Top 10 Contenders For 2014-15 Premier League Golden Boot

Top 10 Contenders For 2014-15 Premier League Golden Boot

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The new Premier League season kicks off this weekend with a host of deadly goalscorers on display, all looking to clinch this year's Golden Boot award with their goalscoring exploits. Liverpool's Luis Suarez won the award last year with a stunning 31 goals in 33 games, and with him now having moved to Barcelona, it leaves the race to be this year's top scorer wide open for a host of the league's top marksmen.

10. Romelu Lukaku

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku
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10. Romelu Lukaku

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku
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Lukaku scored 15 goals in 31 games last season as he enjoyed a successful loan spell at Everton from Chelsea. The Belgian joined Everton full-time this summer for a fee of £28 million, and Everton will now be looking for Lukaku to do even better than he did last season as the team aims for a Champions League spot.

9. Yaya Toure

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure
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9. Yaya Toure

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure
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The season Yaya Toure had last year for Manchester City was nothing short of phenomenal. Toure scored 20 Premier League goals in the 35 league games that he played, and on that kind of form, he should easily be within the top five favorites for this year's Golden Boot. However, goalscoring is not Toure's primary job, and it could be a step too far for to expect him to replicate that production once again from his central midfield position.

8. Olivier Giroud

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8. Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring for Arsenal
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Olivier Giroud enjoyed a fruitful season for Arsenal, scoring 16 goals in their 2013-14 Premier League season. The Frenchman will be hoping to better that tally this season, although the addition of Alexis Sanchez could either supply him with more chances to score, or fewer chances depending on if Sanchez ends up playing in a similar position to Giroud.

7. Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez playing for Arsenal against Manchester City
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7. Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez playing for Arsenal against Manchester City
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Alexis Sanchez is the highlight signing of all the Premier League teams so far this summer, and as such, the anticipation for him ahead of the new season is extremely high. Where the Chilean actually plays in the Arsenal team, however, will dictate just how many goals to expect this year. But either way, Sanchez is sure to score enough to at least put himself into the Golden Boot conversation.

6. Edin Dzeko

Edin Dzeko scores for Manchester City against Crystal Palace
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6. Edin Dzeko

Edin Dzeko scores for Manchester City against Crystal Palace
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Edin Dzeko supplied 16 league goals for Manchester City's successful Premier League title campaign last season. And with City's attacking approach set to continue this year, they are sure to be among the top scoring teams once again. That means plenty of goals for their strikers, and a player like Dzeko will always score a lot of goals if given the necessary game time in a team like that.

5. Wayne Rooney

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5. Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring against Tottenham Hotspur
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Despite Manchester United's dismal season under David Moyes last year, Wayne Rooney still managed to score 17 goals in the Premier League for the Red Devils. Now, with renewed optimism under new head coach Louis Van Gaal, Rooney will be hoping to score even more than that this season, and potentially even challenge his highest tally to date of 27 from the 2011-12 season.

4. Diego Costa

New Chelsea striker Diego Costa
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4. Diego Costa

New Chelsea striker Diego Costa
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Diego Costa was the big-money signing for Chelsea this summer as he arrived for £32 million from Atletico Madrid. Chelsea were desperate for a goalscorer and Costa was certainly that last season, scoring 27 goals in 35 games in La Liga. Whether Costa can win the Golden Boot will depend on his ability to settle and adapt to the Premier League quickly, and whether Jose Mourinho's penchant for defense stifles some of his goalscoring exploits or not.

3. Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge
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3. Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge
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With the exit of Luis Suarez at Liverpool, a lot of the goal threat will now be carried by Daniel Sturridge in the 2014-15 season. Sturridge scored at an impressive rate last season with 21 goals coming in just 29 games, but the Englishman will probably have to top that tally if he hopes to win the Golden Boot this year, as well as lessening the impact of the team's obvious loss in Suarez.

2. Robin Van Persie

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2. Robin Van Persie

Robin Van Persie celebrates a Manchester United goal
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A lot of Robin Van Persie's success depends on his fitness throughout the season. Van Persie only managed to play 21 league games last season and supplied 12 goals within those games. Van Persie is still among the most deadly strikers around, though, and if he does play enough games, he is destined to be a top scorer in the league.

1. Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero celebrates a Manchester City goal against Arsenal
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1. Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero celebrates a Manchester City goal against Arsenal
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Fitness has been an issue for Manchester City with Sergio Aguero in the last couple of seasons also. Aguero only played 23 games last season, but showed his class by scoring 17 goals in those 23 outings. If Aguero does play a sufficient chunk of the new season, the Argentine will be the leading candidate for the 2014-15 Premier League's Golden Boot.