The new Premier League season kicks off on Friday 11th August… it’s so close we can almost hear the Match of the Day theme tune! For football fans all over the country it has been a long summer but the wait is almost over.
Whilst most people have been enjoying the holiday season, the ‘powers that be’ at Premier League football clubs have been working hard behind the scenes to bring in new recruits. In the past few weeks Morata, Lukaku and Lacazette have all joined top sides in the Premier League blowing the Golden Boot Race wide open. Harry Kane has won the prestigious award in the last two seasons with 29 and 26 goals respectively – but can he win it again this season?
Below we have assessed the chances of each of the Premier League’s elite strikers.
HARRY KANE – TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (BEST ODDS 3/1)
Realistically everybody in England should be hoping for Harry Kane to have another successful summer with the World Cup next year (maybe Arsenal fans are an exception). In the 2015/16 season he scored 25 goals in 38 games and followed that up with 29 goals in 30 games in the 2016/17 season. Kane is a fine striker and is the main man for one of the Premier Leagues top sides, if he stays injury free he could well go on and win the Golden Boot for the 3rd season running.
ROMELU LUKAKU – MANCHESTER UNITED (BEST ODDS 4/1)
At the time of writing this, Lukaku is the most expensive out and out striker in the history of football. For the past 24 months it has been no secret that Lukaku was seeking a move to a ‘big club’ as he wanted to play Champions League football… now he has that chance. There will be huge pressure on the Belgium to delivery this season due to Zlatan leaving and the huge amount that he cost the club. However, looking at Lukaku’s record in previous seasons he is more than capable of scoring 25+ goals in this Manchester United side. It’s more than likely that he will start all of the Premier League games and take the teams penalties so Romelu could well be in for glory this season!
SERGIO AGUERO – MANCHESTER CITY (BEST ODDS 8/1)
At a glance the odds on Aguero winning the Golden Boot would appear to be massive, one of the Premier Leagues most prolific strikers, playing for one of the league’s best sides at 8/1? However, there are plenty of question marks around the great Argentinian. From the start of the 2016/17 season ‘experts’ have been questions whether Aguero is the right man for Pep, even this summer there has been a number of rumours about him leaving. There is also the problem of Gabriel Jesus, the young Brazilian has been on fire since joining City and is not far off being City’s main man. So, will Sergio stay or will he go? Will he play or will he be benched? One thing for certain is that ‘IF’ he plays he will score goals.
ALVARO MORATA – CHELSEA (BEST ODDS 10/1)
Just last week Alvaro Morata joined Champions Chelsea after weeks of speculation becoming the clubs record signing. The Spaniard came through Real Madrid’s famous Youth Academy ‘La F’brica’ making his Madrid debut in 2010. At the time Madrid already had Benzema and Higuain in their ranks so Morata struggled for playing time and was loaned out to Juventus. During his time in Turin he scored goals whenever he started, he even scored in the 2014/15 Champions League final against Barcelona. He returned to Madrid last season to play a support role for Benzema, despite starting most games on the bench he managed to bag 20 goals in all competitions. Being the main man at Chelsea Morata will make the next step in his development and will hope that he can become of Europe’s strikers. At odds of 10/1 Alvaro Morata cannot be overlooked.
ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE – ARSENAL (BEST ODDS 12/1)
Lacazette joined Arsenal at the end of June for a club record fee, he comes with a huge reputation and will be expected to deliver straight away. In the last 3 Ligue 1 seasons the Frenchman scored 76 goals averaging 25 goals a season. He is known for his killer instinct in the box and will be tasked with converting the chances that the likes of Ozil create for him. If Lacazette gets off to a good start he could well be in with a chance of winning the prestigious Golden Boot.
All of the strikers mentioned about could easily score 20+ goals in the Premier League next season so guessing which one will score the most is almost impossible.
Here at the Eventmasters office there has been plenty of discussion around this subject with everyone having different opinions. We have listed below each employee’s chosen player:
Callum Earl: Romelu Lukaku
Kevin Wilks: Sergio Aguero
Alistair Thompson: Harry Kane
John Jones: Romelu Lukaku
Stuart Parsons: Harry Kane
Jonathan Duckers: Harry Kane
Joe Newport: Gabriel Jesus
Honorable mentions: Daniel Sturridge, Gabriel Jesus, Alexis Sanchez, Eden Hazard, Roberto Firmino, Javier Hernandez, Christian Benteke and Jermain Defoe.