sport news Can Timo Werner win the race for the 2020-21 Premier League Golden Boot?

The new Premier League is all set to begin on Saturday and the race for the Golden Boot will restart as the sharpest shooters around look to get their hands on the prestigious award.

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy is looking to defend his title after becoming the club's first player in history to win the award, while two-time winners Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane will be looking for a hat-trick - something they're very used to. 

Newcomer Timo Werner, however, will be looking to assert his authority in the English top-flight after joining big-spending Chelsea for £53million.

There are, however, a whole host of players who could realistically challenge to be crowned the top flight's No 1 striker. 

Here are the 10 most likely players to be in contention... 

With the Premier League set to begin again, the race for the Golden Boot restarts

With the Premier League set to begin again, the race for the Golden Boot restarts

Mohamed Salah

Odds to win: 5/1

Mohamed Salah has been named as the early favourite to claim the Golden Boot for 2020-21 campaign.

Despite winning the title with Liverpool last season, Salah will have been somewhat disappointed to have finished in fifth place among the top goalscorers. Nevertheless the Egyptian forward found the net a respectable 19 times – just four behind Vardy.

Desperate to defend the title and shut out title rivals Manchester City, Salah will push on this season and look to pick up the trophy for a third time, having claimed it in both 2018 and 2019.

It is not unreasonable for Salah to be named favourite so early on, given the fact he broke records set by Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Alan Shearer by scoring 32 goals in his first season with Liverpool.

Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah has won the Golden Boot on two occasions

Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah has won the Golden Boot on two occasions

Harry Kane

Odds to win: 6/1

There is no surprise in seeing Harry Kane as the second favourite to take the Golden Boot.

Kane was on fine form for Tottenham last season before missing a series of games due to a hamstring injury in January which kept him on the sidelines until the restart in June.

The England captain did, however, return to the squad to provide Jose Mourinho’s side with seven goals in their remaining nine games – with only Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and ’s Michael Antonio contributing more in that period.

Should Kane remain injury free for the season, the Golden Boot could be his for a third time.

The ever prolific Harry Kane has won the Golden Boot for both Tottenham and England

The ever prolific Harry Kane has won the Golden Boot for both Tottenham and England

  

Odds to win:  6/1

Joint-second favourite with Kane, is now happy and settled at Arsenal having tied up his future at the club with a bumper new contract.

The Gunners captain was chasing the tail of Vardy right until the end last season, finishing just one short of the Leicester man’s tally.

A previous joint-winner of the award in 2019 - alongside Salah and Sadio Mane - will play a starring role in Mikel Arteta’s team as they look to better their eighth-place finish last term.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won the Golden Boot in 2019 along with Mane and Salah

won the Golden Boot in 2019 along with Mane and Salah

TOP GOALSCORERS IN 2019-2020 

Jamie Vardy - 23 goals in 35 games, 132 minutes per goal

- 22 goals in 36 games, 143 minutes per goal

Danny Ings - 22 goals in 38 games, 128 minutes per goal

Raheem Sterling - 20 goals in 33 games, 133 minutes per goal

Mo Salah - 19 goals in 34 games, 152 minutes per goal

Sadio Mane - 18 goals in 35 games, 153 minutes per goal

Harry Kane - 18 goals in 29 games, 144 minutes per goal

Marcus Rashford - 17 goals in 31 games, 156 minutes per goal 

Anthony Martial - 17 goals in 32 games, 155 minutes per goal

Raul Jimenez - 17 goals in 38 games, 191 minutes per goal

Sergio Aguero - 16 goals in 24 games, 91 minutes per goal

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Sergio Aguero

Odds to win: 7/1  

He is Manchester City’s record scorer, yet Sergio Aguero is somewhat injury-prone, missing most of the restart last season, and not getting any younger at 32. 

Yet he makes the most of his time on the pitch. Last season Aguero scored a total of 16 goals in 24 appearances while playing under Pep Guardiola – putting his average of goals per match at 0.67.

The Argentine will be looking to increase his tally next season, and the enforced coronavirus break and pre-season period has given Aguero the time to rest and recover

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