Experts debate who will win the Premier League golden boot

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang moved level with Jamie Vardy at the top of the Premier League scoring charts with his brace at the weekend.

The Arsenal striker – who shared last season's prize with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane – scored twice in the 3-2 win over Everton to take his tally for the season to 17 goals.

Man City hotshot Sergio Aguero missed out on the chance to join the pair at the top of the pile when he fluffed a penalty in Saturday's win over Leicester .

Southampton striker Danny Ings is just behind on 15, followed by Salah and Marcus Rashford on one goal fewer.

But who will finish top of the pile come May? Our reporters have their say:

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Neil McLeman

The Arsenal striker has got the momentum after his two goals against Everton yesterday to draw level with Jamie Vardy (who has not scored for nine games).

After so many draws at the start of his reign, Mikel Arteta still hasn't got the balance right in his team but has opted for a more attacking formation with Dani Ceballos in a deep role which means less defensive solidity but more zest going forward.

Despite Eddie Nketiah playing as the main striker against Everton, Aubameyang will be the main beneficiary as Arsenal seek to make a late surge into the top six.

The Gunners also face West Ham , Brighton , Southampton and Norwich in their next four scheduled Premier League games.

Jamie Vardy – Tom Hopkinson

The barren spell has lasted long enough and with Leicester battling to stay in the top four – or five – to ensure Champions League football, he'll get the goals that will take them there.

Sergio Aguero's Manchester City and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's Arsenal have similar run-ins to Leicester so it'll be tight, but I fancy Vardy to kickstart a goal glut at Norwich on Friday that will earn him his maiden Golden Boot.

Sergio Aguero – Thomas Bristow

Would be joint top had he scored the penalty against Leicester at the weekend. But at one goal behind, on 16, Aguero is surely the favourite to pick up the accolade.

Despite sitting in second with hopes of Premier League glory all but gone, City have still scored the most goals this season.

With the volume of chances The Blues create Aguero will bag plenty more before the season is out. As ever, Aguero's fitness remains the biggest obstacle preventing him from winning the award.

But if the Argentine can be involved in nearly every game between now and the end of the season he gets my vote.

Throw in Gabriel Jesus desperate to start against Real Madrid and Aguero should be upping his game anyway to prove he is Pep Guardiola's No.1 choice.

Mohamed Salah – Darren Wells

He's won the Golden Boot two years on the bounce, and despite currently being three off Vardy and Aubameyang, I fully expect him to be in the mix again come May.

Liverpool's upcoming league fixtures are favourable for a start, with relegation strugglers West Ham, Watford and Bournemouth their next three.

He could even be top of the pile after those matches alone.

Plus Salah will be desperate to provide the goals that help seal Liverpool's first title in 30 years.

Not only that, but should Liverpool wrap up the title with their unbeaten record still in tact, I can't see Jurgen Klopp resting too many players for their remaining fixtures as they bid for 'Invincibles' status.

Salah knows where the goal is, he'll get the service, and you know he'll be hellbent on earning individual honours, as well as team success.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Mike Walters

Although he plays for a team who were hopeless until Christmas, and who will struggle to make up a seven-point gap to the top four, Aubameyang has several layers of motivation to fuel his chase for the Golden Boot.

Can he fire the Gunners back into the Champions League mainstream via a top-four finish? Probably not, but it's not impossible.

Can he fire them to Europa League glory? Fair chance – Arsenal have nothing to fear in Europe. Can he earn himself a fat new contract at the Emirates, or maintain his place at the top of continental big guns' shopping lists (notably Real Madrid and Barcelona )? Absolutely.

Aubameyang is already neck-and-neck with Jamie Vardy for the Premier League's most bespoke footwear.

Liverpool are romping to the title by sharing the goals around, Sergio Aguero is suddenly a mere mortal from the penalty spot at Manchester City, and Leicester's charge for Champions League football next season is spluttering – partly because Vardy's last goal was two months ago.

The Golden Boot is coming back to north London – and this time, it's not for Harry Kane.

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