Morata, Lukaku, Kane: Who’s going to win the Golden Boot?

Familiar faces and big money signings are currently leading the golden boot charts.

It could be the tightest race for this coveted award for several years, with three players tied on six goals in six games, two more on five, and four on four.

However, RealSport have narrowed the race down to the five most likely candidates of being the Premier League’s best goalscorer at the end of the season.

Alvaro Morata, Chelsea

Appearances: 6

Goals: 6

It was never going to be easy replacing Diego Costa up front for Chelsea. The striker was a complete forward and integral to the way the Blues played, as well as being a lethal goalscorer.

There were doubts after Chelsea broke their transfer record to sign Alvaro Morata if he would be able to replace Costa’s all round. However, the Spaniard has made a terrific start to life in England.

He scored and set up another on his Premier League debut and is an intelligent striker who has wonderful movement off of the ball. Morata is highly technical and has fantastic acceleration. However, despite his midweek goal against Atletico Madrid, Morata has often struggled against better opposition that track him more closely.

He was largely anonymous against both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, and will have to become a big game player for the Blues if he is to truly replace the void left by Costa.

Golden Boot chances: 8/10

Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United

Appearances: 6 

Goals: 6

Similar to Morata, the big money signing has made a wonderful start at his new club. Lukaku has scored in seven games in a row for club and country and provides a lot of what United were missing last year.

Lukaku has proven himself to be a flat track bully, and with United struggling to score against lesser opposition last season – he’s just what the team needed.

Lukaku is helping the team quickly eradicate those issues, with United scoring three or more times on six occasions already, with Lukaku scoring in all-but-one of those games, where he was rested against Burton Albion.

This United side are so far creating lots of chances for Lukaku, and if they continue to do so, he will have a big chance of winning his first ever Premier League golden boot.

Golden Boot chances: 9/10

Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

Appearances: 6

Goals: 6

The third striker in this list to have scored six goals in his opening six games.

The only doubts surrounding Aguero is his injury record, and had he of been able to stay fit for longer periods of time for City, his goal-scoring records would be even more impressive.

The Argentine is an exceptional finisher with wonderful movement off the ball. The forward is incredibly sharp and only needs a sniff at goal to find the back of the net.

It is yet unclear how long he will be out for with a broken rib received in a car accident in Amsterdam. If Aguero can get on the pitch quickly, and stay fit throughout the season, he will be the favourite for the golden boot.

However, both of those questions are big ifs right now.

Golden Boot chances: 8/10

Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal

Appearances: 6

Goals: 4

Have Arsenal finally replaced the goal-scoring exploits of Robin van Persie?

The Gunners have been searching for a striker good enough to lead the line since the Dutchman left the club, and Lacazette has made an excellent start to life in England. The French striker has scored in all three home games so far and was inexplicably dropped for the game away to Liverpool.

The former Lyon striker has exceptional movement inside the box and is a composed a ruthless finisher.  Lacazette has also shown how able he is to drop and link play. However, Arsene Wenger often subs the Frenchman, no matter how the game is going and Lacazette is yet to score away from home.

A good start for the new striker, but perhaps a season too early for the golden boot.

Golden boot chances: 7/10

Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur

Appearances: 7

Goals: 6

The current holder of the coveted trophy for the past two seasons running.

Kane is the compete forward and his goal scoring statistics are beginning to reach the Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo levels. Kane has scored six hat tricks for Spurs in 2017 alone, which is the same as Messi, Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski put together. Kane has 34 goals in 30 games in 2017, bettering Ronaldo’s record of 31 in 32.

Kane can score any type of goal and already has nine in all competitions this season. He is the early favourite, along with Lukaku, to win the boot for a third season running.

Golden Boot chances: 9/10

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