The Premier League has begun in typically emphatic fashion once again, with it's unpredictability at an all-time high.
However, with the international break having drawn to a close and the next set of fixtures imminent, now might represent an ideal time to analyse the chances of those eyeing the Premier League Golden Boot.
The prestigious award is given to he who amasses the greatest goal tally across the 38-game season, with Premier League greats Didier Drogba, Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie, Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Aguero examples of those to have claimed the honour.
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Manchester City's Aguero managed 26 goals last season and is the current holder of the prize, and given the Citizens emphatic start to the new campaign, it might be hard to look past the Argentine to defend his title.
With the creative talents of David Silva, Yaya Toure, Raheem Sterling and new signing Kevin De Bruyne all feeding him, chances will be aplenty for Aguero and with his deadly finishing could comfortably exceed the 26 of last season.
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Romelu Lukaku has been enjoyed excellent form thus far and has already scored two league goals this season and four in all competitions.
The Belgian powerhouse is an outstanding player and has the ability to score over 20 goals should he maintain fitness and form. Able to hold the ball up and sprint in behind opposition defences, Lukaku will be largely responsible for firing Everton towards a Europa League spot, or even the Champions League.
Diego Costa is another prime contender for the Golden Boot and will hope to improve on his impressive 20 goals last campaign.
An injury hit debut season could be to blame for his failure to usurp Aguero in the race for top goalscorer, but if he can stay fit this season there is little doubt that he could do so this time round.
Wayne Rooney is arguably the dark horse to win the Golden Boot this season, especially given his goalless start to the season after four games.
Louis van Gaal has fielded his captain in the lone striker position and has backed him to score 20 goals or more this season, though with the arrival of Anthony Martial, the England international might be pushed into deeper no.10 role where he could prove more dangerous.
There is little doubt that Rooney will find his goalscoring touch - he's far too good a player to go too long without a goal - and should be brimming with confidence upon his return to the Premier League after he broke the all-time goalscoring record for England with 50 goals.
Other names worth mentioning: Olivier Giroud, Harry Kane, Christian Benteke.
Whether Rooney and co. can topple the ever-prolific Aguero remains to be seen, and whilst it's difficult to see past the mesmeric Argentine, it'll be thoroughly entertaining to see his competitors.
Who do you think will claim the elusive Golden Boot? Let us know in the comments section below!
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