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Analysing the race for the Golden Boot

Three players are still in contention to win the 2016/17 Premier League Golden Boot. RealSport assesses each one's chances.


Alexis Sanchez

Club: Arsenal

Nationality: Chile

Goals: 23

Opponent Sunday: Everton (H)

Why he will win it:

Alexis Sanchez is one of the best players in the Premier League. Although not being an out-and-out striker he is still in contention for the Golden Boot. The Chilean has it all. Technique, power, skill and a high work rate, Sanchez could play for most clubs in world football. The former Barcelona man needs a hat-trick to just draw level with current leader Harry Kane. For most players, that’s an extremely tall ask. For Sanchez, it’s more than a possibility. 

Why he won’t win it: 

As good as Sanchez is, requiring a hat-trick simply to draw level, and without Kane scoring himself, is a big ask. Although he is capable the odds are firmly against the Arsenal man. Sanchez though doesn’t know when he’s beaten and will relish the challenge. 

RealSport Rating: 3/10

Romelu Lukaku

Club: Everton

Nationality: Belgium

Goals: 24

Opponent Sunday: Arsenal (A)

Why he will win it: 

The big Belgian striker was leading the charts for weeks before Kane’s heroics against Leicester. He is a ruthless goalscorer and has been linked with summer moves to Chelsea, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain. As powerful as they come, Lukaku’s trademark is pinning the defender, before rolling him and firing him into the net. It is a tough ask to get at least two goals against Arsenal away from home I even have a chance, but Lukaku is certainly capable.

Why he won’t:

He is now two goals behind Kane, and faces the toughest opponent out of any of the three this Sunday. Not only that, you get the feeling Everton, who are confirmed to finish seventh are somewhat already packing for their holidays. He will be desperate to win his first Golden Boot, however, and could expose an Arsenal backline that certainly gives up chances.

RealSport Rating: 5/10

Harry Kane

Club: Tottenham Hotspur

Nationality: England

Goals: 26

Opponent Sunday: Hull City (A)

Why he will win it: 

After his four-goal blitz away to Leicester, Kane went from two goals behind, to two in front. He won the golden boot last season and is even more ruthless this, despite missing three months of the season through two separate injuries. He has 26 goals in his last 26 league games and is facing an already relegated opponent on Sunday. It will be a shock if Kane doesn’t retain the Golden Boot.

Why he won’t win it: 

In truth, there aren’t too many reasons. He is two clear, and has the easiest opponent on Sunday. His confidence will be sky high and will want to finish the job on Sunday. However, Lukaku and Sanchez are both top class players and scorers and if Kane doesn’t have his shooting boots on on Sunday, that could leave the door open for one of the other two.

RealSport Rating: 9/10

 

Lukaku, Sanchez or Kane: Who’s going to win the Golden Boot? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Harry Brooks

Harry graduated from UAL in Elephant and Castle with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in sports journalism.

He has an NCTJ diploma and also coaches football and teaches PE in schools.

Harry loves to talk football tactics!

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