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Premier League top scorers 2021/22: Vardy halves the deficit to Salah at the top

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is leading the race for Golden Boot glory on 11 goals

 
8:33am on Monday 29th November 2021
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Mohamed Salah is currently in pole position to win the Premier League Golden Boot, having scored 10 goals in his opening 11 matches in the league in 2021/22.

Harry Kane is the defending champion, having held off a long challenge from Salah to narrowly finish first in the top-flight scoring charts with 23 last season.

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That was the third success for Kane, matching the total of Golden Boot triumphs held by the all-time EPL record goalscorer Alan Shearer.

This year Kane will be seeking what would be a record-equalling fourth crown but he has started the new campaign poorly, scoring just once.

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Salah and Bruno Fernandes, who each made the podium last season, entered the campaign hoping to challenge again, while a proven Premier League scorer, Romelu Lukaku, returned to Chelsea after a prolific spell in Serie A with Inter.

Man Utd then brought Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford in a sensational return, making 2021/22 look like the most competitive Golden Boot race in years.

Former winner Jamie Vardy, Leeds striker Patrick Bamford, Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, West Ham star Michail Antonio and Aston Villa duo Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings are part of a strong contingent from outside England’s ‘big six’ teams who were rated as contenders when the season began.

Keep this page saved throughout the season as we take an in-depth look at the latest standings for the players who have the most EPL goals.

2021/22 Premier League top scorers

Salah has been so good this season that even despite him scoring once in his last four games, he still has a two-goal buffer at the top of the golden boot rankings.

It didn't quite stick for Salah in front of goal even though Liverpool helped themselves to another four goals against Southampton, with the Egyptian having to settle for staying on 11 goals in the season so far.

That allowed Vardy to half the gap to Liverpool's No.11. The Leicester talisman netted an impressive brace in the Foxes' win over Watford, taking his season tally to nine.

Behind Vardy is two more Liverpool players. The Reds have been dominant in front of goal, scoring eight more goals than any other side in the division. Diogo Jota struck twice in the win against Southampton, going level with teammate Sadio Mane in third place with seven for the season.

West Ham lost for the second game running, with their main man Michail Antonio staying suck on six goals for the fourth game in a row.

Watford have scored an impressive 18 goals so far this season, more than the likes of Arsenal, Wolves and Tottenham.

Fifteen of those goals have come from Josh King, Emmanuel Dennis and Ismaila Sarr who each sit on five for the campaign. The former two each scored at the King Power, but couldn't stop the Hornets from losing to Leicester.

Raphinha joins the Watford trio on five, as does Maxwel Cornet who has enjoyed a fine debut season at Burnley. The Ivorian was unable to add to his tally this weekend, though, as the Clarets' trip to Tottenham was postponed due to excessive snow.

Defending champion Kane is yet to make an impact on the goalscoring charts, with just one strike to his name so far.

2021/22 EPL top goalscorers

PositionPlayerTeamGoals
1Mohamed SalahLiverpool11
2Jamie VardyLeicester City9
3Sadio ManeLiverpool7
3Diogo JotaLiverpool7
4Michail AntonioWest Ham6
5Maxwel CornetBurnley5
5Emmanuel DennisWatford5
5Josh KingWatford5
5Ismaila SarrWatford5
5RaphinhaLeeds5
n/aHarry KaneTottenham1

Who are the past winners of the Premier League Golden Boot?

EPL Golden Boot winners

SeasonPlayerTeamGoals
2020/21Harry KaneTottenham23
2019/20Jamie VardyLeicester City23
2018/19Salah/Mane/AubameyangLiverpool/Arsenal22
2017/18Mohamed SalahLiverpool32
2016/17Harry KaneTottenham29
2015/16Harry KaneTottenham25
2014/15Sergio AgueroMan City26
2013/14Luis SuarezLiverpool31
2012/13Robin van PersieMan Utd26
2011/12Robin van PersieArsenal30

The record for most goals in a season is shared by Alan Shearer (1994/95) and Andy Cole (1993/94).

Both players scored an astonishing 34 goals, though the season was longer then – Shearer did it in 42 matches and Cole in 40.

Mohamed Salah came close to that record in 2017/18, scoring 32 times in 36 outings, producing the best Premier League goalscoring season for 13 years.

The Golden Boot winner with the best goals per game ratio in a season is Harry Kane.

England’s captain netted 29 times in just 30 games to win the 2016/17 title, averaging 0.97 goals per game.

Arsenal and Liverpool have had the most Premier League Golden Boot winners, with six each. Man Utd have had five while Tottenham and Chelsea are on four.

There are only three players who have scored the most goals in the EPL more than twice.

Shearer won the Golden Boot three times, once with Newcastle and twice with Blackburn Rovers, while Kane’s win in 2020/21 was also his third.

Thierry Henry holds the record, though, having been named the top scorer in the Premier League on four occasions for Arsenal.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez have both won the award, scoring 31 goals in 2007/08 and 2013/14 respectively.

The Premier League began from the 1992/93 season.

Prior to that, Ian Wright was the last highest goalscorer in England when it was the old First Division.

Gary Lineker and Alan Smith were also winners in the 1990s before the league was rebranded.

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Who are the Premier League top scorers of all time?

Alan Shearer is the highest goalscorer in Premier League history, having ended his career in 2006 with a magnificent 260 goals to his name in England’s top division.

Man Utd legend Wayne Rooney (208) is the only other player who has scored more than 200 EPL goals.

Andy Cole (187), Sergio Aguero (184), Frank Lampard (177) and Thierry Henry (175) are other former Premier League players who sit near the top of the all-time list.

Kane is the highest-scoring active player and had 166 goals when he started this season.

He has long been cited as one of the rare contenders who has a chance to rival Shearer’s record total.

Robbie Fowler (163), Jermain Defoe (162) and Michael Owen (150) round out the 10 players in EPL history who have scored 150 goals or more.

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