Why the race for the Golden Boot is wide open

Fernando Torres

Can Robin van Persie win the Golden Boot for a third time in a row, or will a Manchester City, Chelsea, or Tottenham striker beat him to it?

With so many deals done and yet to be completed the race for the honour of top scorer is more interesting than ever.

In the race for the Golden Boot, there are many twists and turn during the course of the season, what with injuries, suspensions and the run of form, both good and bad for players and clubs alike, but this season much of the drama has started without a ball being kicked.

Two of the principles in the market Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney are rightfully at the top but with uncertainty over which club they will start the campaign, along with the Uruguayan having a ban to contend with, it is important that we consider some alternatives.

Robin Van Persie will be the favourite come kick off and perhaps rightly so if he is in the same form as when he took the tile last year, you could argue that his chances will be increased if Rooney leave as this will cement him as the number one choice for the champions, though David Moyes seems to have confirmed this anyway.

This itself will offer the like or Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck to get a few, such is their talent and the volume of chances created at Old Trafford, but I don’t think they have a realistic chance of troubling the awards panel.

Second on the list we find Sergio Aguero, and with Carlos Tevez now with Juventus and Edin Dzeko on the bench, (despite his goal scoring record) he could be the one to side with, he has talent in abundance and can create a chance out of nothing, his concern will be the way Manchester City play, last season they realised that its about winning games, not by how many they score so the goals in the blue half of Manchester could be shared around.

Fernando Torres is a player I find very interesting, there is no reason that he couldn’t win the Golden boot and at odds of around 20/1 there could be some value in the Spaniard, we all know he’s a quality finisher but Chelsea just don’t seem to fit his style of play or him theirs.

If Rooney were to move then you would imagine he'll be number one but again like Manchester City, Chelsea seem to share the goals around.

Of the clubs who will score a lot of goals Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal are the others. If Suarez stays at Anfield he will be bang there come the business end of the season, such is the attacking threat of the Merseyside club, and only defensive frailties will stop them challenging this season. If he leaves however you have to feel that Sturridge or the Uruguayan’s replacement will have to do the business if they are to get a top four spot.

Arsenal create a lot and if Suarez moves south then I really feel that they will be a force this season, he can lead the line and his movement will allow for plenty of chances, which we know he can convert.

Tottenham have other worries, namely that they need to clear up the Gareth Bale issue ASAP, leaving it too late will mean they could miss the opportunity to spend some of the reported £85m they will get for the 24-year-old, and judging by the time it takes to do these big money deals, time is of the essence.

My predictions for the coming season are:

1.Luis Suarez

2.Robin Van Persie

3.Sergio Aguero

Who are yours? Comment below and let us know what you think.

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