After the drama of Euro 2020, the top goalscorers in England are now battling to win the Premier League Golden Boot award for 2021/22.
Harry Kane is the defending champion, having held off a long challenge from Liverpool star Mohamed Salah to narrowly finish first in the top-flight scoring charts with 23 last season.
That was the third success for Kane, matching the total of Golden Boot triumphs held by the all-time EPL record goalscorer Alan Shearer.
This year Kane will be seeking what would be a record-equalling fourth crown but he is expected to face stiff competition.
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Salah and Bruno Fernandes, who each made the podium last season, entered the campaign hoping to challenge again, while a proven Premier League scorer, Romelu Lukaku, returned to Chelsea after a prolific spell in Serie A with Inter.
Former winner Jamie Vardy, Leeds striker Patrick Bamford, Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Aston Villa duo Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings are part of a strong contingent from outside England’s ‘big six’ teams who were rated as contenders when the season began.
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Man Utd prospect Mason Greenwood is one of five players who have moved to within one goal of team-mate Bruno Fernandes in the Premier League Golden Boot race.
Fernandes did not score as Man Utd drew 1-1 at Southampton on Sunday, with teenager Greenwood instead grabbing the second-half equaliser for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Portugal international Fernandes still tops the goalscoring charts thanks to his hat-trick against Leeds on the opening weekend of the season.
But Greenwood is now one behind, as is Danny Ings after scoring an impressive overhead kick for Aston Villa against Newcastle.
Diogo Jota has continued a strong pre-season to score in back-to-back matches for Liverpool, while team-mate and Golden Boot contender Mohamed Salah did not find the net against Burnley and sits two behind early leader Fernandes.
Along with Greenwood, Ings and Jota, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Neal Maupay are the other two players who have moved on to two goals so far.
Romelu Lukaku impressed and scored on his second debut for Chelsea, who cruised to victory against London rivals Arsenal.
Harry Kane made his first appearance for Tottenham this season as a late substitute against Wolves, but had a shot saved from close range and is still waiting to get off the mark amid huge speculation linking him with a move to Man City.
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Who are the past winners of the Premier League Golden Boot?
The record for most goals in a season is shared by Alan Shearer (1994/95) and Andy Cole (1993/94).
Both players scored an astonishing 34 goals, though the season was longer then – Shearer did it in 42 matches and Cole in 40.
Mohamed Salah came close to that record in 2017/18, scoring 32 times in 36 outings, producing the best Premier League goalscoring season for 13 years.
The Golden Boot winner with the best goals per game ratio in a season is Harry Kane.
England’s captain netted 29 times in just 30 games to win the 2016/17 title, averaging 0.97 goals per game.
Arsenal and Liverpool have had the most Premier League Golden Boot winners, with six each. Man Utd have had five while Tottenham and Chelsea are on four.
There are only three players who have scored the most goals in the EPL more than twice.
Shearer won the Golden Boot three times, once with Newcastle and twice with Blackburn Rovers, while Kane’s win in 2020/21 was also his third.
Thierry Henry holds the record, though, having been named the top scorer in the Premier League on four occasions for Arsenal.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez have both won the award, scoring 31 goals in 2007/08 and 2013/14 respectively.
The Premier League began from the 1992/93 season.
Prior to that, Ian Wright was the last highest goalscorer in England when it was the old First Division.
Gary Lineker and Alan Smith were also winners in the 1990s before the league was rebranded.
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Who are the Premier League top scorers of all time?
Alan Shearer is the highest goalscorer in Premier League history, having ended his career in 2006 with a magnificent 260 goals to his name in England’s top division.
Man Utd legend Wayne Rooney (208) is the only other player who has scored more than 200 EPL goals.
Andy Cole (187), Sergio Aguero (184), Frank Lampard (177) and Thierry Henry (175) are other former Premier League players who sit near the top of the all-time list.
Kane is the highest-scoring active player and had 166 goals when he started this season.
He has long been cited as one of the rare contenders who has a chance to rival Shearer’s record total.
Robbie Fowler (163), Jermain Defoe (162) and Michael Owen (150) round out the 10 players in EPL history who have scored 150 goals or more.
After Kane, as of August 2021, the next active Premier League players on the all-time scoring list were Jamie Vardy (119 goals, 19th place) and Romelu Lukaku (114 goals, 20th place).