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Salah closing on Kane in race for Golden Boot

7 May 2021
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Liverpool's one-match advantage could be decisive as Egyptian chases Spurs striker for award

The race for the Premier League Golden Boot is intensifying as the season approaches the final Matchweeks.

Mohamed Salah is now within one goal of leader Harry Kane after scoring last time out in Liverpool's 1-1 draw against Newcastle United.

Kane's total of 21 goals is aided by Tottenham Hotspur having played one match more, so Salah has an additional fixture in which to overtake the Englishman.

Both are in form heading into the run-in.

Salah has scored three goals in his last three starts, while Kane has netted five times in as many appearances.

Golden Boot race top contenders
Player Goals Fixtures
Harry Kane 21 LEE (A), WOL (H), AVL (H), LEI (A)
Mohamed Salah 20 SOU (H), MUN (A), WBA (A), BUR (A), CRY (H)
Bruno Fernandes 16 AVL (A), LEI (H), LIV (H), FUL (H), WOL (A)
Son Heung-min 16 LEE (A), WOL (H), AVL (H), LEI (A)

Both are aiming to become only the third player to win the Golden Boot for a third time, after Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry, the Premier League Hall of Fame inductees. 

Salah won the Golden Boot outright in 2017/18 before sharing the award with Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in 2018/19.

Kane is looking to end a four-year Golden Boot drought, having won it in 2015/16 and 2016/17.

Good chance for Salah?

Salah will aim to keep the pressure on Kane when Liverpool host Southampton, a side he has enjoyed playing. The Egyptian has scored five goals in three matches against Saints at Anfield.

Before then Kane will travel to Leeds United, against whom he scored in the reverse fixture in January. 

Two-horse race?

At present, it is looking a two-horse race as Bruno Fernandes and Son Heung-min are both four goals behind Salah in joint-third.

Fernandes has just one goal in his last eight PL appearances, but, like Salah, has five matches to play.

Son might have rediscovered his form at the right time.

He had scored only once in 13 appearances before coming back into the race with goals in three of Spurs' last four matches.

Also in this series

Part 1: Ederson and Mendy meet in battle for Golden Glove
Part 2: Rivals raise pressure on Kane for Playmaker award

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