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    Who will be the Premier League top scorer for 2017/18?




    Last season, Harry Kane clinched the Golden Boot award after scoring a sensational twenty-nine goals in the Premier League. He was amazing to watch and his clinical finishing has allowed him to become arguably the league's best player. 

    However, after one of the most exciting transfer windows of all time, this achievement is going to get a lot harder to reach and the Spurs forward could lose his place at the top of the list come next May. 

    But who are the biggest contenders? And are they good enough to take the Golden Boot away from Kane's grasp? Or will the Englishman succeed again?


    Contender one - Romelu Lukaku 

    The first person who springs to mind is Romelu Lukaku, who has recently been awarded a move to Manchester United. This was after scoring twenty-five league goals for Everton last season which saw his reputation rise considerably. And it wasn't just last season that Lukaku performed well. - The last five seasons have seen him bag at least ten Premier League goals with him playing at a very high level on a consistent basis. And at the young age of twenty-four it looks like the only way is up for the Belgian international.

    Lukaku celebrates with Marcus Rashford after a goal is scored in the USA.

    He will be without doubt United's first choice next season which means he will have as many minutes as he possibly can to build up his goalscoring tally. Furthermore, Lukaku has the tendency to rip the defences of lower teams apart. For example, last season, he netted four goals in one match against a trembling Bournemouth side. From this fact, his move to United seems perfect due to the Red Devils' regular failure to break down defences last term. This resulted in a lot of draws, but Lukaku's arrival is soon to change that. 

    The Belgian is also going to have more chances than ever with the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba using their ingenious vision from behind. Lukaku is a fantastic finisher and will thrive under these opportunities. Furthermore, Mourinho has a proven record of improving his big money signings so the best of Lukaku is probably yet to come. Personally, I think he will be very hard to beat next season. 

    - Look out, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku is coming for you...



    Contender two - Alvaro Morata

    Another very strong contender is Chelsea's new signing, Alvaro Morata, who recently arrived for a massive £70m from Real Madrid. Most people laugh at the fee in which the Londoners paid for the striker, however, he has one of the most impressive goal-scoring records in the whole of Europe. Last season, he scored fifteen goals in only fourteen starts in La Liga, and was also a great player to impact matches as a substitute. 

    Morata looks ahead as he plays for Chelsea in pre-season.

    Unfortunately he was never first choice at Real Madrid, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema stealing the headlines ahead of him. But the Spanish magician will finally have his chance to shine this season, and I believe he will do just that. His ability to come deep and collect the ball, and then hold it up effectively with his strength will be invaluable to Chelsea this season, and he also has an abundance of pace and flair which will break defences apart. Similarly to Lukaku, he is a very powerful player, and is a genius when it comes to taking his goalscoring chances. 

    Morata is not yet Premier League proven, but he has showed consistently when facing English clubs in the Champions League that he has the ability to shine. Furthermore, his pace and strength will undoubtedly become an issue for defenders and will see the Spanish international have no problem dealing with the physicality of the Premier League. 

    Finally, with Eden Hazard, who is arguably the best winger in the league, Morata will not be short of chances and is likely to fight to the end for the Golden Boot trophy. But, is he good enough to beat other contenders? I don't think so. I think he will come close, but I believe he needs time to adjust to his new surroundings. Therefore, I don't think he will come out on top this time round, but next season looks like it could probably become reality.



    Contender three -  Alexandre Lacazette

    The next player is a controversial choice. Alexandre Lacazette recently signed for Arsenal for a fee of £52m which was paid to French side Olympique Lyonnais. He has looked like a very good player for a number of years now and has proved his worth in Ligue 1 as he scored twenty-eight goals in only thirty appearances last season. He also managed to achieve the best shot conversion rate in all of Europe's top leagues. That's rather impressive if you ask me.

    Alexandre Lacazette checks behind as he prepares to take advantage of an opportunity for Arsenal.

