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Kane and Salah look to end Golden Boot trend

25 Dec 2017
Harry Kane, Spurs, and Mohamed Salah, Liverpool

League's leading scorer at Christmas has not claimed prize at season's end in past two campaigns

Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane are both looking to end a recent trend in their race for the Premier League Golden Boot.

Kane's hat-trick for Tottenham Hotspur against Burnley on Saturday drew him level with Salah at the top of the Premier League scoring charts with 15 goals each.

But last season and in 2015/16, the leading scorer on Christmas Day has failed to lift the Golden Boot come the end of May.

Overall, in the past 25 campaigns, 14 players have been top of the goal rankings on 25 December and at the season’s end.

Sergio Aguero was the last to do so, in 2014/15. The Manchester City striker led on Christmas Day 2014 with 14 goals before scoring another 12 to take the Golden Boot.

Since, Jamie Vardy, of Leicester City, then Diego Costa, of Chelsea, have been No 1 at Christmas but failed to maintain their places at the top.

On both occasions the leaders were overtaken by a phenomenal second-half scoring run by Kane.

Last season, Kane scored 22 of his league-leading 29 goals after Christmas 2016, albeit from 21 matches, two more than Spurs have this season.

The campaign before, 16 of Kane's 25 goals came after Christmas Day.

Were Kane to replicate that post-Christmas form this season, the Premier League scoring record for a 38-match season would also be under threat.

The most goals in a 38-match season is 31, achieved by Alan Shearer (1995/96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007/08) and Luis Suarez (2013/14).

The overall record of 34 goals by a player was set in a 42-match season by Andrew Cole (1993/94) and Shearer (1994/95).

Golden Boot race since 2010
SeasonTop scorer on 25 DecGoals on 25 DecGolden Boot winnerGoals
2009/10Drogba13Drogba29
2010/11Berbatov11Berbatov20
2011/12Van Persie16Van Persie30
2012/13Michu13Van Persie18
2013/14Suarez19Suarez31
2014/15Aguero14Aguero26
2015/16Vardy15Kane25
2016/17Costa13Kane29
2017/18Kane/Salah15--

 

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