On the cusp of the new Premier League season, each forward will have his eyes on the much coveted Golden Boot handed out at the end of the year.

Thierry Henry (4) and Alan Shearer (3) remain the players to have won the accolade the most times in the reformatted League system in England, and Harry Kane was the most recent winner with his 25 strikes in the 2015-16 campaign.

Jamie Vardy’s 24 strikes were imperative in helping Leicester pull off the most stupendous upset to win the League last year. Meanwhile, Jermain Defoe and Odion Ighalo’s 15 goals for Sunderland and Watford respectively were crucial in helping their teams steer clear of relegation.

We take a look at the early contenders for the Golden Boot this year, in what promises to be an ultra-competitive season of English football. Whoever emerges as the top scorer out of these players could be instrumental in deciding where the Premier League trophy goes.

#1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic

When you’ve won the top scorer award a total of 5 times in Serie A and Ligue 1, and bagged more than 300 league goals in your career, you’re bound to find yourself on a list like this. Soon to be 35 years old, there remain doubts on how quickly Zlatan will settle in a new league that has more hustle than anything he’s probably used to, but if Zlatan settles like we know he can expect him to swat away the league’s defenders and bang in the goals.

With the service of Henrikh Mkhitaryan buzzing behind him and the lively and skillful Anthony Martial playing off the Swede, it’s not inconceivable that Zlatan could drag United to the Premier League trophy. He didn’t have the best of games in the Community Shield match against Leicester but turned up when it mattered to score the winner.

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