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Is this the best Premier League Golden Boot race in history?

All of the top flight's top marksmen have begun the season in style, with EIGHT players in the running for top scorer

The Premier League is blessed with some of the finest goalscorers on the planet at the moment.

And as fans we’re being blessed with almost all of them firing on all cylinders so far this season.


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One season wonder anyone?

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One season wonder anyone?

Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Morata, Romelu Lukaku, Gabriel Jesus and Alexandre Lacazette are all conventional poachers.

But this season they’ve been joined by two wildcards – and two of the season’s standout performers – in Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling.

Salah, who has bagged eight in his last six league games, leads the race by two with 12 but the chasing pack aren’t far behind.

Mo Salah scored a double against Stoke to maintain his place as top Premier League scorer

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Salah’s form has blown away the rest of the league

In fact, only five goals separate Salah in first and Lacazette in eighth.

So we did some number crunching to determine whether this season could provide us with the best Golden Boot race in Premier League history.

And the results are fascinating.

Sergio Aguero broke the Man City goal-scoring record against Burnley

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Aguero is always in the reckoning

If you take the top five goalscorers from every Premier League season, the most prolific campaigns are 2009/10 and 2016/17.

In 2009/10 the top five plundered a record 124 goals, with Didier Drogba’s 29 leading the way, and last season produced 118 as Harry Kane matched Drogba’s tally.

Drogba inspired the record breaking 2009/10 season

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Drogba inspired the record breaking 2009/10 season

But this season is set to SMASH those records.

The top five so far – Salah, Kane, Aguero, Sterling and Morata/Lukaku/Jesus – have managed 48 goals between them with just 36.8% of the season completed.

That means at their current rate, the top five are on course to rack up a whopping 130 goals by the end of the campaign.

Alvaro Morata only joined Chelsea in the summer in a £65m deal

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Morata has been an instant hit in England

When you consider Lacazette and Jamie Vardy are knocking on the door of that top four too, we truly are being spoilt by some of the finest attacking talent all finding their groove at the same time.

Keep up the good work, lads.

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