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The Ten Men Who’ll Lead The Race For This Year’s Golden Boot

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Goals win games.  And as a result, strikers cost big money.  The Premier League isn’t short of quality strikers, and as the 2011/12 season looms, here’s a look at this season’s likely top scorers:

Robin Van Persie: Arsenal’s Dutch striker is amongst the elite strikers in the Premier League when he’s fit.  And that’s the problem.  He’s been frequently injured in the last few years, which has reduced his goal tally.  Van Persie will be a key player for Arsenal this season, and if he can stay healthy, he can score 20 goals.

Fernando Torres:  When Torres first joined Liverpool, he was a revelation.  He scored freely and became a Kop favourite.  Injury problems and a loss of form slowed his scoring pace, and in January, he joined Chelsea for £50million.  He had a slow start to his Chelsea career, and scored just once.  There’s no doubt a fit and healthy Torres is amongst the Premier League elite, but how Chelsea play will influence his goals tally.

Didier Drogba:  By Didier Drogba’s high standards, the 11 league goals he scored last season was somewhat of a disappointment.  There were many reasons for this.  Chelsea had a prolonged slump in the middle of the season, and Carlo Ancelotti struggled to find the right blend up front after the club splashed out on Fernando Torres in January.  Drogba will be 34 by the time the season ends, but he’s still capable of giving defenders nightmares.

Luis Suarez: His handball against Ghana in the quarter finals of the 2010 World Cup may have made him infamous, but it should have been his season with Ajax prior to the World Cup that made him a household name.  He scored an incredible 49 goals in 48 games, including 35 in 33 league games.  When he joined Liverpool in January, he immediately showed his ability with a memorable performance against Man Utd.  It remains to be seen if Suarez can bring his Eredivisie form to England, but there’s no doubt he’ll score plenty of goals.

Andy Carroll:  Andy Carroll’s career has come a long way.  Rumoured to have been available for as little as £1million following Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship, he then joined Liverpool for over £30million in January after an exciting first half of the season with Newcastle.  It will be hard for Carroll to justify that fee, but Liverpool have plenty of players who can create chances for him.

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  • Adebayor says:

    Why don’t you include Gervinho’s name

    • David Dougan says:

      A few reasons. I don’t know an awful lot about him (ie style of play), I don’t know how Arsenal will use him, and I don’t think his scoring record in France is spectacular.

      Dzeko’s record in the Bundesliga (a better league that Ligue 1) was superb, and he seems more of a target man, so is more likely to be in and around the penalty area more.

      It depends how Arsenal play him and how he adapts to the Premier League. I think he’ll score goals, but not sure if he’ll get to 20 or more.

  • Godfrey peace says:

    why did’n u put osaze odewinge name.

  • saurabh debnath says:

    good read.. i think teams who have solitary strikers of lower league positions, also have a god chance.. peter odemwingie scored 15 last season..i mostly agree with your list.. i would also consider van der vaart as a striker though primarily he is an attacking midfielder.. though midfielders generally do not win golden boots but players like nani,kuyt,ashley young, gerrard, lampard can easily give the strikers a run for their money..

  • Maxxi says:

    Rooney,Carroll,Tevez,Chicarito >–burritos—> outs

    Nasri, Gervinho, Aguero <——-< In

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