With Euro 2016 now done and dusted it will soon be time to turn our attention back to domestic matters. The 2016/17 Premier League campaign kicks-off in around a month’s time and it promises to be another exciting campaign and goals galore.
One of the most hotly contested awards each season in the English top-flight is the top scorer accolade and the much-vaunted Golden Boot award, last season won by Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane.
The striker will no doubt have major competition for the award in the new campaign. Here are the major contenders for next season’s Golden Boot award:
Where better to start than last season’s winner. The 22-year-old scored 25 goals in the top-flight, despite making a slow start to the campaign. He has a tendency to be a streaky striker, so scores goals in runs of a few games.
The forward experienced a difficult campaign at Euro 2016 with England and came in for fierce criticism. He looked jaded and the former-Leicester loanee may once again start the campaign in a sluggish fashion due to another summer of football, but cannot be written-off to retain the award at the end of the campaign.
The Argentinian international is the favourite to bag the award. Aguero finished just one goal shy of Kane last season, despite encountering his usual glut of injury problems that meant he spent less time on the pitch than his Spurs counterpart.
The 28-year-old is simply unstoppable when on form and his record of 136 goals in 208 appearances for City in all competitions is highly-impressive. Aguero missed eight games of last season through injury. If he can stay clear of injuries in the new campaign then he will be hard to beat to the award.
Jamie Vardy’s rise has been a real life version of ‘Roy of the Rovers’. His story could not have been written better than last season. In his late twenties Vardy scored 24 goals as unfancied Leicester City recorded the most surprising Premier League title victory ever.
Vardy capped it all by winning his first caps for England and being named in the Three Lions squad (the less we say about that the better). The 29-year-old was even offered the chance to join Arsenal this summer, but turned it down and instead signed a new bumper deal with the Foxes.
Next season will be a more difficult one for both Vardy and his team. Everybody knows his strengths and he will be allowed less space by opposition defenders, which is likely to reduce his goal tally.
The Swedish superstar arrives in the English top-flight in the twilight of his career and on the back of a poor Euro 2016 with his country. The former-Barcelona star has now called time on his international career and that could benefit the outspoken striker in his club career.
Ibrahimovic may be 34-years-old, but he also heads to England on the back of his most prolific club campaign, having found the net 50 times in 51 appearances in all competitions for French team PSG.
The striker may be aging, but he still has major talent and he will be looking to show his doubters that he can perform in the Premier League. He has scored goals in Holland, Spain, Italy and France, so there is little to suggest he will fail in England, but he may not score enough goals to win the award.
At times last season Lukaku looked unplayable for the Toffees and finished the campaign with 18 goals in the Premier League and 25 in all competitions. Speculation about his future remains after the striker stated he wanted Champions League football in the new campaign.
The arrival of Ronald Koeman as Toffees boss and Farhad Moshiri as majority shareholder has changed the landscape at Goodison Park. Noises coming out of the forward’s camp suggest that he could now stay on Merseyside.
With the promise of new arrivals at Everton this summer, the forward could be in for some higher class teammates. The Belgian international was not great at Euro 2016, but he could be a dangerous outsider for the award with the right service.
Spanish international Costa like his Blues teammates was woeful in the first half of last season, as Jose Mourinho was given the boot. The former-Atletico Madrid strikers form in the second half of the campaign improved and the striker finished the campaign with 12 goals in the Premier League.
His improvement in form in the second half of the campaign was not enough to earn him a place in Spain’s Euro 2016 squad. The arrival of Antonio Conte may just re-ignite the forwards form and he may just be one to watch in the Golden Boot race next season.