Top 5 Contenders for 2011-12 Barclays Golden Boot Given They Stay in the EPL

Rohan SubraSenior Analyst IJuly 30, 2011

Top 5 Contenders for 2011-12 Barclays Golden Boot Given They Stay in the EPL

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    The Golden Boot is the award given to the player that scores the most goals in a season. This isn't an award that comes with a lot of hype, unlike the Ballon D'Or, which is given to the world's best player.

    Golden Boot awards are also given to the first players to reach 10, 20, and 30 goals in a season. However, in this slideshow, I will be discussing the player to get the most goals in a whole season.

    Past winners of the English Premier League Golden Boot include Carlos Tevez and Dimitar Berbatov, who tied for first place last year, as they both netted 20 goals.

    Other winners are Thierry Henry, who won it four times, Didier Drogba, who won it twice, Nicolas Anelka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jimmy Hasselbaink, who won it twice, Alan Shearer, a three-time winner, and more.

    Here are five players who I think could score the most goals next EPL season.

Honorable Mention

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    Dimitar Berbatov -- Manchester United

    Berbatov was a co-winner last year with 20 goals, but it helped that Rooney was not doing well. I don't think that he can do it again this year, especially if Roo starts picking up his form.


    Didier Drogba -- Chelsea

    When Didier Drogba is on the pitch, he rarely fails to impress spectators. He does sometimes score very nice goals, and he won the boot once before, but I can't see him scoring enough goals next year.


    Andy Carroll -- Liverpool

    Andy Carroll, who just joined the Reds from Newcastle, has always been a great scorer, but at his new club, there is so much finishing ability, that I don't see him winning this year.


    Peter Odemwingie -- West Bromwich Albion

    Peter Odemwingie is a name that many people don't expect to be on this list, even on honorable mention. Though he is a good finisher (West Brom's best by far) and he did score 15 last year, he's not up there with others.


    Dirk Kuyt -- Liverpool

    As one of the hardest workers in the Premier League, Dirk Kuyt's industrious qualities often pay off, as he scores a lot of goals. Though they aren't normally dazzling wondergoals, Kuyt had 13 goals last year; good enough for sixth place in the EPL.

Rafael Van Der Vaart

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    Rafael van der Vaart moved from Real Madrid to Tottenham in a last-minute transfer last summer. Surprisingly, the move cost Spurs only 8 million pounds; such little money for someone who ended up playing like this man did.

    When he was transferred, van der Vaart was already 27 years old, and was supposed to be past his prime, but he proved some people wrong. He scored 13 goals last season, which was good enough for a sixth place tie in the whole Premier League.

    The Dutchman showed that he was very clutch, as he always stepped up in late moments when Tottenham needed him.

    Van der Vaart played very well alongside Gareth Bale, Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, and others, and that was part of the reason that he did so well.

    He played well in the World Cup 2010 qualifiers, and therefore turned out to be a starter in South Africa. Even though he didn't score any goals, he performed pretty well for the Netherlands.

    This year, expectations are even higher for Rafael van der Vaart, as he is getting more accustomed to playing with Tottenham. Hopefully for him, he can score even more goals this year.

Darren Bent

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    Darren Bent isn't your kind of perfect striker with moves, agility, and a great shot. However, he does have three great qualities: he has a killer instinct, almost perfect knowledge of where to be, and is a very good finisher.

    I like comparing him to the kind of player Miroslav Klose is today (though maybe not as good); he isn't good in a flashy sort of way, but he does know how to get the ball from point A into the back of the net.

    Bent was transferred from Sunderland to Aston Villa in this year's January's transfer window for 24 million pounds. Last season, he scored eight goals for Sunderland and nine goals for Aston Villa to secure the fourth spot in the EPL for most goals.

    Bent's old clubs include Ipswich Town, Charlton Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland. The Englishman was on his country's 30-man squad to go to South Africa, but didn't make it to the final 23.

    He might just end up scoring a lot of goals next year; maybe not the nicest ones, but a goal is a goal, and Darren Bent can score.

Wayne Rooney

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    Wayne Rooney was had a very disappointing 2010/2011 season. He started of the campaign in terrible form; not being able to score.

    That was, of course, after the World Cup in South Africa, where he didn't play well at all, and was slammed by critics. However, it was true that he did not score a single goal in all of England's matches.

    Rooney only picked up his form late in the year; much later than he should have, and much later than a world class striker like him should. The end of his season was good though, because he started to finish a lot better.

    Last year, Rooney's scoring was overshadowed by teammate Dimitar Berbatov's, because the latter scored 20 goals, which did tie him for first in the Premier League.

    Despite his subpar performance last year, Wayne Rooney is the type of player who you can never count out of this competition, no matter what.

    Last year's bad form could help him out this year; something that does, in fact, often happen with players. They want to redeem themselves so badly that they come out on fire next year.

    Hopefully for Rooney and Manchester United fans, Rooney can pick up his stride in order to become a Golden Boot contender for next season.

Robin Van Persie

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    Before this year, Robin van Persie was hardly considered a scoring threat, because he was meant to be over the hill. But van Persie came out with guns blazing last year, telling people that he was not yet past his prime.

    The Dutchman scored 18 goals in 19 starts, an excellent record, which made him the third top scorer last year; only two goals behind the two men who shared first place.

    The only other Arsenal player who scored in double digits was Samir Nasri, who scored 10 goals, but van Persie was clearly the top finisher for the Gunners.

    In the 2010 World Cup, van Persie performed all right for the Netherlands, as he was a consistent starter, but only scored one goal (against Cameroon). His team made it all the way to the finals, but they lost in extra time, as Andres Iniesta's goal in the 116' minute secured Spain's victory.

    When van Persie is on the pitch, he is very good, but he does have injury problems. Last year, he only started 19 matches, exactly 50 percent of the total matches. Before last year, he had other injury problems, which caused him to be out for months.

    However, van Persie is a top contender for next year's Golden Boot, and the only thing which could potentially keep him out of the race is his fitness.

Carlos Tevez

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    Carlos Tevez has been giving interviews saying that he is unhappy at Manchester City. The odds of him going to Inter Milan, Real Madrid, or another club are very high, but in this article, I am assuming that he stays in Manchester.

    Last year, Carlos Tevez was one of the most consistent strikers, as he scored 20 goals to tie for first in the league. When you are playing with many great players on your team, such as David Silva, Yaya Toure, and others, it can either hurt you or help you.

    It could hurt you because they sometimes they don't pass, they steal the glory, or a number of other things. It can help you if you know how to use their talent to feed your game, and use their strengths to capitalize off of them.

    Carlos Tevez really knows how to do the second one, because he is playing on a very talented team, and yet manages to score the most goals in the league.

    Tevez has played at Manchester City since 2009; he started his career at the Argentinian squad of Boca Juniors, moved to Brazil to play for Corinthians, played at West Ham for a season, from where he moved to Manchester United.

    In the 2010 World Cup, Tevez scored two goals, both of them against Mexico in the knockout stages. One of them was a great strike from outside the 18-yard box.

    If Carlos Tevez decides to stay at Manchester City, he has a great chance of being the Golden Boot winner.