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5 contenders for the Serie A Golden Boot

The 2017/18 Serie A season has kicked off in emphatic fashion. A whopping 226 goals have already been scored in the opening 8 games of the season, showing us all that we’re in for a more free-flowing campaign. The increase in goals will dispel the myth that Italian football is boring and defensive.

In fact, everything about this season seems to be different, the reigning champions Juventus are currently in 4th place. They’re trailing 5 points behind Napoli who have won all 8 of their games.

The league title may be up in the air but the race for the Serie A Golden Boot is even more wide open. There are several clinical forwards in the league and they’re all set to do battle for the coveted prize this campaign.

Here are 5 contenders for the Serie A Golden Boot.

#5 Edin Džeko

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Džeko has mustered up 18 shots on target this season

Leaving Manchester City was the best thing to ever happen to Edin Džeko. The Bosnian forward has removed the ‘2nd choice’ stigma over his name and become the main man at the Stadio Olimpico. In 44 appearances for Roma, Džeko has scored 36 goals. This season the 31-year-old has notched up an incredible 7 goals in 7 Serie A games. That’s a goal a game, boiling down to a goal every 87 minutes.

The reason Džeko has been so successful is that he’s versatile to a number of roles, he can play at false 9 and as a target man depending on the game plan. With the team built around his physical traits, Džeko has every reason to keep scoring this campaign.

#4 Ciro Immobile

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Ciro Immobile has provided 3 assists this season

Ciro Immobile has been somewhat of a surprise package this season. The Italian has had an up & down career, joining 10 clubs in the past 7 years. He’s not played at one club for more than a season but in Lazio, he seems to have found the stability he needs. Since joining Lazio last summer, Ciro Immobile has scored 34 goals in 44 club appearances, 11 of those 34 have come this season.

The Dortmund reject has been a revelation at Lazio this season, building on an encouraging previous season. The 27-year-old scored 23 goals in 36 Serie A appearances last season and he looks set to excel on that. In 8 Serie A appearances, 71% of his shots have been on target, averaging 64 minutes per goal. On the weekend, he scored a crucial brace to beat Juventus in their own backyard. He’s not just scoring goals, he’s scoring important goals.

#3 Gonzalo Higuaín

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Higuaín has scored 27 goals in 46 games for Juventus

The £75million man has not set the world alight like the masses thought he would. He may have scored 24 Serie A goals last season, but people expected him to score more and rival the numbers of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

This season he’s not done much to correct that, as he’s only scored 3 league goals in 8 games. However, the quality of the Argentinean is undeniable and it’s only a matter of time before he picks up in form. The 29-year-old has great movement, a relentless work rate and unrivalled composure in front of goal.

#2 Paulo Dybala

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Dybala has averaged a goal every 64 minutes

Lionel Messi’s successor has made a speedy start to Serie A. Some would even say he’s finally living up to the potential that’s been projected for him. Last season the Argentinean only scored 11 goals in 31 Serie A appearances, the 23-year-old has nearly matched that total already.

Paulo Dybala has formed a formidable chemistry with his teammates, as he often exploits the space they make for him. Massimiliano Allegri has changed his position from RW to #10 in a 4-2-3-1, where he can play in, coincidently, a Messi role. This, in turn, has allowed him to forget about tracking back and focus on running at opposing defenders. The move has clearly increased his productivity output as he’s scored 10 in 8 games.

#1 Mauro Icardi

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Backed up by his amazing hattrick in the Milan derby, Mauro Icardi has firmly thrown his hat into the Golden Boot hat. Last season the Argentinean scored 24 league goals and with less than a third of the season gone, he’s set to surpass that tally. Luciano Spalletti has built the entire Inter Milan team around the 24-year-old, gearing their attacks to his style.

Inter focus on bombarding the opponent’s box with crosses for Icardi to attack. His exceptional final third movement allows him to attack any type of cross with either foot or head. With just 17 shots on target, Mauro Icardi has already scored 9 goals this league campaign. He has the best shot accuracy (85%) in the league, averaging 79 minutes per goal.

About the Author Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with a soft spot for Pascal Cygan.

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