The Premier League 2022/23 season goes into its most exciting part - the second part of the season, where everything is on the line. This season's battle for the title will be tight until the end, but the same can be said for winning the golden boot.
Winning the golden boot award has always been a tough enough challenge, but this season will be even harder. We saw how close the race for last year's award was when Mohamed Salah Tottenham's and Son Heung-min, ultimately shared the prize.
According to ExpressVPN’s report on UK sports streaming trends, Liverpool dominates the streaming arena. Interestingly, the same report showed that northern football clubs have a bigger viewership.
It will be interesting to see how ill these streaming trends reflect on the Golden boot results. Is the club’s popularity correlated with the players’ chance of winning the award? The time will tell. But until then, let’s see who we can expect to see holding the prize this year.
Harry Kane is once again on a scoring streak. The England international has scored 12 goals so far this season and is just six goals behind Haaland.
Kane is hoping that the Norwegian goal-scoring machine will slip up through the remainder of the campaign and he will be able to catch up.
Harry Kane now has a point to prove during the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. He has his eyes not only on the Premier League golden boot but also on the FIFA World Cup golden boot. Kane is on his second successive World Cup Golden Boot award. Being the Three Lions penalty taker is a big boost for Kane's chances of the award.
Ivan Toney became the third man to reach double figures for league goals this season. The Brentford star player scored a double in the shocking 2-1 win against Manchester City.
Toney is now two goals behind Harry Kane, scoring 10 goals for Brentford this season.
However, Ivan Toney might face a ban after being charged by the FA with 232 breaches of betting rules. The Englishman was not included in England's squad for the World Cup in 2022. Now he faces a lengthy ban if the charges are proven.
In December 2020, Newcastle and England defender Kieran Trippier was banned for ten weeks by the FA for giving out information to bet on his transfer from Tottenham to Atletico Madrid.
Mitrovic is a real redemption hero. From missing the penalty that cost his nation a spot at Euro 2020 and dropping at club level last season. Nowadays, Mitrovic is among the top scorers of the Premier League with nine goals - just a goal away from Toney.
Mitrovic was off to a great start in the new campaign, but it will be more difficult for him to maintain his form. If he manages, it won’t be a surprise if he goes on to score over 20 goals and take the golden boot award. Let’s not forget that he broke the record for most goals in a season in the Championship, scoring 43 goals in 44 appearances.
Gabriel Jesus got off to a flying start for Arsenal in the preseason, restoring the Gunners' hopes for Champions League football. But since then, the Brazilian international has been underperforming.
Jesus has scored only five goals so far this season for Arsenal. The former Man City player has been helping Arsenal immensely through the season, but if he wants to grab the golden boot he has to prove that he can finish at a high rate and not simply rely on a high volume of service.
There is always room for surprises. The three-time golden boot winner Mohamed Salah, who has just six goals this season, shouldn't be written off just yet. Once he ignites, there is no stopping him.