The race for the English Premier League Golden Boot as the division’s top scorer is always an interesting and dramatic one. There are numerous players with a legitimate shot of taking the trophy home at the end of the upcoming 2017/18 campaign and we’ll take a look at the 10 most likely candidates. Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur is the obvious favorite as he’s going for his third straight Golden Boot. Of course, to have any chance at leading the league in scoring, these players are going to have to stay relatively healthy between August and May and will also have to get enough playing time.
It’s impossible to score while sitting on the bench so each player needs to make sure he plays to his potential or will risk losing their spot in his club’s starting 11.Taking your team’s penalty kicks can also go a long way in the race for top scorer. The Premier League record for goals in a 38-game season is 31 by Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alan Shearer while the high mark for a 42-match campaign is 34 by Shearer and Andy Cole.
10. Alexandre Lacazette
Arsenal acquired more scoring help this summer in the form of 26-year-old French international striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon just in case they lose Alexis Sanchez. The Gunners now have quite a formidable attack which includes Lacazette, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Mesut Ozil and Sanchez. The problem is, where and when does manager Arsene Wenger play them all. However, considering Arsenal’s injury record over the past decade or so, they’ll probably need as many hands on deck as possible. Lacazette will need a little time to adapt to the Premier League, but he managed to score 28 goals on 84 shots last year in 30 games, so he definitely knows where the net is. He scored once every 109.6 minutes over the past two years and had 100 goals in 203 outings in France. But on the questionable side, he cost Arsenal about £53 million and 10 of his goals were from the penalty spot last season.