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Race for the Golden Boot: Sergio Aguero

30 Mar 2019
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Phil Neville says Man City striker is his favourite to finish as the top scorer in the Premier League

The race for the 2018/19 Premier League Golden Boot is wide open with six players separated by only three goals.

Former Manchester United and Everton defender Phil Neville looks at the strengths of the leading contenders.

Sergio Aguero: 18 goals

The 2014/15 winner is leading the way as he looks to reclaim from Mohamed Salah the prize presented by Cadbury.

Injury has limited Aguero to only 26 appearances, the joint-fewest of Golden Boot contenders, but he has still struck 18 times.

That total was boosted by hat-tricks in back-to-back home matches against Arsenal and Chelsea in February.

Describing Aguero as an "out-an-out goalscorer," Neville thinks the Argentinian will claim the Golden Boot this season.

"He's got so much quality around him in terms of crosses from the right and left," says Neville.

"Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne when he comes back fit, Ilkay Gundogan. He's got so much service and quality around him.

"He's always going to get chances."

Raring to go

Aguero was not called up by Argentina over the international break and so is rested for consecutive matches against opposition in the bottom three. 

Against Saturday's opponents, Fulham, the 30-year-old has scored four goals in as many starts. 

Perhaps City's toughest test before the season end is the trip to Old Trafford. 

But Aguero has struck a PL record eight times in the Manchester derby and Neville cannot speak highly enough of his favourite for the Golden Boot.

"He's world, world-class," he says. "His record at Man City makes him one of the greatest foreign imports in terms of goal scoring that we’ve ever had."

Also in this series 

Part 1: Race for the Golden Boot: Raheem Sterling
Part 2: Race for the Golden Boot: Mohamed Salah
Part 3: Race for the Golden Boot: Sadio Mane
Part 4: Race for the Golden Boot: Harry Kane
Part 5: Race for the Golden Boot: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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