The Christmas period may have put the brakes on some sections of the football world, but the Premier League's wheels keep turning, its scoring superstars contributing in kind.
The past week has given fans no less than three rounds of action from the English top flight, during which time we've seen a healthy helping of hot scoring form, regardless of the cold conditions.
Read on for an updated list of the division's most prolific players as things stand, as well as a breakdown of the prospects both past and future for the Premier League's top finishers.
All information is current as of Saturday, Dec. 28. All statistics are courtesy of Squawka.
|2013/13 Premier League Top Scorers|
|2||Sergio Aguero||Manchester City||13||4|
|3||Loic Remy||Newcastle United||10||2|
|4=||Wayne Rooney||Manchester United||9||9|
|4=||Yaya Toure||Manchester City||9||3|
|7=||Alvaro Negredo||Manchester City||8||3|
Luis Suarez, 19 goals
Though Liverpool's loss at Manchester City has seen the Reds dip from the summit of the Premier League, Luis Suarez still reigns as the division's in-form striker as things stand, leading the scoring ranks by a massive six goals.
The 2-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium was the first time that Suarez has failed to score in his last five matches, meaning that his record takes a slight setback, now reading just 10 goals in those last five.
As Squawka CEO Sanjit Atwal shows, the Liverpool forward ranks highest in the Premier League stakes, despite the latest obstacle:
The Uruguayan is yet to go more than one game without grabbing at least one goal this season, so statistics dictate that the Reds forward will find the back of the net against Chelsea on Dec. 29.
Suarez's achievements are all the more magnificent when one considers that the forward was suspended for the first five games of the season, only to return with some of the most prolific form of his career.
Sergio Aguero, 13 goals
Sergio Aguero's challenge at the top of the Premier League's Golden Boot race has been significantly stunted by the Argentinian's injury, picked up earlier in December and ruling Manchester City's star out until the new year.
However, Aguero's groundwork laid earlier in the campaign means that he nonetheless clings on to second place in the goal standings.
Prior to his calf injury, Aguero had scored 10 goals in his last 10 matches and is likely once again to challenge Suarez for end-of-season honours upon his return, helped largely by the Citizens' superb home scoring record.
Loic Remy, 10 goals
Newcastle United didn't conduct much business over the summer period, but what the Magpies may have lacked in quantity, they're more than making up for in quality.
Loic Remy's season-long loan deal at St James' Park has gone swimmingly thus far, and the Frenchman's brace of goals against Stoke City during midweek brought an end to a five-match goalless streak.
Opta show that the 26-year-old has made a habit of scoring his goals in bunches:
The 26-year-old hasn't garnered the same scoring consistency as the likes of Suarez and Aguero, and things aren't about to get all that much easier with Arsenal and Manchester City both lined up in Newcastle's next three fixtures.
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