The race for the Premier League Golden Boot

The Premier League Golden Boot is a prestigious prize in the world of English football, and going off the last few winners, the market is wide open. In the last three years, the team who has won the Premier League has not possessed the eventual Golden Boot winner. Harry Kane led the way last season with 25 goals and was the first Englishman to win it since the 1999-2000 season when Kevin Phillips topped the charts. Interestingly, another Englishman in Jamie Vardy came second last year with 24 goals. Both men are sure to be up there this time around too, and the Leicester City forward showed he is ready to pick up where he left off after netting against Manchester United in the Community Shield.

We take a look at the market with William Hill for the forthcoming season and give you all the ammo you need to decide who will top the scoring charts at the season's end.

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Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

The Argentine was the leading scorer in the 2014-15 season with 26 goals in 31 games, and it appears that the only thing that will ever stand in the way of the explosive forward is his fitness. The 28-year-old has 102 league goals in 150 games since his arrival from Atletico Madrid five years ago and he is as good as any striker in the world on his day. You won't find many more proven, reliable goalscorers in the Premier League, let alone anywhere else. The fact he plays for an ultra-talented Manchester City side and will now be spearheading a Pep Guardiola unit makes him an even more intriguing prospect. Robert Lewandowski scored 30 goals last season for Bayern Munich under the Spaniard and his all-footballing ideals favour a ruthless finisher in the final third. City are bound to be contenders this term and Aguero's goals will have everything to do with that. He came third in the Golden Boot race last season after netting 24 goals, but he played eight games less than eventual winner Harry Kane. Would he have scored one or two had he played those eight games? Almost certainly. Manchester City's other striking options, not to mention Aguero's World class ability mean that he will be one of the first names on Guardiola's teamsheet. He is the favourite right across the board with the bookies and William Hill have him priced at a decent looking 5/2. However when deciding whether to back Aguero or not, it goes back to our original point: will he stay fit?

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

Last year's champion weighs in as the second favourite and with good reason. At the beginning of last season, there was plenty of speculation that Kane might have been a one-season wonder for Spurs after several unspectacular loan spells prior to his first-team breakthrough. However, the 23-year-old cemented himself in the Tottenham first team and has scored 59 goals in 101 games in all competitions over the past two years, including 25 league goals last season. Kane is reminiscent of Teddy Sheringham when he drops into the space a number 10 usually occupies, but he is also a bona fide predator. Bear in mind, Kane endured a 748-minute goal drought at the beginning of his Golden Boot-winning season, but he still managed to display unflappable confidence in his game and returned to scoring ways. As mentioned earlier, in contrast to Aguero, his durability is appealing. He has only missed four games in the past two seasons and is a dead-cert to lead an improving Tottenham's strikeforce. Under Mauricio Pochettino, there is no doubt the white half of north London is moving in the right direction, and Kane is the focal point of it all.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)

Finally, it's Zlatan time! The mercurial Swede has finally made his way to the Premier League and it couldn't have come at a better time for Manchester United. He is reunited with his former Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho - a duo that won Serie A together in Italy - and Mourinho is a man with a chip on his shoulder after his embarrassing departure from Chelsea last year. Zlats has scored 302 goals in 484 games throughout his career and he has won 13 league titles during that time, even though two of those with Juventus were later revoked. Some facts on the 34-year-old: he's the only player to score in the UEFA Champions League with six different teams (Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain), the all-time top goalscorer for Sweden and one of the two players, along with Cristiano Ronaldo, to have scored a goal in every minute of a football match during their careers. Goals are his life and he got off to the perfect start in England by scoring the winner in the Community Shield. It's a good omen for United, and even though he is in the winter of his career now, he has been the top goalscorer in 10 seasons during his career with some of the biggest clubs in the world. His last season under Mourinho produced 29 league goals and if you think he can live up to his fearsome reputation on these shores, he can be found at 10/3 with these guys.

Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

The big powerful Belgian has proved himself in the Premier League by scoring goals at clubs outside of the top six. Although he originally arrived at Stamford Bridge as an 18-year-old for Chelsea, he went on loan to West Brom and scored 17 goals in his debut season in England. He followed that up by netting 15 times in a loan spell with Everton and eventually made his move to Goodison Park permanent. 45 goals in 94 games followed over the next two seasons and it had been reported over the summer that Chelsea wanted the 23-year-old back. Although he is a reliable goalscorer for Everton, it looks slightly optimistic to believe he will he get enough goals with them to top the charts. However as seen with Vardy last season, a surprise name can emerge in this market and if anyone can, it seems as though Lukaku is the best placed to do so. At 6'3" with bundles of pace and incredible strength, Lukaku literally has it all to be a major force with a true heavyweight club and if Ronald Koeman can get the best out of him, he may well be able to propel Everton up the table. There has been some criticism surrounding his play with his back to goal and claims that he needs several chances to score, but at his age, he is still developing and is way ahead of his time. He is one of five players to score 50 Premier League goals before his 23rd birthday and if he continues on his current trajectory, he could be a real force to be reckoned with this season.

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

The former non-league striker finished second behind Kane last season with 24 league goals just one year after he only bagged five. There's little doubt that Leicester's fortunes were and are intertwined with his, but he's continued to grow over the summer. The 29-year-old was hotly courted by Arsenal before signing a new deal with the Foxes, and he's managed to score an equaliser against Wales in the Euros as well as a goal against Manchester United at Wembley in the Community Shield - all before the start of the season. His Hollywood-esque story appears to know no limits and with Claudio Ranieri as Leicester manager, the league champions play perfectly to Vardy's strengths. Their direct, counter-attacking style gives his searing pace the space it needs to thrive and he's become much more potent in front of goal, too. The England international scored in 11 consecutive top flight games last season and equalled the legendary Ruud van Nistelrooy's record in the process. Most of all, though, he led his side to the most unlikely title victory in history alongside the majestic Riyad Mahrez. Can he do it again? The fact that the league have strengthed so significantly and the departure of N'Golo Kante means the Foxes are likely to slip a little bit this season; out of the title race at the very least. Vardy has the propensity to score again, but one would imagine opponents might smarten up to Leicester's tactics this season.