The Premier League is full of top quality attacking talent, and a number of players will fancy their chances of being involved in the Golden Boot race at this early stage.
A handful of players are legitimate contenders, and they are all at bigger clubs, expected to be towards the top of the table. Will the bigger names take centre stage, or will a surprise name come through to win?
Here is a rundown of the 2021/22 Golden Boot contenders.
Frontrunners for the Premier League Golden Boot
Chelsea have brought Romelu Lukaku back to the Premier League, and they are expecting big things. The big Belgian is a tough body to defend and can bully even the biggest and best centre-halves into submission.
We saw that in their recent victory over Arsenal, with Lukaku scoring just 15 minutes into his first game back. Having great results in Italy with Inter Milan and with Belgium on the international stage, big things are expected and it would be no surprise to see Lukaku deliver.
Those who are using betting bonuses UK to bet on the Premier League will notice that Lukaku is currently favourite to land the Golden Boot award, and given his start, that seems to be fully justified.
Whether Harry Kane wins this award was likely to depend on where he played his football this season. The Tottenham Hotspur striker, though, has committed himself to the club for at least one further season after the failure of his move to Manchester City.
Kane made his first start of the season in the 3-0 Europa Conference League win against Pacos de Fereira, scoring twice. The hope now will be that he can continue that form in the hunt for the Premier League Golden Boot.
Kane is in the perfect position to get a lot of chances at Spurs. We’ve seen him take them in the past, and it’s now about whether he can focus on his football again.
When Liverpool won the Premier League back in the 2019/20 season, their front three grabbed almost all of the headlines. The link-up play between Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino was excellent to watch, and on many occasions, it was Salah who finally slotted the ball into the net.
Last year, Liverpool disappointed, and so did their front three at times, even though Salah managed 22 goals from the 37 games that he played. With a better performance from his team, 25 is certainly within reach, and if Salah gets that on the board, he will be very tough to beat in the race to be the top scorer.
Although we saw Salah score plenty last season, if Liverpool perform better this year then he could well get put even more on the board. With that in mind, he has to come into consideration for this award.
The final option for this award is the only player who is on this list that does not play as a striker, and that is Bruno Fernandes. He plays in midfield for Manchester United, but often breaks through and follows up play, to arrive in the box late and get on the ball.
It is a very tall ask for someone to win this award from midfield, but if anyone can do it then Fernandes may be the man to do so. When you look at the likes of Paul Pogba, Jadon Sancho and Edinson Cavani, Fernandes is surrounded by talent and will get chances to score.
He scored 18 goals last season, and the expectation is that this Manchester United team will create and score more goals than they did last season, so 20+ is certainly within reach. He’s made a quick start this season, and when on a roll, there isn’t anyone in the Premier League who has demonstrated the ability to score goals from midfield as Fernandes has.
In the same way that Salah is going to require Liverpool to play better this season in order to enhance his claims, Fernandes is in the same position with Manchester United, they need to play better for him to score more and have a chance.