The Premier League goalscoring charts were very congested at the end of last season, with four players separated by just three goals at the top.
Jamie Vardy finished at the summit, with 23 for the season, ensuring just four players in the last 10 years have hit the 30-goal mark, but plenty will be going into the 2020/21 campaign aiming higher.
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will all be looking to reclaim the crown, with Manchester United trio Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial also in contention.
We’ve looked at the contenders for this season’s Golden Boot, from the favourites to the outsiders.
Leicester’s Jamie Vardy scored 23 goals to top the charts in the 2019/20 season
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Last season’s league-leader Vardy has been rewarded with a new Leicester contract, but his 23 goals would only have been the best in the division twice in the 2010s.
Vardy may need to find another gear to go back-to-back, but he has been defying the odds for years so why would he stop now?
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is full of confidence at Arsenal
Aubameyang’s Arsenal record has been unbelievable, considering how the club has fared since his move from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.
The Gabon striker has scored 34.4% of Arsenal’s goals since making his debut in a 5-1 victory over Everton, and last season that went up to 39.3%. With the Gunners adding reinforcements this summer, the sky’s the limit.
Few would have predicted Ings’ 22-goal season last time out, but his role in Southampton’s set-up means you can’t be sure it will end up being a one-hit wonder.
It’s also enough to make you wonder whether another English striker who finished in…