One fixture remains in the 2016/17 Premier League season, meaning one last chance for the country’s top goal-scorers to gain an edge in race for the Golden Boot. Romelu Lukaku led the way on 24 Premier League goals, his personal best tally, heading into Thursday night’s meeting between Leicester City and Tottenham, but the Belgian
One fixture remains in the 2016/17 Premier League season, meaning one last chance for the country’s top goal-scorers to gain an edge in race for the Golden Boot.
Romelu Lukaku led the way on 24 Premier League goals, his personal best tally, heading into Thursday night’s meeting between Leicester City and Tottenham, but the Belgian international has now been overtaken by last season’s winner of the Golden Boot, Harry Kane.
Kane stunned Leicester with a scintillating performance, smashing in four goals to leapfrog Alexis Sanchez (23 goals) and Lukaku to sit atop the Premier League goal-scoring charts with 26 strikes.
That sets the stage for the closing day of the league campaign this Sunday, where we’ll take a quick look at who is left in the race for the Golden Boot and who they’ll be facing this weekend.
Appearances: 28 (+1 off the bench)
Shots per game: 3.6
Last Opponent: Hull City (Away)
Three 20+ goal-scoring seasons in a row for Harry Kane, who looks almost certain to take out the Golden Boot for the second year in a row.
With a two-goal advantage over his nearest rival, Kane must be fancying his chances against already-relegated Hull City on Sunday. After he destroyed last season’s champions with a four-goal haul on Thursday, he might even be looking to hit the 30-goal mark in league football for the first time in his career.
Appearances: 35 (+1 off the bench)
Shots per game: 2.9
Last Opponent: Arsenal (Away)
He was the favourite before Kane’s Leicester performance, but a two-goal deficit and a final day appearance against Arsenal leaves Lukaku’s chances for taking out the Golden Boot fairly slim.
That’s not to say it hasn’t been a productive season for the Everton striker, as he became the club’s all-time leading goal-scorer in the Premier League era.
Everton fans will be hoping this Sunday won’t be his swansong at the club, as several European heavyweights are reportedly prowling for the Belgian’s services, notably current champions Chelsea.
Appearances: 35 (+2 off the bench)
Shots per game: 3.4
Last Opponent: Everton (Home)
Undoubtedly Arsenal’s player of the season, Alexis Sanchez is another current subject of intense speculation over a summer move.
Such interest is understandable with the kinds of performances the Chilean has produced in what has been one of the most turbulent seasons for Arsenal in recent memory.
He needs a hat-trick on the final day to tie Kane’s tally and share the Golden Boot, of course providing that the Tottenham man doesn’t find the net against Hull on Sunday.