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Who else could win the EPL Golden Boot besides the obvious candidates?

With 29 goals to his name last season, Harry Kane was able to win the EPL Golden Boot for the second consecutive year. Despite missing two months through injury, Kane somehow scored back to back hattricks in the final few weeks of the season to pip Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to the prize.

This season, of course, those players will be in the running again, but there are a number of other players in the league that could compete for the coveted prize. There are a number of new signings that have come to the Premier League, whilst other players have moved clubs. Either way, there are now several players who are in a better position to score than they were last season.

Here are 5 dark horse contenders for the EPL Golden Boot. 

#5 Michail Antonio

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Antonio has scored 17 PL goals from 47 shots on target

 

Michail Antonio is powerful, quick and great at making decisions in the final third. When Dimitri Payet decided to return home to Marseille last season, somebody in the West Ham dressing room had to step up & steady the ship, that’s what Antonio did.

Despite naturally being an RB turned winger, Michail Antonio was still able to be West Ham’s top scorer last season, scoring 9 goals. He took up the mantle when all West Ham’s strikers couldn’t produce the goods. Now the 27-year old is used to being the main man at the club, he’ll thrive even more for Slaven Bilić.

People seem to look at Antonio and just see a physical specimen, but truly the Englishman is highly intelligent when it pertains to his attacking contribution. He finely balances his surges into the box, ensuring he has enough support to contribute effectively. This season, we’ll see the best of an Antonio fully embracing his main man status.

#4 Andre Gray

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After swapping Turf Moor for Vicarage Road, Andre Gray is set for a new challenge at Watford FC. Marco Silva has a more open and attacking approach to football, a philosophy that Sean Dyche doesn’t share. Silva relies on possession, while Dyche thrives on the counter. Gray will have to adapt to having the ball at his feet more than usual, but the coaching of Silva will see him through.

Last season Gray scored 9 goals in 32 PL starts, at Watford he hasn’t hit the net yet. But Marco Silva is impressed with his work rate, thus starting him for all 5 games this season. The club didn’t sign him for a club record fee for no reason, Silva has faith in his goalscoring attributes and he will come good.

#3 Sam Vokes

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Even with Andre Gray hogging the spotlight, Sam Vokes still managed to score 10 PL goals last season. He even outscored the 26-year old, ultimately pushing him out of the club. Now the sole spotlight is on the shoulders of Sam Vokes as most of the goalscoring responsibility will be down to him, as he’s now the main man.

The 6-foot plus striker is not only built for the aerial duels, he can also excel with the ball at his feet too. Out of the 12 PL goals he’s scored, only 3 were with his head, 8 with his right foot and 1 with his left. Vokes truly is a versatile striker that’s taken on the mantra of Sean Dyche perfectly. As the focal point of Burnley’s attack, Vokes is a dark horse to win the EPL Golden Boot.

#2 Jermaine Defoe

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Jermaine Defoe is the 5th highest goalscorer in Tottenham’s history

The 34-year old is a Premier League veteran, for season upon season, the Englishman has torn defences up and scored goals for fun. In 473 PL appearances, Defoe has scored an incredible 159 goals. In that time, he’s played for 4 different teams, reaching double figures at all of those teams.

Last season, despite playing for a relegation-doomed Sunderland team, Defoe still managed to score 15 goals. Now imagine the return he could produce in a Bournemouth team filled with creativity and electric pace. Under the stewardship of Eddie Howe, Defoe will learn new ways of attacking in a team that thrives on playing possession-based football.

#1 Sandro Ramírez

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Malaga only won 1 game out of 11 without Ramirez in the team

For just £5.25million, Everton were able to purchase one of Spain’s brightest young talents in Sandro Ramírez. The 22-year old spectacularly scored 16 goals in 31 appearances for Malaga, thus earning himself a move to the world’s best league. His off the ball movement has often been cited as his most exceptional quality. While his ability to also maintain composure in big games has helped mature quickly despite only being 21.

Under the meticulous coaching of Ronald Koeman, Ramírez’s game will only improve as he adjusts to the rapid pace of the Premier League. It may have been a tough start for the Spaniard, experiencing 3 losses in 4 games, but with time and Wayne Rooney on his side, Ramírez will undoubtedly compete for the EPL Golden Boot this season.

About the Author Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with a soft spot for Pascal Cygan.

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