The first three fixtures of the 2021/22 Premier League season have been a whirlwind of excitement, with teams finding themselves and the table slowly starting to take shape. With the first international break on the horizon and the summer transfer window now finally closed, we thought we would take a look over the league and pick out some of the strongest contenders for the 2021/22 Golden Boot award.
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Ever since his arrival in Merseyside back in 2017, Mohamed Salah has been a prolific finisher in the Premier League. His 32 goals in his debut season saw the Egyptian win the Golden Boot in 2017/18, before jointly winning the award again in 2018/19 to make it consecutive awards. He has bagged 127 goals in just over 200 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, has been Liverpool’s top scorer for every season since his arrival, and is a focal point for one of the most devastating front three trios in European football.
After a turbulent time of things during the past campaign, Liverpool are looking to bounce back with a serious title challenge, and Mohamed Salah will undoubtedly be a pivotal player in their hopes as the 2021/22 season develops.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
Undoubtedly one of the biggest transfer sagas of the summer, Harry Kane’s future has finally been resolved and Spurs can look forward to another season of having their star talisman leading the line for them, for at least another season. The England captain is fresh off a strong showing at Euro 2020 this summer, and perhaps his best domestic campaign in 2020/21 where he won both the Golden Boot with 23 goals, AND the top playmaker award with the most assists, becoming only the third player in Premier League history to achieve the feat in a single season.
Tottenham might not be amongst the favourites for the title in most football betting odds, but there’s absolutely no denying the pedigree Harry Kane brings to the team, and that both his professionalism and eye for goal will result in him being a strong contender for what would be his fourth Golden Boot award.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)
When a striker arrives at a league with 674 career goals in just 897 appearances, it’s a fair shout that he might be a fairly decent shout for a Golden Boot contender.
Twelve years on from his jaw dropping world record transfer to Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Manchester United and looks set to ignite the Red Devils’ first serious title challenge since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. Ronaldo has described the move as returning to where ‘he belongs’, and arrives back at Old Trafford with a level of pedigree that no one else in the country can claim to even be close to matching. Whilst he is a very different player to the silky, skillful winger that won the Ballon D’or in 2008, Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the most prolific finishers still present in the game and his elite mentality will surely see him net a plethora of goals over the course of the season.