    However, the French divisions don't have a very high reputation and it is seen as easier to score a high number of goals there than it is in the likes of the Premier League and La Liga. One thing for sure is that it will be a very large step up for Lacazette to make. But can he continue his goalscoring efforts in England? I believe he can. I feel that his pace and skill, similarly to Lukaku and Morata, will enable him to break through Premier League defences. Furthermore, he is very agile and can therefore turn defenders in an instant. This ability will be perfect for the way that Arsenal play and Lacazette is likely to be a huge success in North London. 

    In addition, it looks as if Alexis Sanchez will remain at Arsenal until the end of this season which will provide creativity and an abundance of chances for the Frenchman all year round.

    On the other hand, I still think he needs to adapt to Sanchez and the rest of his new team-mates, and also the physical demands of the Premier League, before he can become the league's top scorer. Therefore, I don't think this will be Lacazette's year as he just doesn't have the experience in which other contenders possess. But it could be a completely different story come next year.


    Contender four - Sergio Agüero

    The penultimate player in which I have chosen to discuss is Sergio Agüero of Manchester City. The Argentine has proved consistently since his arrival at the Etihad in 2011 that he has a very instinctive touch which provides a lot of goals every season. Unfortunately he has a tendency to get injured at least once per year which has limited the amount of games he has been able to play in recent years. As a result, he has struggled to keep up with competitors for the Golden Boot. However, he did manage to win the award in the 2014-15 season when he scored twenty-six goals in thirty-one games. Despite injury, Agüero has impressed the world and still has one of the best conversion rates in Europe. But will he be our Golden Boot winner come May?

    Sergio Agùero celebrates after scoring a crucial goal in the Champions League last season.

    Personally, I think he definitely has the ability to be just that, however, there are a couple of limiting factors which could stop him. Firstly, as I stated before, the Argentine has had struggles in the past with injuries, and if that problem occurs again this season he will really struggle to keep up with his fellow contenders. Furthermore, if he has any fitness issues at all from previous problems, he will struggle to keep up with the physical demands of the Premier League. Secondly, it seemed as if Pep Guardiola preferred Gabriel Jesus in the number 9 position towards the end of last season, and this obsession could continue. If it does, Agüero is likely to drop to an attacking midfield position and will be unable to score as many goals as he would intend to. 

    On the other hand, if Agüero manages to keep match fit all season long and is picked as a solo striker, I believe he definitely has what it takes to become top scorer once more. His abundance of flair and pace will be very hard to deal with from a defensive point of view and his ability to change games in a second will definitely be valuable to Manchester City. As a result, I think that Sergio Agüero will either win or become very close to winning the Golden Boot at the end of the season. 




    Contender five - Harry Kane

    Finally, the main man, - Harry Kane. The player who has won the Golden Boot for the last two years. The guy who everyone thought was a 'one-season-wonder', but proved us all wrong. He has become world class and some say he is the best player in the Premier League. But will he get the hat-trick of wins and claim yet another top scorer's trophy this season?

    Harry Kane celebrates after scoring in front of his home crowd last season.


    Controversially, I am going to say no. 

    There is simply too much pressure for him to keep up his incredible goalscoring record. So many top class players have joined the Premier League this summer and I think all of the pressure brought through the price tags and statistics of others will make Kane crumble. Furthermore, the majority of Kane's goalscoring success came at White Hart Lane last season and that will no longer be Spurs' home ground. Instead he will make his home appearances at Wembley, and judging off his luck in last year's European matches,  Kane may struggle. It will take a while for him to adapt to his new surroundings and therefore I believe he won't do as well this season as he has in the past.

    I don't think he will completely fall away from the running, though. I still think he will be up there with the best of the best, but I don't think he will come out on top this time round. It's  going to be close. 

    Watch out, Harry Kane, there are other strikers coming for you...





    In conclusion,

    I believe that Harry Kane will not be able to retain the Golden Boot award at the end of the season due to the immense pressure caused by new players joining the Premier League and others reaching their full potentials. In my opinion this year's race for the award will be closer and more exciting than ever. But who will come out on top? 
    Personally I think it is between Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United and Sergio Agüero of Manchester City. 

    - But more importantly, who do you think will claim the award next summer? 
    Please feel free to let me know by either commenting below or tweeting me @TheHaff11 or messaging me on Instagram: @haffsays







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