EPL Table: 2016 Final Standings and Top Scorers After Week 38 Results

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMay 15, 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02 :  Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on May 2, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane clinched the 2015-16 Premier League Golden Boot award on Sunday despite not adding to his tally on the last day of the season, finishing his campaign with 25 goals.

Relegated Newcastle United crushed Spurs 5-1, condemning the north London outfit to a third-place finish following Arsenal's 4-0 win over Aston Villa.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy and Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero finished in joint-second with 24 goals apiece, both players unable to increase their totals in 1-1 draws against Chelsea and Swansea City respectively.

Read on for the 2015-16 Premier League standings, complete with a breakdown of Sunday's results and the top goalscorer headlines.

2015-16 Premier League Finals Standings
1Leicester City38231236836+3281
4Manchester City38199107141+3066
6Manchester United37189104634+1263
7West Ham38161486551+1462
9Stoke City38149154155-1451
12Swansea City381211154252-1047
14West Bromwich Albion381013153448-1443
15Crystal Palace38119183951-1242
18Newcastle United38910194465-2137
19Norwich City3897223967-2834
20Aston Villa3838272776-4917
2015-16 Premier League: Week 38 Results
Arsenal4-0Aston Villa
Manchester UnitedPostponedBournemouth
Newcastle5-1Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton4-1Crystal Palace
Stoke2-1West Ham
Swansea1-1Manchester City
West Brom1-1Liverpool
2015-16 Premier League Top Scorers
PositionPlayerTeamPlayer Goals/Team Goals
1Harry KaneTottenham25
2Jamie VardyLeicester24
3Sergio AgueroM. City24
4Romelu LukakuEverton18
5Riyad MahrezLeicester17
6Olivier GiroudArsenal16
6Jermain DefoeSunderland15
7Odion IghaloWatford15
9Alexis SanchezArsenal13
10Troy DeeneyWatford13

Kane's Golden Boot Consolation

Ask the player himself, and Kane may well say he would trade in any individual plaudits for Tottenham to have instead won the Premier League title this season, but it was not meant to be.

For manager Mauricio Pochettino's leading man, the campaign ended on a slightly positive note, Kane writing his name into the history books, as illustrated by Match of the Day:

Match of the Day @BBCMOTD

Harry Kane has won the Premier League golden boot... but can you remember the last English player to claim it? https://t.co/vL5ZVtiAL2

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The England hitman failed to score in his first six league games of the season and endured a similar drought toward the end, bagging just once in his final four outings.

However, winning the Golden Boot is a terrific achievement, as proved by statistician Sports Insights:

Sports Insights @SportsInsights

Harry Kane is top goalscorer for the 2015-16 EPL Season with 25 goals. He was +1250 to win the award prior to the year.

The question now is whether the Three Lions hopeful can summon his best form for his country on their trip to France, where he'll certainly be in the mix to lead England's line at UEFA Euro 2016.

That being said, Sunday's 5-1 thrashing at Newcastle will take some getting over first, with Spurs left scratching their heads after ending their season with a four-match winless run.

Vardy and Aguero Settle for 2nd

Vardy was voted 2015-16 Premier League Player of the Year.
Vardy was voted 2015-16 Premier League Player of the Year.Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Speaking of England hopefuls, Vardy missed his chance to leapfrog Kane into first place and clinch the Golden Boot, though he will have few concerns after winning the Premier League title.

Not only does the 29-year-old have a Premier League winner's medal, but he also has an individual crown in the form of a Premier League Player of the Year award. Breathe Sport pointed out his sensational rags-to-riches rise through the ranks:

Aguero tied Vardy in the scoring stakes, but Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News said he wasn't showing Golden Boot-worthy form in City's 1-1 draw at Swansea City:

Stuart Brennan @StuBrennanMEN

Aguero needs a goal to share the Golden Boot, as it stands. At moment his finishing is more Golden Wellie. #SWAMCI

Considering the Argentina striker only made 28 league starts this season, compared to the much greater involvement of Kane (38) and Vardy (36), one might suppose Aguero would have claimed the award had he been able to stay fit.

Nevertheless, City's superstar is left hoping he can do better in 2016-17, when he can look forward to the possibility of thriving under the system of inbound manager Pep Guardiola.

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