hero

Chelsea’s Diego Costa was the early leader in the Golden Boot race before being usurped by Aguero and the Spanish international striker has seamlessly fitted into Jose Mourinho’s side. Costa has hit 10 goals in just nine appearances for the West London outfit, and is fast becoming a cult hero at Stamford Bridge. Of those nine starts, the Spaniard has failed to score in just two games in that period – against Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers.

Mourinho tends to set his Chelsea side out with a lone striker, and Costa fits the bill perfectly with his strength to hold off defenders, and a deadly eye for goal. The former Atletico Madrid man is without question the manager’s first choice striker and looks certain to push Aguero very hard for the Golden Boot crown.

Hot run

Another new arrival to the Premier League is Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, who has scored eight goals in his new colours. Sanchez is on a hot run of form with six goals in his last four league outings. Two goal hauls at Sunderland and at home to Burnley have been sandwiched with strikes against Hull and Swansea in his latest appearance. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger often deploys Sanchez in a wider role though, which could hinder his scoring potential, but the former Barcelona man is definitely one for the shortlist.

Natural

Buoyed by a recent call-up to the England national squad, West Brom’s Saido Berahino has already showcased his natural scoring talents on many occasions this season. The 21-year old has netted seven goals in his 11 matches for the Baggies, which have been a huge help to manager Alan Irvine. Berahino has recently gone two games without finding the net, but scored in four consecutive games previously – that included strikes against Liverpool and Manchester United. It isn’t likely that the West Brom man will walk away with the Golden Boot this season, but the lively striker could one day prove to be a serious contender.

Other names to consider are QPR’s Charlie Austin, Graziano Pelle of Southampton and West Ham’s Diafra Sakho. All three of these strikers are new to the Premier League this season, and have all found the net six times so far. The one to take from this list would have to be Pelle, due to the Saints’ fine start to the season – and could be worth a small wager for place money.

In conclusion, the race for the Golden Boot looks to be between Aguero and Diego Costa. Despite being two goals behind, Costa may just be the man to side with considering Aguero’s injury history.

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