Last season Harry Kane won the top goalscorer award in the Premier League when he finished on 29 goals, beating out Lukaku on 25. It’s interesting to note that Harry Kane scored 5 of his goals from the penalty spot, whilst Lukaku only scored 1, ultimately the difference in their year-end totals.
This year however the race for the Golden Boot will be more competitive than ever with Lukaku joining United in a deal worth £75m, Alexandre Lacazette joining Arsenal for £46.4m and Alvaro Morata joining Chelsea from Real Madrid in a deal worth £58m.
The bookmaker’s favourites are as follows:
1. Romelu Lukaku 5/2
2. Harry Kane 4/1
3. Sergio Aguero 11/2
4. Alexandre Lacazette 8/1
5. Alvaro Morata 8/1
6. Gabriel Jesus 8/1
Let’s take a closer look at the performances of each player from last season.
The bookies favourite Lukaku was the front man for Everton last season and has made a big money move to Manchester United, where the bookies are banking on a better supply from the center of the park resulting in more goals for the big Belgian. If Lukaku assumes penalty duties it will have a big impact on his total goals and could see him walk away with the Golden Boot.
Harry Kane will be tough to beat again this year as Spurs continue to supply the big England International. Last season Kane found sublime form in front of goal and Spurs have done an excellent job to retain his services. The bookies have Kane at 4/1 to repeat as Top Goalscorer.
Sergio Aguero finished last season 5 goals off the pace on 20 and will face stiff competition from teammate Gabriel Jesus. It is assumed that Aguero will continue his penalty duties however, which should see him beat out the young Brazilian for top honours at City.
Lacazette joins The Gunners from Lyon after scoring an impressive 28 goals from 30 matches last season. Lacazette will need to adapt to the more physical Premier League but should benefit from the free-flowing style with plenty of supply coming his way in 2017/18.
Morata scored 15 goals from 26 matches for Real Madrid last season and he will be motivated to silence his critics who have been quick to judge him. Morata will need to adapt his playing style to the Premier League and a settling in period is expected, perhaps justifying his odds of 8/1.
Gabriel Jesus only managed 10 games for City last season but did score 7 times in the process. The former Palmeiras star will do battle for top honours with Sergio Aguero, which could effectively mean the goal dilution between them results in neither winning the coveted Golden Boot.
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