English Strikers Start Well in Race for Premier League Golden Boot

There have only been three Premier League seasons

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English Strikers Start Well in Race for Premier League Golden Boot

There have only been three Premier League seasons after 1999-2000 where an Englishman has taken the Premier League Golden Boot awarded to the top goalscorer in the division. If the early weeks of the current campaign are any indicator, then a homegrown player should be earning the honour again.

Six of the top eight Premier League goalscorers going into the November international break were English. There are some familiar faces to fans of English football among them, so which homegrown strikers are in the frame for the Golden Boot?

Harry Kane

After recently reaching 150 Premier League goals, the England and Tottenham Hotspur talisman Harry Kane remains as prolific as ever. Receiving the Golden Boot is nothing new for the Spurs striker either.

A back-to-back winner of the accolade in 2015-16 and 2016-17, he remains a potent force in front of goal. Now playing with the returning Gareth Bale, as well as long-time partner Son Heung-Min, Tottenham should provide Kane with plenty of ammunition and that is why he is 4/1 to be top goalscorer.

Jamie Vardy

Although a relative veteran aged 33, Jamie Vardy is the current holder of the Premier League Golden Boot. His rags to riches story, climbing the divisions with Fleetwood Town and Leicester City culminated in an against all odds title triumph under Claudio Ranieri in 2015-16 that is written large into Foxes folklore.

Vardy has since continued to be prolific since then, hitting 18 or more goals in each of the last three seasons. As Leicester’s penalty taker, and with Brendan Rodgers playing expansive football at the King Power Stadium, he has obvious claims of retaining the top goalscorer prize at 11/2.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Everton started off this season in fine form with Carlo Ancelotti receiving substantial backing in the transfer market to overhaul midfield. One of the main beneficiaries of high-profile signings like James Rodriguez, however, is striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

His performance levels have increased thanks to the arm-around man management style of Ancelotti. DCL is bang up there in the goal charts early on, so odds of 10/1 are available when you bet online on the Premier League top scorer market with 888sport.

Ollie Watkins

Making the step up from Championship level can be too much for some strikers, but not Aston Villa summer signing Ollie Watkins. The former Brentford forward has upped his game and that is a contributory factor in Dean Smith’s side starting off this season a lot better than the way they finished off last term.

An unknown quantity for opposition defenders, Watkins is justifying the club record fee Villa forked out for his services already. If he continues in this vein, then bookies will have to cut odds of 25/1 about him being Premier League top goalscorer.

Patrick Bamford

Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford is finally reaping the benefits of previous loan spells with other clubs. After stints with Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Burnley and Middlesbrough, he has learned plenty about playing at Premier League level.

Bamford’s goals helped propel Leeds back into the top flight for the first time since 2004. Marcelo Bielsa plays demanding, high intensity football at Elland Road that guarantees open games and goals, so his main striker is no forlorn hope at 25/1 in the race for the Golden Boot.