Salah, Aubameyang, Kane, Aguero and Lukaku in race for the Golden Boot

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Mo Salah picked up the Premier League Golden Boot last season after netting 32 league goals


Alongside the race for the title and a spot in the Champions League, the Premier League‘s most prolific forwards will have one eye on another prize.

The Premier League Golden Boot is among the most sought-after individual gongs on offer for those with an eye for goal. 

Liverpool’s Mo Salah pipped Harry Kane to the title last season after scoring an incredible 32 league goals during his maiden season back in England — a new record for a 38-game campaign.

Mo Salah picked up the Premier League Golden Boot last season after netting 32 league goals

Mo Salah picked up the Premier League Golden Boot last season after netting 32 league goals

The Egypt international beat off competition from Harry Kane (30) last year but this season’s edition promises to be more than a two-horse race. 

Several of the big clubs boast strikers with a realistic shot at capturing the crown. Among them is Sergio Aguero, who on Sunday sent out a warning to his rivals with a brace in the Community Shield for Manchester City.

But who will come out on top come May? Here, Sportsmail runs through the main contenders.

Mo Salah (Liverpool)

The holder and the fulcrum of Liverpool’s devastating front line, Salah is man to beat this season.

The Egypt international has quickly become a cult hero on Merseyside after leading Jurgen Klopp’s side to a top-four finish and the Champions League final.

Liverpool and Egypt forward Salah heads into the Premier League season as the man to beat

Flanked by the dangerous Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, the winger terrorised defences across the continent, using his blistering pace, quick feet and cool head to more than justify his £39million price tag.

Klopp has this summer spent heavily on the likes of Naby Keita, whose creative talents should only help Salah’s pursuit of more goals. He has been prolific in pre-season and should be fresh after Egypt’s group-stage exit from the World Cup.

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Manchester City’s all-time leading goalscorer threw down the gauntlet to his rivals when he netted twice in the Community Shield to sink Chelsea.

The Argentine, who won the Golden Boot in 2014-15, still racked up an impressive tally of 21 last season — despite making only 22 starts for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City beat Chelsea to win the Community Shield

Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City beat Chelsea to win the Community Shield

Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City beat Chelsea to win the Community Shield

Aguero faces competition from Gabriel Jesus for a starting berth in City’s side and Guardiola’s embarrassment of riches may limit the forward’s chances of matching the likes of Salah who, if fit, will likely start week-in, week-out.

But like Salah, Aguero shouldn’t be too burdened by his exploits in Russia, where Argentina were eliminated at the round of 16.

Harry Kane (Tottenham)

The England captain would have won a third consecutive Premier League Golden Boot were if not for Salah’s ludicrous return last season.

Kane still netted 30 goals for Mauricio Pochettino’s side and ended the season with another gong under his arm after top scoring on the biggest stage of all.

Spurs' Harry Kane has won the Premier League Golden Boot twice in the last three seasons

Spurs' Harry Kane has won the Premier League Golden Boot twice in the last three seasons

Spurs’ Harry Kane has won the Premier League Golden Boot twice in the last three seasons

The forward looked to be carrying a knock towards the end of England’s run to the semi-finals, however, and only returns to training this week ahead of the new campaign.

It could take him a few weeks to rediscover his best form… but Kane always gives his rivals a month’s head-start anyway. Will this year be the one he finally nets a league goal in August?

Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United)

Manchester United’s No 9 finished last season on 16 league goals – an impressive return but precisely half the number his rival from down the East Lancs Road managed for Liverpool.

The Belgium star heads into the new season on the back of a brilliant World Cup campaign, however, with his dominant display against Brazil highlighting his rare qualities.

Manchester United and Belgium star Romelu Lukaku will lead the line for Jose Mourinho's side

Manchester United and Belgium star Romelu Lukaku will lead the line for Jose Mourinho's side

Manchester United and Belgium star Romelu Lukaku will lead the line for Jose Mourinho’s side

Should he consistently rediscover that dangerous cocktail of speed, strength and skill for United, he will surely add to last season’s tally.

And Should Paul Pogba replicate his international form for United this season, Lukaku can likely count on improved service, too.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)

Arsenal’s record signing is the man tasked with spearheading the post-Arsene Wenger era under Unai Emery.

The Gabon international is less accustomed to the particular demands of the Premier League but he has had the luxury of a full pre-season to further bed in and learn the ways of his new manager.

Not that Aubameyang struggled following his January move from Borussia Dortmund. The £56m striker netted 10 goals in his 13 league appearances for the Gunners.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action for Arsenal during their pre-season clash with Lazio

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action for Arsenal during their pre-season clash with Lazio

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in action for Arsenal during their pre-season clash with Lazio

 

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