Premier League Golden Boot Favourites 2021/22
Time devote some thoughts to the top scorers of the Premier League ahead of the new season. In the following article, we present the Premier League golden boot favourites for the 2021/22 campaign.
1. Harry Kane- 7/2 to win
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Previous wins: 2015/16, 2016/17, 2020/21
Harry Kane had a remarkable 2020/21 season winning both the Golden Boot (most goals) and the playmaker award (most assists). He was unfortunate to miss out on the PFA Player of the year award, with Kevin de Bruyne picking up that award for the second time in consecutive seasons.
Kane was very much a traditional number 9, but last season he adapted his game massively. Dropping deeper to accommodate the overlapping runs of the wingers. Most notably he and Heung-Min Son formed a powerful partnership. The Spurs striker is in the prime of his career and has won the Premier League golden boot three times already.
2. Mohamed Salah- 4/1 to win
Club: Liverpool FC
Previous wins: 2018/19, 2019/20
Mohamed Salah surprised everybody during his first season at Liverpool. He signed from Roma for a £37 million fee after being cast out by Chelsea. In his first season at Merseyside, he cruised to the Golden Boot. Breaking the record for most goals scored in a 38-game season in the process (32). The previous record of 31 was held by greats: Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.
The following season he won the award again with 22 goals. This time he shared the honour. Fellow continentals Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sadio Mane equalled Salah’s tally. This was the third time that the award has been shared by three players. But the first time that two players from the same team have won the award.
Salah is a wide player; he features mainly on the right of a three in Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side. He is one of the most gifted wingers that the Premier League has seen. With an astounding goal scoring record.
3. Timo Werner- 18/1 to win
Club: Chelsea FC
Previous wins: N/A
Timo Werner may be a surprising pick for the Premier League Golden Boot favourites to some. He joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig last summer in a £50 million deal with heavy expectations on his shoulders. He was a phenomenal goal scorer in Germany from both the left-flank and the central-striker position. His final season at Leipzig saw him net 28 in 34 Bundesliga appearances; an excellent feat.
In his first season at Chelsea the German international struggled to match this form, the Premier League is very different to the Bundesliga in both quality and physicality. Despite this, many Chelsea fans were left disappointed after he managed just 6 league goals in 35 appearances. Werner is only 24 and still has his best years ahead of him, so while he might be an outside pick for the award, he is not one to rule out.
Author: Jude Sutcliffe