Premier League Golden Boot state of play heading into final weeks of season

Two games to go of the Premier League season and while the title race may be already settled and relegation candidates consigned, there are still a few things left to play for.

The top four race is heating up and looks set to go to the wire, as too is this season's Golden Boot award.

In a few weeks the happy winner will tell us all that football is not about individual accolades, but we know well enough that every one of the players chasing this trophy has their heart set on coming out on top.

Naturally some of the usual suspects are involved, but last year's winner Jamie Vardy has fallen off the pace, leaving around six players with varying chances of claiming the crown for the league's top goalscorer.

Here's how it's currently shaping up.


Joint 1st – Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah – 21 goals

It's slowly looking like we've got a two-horse race on our hands and there are no real surprises of the names involved.

Salah has done remarkably well to rack up 21 goals in a season where Liverpool have been well below their best.

And it seems he and his club are coming into form at a good time, with four goals in his last six league appearances.

Likewise for Kane, who has had his best personal season in recent memory even though Tottenham's title charge collapsed before Jose Mourinho got the boot.

Spurs' talisman hasn't netted in his last two outings but was on a run of five goals in four games prior to that.

With plenty of speculation surrounding his future this summer, Kane will want to end the campaign on a high in the event he does move on to pastures new, as well as build up some form ahead of Euro 2020.

And it could well be a close run thing, with both chasing a third Golden Boot of their careers.

Liverpool have the slightly more favourable run of fixtures, with clashes against West Brom, Burnley and Crystal Palace to come, where you'd expect Salah to get on the scoresheet at least once.

But Tottenham face Wolves and Aston Villa before a final day trip to Leicester, and Kane will be confident of adding to his tally.

With a three-goal gap between them and the chasing pack, it would be a surprise if one of these two didn't pick up the gong – but stranger things have happened.

3rd – Bruno Fernandes – 18 goals

It's quite remarkable that Fernandes is third on the list considering he's a midfielder.

The fact half of his goals have come from penalties is a contestable point, but Salah has only scored three fewer from the spot, and in any case, they all count.

Whether he can win the Golden Boot from this point would be some ask and would probably need the help of at least a penalty or two.

That said, with second place still not confirmed Fernandes is likely to play and United welcome already relegated Fulham to Old Trafford next week for the return of their fans.

If that doesn't spur him on to bag a few goals nothing will.

4th – Son Heung-min – 17 goals

It would be a hell of an effort for Son to get the Golden Boot, and he may have it in his mind to help out teammate Kane bag the top award.

However, a couple of goals in his next outing may well give him the confidence he needs.

There's no reason Spurs can't win all three games and if Kane doesn't score, usually Son does.

Ryan Mason is focusing on playing an attractive brand of attacking football which certainly promises goals.

However, form isn't exactly with them, after their dismal defeat to Leeds showed, and bronze is probably the best he can hope for.

5th – Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 16 goals

Whether he finishes any higher in this list or not, it's still been a thoroughly impressive season for Everton's No.9.

He's led their pursuit of Europe and, even if the Toffees may just fall short, is still pretty much a shoe-in to go to Euro 2020 with England.

It's highly unlikely he's going to overtake Salah or Kane, but with basement boys Sheffield United up next, he's always got a chance.

Realistically he needs a hat-trick against the Blades to stand any chance, though even if he manages that, Man City on the final day doesn't spell goals.

6th – Patrick Bamford – 15 goals

This season's surprise package – both in player and in team.

Bamford's goalscoring prowess has often come under the microscope for his struggles but he has had no such problem this season.

The Leeds striker has been in decent form in front of goal and has pushed his way into Gareth Southgate's thoughts, even if he's not in line for a call-up.

Sadly for him he's not been consistent enough of late, notching just twice in his last 10 matches.

But if there are three games for him to potentially boost his tally, Southampton, Burnley and West Brom offer him an opportunity to do so.

Like Calvert-Lewin, Bamford really requires at least one hat-trick to even get close to the front two, and probably a small miracle on top of that, so we'll have to file this one firmly under rank outsider.

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