Who is in the Running for the Premier League Golden Boot This Season?

illya mclellan@illya mclellan @illbehaviorNZSenior Analyst IJuly 29, 2009

Last season in a turbulent campaign which involved ups and downs for many teams and players it was somewhat reassuring for some purists out there that a striker ended up topping the league goalscoring charts in Nicolas Anelka.

The season before had seen a winger, Cristiano Ronaldo, even though he was able to play pretty much where he felt like during that season and also the last due to the nature of Ferguson's plans for his team.

The question now is, who can step up this season? As well as, which team will be able to lay on goals for their strikers like Chelsea were able to for Anelka? Anelka did extremely well last season to prove a lot of those wrong who insisted he was overrated and a trouble maker by letting his feet do the talking.

Fortunately for him and unfortunately for the naysayers out there, his feet were speaking the universal language that football fans love to hear, no matter who they support.

The language of goals and the silky whispering of the ball sliding across the net.

There was much comment in the media that any decent striker could have finished the chances that were presented to Anelka by his team mates. However, it takes an instinctive striker to be in the right position to finish and as always is the case, a cool head to bury chances that others would miss or flap at.

This season throws up the usual questions in terms of some of the cream of the leagues talent. Can Torres play a season free from injury and really hit the goal scoring heights that he seems capable of?

Can Owen reignite the form that saw him take part in the previous "Galacticos" era? Can Adebayor recapture the form of his time at Arsenal two seasons ago when the Arsenal faithful thought they had found some one to replace the legendary Henry?

Or will it be someone else entirely? A new sensation who takes the league by storm?

A look at last seasons top twenty scorers gives an insight into the players who could be there or thereabouts come the end of next season.

1Nicolas AnelkaChelsea19
2Cristiano RonaldoMan Utd18
3Steven GerrardLiverpool16
4De Souza RobinhoManchester City14
5Fernando TorresLiverpool14
6Gabriel AgbonlahorAston Villa12
7Darren BentTottenham12
8Kevin DaviesBolton12
9Dirk KuytLiverpool12
10Frank LampardChelsea12
11Wayne RooneyMan Utd12
12John CarewAston Villa11
13Peter CrouchPortsmouth11
14Ricardo FullerStoke City11
15Robin van PersieArsenal11
16Emmanuel AdebayorArsenal10
17Djibril CisseSunderland10
18Carlton ColeWest Ham Utd10
19Jermain DefoeTottenham10
20Kenwyne JonesSunderland10


As always there are players amongst those listed who will be lining up for new clubs. Other notables who will no longer be on the list are C.Ronaldo and D.Cisse who are lining up abroad this season.

The bulk of the them will be in contention to make the list however, though it is obvious that only a few are capable of pushing for twenty or more league goals.

Seeing that no player did this last season it is a tough ask to guess who it could be.

While goalscoring is a fundamental part of football and a talent that players either have or do not have, it is the team that a particular player plays for that contributes to the amount the player scores rather than the ability of the player to fashion his own chances out of thin air.

If there is no platform for goals created by strong defence and calculated midfield play then there will be no big scoring player on a team.

In saying this it is possible for any player to hit a rich vein of form and start banging them in from anywhere which in itself can contribute to a teams morale and continuity.

Only time will tell but it is always interesting to hazard a guess at how things may materialise.

From Chelsea you would be inclined to think perhaps Anelka could have another shot at it and that if Drogba is injury free he will be up there as well.

At Manchester United you would consider Berbatov and Rooney with Owen a dark horse, providing he can also keep injury in check.

Liverpool have of course the pub brawling Gerrard to look to for goals as well as Torres, who again, needs to have some luck with injuries if he is to trouble the statisticians this coming season.

Arsenal have a striking position left vacant but still have the likes of Eduardo, Van Persie and Bendtner to look to for goals.

Then of course there is Manchester City who last season had Robinho in the top twenty but no one else. They of course now seem to have more strikers than any club in the world so if they can sort their side out could have a player or two who lights up the goal charts.

There are of course others worth mentioning outside of these clubs, including, Yakubu at Everton and perhaps Defoe or Keane at Spurs. 

This sort of thing is all part of gearing up for the new league season and just one of the guessing games on offer, it is now up to you the reader and the bookies to have a guess at who it could be.

As the season gears to commence it is the players themselves who will be bending the knee to pray to the gods of goals and glory, praying that these gods will smile on their endeavors as they strive to make their name a legend.










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