Who will be the Premier League’s top scorer? The golden shoe race explained with Harry Kane and Mo Salah tied for the lead
Much like the race for Champions League football next season, the bid to win the Premier League Golden Boot will likely continue until the last day of the campaign.
Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah are both chasing a third Golden Boot, but the duo could still be found by a handful of players looking to end the season on a high.
The final round of Premier League matches falls on May 23, when Liverpool take on Crystal Palace and Spurs take on Leicester.
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Kane and Salah have the edge over their rivals, and it looks like it’s a direct shootout between the two before the final matches.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) – 22 goals
Remaining match: Leicester (A) 23 May
The Tottenham forward won back-to-back Golden Boots in 2015-16 and 2016-17, and his consistency in the Premier League since then has led many to believe Kane could revise Alan Shearer’s record.
Shearer holds the all-time Premier League record with 260 goals, but Kane is now under 100 and at 27 he has every chance of catching the former England captain.
In the short term, Kane could win a third Golden Boot this month, with an upcoming home game against Aston Villa giving the current English skipper the opportunity to finish as the top scorer before the push goes ahead. England for the glory of the Euro.
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 22 goals
Fixing remaining: Crystal Palace (H) 23 May
Like Kane, Salah has already won two Golden Boots, scoring 32 goals in 2017-18 – a record for a 38-game Premier League season – before sharing the prize with Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in 2018-19 with 22 goals each. .
Salah currently only has three goals before reaching a century in the Premier League, and if he reached that benchmark in Liverpool’s last game it would also boost his chances of beating Kane in the Golden Boot.
Bruno Fernandes (Man Utd) – 18 goals
Remaining match: Wolves (Q) May 23
With only one game to go, Fernandes is an outside shooter for the Golden Shoe.
With Champions League qualification assured, Fernandes’ game time could be managed with care given that United have a Europa League final to look forward to against Villarreal on May 26.
However, Fernandes would almost certainly favor match practice ahead of this final, with the midfielder just two years past the 20 mark in his first full Premier League campaign.
No midfielder has ever won the Golden Boot, meaning Fernandes would pursue a small slice of history as he seeks to revise Kane and Salah.
Son Heung-min (Tottenham) – 17 goals
Remaining match: Leicester (A) 23 May
Eight Premier League goals in Spurs’ first six games – including four against Southampton – have seen Son be one of the early Golden Boot contenders.
His team-mate Kane has since passed him, but the South Korean has rediscovered his scoring form in recent times, finding the net in back-to-back league games against Southampton, Sheffield United and Leeds.
Not only would Son largely outmatch Kane in Spurs ‘last game, but he would also have to rely on Salah and Fernandes’ failure to score if he is to have any chance of becoming the first Asian Golden Boot winner.
Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin (16 goals) and Patrick Bamford (16) of Leeds United would both need a considerable end-of-season run to win the Golden Boot.
Calvert-Lewin scored a hat-trick against West Brom in September, while Bamford did the same against Aston Villa a month later. It would take something special for these two to trouble the top of the Golden Boot rankings.
Premier League Golden Boot Winners
- 1992-1993: Teddy Sheringham (Nottingham Forest / Tottenham) – 22 *
- 1993-94: Andrew Cole (Newcastle) – 34 *
- 1994-1995: Alan Shearer (Blackburn) – 34 *
- 1995-96: Alan Shearer (Blackburn) – 31
- 1996-1997: Alan Shearer (Newcastle) – 25
- 1997-1998: Dion Dublin (Coventry), Michael Owen (Liverpool), Chris Sutton (Blackburn) – 18 years old
- 1998-99: Michael Owen (Liverpool), Dwight Yorke (Man Utd), Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Leeds) – 18 years old
- 1999-2000: Kevin Phillips (Sunderland) – 30 years old
- 2000-01: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea) – 23
- 2001-02: Thierry Henry (Arsenal) – 24 years old
- 2002-03: Ruud van Nistelrooy (Man Utd) – 25 years old
- 2003-04: Thierry Henry (Arsenal) – 30 years old
- 2004-05: Thierry Henry (Arsenal) – 25 years old
- 2005-06: Thierry Henry (Arsenal) – 27 years old
- 2006-07: Didier Drogba (Chelsea) – 20 years old
- 2007-08: Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd) – 31 years old
- 2008-09: Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea) – 19 years old
- 2009-10: Didier Drogba (Chelsea) – 29 years old
- 2010-11: Carlos Tevez (Man City), Dimitar Berbatov (Man Utd) – 20
- 2011-12: Robin van Persie (Arsenal) – 30 years old
- 2012-13: Robin van Persie (Man Utd) – 26 years old
- 2013-14: Luis Suarez (Liverpool) – 31 years old
- 2014-15: Sergio Aguero (Man City) – 26 years old
- 2015-16: Harry Kane (Tottenham) – 25
- 2016-2017: Harry Kane (Tottenham) – 29 years old
- 2017-18: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 32 years old
- 2018-19: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 22
- 2019-20: Jamie Vardy (Leicester) – 23
* 42-game season
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