EPL: Rooney, Aguero and 8 Other Potential Golden Boot Candidates
Just six gameweeks into this year's Premier League and already there are some players making real headway in the Goal chart.
Most notably, Wayne Rooney has bagged two hat-tricks in consecutive matches for Manchester United whereas on the other side of Manchester, arch rivals Manchester City have been boosted by the entry of Sergio Aguero as he has quickly established himself as one of the most feared strikers in the league.
However, there are plenty of other players in the league who have the ability to give these two a run for their money.
Here is a list of 10 candidates for the Golden Boot award in this season of the English Premier League.
The most obvious choice and the book-makers' favorite. Wayne Rooney has started the season with a blast and sitting with nine goals after just six matches this season, there is nothing to suggest that he is going to stop.
The hunger is back and he looks focused as ever. He has always been at the heart of all good things for Manchester United this season.
Being the designated spot kick taker for United, even on his off days, he is bound to get a chance or two to add to his impressive goal tally.
It usually takes players some time to settle and adapt to the pace of the league. Aguero has been an exception to that theory.
The Argentinian forward has shown that he has an eye for goal with a flashing start to the league. Also, his ambition to prove himself as the best player in the world might be that added incentive that he needs to deliver the goods for the Citizens.
With David Silva and Samir Nasri to provide the required ammunition, Sergio Aguero will never be short of opportunities to score many more goals for the Sky Blues.
Already having established himself as a fan favorite at Merseyside, Luis Suarez is quickly showing the world why Liverpool paid in excess of £20 million to secure his services.
A natural striker, Suarez might not have the physical attributes associated with a top-class striker but his smart runs and expert finishing have been of great help to a Liverpool side on it's way up under Kenny Dalglish.
He is the kind of striker that all managers would like to have on their team as he is smart, hard-working and plays for the team.
Robin Van Persie
Arsenal have endured a terrible start to the season and in all honesty, their skipper hasn't really hit the road running just yet.
However, knowing the ability that the Dutch forward possesses, it would be foolish to write him off. His brace against Bolton could just be the turning point in his as well as his team's season.
Armed with one of the most menacing left foots in the league, his performances in the league will decide where Arsenal end up and being an Arsenal supporter, I would like to believe that he will show the kind of form that saw him become a fantasy league favorite in the second half of last season.
On loan from Manchester City, everyone knew that he would have the strength and physicality about him to score the odd goal for Tottenham. However, his two goals against Liverpool showed that he is a very smart football player too.
He won't score you the long range goals that you'll find in the "Goal of the Season" countdown, but he invariably finds himself in the right place at the right time like all good strikers do.
He is the striker that Tottenham have been crying out for almost since eternity and if he can get his head down, he will not disappoint.
Many people thought he wouldn't still be a United player at the start of the new season, but it looks like the Portuguese winger has not let that unsettle him.
It's such a joy to see him on the ball and when he plays, I feel as though I am playing FIFA on the Playstation against someone who is playing it for the first time.
How does it not get boring for him to fox defenders over and over again? He makes the opposition seem like amateurs more often than not.
If he gets a regular run in the first team, he should end up scoring plenty of goals this season.
Questionable, I know. However, if he can somehow focus amid all the speculation around him, we all know what a top class player he is.
Manchester City revolved around him for all of last season and although Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko seem to have established themselves as the preferred starters, Carlos Tevez is never too far away from a berth in the First XI.
This selection is purely on the basis that this guy is absolutely top-class and no amount of weight gain can change that. Unless he puts on as much as I did in my summer vacations.
Ever since his transfer to Chelsea, Torres has slowly but surely helped to establish himself as the most overrated player in the league. But then again, anyone who gets transferred for such a price is bound to be deemed as such.
A new manager could mean a change in fortunes for the Spaniard, though. With two goals to his name in his last two matches, Torres seems like he is on the road to recovery and a long barren patch that has been so agonizing for all Chelsea supporters might finally be about to end.
Could he even propel them to challenge for the title?
It's been a slow start to the season for the Aston Villa man, but a look at his statistics over the past seasons would tell you that he is always there or thereabouts come the end of the season.
He will never be the best striker in the league but he could so easily become the top goal scorer thanks to his dominating nature and ruthlessness in the 18-yard box.
A successful season with Villa could propel him into becoming the next Emile Heskey for England. However, he could find it extremely tough to match Heskey's record in front of goal.
What was it? Seven goals in 68 appearances?
Back from injury and with a point to prove to his new manager, Drogba might not be young anymore but there is certainly no shortage of ability.
And come to think of it, I still don't think there are many defenders in the league he wouldn't be able to out-muscle. When he plays, he will still be the designated free kick taker more often than not and despite not being in the First XI for Chelsea on a regular basis, he still has enough about him to give defenders nightmares.
Whether he will be shipped out in the January window is unknown, but if he does get a decent run of games, he will prove why he has held the crown of being the most feared striker in the league for the past few years.