Is this the tightest race for the Golden Boot ever? Sergio Aguero, Mohamed Salah and Co are all neck and neck to be named Premier League’s top scorer
- Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero currently leads the Golden Boot race with 18
- But Mohamed Salah is among four players sitting one goal behind the striker
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sadio Mane and Harry Kane are all in with a shout
- But who will come out on top and scoop the gong at the end of the season?
As clubs jostle for position in the final weeks of the Premier League, their players are entering the final straight in the race for individual gongs, too.
Manchester City and Liverpool are trading blows in the battle to reign supreme in the Premier League, while Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are all hoping to secure the final Champions League spot.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero currently leads the race for the Golden Boot on 18
Last season’s winner Mohamed Salah is one of four players sitting a goal behind him on 17
GOLDEN BOOT RACE
18 – Sergio Aguero
17 – Mohamed Salah
17 – Harry Kane
17 – Sadio Mane
17 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
15 – Raheem Sterling
And the league’s deadliest forwards are also locked in a pulsating battle for the Golden Boot.
City talisman Aguero currently leads the race with 18 goals for Pep Guardiola’s side, while last-year’s winner Salah is one of four players on 17.
Kane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sadio Mane are all also snapping at the heels of Aguero.
Raheem Sterling, meanwhile, is sitting primed on 15 after a fine run in front of goal.
Salah (32) pipped Kane (30) to victory in last season’s race but the Egyptian star has hit a barren run in recent weeks.
Harry Kane has overcome injury struggles to stay in the hunt for Premier League Golden Boot
Salah has struggled for goals in recent weeks – he has now gone seven games without scoring
After missing the target in the Reds’ win over Fulham, Salah has now gone seven games without a goal in all competitions.
But with Liverpool still to play struggling Southampton, Cardiff and Huddersfield, Jurgen Klopp will be confident his star forward will soon rediscover his form in front of goal.
His team-mate Mane, meanwhile, is in the midst of a hot streak, having netted seven goals in his last five matches. Mane’s goals have helped Liverpool reach the last-eight of the Champions League and move ahead of City in the race for the title.
But City retain a game in hand, with Aguero and Sterling key components in another record-breaking season for Guardiola’s side. Their resolve will be stretched between now and the end of the season, however, with City still competing on three fronts (Champions League, FA Cup and Premier League).
They also face tough games against Tottenham and Manchester United between now and the end of the season.
Salah’s Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane, meanwhile, continued his hot streak at Fulham
Raheem Sterling is the second highest English star on the list – he has netted 15 goals this year
Kane, meanwhile, has been struck down by injury in recent months but, since returning to action in March, the England international has netted in four of his last five matches.
He could yet get one over on Golden Boot rival Salah when Spurs visit Anfield after the international break.
Across north London, Aubameyang has been a consistent performer for Arsenal in their push for a Champions League return.
The Gabon international netted in their most recent league win – against Manchester United – and has enjoyed a stellar first full season in England.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has netted 17 goals to help Arsenal in their race for the top four
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