Top five Premier League Golden Boot contenders

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The race for the coveted Premier League Golden Boot award is hotting up with 15 games left to play in the 2015/16 campaign.

This season has served up an unusual crop of players at the summit of the top-flight goalscoring charts, with only two members of the traditional top four represented in the top ten.

No Premier League star has cracked the 20-goal milestone as yet, leaving the door wide open for a host of players to catch the frontrunners and etch their name into the history books.


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Here are the top five players who could take the Premier League Golden Boot award for 2015/16.

Jamie Vardy

The Leicester City striker is the current top goalscorer with 16 strikes to his name and one of the deadliest finishers in the country.

Vardy, who broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of finding the net in 11 consecutive Premier League matches, is on track to amass well over 20 goals for the league leaders.

However, the 29-year-old would almost certainly prefer the Foxes to win the title than finish atop the goalscoring charts.

Romelu Lukaku

Chelsea fans will be enviously watching the Belgian hitman smash in goal after goal following his £28 million switch to Everton in July 2014.

Lukaku has already notched 15 goals for the Toffees this season to put himself in a strong position to get his hands on the Golden Boot at just 22-years-old.

Odion Ighalo

Few would have predicted one of Watford’s strikers to feature near the peak of the top scorers list at this stage of the campaign.

Relatively unknown before this season, Odion Ighalo has cast him name into the spotlight with a haul of 14 goals in 23 league appearances for the newly-promoted side.

Despite hitting the back of the net against Newcastle last weekend, the goals have somewhat dried up for the Nigerian in the new year and he could struggle to stay in the running for the Golden Boot.

Harry Kane

The England international began this season looking a shadow of the striker who could hardly miss last year, but a flurry of goals between October and December has rekindled his chances of achieving Golden Boot glory.

Kane hasn't gone more than three Premier League games without scoring since bagging a hat-trick in Spurs’ 5-1 thrashing of Bournemouth in late October.

The 22-year-old is already well on his way to proving he is the real deal rather than a flash in the pan, but ending the season as top goalscorer would all but confirm his ability.

Riyad Mahrez

The only non-striker with a genuine chance of winning the Golden Boot, Riyhad Mahrez has arguably been the most exciting player of the Premier League season to date.

The Algerian magician has racked up 13 goals and twisted opposing defenders in knots on countless occasions as one of the catalysts behind Leicester's unprecedented rise.

Mahrez has failed to find the net in six fixtures on the bounce, though it would be risky to write off a player who can so easily turn on the style in the blink of an eye.

Other contenders

Of course, the likes of Sergio Aguero and Olivier Giroud are within touching distance of the Golden Boot leaders with 12 goals apiece, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see them shoot up the rankings with 15 games left to play.

Even the resurgent Diego Costa is in with a faint chance of getting near his 20-goal effort last season, but he will need the help of his Chelsea teammates to fashion goalscoring opportunities for him.

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