A 25+ goal scorer in the Premier League can help a team win the league or at least put up strong performances, punching above their weight. Over the history of the Premier League, names like Henry, van Nistelrooy, Drogba, van Persie and Aguero have propelled their team to the title with their incredible goal-scoring.
This 2018 Premier League season is an exciting one with new managers, players and systems that will make the season another topsy-turvy one with many twists and turns. Let’s have a look at 5 Premier League players who can top the goal-scoring charts on 19 May 2019 - the last day of the Premier League season:
1. Sergio Aguero
When Sergio Aguero hangs up his boots, he will be regarded as one of the modern greats of the Premier League, with an extraordinary goal-scoring ratio of 0.69 - that’s a goal every other game!
The Argentine has won three Premier League titles with Manchester City, including City’s first league title in over 40 years in the 2011-12, where he scored a late winner in the final game of the season.
Aguero has won the Premier League Golden Boot only once, in the 2014–15 season where he ended the season with 26 goals but couldn’t help his side to the title, with City finishing second behind Chelsea.
City won the title last year with a record 100 points, and this year could be no different as Pep Guardiola’s men look to rampage through Premier League teams up and down England, where Aguero could play a key role and finish the league as the top scorer.
2. Eden Hazard
At 27, Eden Hazard is hitting his prime years in his footballing career and this year could be a pivotal season for him. Under new manager Maurizio Sarri, Hazard has started the season off with a bang, with 5 goals in 6 matches.
The new Chelsea manager’s tactics have worked in Hazard’s favour and with him closer to goal, this could be the Belgian’s most fruitful season in front of the goal.
Sarri’s attacking style of play suits Hazard where the Belgian does not have defensive duties. Hazard’s highest goal-scoring tally in a season has been 16 goals in the 2016–17 season, where Chelsea raced away with the title.
With Real Madrid looking for a big-name replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, Hazard may be motivated by a move to the Bernabéu and outscore his rivals.
3. Harry Kane
Harry Kane has an enviable goal-scoring record in the Premier League, with 111 goals in just 156 games - a goal-scoring ratio of 0.71. The Tottenham Hotspur forward had a dream World Cup, captaining England to the semi-final, while ending the tournament as the top scorer with 6 goals.
Kane has scored 20+ goals in the last four seasons and was the top-scorer in the league for two consecutive seasons - 2015–16 and 2016-17. While his side hasn’t strengthened in the summer transfer window, Kane has the ability to put away half-chances and get goals on a consistent basis which makes him one of the frontrunners for the Premier League Golden Boot. The English striker ended the last season with 30 goals in the league, two goals short of top-scorer Mohamed Salah.
4. Romelu Lukaku
For all the criticism that he receives, Romelu Lukaku still has over 100 goals in the Premier League in his spells with West Bromwich Albion, Everton and now, Manchester United.
In his debut season for the Red Devils, the Belgian striker scored 16 goals in the league and 27 goals in all competitions. Lukaku makes many chances but his finishing has to improve if he wants to help Manchester United challenge for the title and for him to get on the scoresheet more often.
With good service and an attacking midfield, thanks to Paul Pogba’s free role in the team, Lukaku can finish the season at the top of the goal-scoring charts.
5. Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah had a dream run in his first year at Liverpool, scoring 44 goals in all competitions, 32 of which came in the league.
The Egyptian attacker finished at the top of the goal-scoring charts in the league, becoming only the third Liverpool player to win the Premier League Golden Boot, after Michael Owen and Luis Suarez, in the Premier League era.
Salah’s goals, though, couldn’t help Liverpool achieve success in the Premier League as they only finished fourth in the league, 25 points behind winners, Manchester City. This year could be different as the Merseyside club have strengthened significantly over the summer and have quality, world-class players all across the pitch, which could help Salah to once again outscore the rest!