Wayne Rooney the leading contender for the Golden Boot

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Wayne Rooney may not have been deployed up top for Manchester United last season but, if he returns to this position, history suggests he will be the striker to beat this term, ahead of the likes of Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Chelsea's Diego Costa and Tottenham's Harry Kane.

In the last campaign Rooney only managed to notch 12 league goals as he was mostly deployed in a midfield role but, in the two seasons he has lead the line for United, he has scored at least 26 times.

The only other striker currently in the league to match that tally is Argentine marksman Aguero, which he achieved last term, but Rooney bettered even that when he hit the back of the net 27 times during the 2011/12 season.


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Also some way behind the benchmark set by Rooney are Spanish international Costa and English prodigy Kane, who netted 20 and 21 times respectively, both in the last campaign.

A major factor which could influence who tops the charts is injury, and this is very much in Rooney's favour. He rarely misses matches, starting 33 Premier League games last season and being on the pitch for 2,877 minutes.

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Compare that with Aguero (30 starts, 2540 minutes played) and Costa (24 starts, 2083 minutes played), who both struggled with hamstring problems, this adds more weight to the argument that the smart money would be on Rooney to win the Golden Boot.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has identified the England captain as his number one striker and if the Dutchman keeps Rooney in that position all season, expect him to be at the top of the hotshots list come May.


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