In Focus: Son and Salah set for Premier League Golden Boot showdown

Matthew Storey
LiveScore
16/05/202211:30
Heung-Min Son has reduced Mohamed Salah's lead in the Premier League Golden Boot race
Heung-Min Son has reduced Mohamed Salah's lead in the Premier League Golden Boot race

As we enter the final week of the Premier League season, the race for the Golden Boot is set to go down to the wire.

Mohamed Salah has netted 22 goals for Liverpool this term but is now only one clear of Tottenham forward Heung-Min Son.

Is it a given that Salah takes home the accolade again? We assess the runners and riders.

Egyptian king eyeing crown

The smart money is still on Salah to continue to lead the charts and take home his third Golden Boot in just five seasons at Liverpool.

He started the campaign in prolific form and netted 10 goals in his opening nine games, including a hat-trick at Manchester United.

The Reds' No11 bagged braces in the 6-0 win against Leeds and the 4-0 thumping of United on his return from the Africa Cup of Nations, but has not found the target in any of his last four appearances.

Despite his downturn in form, Salah remains bullish about his abilities: "If you compare me with any player in my position, not only in my team but in the world, you will find that I am the best.

"I always focus on my work and do my best and my numbers are the best proof of my words."

Should Salah shake off the injury that resulted in him playing just 33 minutes of the Merseysiders' FA Cup final victory against Chelsea, he will have two more chances to extend his lead — at Southampton on Tuesday and against Wolves on Sunday.

Mohamed Salah has netted 22 Premier League goals so far this season
Mohamed Salah has netted 22 Premier League goals so far this season

Chasing pack

Son has brought himself back into the conversation with a brace in Tottenham's 3-1 victory over Leicester and additional strikes against Liverpool and Arsenal.

The South Korean will fancy his chances of adding more to his tally, when Spurs visit Norwich on the final day.

Three goals further back on 18 strikes is Cristiano Ronaldo. Recent hat-tricks against Spurs and Norwich had just about kept the Portuguese icon in the running but a blank in the 4-0 loss at Brighton ended his realistic hopes.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a memorable hat-trick to secure a 3-2 victory against Tottenham
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a memorable hat-trick to secure a 3-2 victory against Tottenham

Best of the rest

Liverpool have often had two players in the race for the Golden Boot in recent seasons and Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane have once again enjoyed impressive goal returns.

With a tally of 15, Jota continues to look like one of the smartest Premier League buys of the past decade.

Having notched the same tally as his Anfield team-mate, Mane has reached double figures once again and is on course for another respectable goal record this term.

Kevin De Bruyne meanwhile catapulted himself up the scoring charts with a stunning four-goal haul at Wolves, to take him also up to the 15 mark.

But all three are one strike behind 16-goal man Harry Kane, who scored the decisive penalty in Tottenham's 1-0 win over Burnley on Sunday.

Two-horse race

Even beyond the plethora of names already mentioned, plenty of players are finding the net regularly.

Jamie Vardy has enjoyed a late-season renaissance with four goals in two games while Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Zaha are on 13 apiece.

Jarrod Bowen and Ivan Toney have a dozen goals to their names, with a number of other attackers notching double figures for the season.

But Salah's position at the top of the goalscoring chart now only remains challenged by Son and that is why only two contenders remain to battle it out.

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Premier LeagueLiverpoolManchester UnitedManchester CityTottenham HotspurBrentfordCristiano RonaldoHarry KaneMohamed SalahHeung-Min SonDiogo JotaSadio ManeIvan ToneyWilfried ZahaCrystal PalaceKevin de BruyneRaheem SterlingJamie VardyLeicester City

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