Back in January, we here at High Press Soccer wrote that the Premier League Golden Boot was Mo Salah‘s to lose. At that point on January 20th, Salah had 16 goals. He was two ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a recently injured Harry Kane. Sergio Aguero was a distant six behind with 10 goals.
Over the next two months, Salah couldn’t finish a sentence.
Since Janaury, Salah has bagged one goal. He sits with 17, one behind Sergio Aguero’s 18.
The Premier League is back in action this weekend after the international break. It’ll be a sprint to the finish as there will be no more weekend’s off before the season wraps. Here’s a look at Golden Boot leaders, odds, and why this is a crapshoot with some value.
Premier League Golden Boot Odds
|Sergio Aguero +150 (18 goals)||Mo Salah +300 (17 goals)||Harry Kane +333 (17 goals)|
|Aubameyang +600 (17 goals)||Sadio Mane +850 (17 goals)||Raheem Sterling +2500 (15 goals)|
With so many prolific scorers so closely bunched up, any one of the above six has a realistic shot at the boot. Liverpool’s Mane and Salah have a game in hand on Aguero, Kane, Aubameyang, and Sterling. However, Mane and Salah are also (as of now) about the sole offensive output for Liverpool (save occasionally for Virgil van Dijk‘s head).
Nobody on the list is overvalued, but you could argue that Mane and Reheem Sterling are very undervalued. Mane is having a Salah-esque end of season hot streak, with 10 goals in his last 10 games. Sterling is capable of a hat trick in any given game. He’s having the best season of his career, and is in PFA Player of the Year discussions.
Mane at +850 and Sterling at +2500 are fun fliers to book and ride out the season.