Top 8 likely candidates to clinch PL Golden Boot this season

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There are a cluster of respectable names engraved on the Golden Boot award and Harry Kane has recently added his name onto the trophy after a barnstorming season with Tottenham Hotspur, which nearly guided them towards a first ever Premier League title last season.

Spurs fans will be hoping for more of the same from their talismanic number ten this campaign, but they can expect fierce competition from some of their rivals at the peak of the table. Both Manchester clubs have made promising additions to their squad - the "king of football" Zlatan Ibrahimovic has joined forces with United, whereas City have gone for a younger option in Leroy Sane, who can be just as lethal in front of goal.

Those names, compiled with the talents already accommodated in the Premier League promise a thrilling season ahead with regards to the race for not only the title, but also the Golden Boot. Here are eight names who could find themselves winning the trophy in May.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Paul Pogba's recent arrival at Old Trafford has stolen Zlatan Ibrahimovic's limelight, something the charismatic forward won't be best pleased about, but the Swede will have his first opportunity to do all the talking on the pitch against Bournemouth this Sunday in his first league match for the Red Devils. 

Ibra, as he is well known to football fans across the world, has lit up social media on a couple of occasions already since joining early last month with an overhead volley in a friendly, and, of course, scoring the winning goal against Leicester City in the Community Shield at Wembley last weekend.

This, paired with the 34-year-old's impressive Ligue 1 scoring record last season, scoring 38 goals in 31 games for Paris Saint Germain is getting United fans extremely excited. However, a drab performance at the Euro's may concern some at the club. None the less, someone is going to have to get Old Trafford bouncing again after last season's bore. Jose Mourinho will be hoping that Zlatan is the man for the job.

Likelihood of winning Golden Boot - 7/10

Sergio Aguero

Now onto a player who is certainly more accustomed to the workings of the Premier League, a former Golden Boot winner himself, Sergio Aguero.

It's fair to say that Manchester City underperformed last season - that could be down to Aguero's uncharacteristic inconsistency. But the Argentine will be hoping he can prevent any minor injuries to cause such disturbances in his form this season, thus scoring more frequently as we have seen in previous seasons.

24 goals would be an impressive goal tally for many Premier League stars, but it is somewhat lower than his standards, so it's clear that he needs to be aiming higher if he wants to claim the Golden Boot this season. Without a strong run from Aguero, City could falter in their title bid.

Likelihood of winning Golden Boot - 8/10

Harry Kane

Last year's Golden Boot winner Harry Kane is a very likely candidate to clinch this campaign's award. Why? Because Vincent Janssen has been added to White Hart Lane, which could blossom a promising partnership between the pair.

"The heartache from missing out on the title last season so narrowly, paired with an early Euro 2016 exit could spur Kane on to do better this season."

The only thing missing from the 23-year-old's season in 2015/16 was a partner up front. By experimenting with Son Heung-Min and Clinton N'Jie, both proved that they were incapable of forming a strong relationship. Speaking to Evening Standard on Monday, the forward said: "Vincent is a great player, he likes to hold the ball up and bring others into the game and I’m sure we’ll play together this season."

The heartache from missing out on the title last season so narrowly, paired with an early Euro 2016 exit could spur Kane on to do better this season. And with the competition being much higher, it may well make him more eager to perform to the very best of his ability.

Likelihood of winning Golden Boot - 9/10

Jamie Vardy

Leicester City fans are still partying from winning the Premier League title in May, and it seems as though Jamie Vardy hasn't lost his scoring boots over the summer as the 29-year-old netted against Manchester United in the Community Shield on Sunday.

His intense speed is a nightmare for defenders, who find their legs in an unbreakable tangle when facing the England international. Many of the Foxes' goals last season were sourced from a long ball over the top, met by Jamie Vardy, who would more often than not make the net bulge. Having such a clinical front man proved crucial towards Leicester's title bid. Can they win the league again? And can Jamie Vardy retain his scoring record? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Likelihood of winning Golden Boot - 6/10

Romelu Lukaku

With so much uncertainty surrounding Romelu Lukaku's future, it's hard to see him winning the Golden Boot this season.

If the Belgian stays at Everton, there's no doubt he'll snatch 15 goals or more, as he usually tends to do, but the lack of quality in creativity throughout the Toffees' midfield is a concern that Ronald Koeman should be looking to improve at Goodison Park. At the moment, Gareth Barry and James McCarthy will not be the right players to support Lukaku's bid to win the Golden Boot.

Likelihood of winning Golden Boot - 3/10

Andre Gray

Here's a name you might not expect to hear when talking about the Golden Boot, but Andre Gray set the Sky Bet Championship on fire last season, and then some more, scoring 25 goals in 41 appearances.

Admittedly, the second tier isn't jam-packed with high quality, but instead teams such as Charlton Athletic and Bolton Wanderers, who would even struggle in a Sunday League division.

"Burnley are been strongly tipped for the dreaded drop, so if they're going to avoid that daunting dog-fight in the pits of the Premier League, Gray will need to be on top form from August to May."

None the less, the 25-year-old has a staggering career goal scoring record of 138 goals in 301 goals. The most surprising thing is that no Premier League club has approached Gray. Now he is in the big time, he is ready to prove his worth against some of Europe's biggest clubs. Can he win the Golden boot?

Burnley are been strongly tipped for the dreaded drop, so if they're going to avoid that daunting dog-fight in the pits of the Premier League, Gray will need to be on top form from August to May.

Likelihood of winning Golden Boot - 5/10

Diego Costa

Diego Costa, like Romelu Lukaku is another player whose future is uncertain as a return to Atletico Madrid is on the cards.

Should he stay at Stamford Bridge, it will be interesting to see how he performs under Antonio Conte's mastermind tactics, as seen with Italy at the Euros.

The 27-year-old will certainly have to step up from his performances last season, which saw him score only 12 goals, but that poor form can be forgiven due to Chelsea's managerial problems.

If Costa can return to his form from his debut season in West London, he could very well be a contender for the Golden Boot.

Likelihood of winning Golden Boot - 6/10

Olivier Giroud

We finish off with Olivier Giroud, a player who if concentrated more on improving as a striker than how good he looks, could be a Golden Boot winner in the making. Instead, the number of products on his face probably gives reasoning why he nods most of his headers over or wide rather than into the back of the net.

Last season saw the Frenchman equal his record tally in a season in the Premier League, but if Gunners fans are looking for a higher finish than their usual place of fourth, the 29-year-old will simply have to score more goals. He needs to be doing more work on scoring headers at the training ground, as the Euros gave examples a plenty of how he isn't clinical enough.

Likelihood of winning Golden Boot - 4/10

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