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Premier League Golden Boot Race

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Van Persie was last season's Golden Boot winner (©GettyImages)
Van Persie was last season's Golden Boot winner (©GettyImages).

A look at some strikers who I believe are the major contenders to win this season's Premier League golden boot award. 

Christian Benteke - Aston Villa

Aston Villa's main attacking threat, Christian Benteke has already netted three goals in Villa's opening 4 games and looks to be continuing on from a fantastic debut season in the Premier League.

A transfer rumour filled summer, where at one point he was trying to force a move away from the club, however it seems Benteke is proving he was worth the hassle to keep hold of and after committing himself to the Villans will be a fantastic man to lead their front line for the season.

A powerful and skilful striker, Benteke has a fantastic eye for goal and will be lighting the Premier League up as he looks to secure a starting 11 place in Belgium's World Cup squad. 

Daniel Sturridge - Liverpool

Currently tied to as the league's top scorer, Sturridge scored three goals in three 1-0 victories scoring the winning goal in each fixture.

He also managed his fourth goal in his fourth game as Liverpool were held to a thrilling 2-2 draw by Swansea.

A skilful and quick striker, Sturridge has shone since leave Chelsea in January of last year and is proving to be a big loss for the Blues as they lack a real solid striker.

In the absence of team-mate Luis Suarez, Sturridge has been greatly impressive and it will certainly not be easy for the Uruguayan to come back and push Sturridge out of the central attacking position.

With such a great start, there will be lots of pressure on the young star to continue performing to this level for both Liverpool as well as England.  

Olivier Giroud - Arsenal

The other top scorer of the Premier League is Arsenal's 6ft 4inch towering centre-forward Olivier Giroud.

With a rather quiet first season with the Gunners, the Frenchman has really found his spot and is getting more and more comfortable in the Premier League as each game passes by.

A dominant aerial threat and great finisher, Giroud is pleasing Arsenal fans with his recent performances. With four goals in Arsenal's first four games, he is becoming what Arsenal needed with the amazing creative midfielders that they posses in the squad.

With the likes of Wilshere, Cazorla and Mesut Ozil playing alongside Giroud, he will be spoilt for choice with goal scoring options and will surely take them with pleasure.

Definitely a striker to keep an eye on, Giroud will be aiming to massively improve on his goalscoring stats from last season.

Alvaro Negredo - Manchester City

With two goals in three games - and just one of those games did he start on the field - Negredo is starting to prove his worth.

He has fantastic athleticism and is a brilliant finisher.

The Spaniard may be a surprising inclusion however possibly less feared by Premier League teams when compared to his team-mates, he may find himself more opened up with chances to thump the ball into the back of the net.

Not as fast as Sergio Aguero, and not as dangerous in the air as Edin Dzeko, Negredo is surely not the most skilful striker at Manchester City but has a natural hunger for goals and will surely be hoping to continue scoring for the mega-rich Premier League runner-ups. 

Robin Van Persie - Manchester United

The current Premier League golden boot award holder, Van Persie is a must for any top scorer award, whether it be the Premier League, Fa Cup or even the Champions League.

With two goals already to his name, Van Persie will hope to emulate the form he had in his opening season with the Red Devils.

An all round talented striker, he is great in the air, and is a superb finisher, Van Persie is a striker to be feared.

As David Moyes brings Manchester United more together, the ex-Arsenal player fits in more with his team-mates, surely this can only lead to greater things for the striker.

With Wayne Rooney mainly playing in the role behind the striker, Van Persie will create and be supplied with plenty of goal scoring opportunities and I think it's not unrealistic one bit to think the Dutchman could win a second golden boot in a row.

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