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With the Premier League almost upon us it’s time to take a look at one of the most keenly contested, and bet upon, battles in English football, the race for the Golden Boot.
The Golden boot is awarded to the player who finishes the Premier league season with the most goals.
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Since its inception in 1992 there has been 17 different winners. Despite what many would believe there is no direct correlation between the winner of the golden boot and the final destination of the league title. Of the 21 Golden boots handed out only 9 have also been league winners the same season.
Given the influx of foreign strikers into the English game it’s no surprise to learn that the list is dominated by all nationalities and since former Trinidad and Tobago star Dwight Yorke and Dutch star Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink became the first foreign winners in the 1998/1999 season an Englishman, Kevin Philips in the 1999/2000 season, has only claimed the Golden boot once.
Since then Dutch, French, Ivory Coast, Argentine, Portuguese and Bulgarian strikers have all claimed the coveted title.
Last season’s winner was Robin Van Persie with 26 goals with want-away stars Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale second and third on 23 and 21 goals respectively. Unknowns Christian Benteke and Swansea star Michu were fourth and fifth with the evergreen Frank Lampard the highest rank English man on 15 goals in joint 7th spot.
This season Van Persie is once again the man to beat with the Dutch star the bookies favourite to make it three golden boots in a row, a feat that would emulate Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry.
Despite the arrival of Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic, Sergio Aguero is the second favourite while despite his absence from the opening 6 games of the season and the uncertainty over his future Suarez is the third favourite.
The Premier League always throw up a surprise candidate, few would have thought Sunderland star Philips would bag 30 goals 13 years ago while Dion Dublin was a surprise joint winner in 1998.
This season the unknown quantities look set to be Wilfried Bony, the Swansea striker who scored 2 goals on his competitive debut and has drawn comparisons to Didier Drogba, former Celtic star Gary Hooper and the aforementioned Negredo.
The prolific Ricky van Wolfswinkel, with 55 goals in his last three seasons is another that could surprise while Lukas Podolski, Oliver Giroud and Eden Hazard will have all benefitted from solid debut seasons last time out.
The uncertainty over the future of Wayne Rooney not to mention the revelation earlier in the summer that in the eyes of club manager David Moyes he is merely the back up for Van Persie have not affected money being placed on the England striker who is sixth favourite on the betting, on place behind the top ranked Englishman Daniel Sturridge.
The Liverpool striker impressed during the second half of the season and if he can continue that form into the new season albeit in the absence of a solid pre-season he could be up there, as could Fernando Torres especially with Jose Mourinho admitting that Chelsea will focus their system on the once prolific striker.
With so much change in the Premier League this season from managers to personnel the season promises to be one of the most keenly contested and the roulette table that is the golden boot winner look set to follow in the same vein.
Tottenham splashed out £26m on Roberto Soldado from Valencia and with the Spanish star set to play every game, his price of 20/1 looks way too big to ignore. [/colored_box]