Sergio Aguero and the other favourites for the Premier League Golden Boot

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Last season Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero won the Premier League Golden Boot, finishing five goals clear of his nearest rival, Harry Kane.

With the start of the 2015/16 campaign getting ever closer, who is best positioned to challenge the Argentine for the award this season?

Here are the favourites for the Golden Boot, according to Sky Bet, evaluated:


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Unsurprisingly the Manchester City striker is the favourite for the Golden Boot next season. The Argentine had an outstanding 2014/15 season. Despite injury problems he managed 26 goals in the league; the forward just gets better and better.

However, he looks set to miss the start of the season due to a lack of match fitness, which could leave him behind in the race for the Golden Boot. That said, he should return early in the campaign and he will see a home clash with Watford in the fourth week of the season as the perfect opportunity to get up and running.

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As long as he stays fit, he has an excellent chance of retaining the Golden Boot.


Costa was on track for the award last season, but ultimately injury and suspension meant that he only finished third in the race for the Golden Boot.

It is those injury and disciplinary problems that will be a concern ahead of the new campaign. His combative approach to the game is what makes him so good, but it will also get him in trouble.

The Spain international has an array of midfield talent to assist him once again next season. If he can stay fit then he's more than capable of finishing as the league's top goalscorer. However it's a big if and based on his debut season time on the sidelines is to be expected.


2014/15 was a frustrating campaign for the Englishman, who often found himself playing in midfield. This restricted him to just 12 goals.

However, with United strengthening their midfield he is set to be deployed in his favoured position. With very little competition up front he will almost certainly start up top whenever he's fit.

Of course, there are question marks over whether he can realistically challenge the likes of Aguero. The 29-year-old hasn't reached the 20 mark in any of his last three seasons and has looked rusty in pre-season.

As United's main striker he will need to provide the goals but the Golden Boot may be just out of reach.


The Frenchman has been heavily criticised and there are many who believe he's not the striker Arsenal need.

Despite his critics Giroud is set to start the season as the club's main striker, due to a lack of transfer activity. Last season he managed 14 goals, respectable, but 12 less than Aguero notched.

This really sums up the difference in quality. Giroud is a good powerful target man, but he's not world-class. The Golden Boot would be a long shot for a player who's record tally was 16 goals. He's also got Theo Walcott breathing down his neck for a spot up front, which raises questions over his potential game time.


Kane enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2014/15. He came out of nowhere and netted 21 goals, second only to Aguero. There's been much speculation about his future this summer but it looks as if he will remain with Spurs next season. At just 22-years-old the Englishman can surely only get better.

Next season will be more difficult for the youngster though. This time around he will be playing against defenders who know all about him meaning he'll have lost the element of surprise that he had last term.

The challenge for Kane will be to prove he's more than a one-hit wonder. He seems to have the required character to rise to the challenge, but the fact that he's no longer an unknown quantity may mean he'll fall short of the Golden Boot again.


£32.5 million is a staggering amount of money for the Belgian. Brendan Rodgers will be desperate for Christian Benteke to justify his price tag over the course of the season as a result.

The big striker managed 13 goals in 2014/15 and his form in the second half of the season has earned him a big money move to Anfield. In Benteke, Liverpool will hope they have finally found a worthy replacement for Luis Suarez.

Is he a Golden Boot contender though? Well, a lot will depend on which Benteke Liverpool get. The Benteke that scored just twice in 10 games before the turn of the year, or the Benteke who scored 11 in the second-half of the campaign?

He will have no shortage of suppliers with Robert Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana behind him, so it will be down to him to reproduce his end of season form.

The settling in process and lack of match fitness will be the biggest concern for Rodgers.


Some foreign imports struggle in the Premier League, others take to it like a duck to water. Thankfully for Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez falls into the latter category.

The Chilean managed an impressive 16 goals in his debut season. At 26-years-old he is approaching the peak of his abilities and there's no reason to suspect next season won't be another outstanding one for the winger.

For a player in his first season in England, 16 goals was truly excellent and you'd expect him to improve on it this season.

Unfortunately for the Gunners, Sanchez looks likely to miss the start of the season due to his involvement in the Copa America. Wenger will hope his midfield talisman returns fit and raring to go sooner rather than later.

The fact that he is likely to operate in midfield rather than up front may be the only thing that prevents him winning the Golden Boot, especially when you consider that a midfielder hasn't won the award since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2007/08.

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